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Research funded by FAPESP aligned with the SDGs

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Research funded by FAPESP aligned with the SDGs

Innovation in genome editing of tropical maize could accelerate agricultural research in the country
SDG 13
Innovation in genome editing of tropical maize could accelerate agricultural research in the country

Three of the five tropical strains were successfully transformed using the morphogenic gene expression strategy, achieving efficiency rates three times higher than the average of the protocols.


Group obtains patent for method to create more natural, effective and environmentally friendly sunscreens
SDG 3, SDG 9, SDG 12
Group obtains patent for method to create more natural, effective and environmentally friendly sunscreens

Developed by researchers at the University of São Paulo, the process proposes using silica particles coated with melanin in formulations to protect the skin not only from UVA and UVB rays, but also from visible light.


Group proposes research protocol to regularize artisanal cheeses
SDG 3
Group proposes research protocol to regularize artisanal cheeses

The proposal is being analyzed by an inspection body in the state of São Paulo. In this region alone, there are more than 1,200 informal producers of milk and dairy products with the potential to be regularized.


RCGI joins international consortium to coordinate collaboration on zero-carbon initiatives
SDG 13
RCGI joins international consortium to coordinate collaboration on zero-carbon initiatives

The Global Technology Hub, launched at COP28, will promote decarbonization projects and financing. The goal is to enable developing countries to achieve net-zero emissions.


Brazilian study is the most read in the <i>Physchem</i> journal in 2022
SDG 9
Brazilian study is the most read in the <i>Physchem</i> journal in 2022

A paper by scientists from the Center for the Development of Functional Materials discusses the effects of femtosecond laser irradiation, which can create and functionalize new materials for the microelectronics industry.


World’s largest epilepsy study reveals ‘genetic architecture’ and points to new therapies
SDG 3
World’s largest epilepsy study reveals ‘genetic architecture’ and points to new therapies

More than 29 thousand patients were analyzed and 26 areas of the genome associated with the disorder were identified; Brazil was the only Latin American representative through the Brazilian Institute of Neuroscience and Neurotechnology of the State University of Campinas.


Study maps main genes involved in immune response to infection by dengue virus
SDG 3
Study maps main genes involved in immune response to infection by dengue virus

Researchers at the University of São Paulo in Brazil compared data for the immune response induced by natural infection and vaccines. They identified the key factors in the development of long-lasting immunity. Their findings can be used to develop novel vaccines and antiviral therapies.


Scientists develop catalyst designed to make ammonia production more sustainable
SDG 12
Scientists develop catalyst designed to make ammonia production more sustainable

Created at a FAPESP-supported research center, the material helps produce ammonia by electrochemical reduction of nitrogen gas, dispensing with the high temperature and pressure required by the conventional method.


Sandy soil reptiles are more threatened by climate change than has been supposed, study shows
SDG 15
Sandy soil reptiles are more threatened by climate change than has been supposed, study shows

An analysis of occurrence records for ten lizard and snake species found in three South American biomes – the Caatinga and Cerrado in Brazil and the Chaco in Argentina and Paraguay – showed that rising temperatures in the coming decades could lead to extinction in some cases and drastic habitat loss in others. The authors advocate an increase in full-protection conservation units suited to these animals.


Artificial intelligence enhances inspection in poultry processing industry
SDG 9
Artificial intelligence enhances inspection in poultry processing industry

The system created by startup Ecotrace with FAPESP’s support is designed to help poultry processors detect carcass lesions in real time.


Study clarifies a key question in particle physics
Study clarifies a key question in particle physics

The researchers identified the origin of discrepancies in recent predictions of the muon’s magnetic moment. Their findings could contribute to the investigation of dark matter and other aspects of the new physics.


Study shows how to improve management of municipal solid waste
SDG 11
Study shows how to improve management of municipal solid waste

Researchers analyzed solutions implemented in four very different Brazilian cities. Based on the results, they propose creation of a national carbon credit fund to support sustainable waste management initiatives.


