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Aromatic flora from the Atlantic rain forest in São Paulo: chemical composition on volatile oils and evaluation of their biological activity


This proposal aims at to contribute with the knowledge of the chemical constitution of volatile oils found in native species of the Atlantic Rain Forest as well as verifying the putative pharmacological activity of these oils (antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antitumour activities). The species whose oils presented constituents interesting for the aroma or pharmaceutical industries will be selected for posterior studies of in vivo and in vitro propagation aiming at the sustainable use and the maintenance of germoplasm. The main goal of this proposal is to contribute for the sustainability of the biome, pointing its economic potential in accordance with the current demands. The search of the sustainable development has influence either in the process of selection of potential species or in the methods of production of the raw material. The employment of natural products in the cosmetic industries or in those specialized in Phytomedicines is limited by the scale of the collection and the sustainable use of the forest. In the great majority of the cases, the industry looks for new cultivars that will guarantee the scale of production of the raw materials. In this way, the development of the biotechnology, particularly that of genetic engineering, facilitates the culture of medicinal and aromatic plants far off its natural habitat, contributing to evolve from extractive to culturing. (AU)

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DELGADO, L. P.; MELLO, J. I. O.; BARBEDO, C. J.. Potential for regeneration and propagation from cut seeds of Eugenia (Myrtaceae) tropical tree species. SEED SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, v. 38, n. 3, p. 624-634, . (02/12215-7, 05/04139-7)
DELGADO, LILIANA FERREIRA; BARBEDO, CLAUDIO JOSE. Water potential and viability of seeds of Eugenia (Myrtaceae), a tropical tree species, based upon different levels of drying. Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology, v. 55, n. 4, p. 583-590, . (02/12215-7, 05/04139-7)
CRISTINA RITA RADICS KOSZO; MIRIAN CILENE SPASIANI RINALDI; CLAUDIO JOSÉ BARBEDO. Germinação de sementes de Erythrina speciosa Andr., Eugenia brasiliensis Lam. e Cucumis sativus L. em meio ácido. Hoehnea, v. 34, n. 3, p. 271-282, . (02/12215-7)
TEIXEIRA, CARMEN C.; BARBEDO, CLAUDIO J.. The development of seedlings from fragments of monoembryonic seeds as an important survival strategy for Eugenia (Myrtaceae) tree species. TREES-STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION, v. 26, n. 3, p. 1069-1077, . (02/12215-7, 05/04139-7)

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