News 2019

- Monday, 09 September 2019

Dr. Jaime Iranzo is joining the CBGP (UPM-INIA) as a Ramón y Cajal Researcher.

Dr. Iranzo joints the new Computational/Systems Biology and Genomics Program of the CBGP (UPM-INIA). Dr. Iranzo has completed a 5-year postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) from the National Institute of Health (NIH, USA). His research combines comparative genomics and mathematical modeling to investigate the evolution of microbes and viruses.

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- Monday, 02 September 2019

The CBGP (UPM-INIA) welcomes Dr. Angel Goñi-Moreno as visiting scientist

Dr Goñi-Moreno is a Lecturer in Synthetic Biology at the School of Computing of Newcastle University (UK), and Principal Investigator at the Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex Biosystems (ICOS) research group. He leads a group that carries out research at the interface of computing and biology, both theoretical and experimental.

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- Tuesday, 27 August 2019

VII Bioinformatics Student Symposium

The Centre for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics will host on 17 October 2019 the VII Bioinformatics Student Symposium organized by the Spanish Regional Group of Students (RGS-Spain), a student association on bioinformatics embedded into the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB).

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- Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Plant defenses against pests driven by a bidirectional promoter

The research team led by Dr.Isabel Diaz has identified and validated the functionality of a bidirectional promoter in the model species Arabidopsis thaliana. This work demonstrates the activation of the promoter after applying different biotic stresses, which suggests a high biotechnological potential in the management of pests and / or pathogens.


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- Thursday, 25 July 2019

European scientists ask the EU Parliament and EU Commission reconsider genome editing for sustainable agriculture and food production

One year ago today, the ECJ unfortunately took a very tough stand on genome editing with its strict legal decision. The European scientific community, representing 126 plant research institutes across Europe, now urges policy makers to reconsider their verdict. In the past year, research has only emphasized the potential of genome editing. As a result, more and more countries across the world are choosing for a rational legislative framework that allows the judicious use of genome editing techniques. Europe cannot stay behind.

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- Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Warm ambient temperature effects on flowering time in Brassica crops

One of the main challenges of our society is to cope with the negative impacts of climate change on agriculture. In a recent study published in The Plant Journal, CBGP researchers characterized the “florigen” activity and the effect of high ambient temperature on flowering time in Brassica rapa.

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- Friday, 12 July 2019

LHY2 Integrates Night-Length Information to Determine Timing of Poplar Photoperiodic Growth

The research team led by Isabel Allona and Mariano Perales, in collaboration with Phil Wigge’s and Katja Jaeger’s teams, described a novel mechanism used by poplar to measure night-length, integrating this information for determining the boundaries of the growing season..

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- Tuesday, 09 July 2019

New multidrug transporter of Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato involved in resistance to plant antimicrobials

Multidrug resistance (MDR) efflux pumps protect bacteria against a wide spectrum of antimicrobial compounds. The number of studies on MDR systems in phytopathogenic bacteria is rather limited, particularly those focusing on plant-defense compounds as potential substrates of the pumps. This work analyzes the role of a new P. syringae MDR system.

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- Friday, 05 July 2019

To increase crop production with fewer fertilizers: The relevance of the phosphate

Phosphate deficiency in soils is one of the major causes of agricultural production losses. Therefore, continuous fertilizers application is required to increase yield, but this excessive use has negative environmental and economic consequences. Thus, crop improvement in phosphate uptake and use is essential to develop sustainable agriculture.

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- Thursday, 27 June 2019

Cucumber mosaic virus as a potential selective pressure on Arabidopsis thaliana populations

It has been proposed that in wild ecosystems viruses are often plant mutualists, whereas agroecosystems favour pathogenicity. We seek evidence for virus pathogenicity in wild ecosystems through the analysis of plant-virus coevolution, which requires a negative effect of infection on the host fitness. Plant-virus coevolution has not been demonstrated yet in any wild system.

