Microorganisms: the secret agents of the biosphere, and their key roles in biotechnology


  • Valeria Maia Oliveira Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Centro Pluridisciplinar de Pesquisas Químicas, Biológicas e Agrícolas
  • Fernando Dini Andreote Universidade de São Paulo, Departamento de Ciência do Solo, Escola Superior de Agricultura “Luiz de Queiroz https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9883-9968
  • Patricia Cardoso Cortelo Universidade de Brasília, Laboratório de Farmacognosia, Faculdade de Ciências da Saúde
  • Ian Castro-Gamboa Universidade Estadual Paulista, Instituto de Química
  • Leticia V. Costa-Lotufo Universidade de São Paulo, Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas, Departamento de Farmacologia
  • Maria de Lourdes T. M. Polizeli Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Departamento de Biologia https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5026-6363
  • Otávio H. Thiemann Universidade de São Paulo, Instituto de Física de São Carlos
  • João Carlos Setubal Universidade de São Paulo, Instituto de Química, Departamento de Bioquímica https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9174-2816


Abstract We present a survey of projects that have been funded by FAPESP under the BIOTA-Microorganisms program. These projects generated a wide variety of results, including the identification of novel antibacterial-producing microorganisms, the characterization of novel microbial enzymes for industrial applications, taxonomic classification of novel microorganisms in several environments, investigation of the soil and mangrove microbial ecosystems and its influence on endangered plant species, and the sequencing of novel metagenome-assembled genomes. The results surveyed demonstrate the importance of microorganisms in environments that play important roles in human activities as well as the potential that many of these microorganisms have in contributing to biotechnological applications crucial for human survival in the 21st century.




How to Cite

Oliveira, V. M., Andreote, F. D., Cortelo, P. C., Castro-Gamboa, I., Costa-Lotufo, L. V., Polizeli, M. de L. T. M., Thiemann, O. H., & Setubal, J. C. (2022). Microorganisms: the secret agents of the biosphere, and their key roles in biotechnology. Biota Neotropica, 22(spe). Retrieved from https://www.biotaneotropica.org.br/BN/article/view/1947



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