Tradecorp Brazil, a Rovensa Group company, has announced an investment of more than US$ 1 million in a new Global Biosolutions Research and Innovation Center located in Hortolândia (São Paulo State). The company’s first innovation center in Brazil aims to develop new biosolutions for the country and other international markets where Rovensa Group operates.
This Global Research and Innovation Biosolutions Center were created in Brazil based on the substantial growth that the country’s agricultural sector has seen in the last 10 years.
Examples of lab experiments
“The Brazilian agricultural industry has seen significant investments from the public and private sectors in the last decade, making it an important and strategic market globally,” says Rafael Leiria, Operations Director, Tradecorp Brazil. “Brazil represents a new frontier in sustainable agriculture that we believe has the ability to contribute to the world’s food supply in a quality, safe, and environmentally friendly manner.”
Aligned with the objectives set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, the research at this new center will focus on biological and sustainable solutions that can improve the efficiency of nutrient and water use, quality of crops, and the quality and life of soil using microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria.
Eric van Innis, Chief Executive Director at Rovensa, shares details on Innovation Center
From left to right: Jorge de Almeida, Country Director, Tradecorp Brazil; Eric van Innis, Chief Executive Director at Rovensa; Rafael Nunes, Industrial Associate Director, Tradecorp Brazil; José Alfredo García, Chief Operating Officer, Bionutrition at Rovensa.
As it is located in Brazil, the center will begin its research to address local challenges for farmers within the country, but the solutions will be applicable to other markets around the world.
“We work hand-in-hand with our local growers to create solutions that work for them, and we are using that knowledge to drive our research at this center. However, we will be creating biosolutions that are applicable globally, in all of the markets where Rovensa Group operates, to work towards enabling more sustainable agriculture worldwide”, adds Rafael Leiria.
The new center will be led by a highly qualified multidisciplinary team under the management of Dr. Johana Rincones Pérez, allowing for multiple projects to be developed simultaneously. In the laboratory, the fermentation processes, based on fungi and bacteria, will be carried out with prototypes being produced and evaluated in a greenhouse or field. At the same time, the results of chemical bioanalysis and molecular biology of the microorganisms involved will be evaluated and tested in model plants.
Opening of Tradecorp Brazil Innovation Center
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