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Chemical and ecological study of microorganisms associated with the symbiosis Cecropia-Azteca

Grant number: 15/26349-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2016
Effective date (End): September 06, 2021
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Organic Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Mônica Tallarico Pupo
Grantee:Taise Tomie Hebihara Fukuda
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas de Ribeirão Preto (FCFRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):17/17305-0 - Understanding the bacterial symbiosis in Cecropia-Azteca system using chemical and genetic tools, BE.EP.DD


This project aims to study the microbial community associated with the symbiosis between myrmecophytes of the genus Cecropia and ants of the genus Azteca, as well as the secondary metabolites produced in this interaction. Microorganisms associated with social insects have been extensively studied as sources of new chemical structures with antimicrobial activity and there are no studies in the literature of microorganisms associated with this Cecropia-Azteca interaction. The microorganisms isolated will be tested through inhibition assays against entomopathogenic fungi and human pathogens. The isolated and identified products will also be subjected to biological assays for possible correlation with their ecological function. (AU)

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
MENEGATTI, CARLA; FUKUDA, TAISE T. H.; PUPO, MONICA T. Chemical Ecology in Insect-microbe Interactions in the Neotropics. Planta Medica, AUG 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
BATISTA, JULIANA H.; LEAL, FERNANDA C.; FUKUDA, TAISE T. H.; ALCOFORADO DINIZ, JULIANA; ALMEIDA, FAUSTO; PUPO, MONICA T.; DA SILVA NETO, JOSE F. Interplay between two quorum sensing-regulated pathways, violacein biosynthesis and VacJ/Yrb, dictates outer membrane vesicle biogenesis in Chromobacterium violaceum. ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY, v. 22, n. 6 MAY 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
FUKUDA, TAISE T. H.; CASSILLY, CHELSI D.; GERDT, JOSEPH P.; HENKE, MATTHEW T.; HELFRICH, ERIC J. N.; MEVERS, EMILY. Research Tales from the Clardy Laboratory: Function-Driven Natural Product Discovery. Journal of Natural Products, v. 83, n. 3, SI, p. 744-755, MAR 27 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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