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The 64th Annual Meeting of the SBPC has the theme "Science, Culture and Traditional Knowledge to Fight Poverty"

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About 20,000 people are expected for the 64th Annual Meeting of the SBPC (Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science), between 22 and 27 July in Sao Luis, Maranhao. The meeting, which this year is focused on Science, Culture and Traditional Knowledge to Fight Poverty, held on the campus of UFMA (Federal University of Maranhão).

Will be held 61 conferences, 66 round tables, 48 ​​short courses, and other activities like meetings, meetings, poster sessions and meetings for the discussion of scientific advances in several areas of knowledge, and a forum for public policy debates S & T.

"This is the largest scientific event in Brazil with the participation of authorities, managers of the national science and technology and representatives of scientific societies," says the coordinator of the 64th general meeting and general secretary of the SBPC, Ruth Gonçalves de Andrade.

Among the participants are the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Marco Antonio Raupp, the Minister of Education, Mercadante, renowned scientists and researchers as the Israeli Daniel Shechtman, Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2011, and several leaders of scientific societies.

Also part of the program of the Annual Meeting ExpoT & C, the largest exhibition of science and technology in the Americas. The main research institutes, universities, funding agencies, government entities and other organizations interested in presenting new technologies, products and services will be present.

Other parallel events are the Young SBPC (programming focused on students of Basic Education and Vocational), the Cultural SBPC (regional artistic activities), the Poster Session and National Day of Undergraduate Research.

Research advances in power are highlighted

Advances in nutrition research, focusing on sustainability and hidden hunger, will be discussed in Lecture Cycle Murányi Péter Prize, which will take place on July 26.

These are works that show the challenges of science in finding solutions to increase the availability of quality food for the population and optimize the use of natural resources, says Vera Kiss, president of the Foundation Murányi Péter, who will coordinate the Cycle of Lectures.

Research finalists are innovative, have practical application and contribute to improving the quality of life of the population located below the 20th parallel of north latitude on the globe, especially the Brazilian president defends.

One of the papers to be presented is that of researcher Teresa Losada Valle, the Campinas Agronomic Institute (IAC) Award winner. She won $ 150,000 from the Foundation Péter Murányi the development of a variety of sweet cassava, IAC 576-70, which contains more vitamin A and has increased productivity and disease resistance. By contributing to improving the quality of food of low income, this variety has been widely disseminated in the State of Sao Paulo. Its cultivation is also being expanded to Santa Catarina, Mato Grosso do Sul and the Federal District.

Although this line will be presented the result of work done by the Embrapa Food. This is the BioFort, research network that aims to increase the amount of nutrients from eight types of crops. Have been previously released commercial varieties of rice, beans, cowpea, potato and cassava, benefiting thousands of landless settlements. Currently, the network operates pilot projects in Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and Sergipe. The presentation of the work will be done by the researcher José Luiz Viana de Carvalho.

In line with sustainability is another work by researchers at the Laboratory of Food Technology of the Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense (Uenf) Darcy Ribeiro, in Campos (RJ), which allowed a total utilization of the passion fruit. The bark and seeds of fruit, which usually go to the trash, are processed by an industry of the State of Rio de Janeiro, thanks to the research of the Laboratory. Are processed into meal and oil, with great potential for use in cosmetics and food, including for direct consumption in the diet of people. This work will be presented by the researcher Suelen Alvarenga Regis.

With information from the SBPC

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