News 2021

- Monday, 13 September 2021

Green technology to fight pollution: How poplar trees manage to degrade persistent carcinogenic polluta

Poplar trees have a proven capacity to absorb and metabolize polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a prominent family of persistent organic pollutants with carcinogenic effects. Unravelling the underlying metabolic process is key to improve PCB remediation using green technologies.

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- Monday, 06 September 2021

Spider mite egg extract modifies Arabidopsis response to future infestations

Researchers from the CBGP group "Plant-Phytophagous Molecular Interactions" studied the transcriptomic response of Arabidopsis to the mite egg extract and its implications in plant defense response.

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- Monday, 30 August 2021

How translation is adapted to plant characteristics?

Researchers at the Center for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics (CBGP, UPM-INIA) and at La Mayora (IHSM-UMA-CSIC) reveal some of the most interesting peculiarities of translation in plants.

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- Monday, 02 August 2021

Development of a new system for detection of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 by researchers from the CBGP

Researchers form Plant Allergens groups at CBGP take part, in collaboration with the Optics, Photonics and Biophotonics group at CTB, in the development of an innovative system for detecting specific antibodies against the virus causing the COVID-19 disease.

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- Monday, 19 July 2021

CBGP (UPM-INIA/CSIC) awarded a new accreditation as Centre of Excellence Severo Ochoa

This new Severo Ochoa accreditation is a recognition of the scientific excellence and technological innovation of the CBGP and a boost for the development of its new scientific programs and technological solutions for a more sustainable agriculture and development.

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- Wednesday, 07 July 2021

Disentangling transcriptional responses in plant defense against arthropod herbivores

In this work, a transcriptomic meta-analysis was used to disentangle transcriptional responses in plant defense against arthropod herbivores. This strategy was revealed as a potent way to sort out relevant physiological processes in the plant response and to discover plant-herbivore particularities.

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- Tuesday, 06 July 2021

Tolerance to aluminum: from model plant to crop

Using data generated from basic research we have determined the function of STOP1 and ALMT1 in rye tolerance to aluminum toxicity and low pH in the soil. This research will contribute to regenerate degraded soils and improve plants to these stresses.

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- Friday, 02 July 2021

Cell populations synchronized through plant hormones

Synchronizing gene expression in complex eukaryotic communities is challenging. The PlantDynamics lab constructed a synthetic system inspired by bacteria response to antibiotics that robustly converts auxin and salicylic acid rhythms into synchronized gene expression across cell populations.

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- Friday, 02 July 2021

A chromatin switch attenuates abiotic stress responses during the floral transition

Plants react to environmental challenges by integrating external cues and endogenous signals to maximize survival and fitness. This work reveals a chromatin switch coordinating flowering initiation with plant responsiveness to adverse conditions, tuning down costly stress responses during flowering for optimal plant reproductive success.

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- Friday, 18 June 2021

José Manuel Palacios elected Director of ETSIABB

The entire CBGP community would like to congratulate José Manuel Palacios who has been elected Director of the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Agronómica, Alimentaria y de Biosistemas (ETSIAAB).

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- Friday, 11 June 2021

Identification and functional analysis of MADS12, a gene involve in the reactivation of growth after winter in trees

Identification and functional analysis of MADS12, a gene involve in the reactivation of growth after winter in trees.

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- Thursday, 10 June 2021

The best attack does not always start by a good defense: Higher plant tolerance/resistance may be an evolutionary advantage for viruses

CBGP researchers report that, depending on the plant population structure for tolerance, viruses evolve to promote plant resistance or plant tolerance depending on which defense mechanism optimizes their transmission rate. Hence, the improvement of host defenses may benefit virus fitness.

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- Tuesday, 08 June 2021

First Spanish-Chinese Workshop of the Centre of Excellence for Plant-Environment Interactions (CEPEI) held last 31st May and 1st June 2021

The First Spanish/Chinese Workshop of CEPEI took place in 2 half-day sessions last 31st May and 1st June 2021. The event brought together thirteen keynote speakers from IGDB, PSC and CBGP and count on over 250 attendees.

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- Monday, 07 June 2021

Integration of Single-cell Omics with Gene Regulatory Network Reconstruction maximizes dissection of molecular processes

In multicellular organisms, the functionality of cells requires the acquisition of specific identities and molecular fingerprints. The analysis of organisms at the cellular level using single-cell omics techniques and Gene Regulatory Network inference will facilitate the understanding of the specific mechanisms governing biological processes.

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- Friday, 04 June 2021

UPM and the Pozuelo Council promote scientific and technological culture among young people

UPM and the Pozuelo Council have signed a collaboration agreement to develop several dissemination activities to show how research and innovation are faced in the 21st century and the relevance of "STEM Education", which addresses our societal challenges by clustering different areas such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

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- Thursday, 03 June 2021

Single-cell disection of Lateral Root ontogeny

Plants can generate new organs throughout their life. We dissect through Single-cell RNA-seq how lateral roots (the postembric organs that form the bulk of the root systems) are generated from precursor cells, thus initiating tissue formation through functional specialization and progressive acquisition of molecular identity fingerprints.

