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Development of a broad spectrum herbicide produced by microorganisms

Grant number: 16/21246-6
Support type:Research Grants - Innovative Research in Small Business - PIPE
Duration: September 01, 2017 - July 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Microbiology
Principal Investigator:Rafael Leandro de Figueiredo Vasconcellos
Grantee:Rafael Leandro de Figueiredo Vasconcellos
Company:Itatijuca Biotech Ltda
City: São Paulo
Assoc. researchers: Dalton Vinicio Dorighello ; Rafael Leandro de Figueiredo Vasconcellos ; Wagner Clayton Correa
Associated scholarship(s):18/02660-1 - Development of a broad spectrum bioherbicide by microorganisms, BP.PIPE
17/16798-2 - Development of a broad spectrum herbicide produced by microorganisms, BP.PIPE


The present project relates to the development of a broad spectrum herbicide based on microorganisms, especially Streptomyces, as a source of phytotoxic compounds. The use of phytotoxins produced by Streptomyces as new biotechnological bioherbicides would be a potential application in agriculture, since there is an urgent need of developing of new pesticides due to weed resistance to current synthetic compounds marketed. The extract of Streptomyces will be tested for pre-emergent phytotoxic activity as an initial indicator of herbicide activity. The selected extracts will be tested in a greenhouse in monocots and dicots weeds. The technology that will be developed will result in an advantageous agricultural input still missing in the market. Thus, the product will be developed technologically to be cheaper than similar chemical and less toxic to the environment and to human and animal health. (AU)