A new São Paulo School of Advanced Science at the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials is receiving applications
A new São Paulo School of Advanced Science at the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials is receiving applications

SyncLight 2024 will discuss the recent opportunities offered by advanced experimental synchrotron techniques available at Sirius, the Brazilian 4th generation light source.


Multiple organ attack and immune dysregulation: study reveals how the chikungunya virus leads to death
SDG 3
Multiple organ attack and immune dysregulation: study reveals how the chikungunya virus leads to death

An international team including virologists, physicians, epidemiologists, clinicians, physicists and statisticians has discovered new mechanisms related to central nervous system infection in fatal cases of the infection. The results were published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe.


Understanding the physics of dunes can help protect people’s homes against extreme weather events
Understanding the physics of dunes can help protect people’s homes against extreme weather events

Hans Jürgen Herrmann, professor emeritus at ETH Zurich’s Institute of Building Materials in Switzerland, spoke about “The Life of Dunes” in the first event of the series FAPESP Lectures 2024.


How a government program promoted conservation of Atlantic Rainforest remnants on rural properties
SDG 12, SDG 13, SDG 15
How a government program promoted conservation of Atlantic Rainforest remnants on rural properties

Farmers in the Paraíba Valley region of São Paulo state received economic incentives such as payment for environmental services to adopt conservation practices and protect native vegetation.


Study identifies molecular alterations in brain tissue and blood of people who committed suicide
SDG 3
Study identifies molecular alterations in brain tissue and blood of people who committed suicide

The findings, published in Psychiatry Research, are an important contribution to both the understanding of mental disorders and suicide prevention.


Brazilian scientists obtain a material that can be useful for hydrogen production
SDG 7, SDG 9
Brazilian scientists obtain a material that can be useful for hydrogen production

The nickel phosphide electrode proved effective and efficient as a catalyst in processes designed to produce H2 via water molecule breakdown.


Study shows how to increase success rate of restoration initiatives in the Cerrado
SDG 13, SDG 15
Study shows how to increase success rate of restoration initiatives in the Cerrado

A research project led by the State University of Campinas investigated how manipulation of native species in this Brazilian savanna-like biome can prevent reinvasion of restored areas by exotic grasses. The results emphasize the importance of fostering species diversity.


Wood condition, root constriction and improper pruning can be used as predictors of urban tree failure
SDG 11, SDG 13
Wood condition, root constriction and improper pruning can be used as predictors of urban tree failure

A study of the São Paulo city center in Brazil proposed guidelines and specified stakeholder roles for reducing the number of tree failures, which average 2,000 per year there.


System detects microorganisms that mar the quality of beer
SDG 9
System detects microorganisms that mar the quality of beer

A startup supported by FAPESP is developing a solution to detect beer spoilage microorganisms, which affect flavor and aroma, both in the brewery and at the point of sale.


Study with rodents identifies key genes for control of blood pressure and heart rate
SDG 3
Study with rodents identifies key genes for control of blood pressure and heart rate

After inducing mutations in the genotypes of mice and analyzing their effects on several generations of descendants, Brazilian and American researchers mapped the genetic determinants essential to an understanding of cardiovascular disease. Their findings are published in the journal Science Advances.


Restoration of degraded areas in semi-arid region contributes to ‘return’ of soil microorganisms, study shows
SDG 2, SDG 13
Restoration of degraded areas in semi-arid region contributes to ‘return’ of soil microorganisms, study shows

Bacteria, fungi and archaea living in the soil provide several ecosystem services, including carbon storage, and help restore native characteristics. The result contributes to advances in sustainable agriculture, one of the key points for this year’s G20 meetings.


Curcumin nanoemulsion is tested for treatment of intestinal inflammation
SDG 3
Curcumin nanoemulsion is tested for treatment of intestinal inflammation

A formulation developed by Brazilian researchers proved effective in tests involving mice.


Patients with Parkinson’s disease who experience freezing of gait have sleep disorders, study shows
SDG 3
Patients with Parkinson’s disease who experience freezing of gait have sleep disorders, study shows

The correlation between these two symptoms of the disease was observed by researchers affiliated with institutions in Brazil and France in a systematic review of 20 studies.


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