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Grant number: 12/12622-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2012
Effective date (End): August 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Microbiology - Applied Microbiology
Principal Investigator:Lara Durães Sette
Grantee:Gabriela Alves Licursi Vieira
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:10/50190-2 - Investigation of metabolic and biotechnological potential of marine organisms in bioremediation processes and for the production of substances with anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-Leishmania activities (Marine Biodiversity), AP.BTA.TEM


Several studies have demonstrated the potential of ligninolytic fungi in degradation of environmental pollutants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and industrial wastewater treatment. However, studies rekated to PAHs degradation and ligninolytic enzyme production by marine-derived fungi are still scarce. Since these microorganisms are adapted to the marine ecosystem they may have biological advantages for being applied in saline environments. The main objective of this study is to evaluate the degradation of PAHs using microbial consortia in various combinations, composed of six ligninolytic fungi (basidiomycetes and not basidiomycetes) isolated from marine invertebrates and four bacterias isolated from oil reservoir (offshore). The microbial consortia will be evaluated for their ability to in vitro degradation of PAHs pyrene and benzo[a]pyrene and production of ligninolytic enzymes during the degradation process. Those that have a potential use for the biotechnological will be tested for their capacity of the pollutants detoxification by the toxicity tests in HepG2 cells and/or seeds of Allium cepa. The consortium selected by its ability for degradation and detoxification of pyrene and benzo[a]pyrene should be subjected to experimental evaluation of different nutritional and environmental factors in the degradation of PAHs studied, as well as in determining the products of metabolism generated from the PAHs degradation.

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GIOVANELLA, PATRICIA; VIEIRA, GABRIELA A. L.; RAMOS OTERO, IGOR V.; PELLIZZER, ELISA PAIS; FONTES, BRUNO DE JESUS; SETTE, LARA D.. Metal and organic pollutants bioremediation by extremophile microorganisms. JOURNAL OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, v. 382, . (16/17488-4, 18/12098-9, 16/07957-7, 12/12622-3)
VIEIRA, GABRIELA A. L.; MAGRINI, MARIANA JUVENTINA; BONUGLI-SANTOS, RAFAELLA C.; RODRIGUES, MARILI V. N.; SETTE, LARA D.. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons degradation by marine-derived basidiomycetes: optimization of the degradation process. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology, v. 49, n. 4, p. 749-756, . (13/19486-0, 12/12622-3, 16/07957-7, 10/50190-2)
BONUGLI-SANTOS, RAFAELLA C.; DOS SANTOS VASCONCELOS, MARIA R.; PASSARINI, MICHEL R. Z.; VIEIRA, GABRIELA A. L.; LOPES, VIVIANE C. P.; MAINARDI, PEDRO H.; DOS SANTOS, JULIANA A.; DUARTE, LIDIA DE AZEVEDO; OTERO, IGOR V. R.; DA SILVA YOSHIDA, ALINE M.; et al. Marine-derived fungi: diversity of enzymes and biotechnological applications. FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY, v. 6, . (13/00286-1, 08/06720-7, 13/12505-0, 13/08617-7, 11/18769-3, 09/18399-1, 13/19486-0, 12/12622-3)
Academic Publications
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VIEIRA, Gabriela Alves Licursi. Detoxification and decolorization of environmental pollutants by marine microbial consortia. 2016. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp). Instituto de Biociências. Rio Claro Rio Claro.

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