COVER OF THE NEWSPAPER O GLOBO PRESENTS A PIONEERING PROJECT BY THE UNIVERSITY FOR REFORESTATION OF THE ATLANTIC FOREST
The unprecedented genetic combination technique developed by UFV researchers and which has allowed the flourishing of endangered tree species in Brumadinho (MG) was featured on the cover of the O Globo edition this Monday (5).
In the commemorative article, in reference to World Environment Day, the professor from the Department of Forestry Engineering at Gleison dos Santos University presents details of the technique that is hope for reforestation of the Atlantic Forest in record time.
Named “DNA rescue and induction of early flowering in native forest species”, the technique has already been applied with trees such as jequitibá-rosa, ipês (yellow, white and purple), açoita-cavalo, cucupira, pindaíba, among others predominant in the Atlantic Forest. Of the 30 plants included in the work, 12 are threatened with extinction. In Brumadinho, a town in Minas Gerais where the study was started and which is still suffering the consequences of the collapse of the Vale mining company’s dam in 2019, green is expected to return to predominance ten years earlier than the time of conventional reforestation.
— We are very excited with the results. By rescuing the DNA of species from the region’s forests, made up of the Atlantic Forest and Cerrado, we avoid the loss of the genetic information of each one,” says Gleison dos Santos, professor at the Department of Forestry Engineering at the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV). — And the best thing is that the technique can be used in different biomes. An important legacy for future generations.
The complete report can be seen at the link: O Globo