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Research funded by FAPESP aligned with the SDGs

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Research funded by FAPESP aligned with the SDGs

Researchers advocate coordinated funding action in Latin America
SDG 17
Researchers advocate coordinated funding action in Latin America

Large-scale science facilities set to come on stream in Latin America in the years ahead can help scientists in the region take the lead and enhance the impact of their research.


Large international projects require research infrastructure
SDG 17
Large international projects require research infrastructure

Researchers and heads of funding agencies from several countries highlight ways and means of fostering large-scale long-term scientific collaborations in Latin America.


Startups develop traceability and proof of provenance solution for cachaça distillers
SDG 9
Startups develop traceability and proof of provenance solution for cachaça distillers

The goal is to identify the fingerprint of distilled beverages involving soil, water, climate and microbial terroir.


The Tietê, São Paulo State’s main river, is filtered by dam reservoirs while crossing the territory
SDG 6
The Tietê, São Paulo State’s main river, is filtered by dam reservoirs while crossing the territory

Reservoir cascade steadily improves water transparency by retaining matter in suspension that affects light absorption, as measured by a study conducted in Brazil.


Scientists identify plant that flowers in Brazilian savanna one day after fire
SDG 13, SDG 15
Scientists identify plant that flowers in Brazilian savanna one day after fire

Rapid resprouting and flowering of Bulbostylis paradoxa is proof of the Cerrado biome’s superb resilience and its capacity to evolve through fire.


Crop-livestock integration boosts profitability and reduces emissions
SDG 12, SDG 13
Crop-livestock integration boosts profitability and reduces emissions

The results of a project involving Brazilian and British researchers show that integrated crop-livestock-pasture systems improve soil quality, increase cattle yields and benefit the environment.


Bactericidal action of violacein revealed
SDG 3
Bactericidal action of violacein revealed

Violet pigment produced by microorganisms found in the environment, such as Chromobacterium violaceum, displays various biological activities.


The potential of carbon nanotubes to cool electronic circuits
SDG 9
The potential of carbon nanotubes to cool electronic circuits

Study shows that mechanically stretched carbon nanotubes extract heat efficiently and could be used to cool flexible electronic devices, for example.


Innovative technology to treat skin cancer awaits approval by Brazil’s national health service
SDG 3
Innovative technology to treat skin cancer awaits approval by Brazil’s national health service

The Center for Research in Optics and Photonics, supported by FAPESP, has developed a device for the noninvasive treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer, the most frequent type worldwide.


Study highlights anti-tumor activity of curcumin on stomach cancer
SDG 3
Study highlights anti-tumor activity of curcumin on stomach cancer

A review article authored by Brazilian researchers evaluated several compounds with therapeutic potential against gastric tumors.


Startup develops wireless communications solutions to monitor street lighting
SDG 9, SDG 11
Startup develops wireless communications solutions to monitor street lighting

Service can include other functions, such as the control of traffic lights, parking meters, and water and gas consumption.


Pigment produced by aquatic bacteria combats prostate cancer
SDG 3
Pigment produced by aquatic bacteria combats prostate cancer

Novel therapy developed in Israel uses a laser-activated photosensitizing drug to attack early-stage prostate cancer, according to a presentation delivered to an international event on biophotonics supported by FAPESP.


Oral health problems affect half of adults aged 35-44 surveyed in São Paulo State
SDG 3
Oral health problems affect half of adults aged 35-44 surveyed in São Paulo State

Survey covering 163 municipalities showed that toothache, bleeding and periodontal disease affected 50.57% of respondents, a proportion considered high by specialists.


Brazilian and Australian researchers estimate the impact of gold panning on the Madeira River
SDG 14, SDG 15
Brazilian and Australian researchers estimate the impact of gold panning on the Madeira River

Although artisanal mining has declined in the region, it continues to account for high levels of mercury in the largest tributary of the Amazon, according to a study supported by FAPESP’s SPRINT program.


The Cerrado once connected the Andes with the Atlantic Rainforest
SDG 15
The Cerrado once connected the Andes with the Atlantic Rainforest

A genetic and computational analysis of birds suggests that the Andean and Atlantic tropical forests, which are now almost a thousand kilometers apart, were connected via the Cerrado in the distant past.


Mutations responsible for rare type of lymphoma have been discovered
SDG 3
Mutations responsible for rare type of lymphoma have been discovered

Present in the most aggressive cases of a disease known as SPTCL and accounting for 60% of all cases, these mutations make the immune system attack the organism instead of protecting it.


Study identifies new functions of molecule involved in melanoma
SDG 3
Study identifies new functions of molecule involved in melanoma

A long noncoding RNA protects cancer cells and increases their proliferation. The discovery could lead to treatment for drug-resistant types of melanoma.


Biophotonic therapy eliminates bacteria and viruses from organs before transplantation
SDG 3
Biophotonic therapy eliminates bacteria and viruses from organs before transplantation

Method developed by scientists in Brazil and Canada can prevent transmission of diseases to organ recipients.


Growth hormone acts to prevent weight loss
SDG 3
Growth hormone acts to prevent weight loss

A Brazilian study shows that, like leptin, growth hormone contributes directly to energy conservation when the body loses weight.


Clothing with nanotechnology controls heat and odor and repels insects
SDG 9
Clothing with nanotechnology controls heat and odor and repels insects

Brazilian firm has developed nanoparticles that eliminate body odor, reflect solar radiation, and release insect repellent and insecticide in fabric.


Compound that kills drug-resistant fungi is isolated from ant microbiota
SDG 3
Compound that kills drug-resistant fungi is isolated from ant microbiota

A project conducted by researchers in Brazil and the US investigated bacteria living in symbiosis with insects as a source for novel drugs.


Intestinal bacteria can be used to predict occurrence of colorectal cancer
SDG 3
Intestinal bacteria can be used to predict occurrence of colorectal cancer

By identifying signature of 16 disease-related microbial species, this international study with Brazilian participation may contribute to develop predictive tests valid for populations with different dietary cultures.


Researchers advance in the development of “papaya sugarcane”
SDG 7
Researchers advance in the development of “papaya sugarcane”

Description of genes involved in sugarcane root cell separation could lead to the development of varieties with softened cell walls similar to those of papaya, boosting the production of second-generation ethanol.


Fungus has decimated the populations of 501 amphibian species worldwide
SDG 15
Fungus has decimated the populations of 501 amphibian species worldwide

Survey by researchers in 16 countries is published in Science. Authors say chytrid fungus is responsible for heaviest biodiversity loss ever caused by a single pathogen.


Impact of climate change will be measured in South Atlantic
SDG 13
Impact of climate change will be measured in South Atlantic

Brazilian researchers are participating in an international collaboration that has anchored equipment at strategic locations in the South Atlantic to monitor possible changes in maritime currents.


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