22/09/21 - Bioeconomy

In this research, we seek to identify and understand the species of Jaborandi with the highest content of pilocarpine, a substance used in the treatment of glaucoma and to treat dry mouth. Through genome mapping and the selection of matrices for reproduction, we gathered information to determine the best way of harvesting the leaves. We also seek to map new areas of natural occurrence that can be managed orderly and investigate environmental conditions that favor its growth. Threatened by deforestation and uncontrolled exploitation, Jaborandi is restricted to the states of Pará, Maranhão, and Piauí and represents an important source of income for the local population. Studies with Jaborandi help increase the value of non-timber forest products while maintaining the forest as it stands and promoting Amazon’s bio-economy.