Brazil: Studies prove the viability of hop cultivation in São Paulo

Innovation & Technology
Published Jan 15, 2024

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Researchers at the University of São Paulo have tested the viability of hop production in São Paulo, with promising results from four hop cultivars tested over two years. The main difficulty in growing hops in a tropical climate is the incidence of light, which researchers addressed by installing artificial lighting panels. The results of their studies indicate that hop cultivation is viable in Brazil and could reduce dependence on imports, with consumer acceptance of craft beer made with locally grown hops receiving higher ratings.
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Almost all of the hops used in Brazil for brewing are imported, especially from Germany and the United States. However, a group of researchers from the University of São Paulo (USP) has tested the viability of the plant's production in the state of São Paulo, obtaining promising results. In an experiment published in the European Journal of Agronomy, four hop cultivars (three North American and one European) were tested over two years in Ribeirão Preto. Two of them (Cascade and Chinook, both North American) developed satisfactorily, according to physiological and growth parameters. The main difficulty in growing hops in a tropical climate is the incidence of light. In the Northern Hemisphere, summer guarantees around 16 hours of natural light per day, while in Brazil it is up to 14 hours. To overcome this problem, the researchers installed artificial lighting panels to extend the luminous period. With the promising result on the Cascade and Chinook cultivars, part of the group of ...
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