Category: Agricultural Sciences

Research Group on Paracoccidioidomycosis of Botucatu Medical School

The Research Group on Paracoccidioidomycosis of Botucatu Medical School united researchers with different specialties from UNESP and later on from other institutions in Brazil and from other countries. The activities of the group brought lessons such as updating the new languages of the biological knowledge and the integration of specialists from different fields. Read More →

Bioprospecting animal toxins as powerful ligands for ion channels and G-protein coupled receptors as therapeutic targets

The Laboratory of Toxicology and Pharmacology holds the expertise to perform experiments involving the interaction of toxins with different ion channels and G-protein coupled receptors. The purification and identification of novel compounds can also be carried out, which makes the research center a reference worldwide in the Toxinology field and state-of-the-art target-based drug discovery. Read More →

Biopharmaceutical products born in a Brazilian public university

Since 2010, two biological products have been developed by the CEVAP/UNESP, the fibrin sealant and the apilic antivenom. In 2022, UNESP has begun the construction of a Factory for the Production of Pilot Batches for Clinical Research. This pioneering initiative will contribute to the establishment of biopharma innovation ecosystems and creation of wealth in the country. Read More →

Isolation and characterization of new compounds derived from animal poisons and venoms: challenges and perspectives

The Laboratory of Animal Toxins is equipped to perform the isolation, biochemical, structural and functional characterization of toxins from animal venoms, as well as the heterologous expression of molecules with potential biotechnological application. PEGylation of peptides and proteins is also carried out to increase their potential use as a drug. Read More →

New standard operating procedure for apitoxin collection aiming at research and production of the apilic antivenom

A new apilic antivenom was developed to reduce the mortality of patients envenomed by Africanized honeybees. This species has an intensely defensive behavior and promotes several fatal accidents. In the process of collecting apitoxin it is essential to guarantee the safety of the handler, the welfare of bee colonies and the quality of biomolecules. Read More →

Laser therapy together with a fibrin biopolymer improves nerve and bone tissue regeneration

The heterologous fibrin sealant produced by CEVAP has been employed as “nerve glue” and wound healing substance for venous ulcers. Currently it is called fibrin biopolymer due to its multiple uses. In association with adjuvant scaffolds, it constitutes active biocomplexes that contribute to the morphophysiological and functional recovery of bone defects. Read More →

Building an electronic scientific journal: evolution and challenges

Twenty-eight years ago, the Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases was launched with ambitious goals: to be an e-journal even before internet was accessible to the general public and to establish itself as an international publication born in Brazil. Since then, many obstacles and challenges have been and continue to be overcome. Read More →

Latitude and seasons influence the tick count in cattle

Black ox on a white background. Ticks on one leg, a circle zooms in on the ticks.

Being one of the main parasites of cattle, ticks cause losses to livestock farmers. It has been shown that latitude and season interfere with tick counts: higher latitudes tend to have less tick infestation, as well as in winter, while in spring there is a higher infestation. Read More →

Electrical stunning in Jundiá fish keeps meat quality and allows humane slaughter

The parameters for electrical stunning in Jundiá fish and its effects on muscle pH and rigor mortis indicates no significant differences in the parameters of meat quality – it allows for discussion and refinement of current practices in the slaughter of fish, also considering their well-being. Read More →

Study points out microorganisms activating in the remediation of soil degraded by agrochemistics

Herbicides such as hexazinone are widely used in crops around the world. With the objective of selecting hexazinone-tolerant microorganisms that have the capacity to solubilize phosphate and prepare inoculants associated with the plant in the remediation of soil contaminated with hexazinone, researchers carried out a research based on 20 soil samples. The results present an alternative to help improve soil quality. Read More →