FAPESP has always been attentive to the importance of sugarcane and ethanol to the State of São Paulo economy, and has continued to make a significant contribution to the advance in scientific knowledge and technology in the sector.
The State of São Paulo Research Foundation has supported, and continues to support a large number of research projects centered on diverse topics related to the sugarcane cultivation, its industrial uses, and to ethanol. These are research activities undertaken by means of financial awards for different levels of academic training, by means of individual grants to researchers or by means of programs geared to technological research.
In 1999, for example, FAPESP created the Sugarcane Genome Project, within the ambit of the FAPESP-Genome program, for the sequencing and analysis of sugarcane genes relating to productivity, resistance to pests and diseases and climatic variations.
Since 2001, in partnership with the Center for Sugar Technology (CTC) and Dedini, FAPESP has supported the Dedini Rapid Hydrolysis program for the development of technology for ethanol production via acidic hydrolysis on an industrial scale.
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