Biomass is a competitive advantage of Brazil, and sugarcane, in particular, is one of the main platforms for the production of biorenewables. The understanding and improvement of the biological and physico-chemical mechanisms underlying the exchanges between plant-soil system are instrumental for the sustainable production of biomass.
How do we do?
– Microbial Soil Biotechnology: genetic engineering and multi-media approaches for the study of microbial communities and the use of synchrotron radiation and electron microscopy for the understanding of physical and chemical properties that govern soil exchange mechanisms;
– Biomass growth: mechanisms of growth and environmentally correct production of biomass, by integrating agroindustrial “residues” in the biomass production cycle, with emphasis on carbon stock and GHG emissions from the soil.