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- Monday, 24 June 2019

Synthetic biology techniques to get better and more reproducible transgenic plants

For more than 20 years, plant biologists have tried to achieve complete control of transgene expression. However, until the techniques to target transgenes to safe harbor sites in the genome become routine, we need to find methods to avoid avoid positional effects.

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- Thursday, 13 June 2019

CBGP postdoctoral researchers succeeded at the major European Congress on Allergy and Clinical Immunology by winning two awards

Jaime Tomé Amat and María Garrido Arandia, Postdocs at the Plant Allergens group led by Araceli Díaz Perales, won awards for the best poster presentation and the best poster discussion at the 38th EAACI congress held in Lisbon.

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- Wednesday, 05 June 2019

Plant proteases: from key enzymes in germination to allies for fighting gluten-related disorders

The properties of plant proteases acting along seed germination encouraged us to explore an alternative approach for enzymatic gluten degradation to generate gluten-free wheat for celiac patients. Our results highlight the potential of plant proteases to be used as biotech tools to provide new prevention strategies in protein-caused disorders.

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- Monday, 03 June 2019

More and better genomic information just by changing the polyA

Genes encode all information needed for the correct development and adaptation of organisms to changing environments. This information is transcribed via messenger RNAs to produce proteins. The end of these messengers is delimited by a polyA sequence. This genomic information can be amplified by alternative polyadenylation.

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- Tuesday, 28 May 2019

The mold allergen Alt a 1 is related to asthma vía its interaction with the lung receptor SLC22A17

Alt a 1, mold allergen released from spores of A. alternate, is related to asthma, although the molecular mechanism remains unclear. We described that Alt a 1 binds to SLC22A17, a receptor found in lung epithelium, inducing a pro-inflammatory response. Structural relationship in Alt a 1 and human siderocalin suggests the allergen mimic its pathway.

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- Tuesday, 21 May 2019

CBGP PhD student awarded a double prize in the III Edition of "My thesis in a nutshell" UPM Symposium

Guadalupe Hernández Ramírez, a Predoctoral student at Molecular Basis of Allergenicity and Cross-Reactivity in Plant Food group led by Araceli Díaz Perales won a double prize in the 2019 Edition of “My thesis in a nutshell” Symposium organized by the International Doctorate School of UPM.  

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- Tuesday, 14 May 2019

PlantResponse Biotech, a CBGP spin-off, named Top 50 Agtech companies of 2019 by THRIVE

PlantResponse, a UPM spin-off company founded by CBGP researchers and a CBGP strategic partner, was named one of the 50 best agtech companies in 2019 by SGV Venture-THRIVE, a global AgTech innovation platform based in Silicon Valley, California (USA).

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- Tuesday, 14 May 2019

The Center for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics (CBGP, UPM-INIA) celebrates the 5th International Fascination of Plants Day

The CBGP (UPM-INIA) will open its doors on May 17th to celebrate this day and to present its novel outreach and educative program “Food4All (F4A): Plant to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG-2030)”.

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- Monday, 13 May 2019

The endophytic fungus Serendipita indica helps to reduce Na+ accumulation in plants exposed to salinity

Here is an increasing need to search for alternative strategies to improve tolerance to plant salinity. One of them is to give greater prominence to the microbiota that lives associated with plant roots, specifically the endophytic fungi, which improve the response of the plants to that stress condition.

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- Wednesday, 24 April 2019

The type VI secretion system of Rhizobium etli Mim1 has a positive effect in symbiosis with beans

It is known that bacteria interact with other bacteria, with eukaryotes or with the environment, thanks to proteins that secrete outside the cytoplasm. So far, several secretion systems have been described and some act as nano-syringes by directly injecting proteins that are called effectors into other bacteria or into eukaryotic organisms.

