The Program

The post-graduate program in Biodiversity and Biotechnology – BIONORTE Network (PPG-BIONORTE) is composed of two areas of concentration and three research lines:

Area 1: Biodiversity and Conservation

The basis for the conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity is undoubtedly knowledge. Therefore, the program offers disciplines and stimulates thesis work aimed, for example, at the estimation of biodiversity, its characterization, and the understanding of the relationships between species. Based on this knowledge, activities (disciplines, projects, workshops, and others) that aim to understand population dynamics, germplasm conservation, natural resources management, design and implementation of agroforestry systems, bioremediation, and recovery of degraded areas, among others, are also prioritized to promote the conservation of the Amazon Biome and the welfare of its populations.

  • Research line 1: Knowledge of biodiversity

    Projects aimed at improving our knowledge of the Amazon’s biodiversity in its most varied aspects:

    • taxonomic and phylogenetic analysis;
    • the biodiversity estimative;
    • studies on landscape diversity;
    • morphology, reproduction and behavior of species;
    • the interactions between species in ecosystems;
    • the valuation of biodiversity.
  • Research Line 2: Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity

    Projects aimed at the conservation and sustainable use of the Amazon biodiversity in its most varied aspects:

    • analysis of the genetic diversity of Amazonian species populations using classical and molecular markers;
    • the conservation of germplasm in situ and ex situ;
    • vegetal micropropagation;
    • the reproduction of wild animals;
    • the recovery of degraded areas;
    • the design and implantation of agroforestry systems.
Area 2: Biotechnology

This area aims to qualify academic doctorates focused on bioprospection and the development of bioprocesses and bioproducts. The disciplines that are offered in this area seek to offer students the theoretical and practical basis of biomolecular sciences, as well as bioprocess technologies, in addition to the regulatory frameworks in bioprospection and biobusiness. Based on this knowledge and on the immense biodiversity available, activities (disciplines, projects, workshops, and others) that aim to develop new biotechnologies for industrial purposes and for the conservation of the Amazonian ecosystems are encouraged, with the aim of developing centers of bioindustries in the Amazon, thus contributing to the conservation of the Amazonian biome and the welfare of its populations.

  • Research line 1: bioprospection and development of bioprocesses and bioproducts

    Projects aimed at bioprospection and the development of bioprocesses and bioproducts in its most varied aspects, among them:

    • the analysis of the chemical composition of the species;
    • the development of classic and modern bioassays;
    • the development of phytotherapeutics and phytopharmaceuticals;
    • the development of industrial enzyme production technologies;
    • toxicological analysis and pre-clinical and clinical trials;
    • the staggering of bioprocesses;
    • the improvement of regulatory frameworks regarding access to intellectual property and sustainable use of biodiversity.
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