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Scientific initiation in integrated studies for leaf cutting ants control: interaction fungal symbiont - yeasts

Grant number: 17/15932-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2017
Effective date (End): November 08, 2019
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Organic Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Maria Fátima das Graças Fernandes da Silva
Grantee:Renê Pereira da Silva
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Exatas e de Tecnologia (CCET). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:12/25299-6 - Integrated studies for leaf cutting control, AP.TEM
Associated scholarship(s):18/19358-6 - Chemical study of insect-plant interactions: A contribution to biorational control of crop pests., BE.EP.IC


The predatory power of leaf-cutting ants and their power to transform the soil have been known for centuries. The use of plants for the control of ants is known to farmers and can be better exploited using chemosystematic knowledge of plants. Obtaining natural products from plants or from the fungus-yast interaction with potential insecticidal or fungicidal action on the nest of leaf-cutting ants, as well as synthetic analogues, are the general objectives of the project. The participation in the execution of the project, through scientific initiation, aims to contribute in its development and mainly to complete the training of the candidate for the scholarship. (AU)