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- Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Engineering tree seasonal cycles of growth through chromatin modification

We summarized the major findings of the chromatin-remodelling role during growth-dormancy cycles and we explored the transcriptional profiling of vegetative apical bud and stem tissues during dormancy as well as discussed genetic strategies designed to improve the growth and quality of forest trees.

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- Wednesday, 13 March 2019

The relevance of being out of order: requirement of Intrinsically Disordered Regions for metalloenzyme biosynthesis

Hydrogenases are key metalloenzymes for the bioproduction and oxidation of hydrogen with potential biotech applications, such as the generation of bio-based fuel cells. The activity of hydrogenases also improves the energy efficiency of nitrogen fixation by recycling the hydrogen evolved from nitrogenase.

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- Thursday, 07 March 2019


A decade at the forefront of Agroforestry Biotech

The Plant Biotechnology and Genomics Center (CBGP), a mixture research center of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA), celebrates its tenth anniversary.


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- Friday, 01 March 2019

TIR-Lectin two-domain protein confers defence properties against spider mite attack

One protein with two domains, lectin and Toll-IL receptor is able to alter not only JA and SA but also different hormonal levels and to confer defence properties in plants against the phytophagous acari Tetranychus urticae.

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- Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Channelling of the metabolic flux through the Vick-Zimmerman pathway contributes to fine-tune plant defence

Oxylipins play important roles in plant defense against biotic and abiotic cues. Because all oxylipins are derived from the same pathway, we investigated how their synthesis might be regulated, focusing on two closely related cytochrome P450 enzymes designated AOS and HPL, respectively.

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- Monday, 25 February 2019

Unravelled new mechanistic insights into the role of histone acetylation in controlling the expression of floral repressor FLC in Arabidopsis

We have demonstrated the role of the Arabidopsis YAF9 proteins in the control of different developmental processes. Our data support that YAF9A and YAF9B are histone H3 readers with unequally redundant functions that control flowering by regulating FLC expression through the modulation of the acetylation levels of histone H4 and H2A.Z at this locus.

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- Thursday, 14 February 2019

An interview with Prof. Francisco García Olmedo

The Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering interviews Prof. Francisco García Olmedo, a retired UPM Full Professor, early inspirer and promoter of CBGP foundation.



- Friday, 08 February 2019

CBGP participates in the R + D + M2 day Woman of Montegancedo

CBGP researchers will celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science by taking part in R + D + M2 day Woman of Montegancedo, an event that will be hosted by the CAIT on 11th February 2019.  

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- Tuesday, 05 February 2019

La Caixa INPhINIT Phd Fellows joined CBGP

CBGP recently incorporated two Phd students of prestigious La Caixa INPhINIT fellowship of 2017 call to develop projects related to plants-pest’s interactions and computational evolutionary genomics.

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- Wednesday, 30 January 2019

CBGP researchers awarded with UPM prizes during celebration of St Thomas Aquino´s day

The UPM celebrated the St Thomas Aquino´s day. During the ceremony two Group Leaders of the CBGP (UPM-INIA) were awarded with research prizes: Mark Wilkinson won the prize of the most cited UPM article and Luis Rubio won the prize of collaboration with private sector.

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- Monday, 21 January 2019

An interview with Prof. Pilar Carbonero

Prof. Pilar Carbonero, a CBGP-UPM Full Professor, is interviewed by the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering (in Spanish) about her long scientific career.



- Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Environmentally sensitive molecular switches drive poplar phenology

The CBGP research group “Circadian and seasonal control group of growth cycles-poplar dormancy” together in collaboration with the “Seasonal growth control in perennial plants” research group from Umeå Plant Science Center describes the latest advances in temperature-related molecular sensors operating during the seasonal control of poplar growth-dormancy cycles.

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- Thursday, 03 January 2019

The first formal data publication from CBGP

As part of the Severo Ochoa objectives for CBGP, we proposed to increase the quality and reusability of our data outputs, as well as increasing the number of high-quality publications from CBGP, through pursuing pure-data publications such as this one.

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