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Scientific initiation on integrated studies for leaf-cutting ants control: interaction Escovopsis fungus-yeasts

Grant number: 17/17064-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2017
Effective date (End): December 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Organic Chemistry
Principal Investigator:João Batista Fernandes
Grantee:Priscila Lopes Lima
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


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 interaction Escovopsis-yeast 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. Participation in the execution of the project, through scientific initiation, aims to contribute to its development and mainly to complete the training of scholarship candidate. (AU)