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Débora Marcondes Bastos Pereira


Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento (Brasil). Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA). Embrapa Instrumentação Agropecuária  (Institutional affiliation from the last research proposal)
Birthplace: Brazil

She holds a degree, master's, and doctorate in Physics from the Physics Institute of São Carlos - University of São Paulo (USP), specializing in optical and photonic techniques. Since 2001 she has been a researcher at Embrapa Instrumentação, São Carlos / SP. She is also currently the Deputy Head of Technology Transfer, which includes an innovation and business plan with private companies. His research area at Embrapa is optics and photonics applied to agriculture and the environment. In 2021, he had approved, under his coordination, the first National Laboratory of Agro-photonics, supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology and Innovation, within the SISFOTON initiative. She works with developing methods, sensors, and equipment for soil, plant, fertilizer, and food analysis. Some of her outstanding works include developing an automated system using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) to quantify carbon, nutrients, and contaminants in the soil and the development of portable systems for the early diagnosis of plant diseases in the field. In addition, she established several international cooperations with institutions in Europe and the USA during her research activities. Within the scope of acting as Head of Technology Transfer, she was decisive in the increasing the portfolio of projects in open innovation and/or in partnership with private companies; in four years, the number of this type of project went from 25% to more than 65% of Embrapa Instrumentação projects. Also noteworthy is its work supporting the development of startups in articulation with investors and Venture Capitals. (Source: Lattes Curriculum)

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