Genomics for Climate Change Research Center (GCCRC)

FAPESP and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) are partners in the Genomics for Climate Change Research Center (GCCRC), hosted by the University of Campinas (UNICAMP). GCCRC was formally established on December 13, 2017, at an event held at FAPESP’s São Paulo headquarters.

The Center’s mission is to develop biotechnological solutions that increase plant resistance to drought and heat, and to transfer technology to the productive sector. Using genomics and genome editing, genetics and genetic engineering, as well as research on microbiomes, it will create and manage genetic improvement and agricultural biotechnology pipelines for the creation of genetically edited transgenic plant varieties, among other activities.

It will also develop competencies in regulation and patents to ensure that its operations comply with biosafety rules and laws governing access to biodiversity.

GCCRC inherits the legacy of the Mixed Unit for Research in Genomics Applied to Climate Change, a joint venture established by EMBRAPA and UNICAMP in 2012.