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- Friday, 28 May 2021

New CBGP (UPM-INIA) Scientific Advisory Board appointed

The newly appointed CBGP (UPM-INIA) Scientific Advisory Board will jointly supervise and support the research activities of CBGP and contribute to the further expansion and growth of the center.

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- Thursday, 20 May 2021

Characterization of the wider collection of mycoviruses infecting the fungus Botrytis cinerea for its use as biocontrol agents

Botrytis cinerea is the fungus that causes gray mold in a wide range of host. The disease caused by this fungus causes serious economic losses for growers in a wide variety of crops, both in the field and in post-harvest.

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- Wednesday, 19 May 2021

CBGP Teams Up with Valoriza Servicios Medioambientales (Sacyr) to Improve Solid Urban Waste Treatment Processes

In the MICROUWAS-BIO project metagenomics will be used to characterize the microorganisms involved in the biodigestion of urban waste organic matter.

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- Monday, 17 May 2021

Sabater 2021 Award granted to Javier Cabrera

We are pleased to inform that Javier Cabrera has been selected among other excellent applicants as the winner of the SABATER 2021 award granted for young SEBP researchers.

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- Wednesday, 12 May 2021

CBGP launches it new Scientific Programme on Synthetic Biology and Bioengineering of Plants and associated Microorganisms (SynBIO2)

This SynBIO2 strategic action has been initiated with the foundation of a new SynBIO2 research area approved by the CBGP council. SynBIO2 area integrates 7 CBGP research groups and will be strengthened with new SynBIO2 Research and Innovation actions.

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- Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Identified a new function of CERES in plant defense against potyviruses

Researchers from the Center for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics (CBGP, UPM-INIA) reveal how a translational regulator induces different defense responses against Turnip mosaic virus (TuMV) when overexpressed in plants.

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- Friday, 30 April 2021

CBGP (UPM-INIA) welcomes the EC study on new genomic techniques

CBGP (UPM-INIA) welcomes the EC study on new genomic techniques and wants to thank the EU Council for having requested it. As EU-SAGE member, the CBGP (UPM-INIA) has supported on different occasions a joint call upon the EC to promote a proportionate, non-discriminatory approach to innovative plant breeding in the EC study on novel genomic techniques.

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- Monday, 26 April 2021

Proteome Analysis Reveals a Significant Host-Specific Response in Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. viciae Endosymbiotic Cells

The Rhizobium-legume symbiosis is the result of a delicate adaptation of both partners into an efficient nitrogen-fixing entity that constitutes a model plant-microbe interaction. A proteome analysis has revealed that the legume host differentially affects the expression of multiple rhizobial proteins, thus identifying new plant and bacterial factors with a potential role in this sophisticate bacteria-plant dialogue.

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- Thursday, 22 April 2021

CBGP (UPM-INIA) gets the P1 Biosafety Seal for all its main building labs

The CBGP (UPM-INIA) has recently receive the P1 Biosafety Seal for all the labs of its main whole domain. This accreditation is granted by the Spanish Interministerial Council of Genetically Modified Organisms (CIOMG), as the competent authority for authorizations related to the facilities (labs) and experimental activities with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

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- Monday, 19 April 2021

First Spanish/Chinese Workshop - Centre of Excellence for Plant-Environment Interactions (CEPEI) 2021

The Centre of Excellence for Plant-Environment Interactions (CEPEI), a recently established joint international research Initiative created to maximize the synergies between the Plant Biotechnology and Genomics Centre (CBGP, UPM-INIA) of Madrid (Spain), the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology of Beijing (IGDB) (China) and the Shanghai Centre for Plant Stress Biology (PSC) (China), organizes its First Spanish/Chinese Workshop.

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- Tuesday, 13 April 2021

The CBGP supports EU-SAGE Letter to European Commission calling for a proportionate, non-discriminatory approach to innovative plant breeding

The CBGP (UPM-INIA) joins the Letter recently submitted to the European Commission (EC) by the European Sustainable Agriculture through Genome Editing network (EU-SAGE) to call upon the EC to promote a proportionate, non-discriminatory approach to innovative plant breeding in the EC study on novel genomic techniques.

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- Friday, 09 April 2021

Computational predictions of receptor proteins-glycans interactions triggering plant immunity

Big congratulations to the CBGP’s Plant innate immunity and resistance to necrotrophic fungi research group. The Plant Journal has selected one of their recent articles as a cover picture of the last Plant Journal issue. CBGP researchers have developed a computational pipeline that predicts interactions between plant immunity receptors and glycoligands from microbial or plant cell walls, which trigger immunity. These results provide the bases for the identification and rational design of novel immunoglycans to be used in sustainable crops disease resistance.

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- Wednesday, 07 April 2021

A peptide transporter participates in nodule metal homeostasis

Disregulation of peptide transporter MtYSL7 affects plant growth, nitrogen fixation rates, and nodule metal concentration.

