São Paulo Advanced Research Center for Biological Control (SPARCBio)

São Paulo Advanced Research Center for Biological Control (SPARCBio)
To develop a biological pest control model for tropical regions through competitive international research
Coordinator: José Roberto Postali Parra
Host Institution: Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture, University of São Paulo (ESALQ-USP)
Business partner: Koppert Biological Systems

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FAPESP Process 2018/02317-5
Term: Oct 2019 to Sep 2024

SPARCBio is the result of a partnership between FAPESP and Koppert Biological Systems, a Dutch-based company, to support high-level scientific research for the development of sustainable agricultural technologies.

The center is hosted at ESALQ-USP. The research effort also involves professors from other Brazilian universities (such as UNESP, UFSCar, UFES, and UFV), researchers from Embrapa, and partners from the United States (Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, University of California Davis, and University of Minnesota), France (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, and Sophia Antipolis), and Denmark (University of Copenhagen).

The group aims to develop research projects, products and technologies that will result in a strong relationship with a novel integrated approach to pest management in modern and sustainable agriculture. Its main challenge is to change Brazilian farmers’ views about the competitiveness and environmental benefits of biotechnology.

Interaction with the educational system, especially primary and secondary schools, is also expected to disseminate information on biological pest control through the FAPESP Public Education Research Program


1. Find new control biological agents.
2. Develop new technologies.
3. Advance knowledge of integrated pest and disease management.


FAPESP and Koppert launch the São Paulo Advanced Research Center for Biological Control in Agriculture
Hosted by the University of São Paulo in Piracicaba (ESALQ-USP), SPARCBio willdevelop a new integrated pest management model to foster the sustainability of tropical agriculture.