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- Friday, 12 March 2021

Old genetic resources and new genomic tools for a resilient agriculture

Plant genetic resources are potential sources of biodiversity, especially useful in the current climate change scenario. The genotyping of more than 500 varieties of the legume common vetch has allowed the construction of a representative core collection, which includes diversity for agronomic traits associated with yield and drought tolerance, now available for breeding programs.

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- Tuesday, 09 March 2021

Plants in the fight against Covid-19

Dr. Fernando Ponz, PI of the CBGP’s Plant Virus Biotechnology research group co-edits the Research Topic ‘Plant Science’s Contribution to Fighting Viral Pandemics: Covid-19 as a Case Study’ published in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science.

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- Monday, 08 March 2021

CBGP Balancing Gender Programme (cBGp)

Coinciding with 8M, International Women's Day, we launched the "CBGP Balancing Gender Program" (cBGp).

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- Tuesday, 02 March 2021

The CBGP organizes the CBGP_S3-Forum on “Novel Genome Editing Technologies: Evolution and Revolution”

The CBGP (UPM-INIA) organizes, in the frame of its CBGP_S3-Forum Program, the Workshop “Novel Genome Editing Technologies: Evolution and Revolution” that aims to discuss about the potential of Genome Editing technology and the different legal policies and scenarios to commercialize genome-edited products.

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- Thursday, 25 February 2021

Development of synthetic biology tools for the expression of recombinant proteins in rice plastids

There are proteins encoded by nuclear DNA that are synthesized with an N-terminal signal (Transit Peptide) that mediates interaction with of translocator complexes on plastid membranes and import. The characterization of TPs from species like rice supposes the creation of synthetic biology tools useful for cereal engineering.

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- Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Mixed‐linked β‐1,3/1,4‐glucans derived from the cell walls of microorganisms and plants trigger disease resistance responses in plants

The Plant Immunity Group of the CBGP (UPM-INIA) has studied together with the company Plant Response Biotech,, a CBGP spin-off, and within the framework of an industrial Doctorate funded by Madrid’s Regional Government ((IND2017/BIO-7800), the capacity of some mixed glucans (MLGs), made of glucose, to activate plant immunity and disease resistance. In the article published in The Plant Journal CBGP researchers describe that the cell walls of some plant pathogens, like oomycetes, contains MLGs, in addition to the previously described content of MLG in the plant cell walls of cereals.

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- Tuesday, 09 February 2021

International Women’s and Girls' Day in Science

To promote scientific vocations in girls, it is essential that they have real references, and for this, this Thursday, two of the scientists of the CBGP will tell us what they are dedicated to and what has been their trajectory to get here.

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- Friday, 29 January 2021

Sweet Immunity: plant cell wall is a dynamic structure determining plant disease resistance to pathogens and fitness

CBGP researchers demonstrate the key role of plant cell wall in the regulation of specific plant immune responses opening the possibility to enhance crops disease resistance and yield by modifying crops cell walls.  

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- Friday, 29 January 2021

Repression of barley cathepsins, HvPap-19 and HvPap-1, differentially alters grain composition and delays germination

Researchers from CBGP demuestran the role of two gene encoding cysteine-proteases of barley (cathepsins F- and B-like) associated with the mobilization of grain storage compounds upon germination and the effects of their silencing in the grain composition and germination performance.

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- Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Araceli Díaz-Perales, researcher at CBGP (UPM-INIA) and Miguel Holgado, researcher at CTB will jointly give the master lesson in the Solemn Academic Act of Santo Tomás de Aquino of UPM

The lesson talk title will be: "COVID 19: A master Lesson on science and technology"

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- Thursday, 21 January 2021

The price of the induced defence against pests: a meta-analysis

Researchers from CBGP demonstrate through a meta-analysis the importance of the different variables that surround the plant-arthropod interaction as well as the parameters used to estimate the fitness in the final result of the defense-growth trade-off established during the infestation.

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- Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Improving gene circuit design by considering host-circuit interactions

Synthetic biology is about the design and implementation of gene regulatory networks in living cells. We show that considering DNA components alone is not enough to determine circuit function. The context in which they perform (particularities of the host organism) is crucial for their outcome.  

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- Thursday, 14 January 2021

How plants keep track of time to develop

Time tracking is vital for plants because many plant processes occur periodically. Branching of the root system is driven by a molecular clock known as the Root Clock. Our research has identified the oscillatory mechanism underlying the Root Clock and how it is entrained by environmental conditions.

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- Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Nitric Oxide, an essential intermediate in the plant-herbivore interaction

Researchers from CBGP compile in a perspective article the role of nitric oxide (NO) and associated molecules with the NO metabolic pathway in the generation of plant defences to phytophagous insects and acari.

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- Monday, 11 January 2021

How do plants build on their favorite nutrient?

Plants adapt their growth to nutrient availability in the soil. One of most pressing global food challenges is to engineer plants towards more efficient nutrient acquisition. Using combination of computer modeling and experiments the PlantDynamics lab demonstrated a mechanism underlying synchronized tissue growth that depends on nitrate levels.

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