News 2018

- Thursday, 20 December 2018

Differential response of silencing HvIcy2 barley plants under biotic and abiotic stresses

We have shown how barley lines with silenced cystatin responds differently under biotic and abiotic stresses. The functional specificity of cystatin changes plants proteolytic activities in response to external stress, which is crucial for the modulation of physiological processes associated to any stress.

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- Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Repression of some cysteine-proteases makes barley leaves more resistant to pest and pathogens

Repression of two C1A barley cysteine-proteases results in thicker leaf cuticles, changes in the stomata pore area and causes some other physiological modifications. As a consequence, plants become more resistant to drought stress, pest and pathogen attack.

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- Monday, 26 November 2018

The seed embryo sends signals to the encapsulating endosperm to promote cell expansion events critical for germination

This study identifies endosperm expansion during imbibition as a necessary key step in the regulation of germination and defines its control by an embryo-initiated gene network. This provides an important insight into the regulatory processes underpinning the seed to seedling transition in plants.

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- Wednesday, 21 November 2018

A new plant immunity regulator that controls the production of reactive oxygen species during disease resistance responses

Plants activate highly controlled immune responses against pathogens to avoid unnecessary processes that might negatively impact on plant fitness. CBGP researchers have discovered that MKP1 phosphatase is a key regulator of the immunity/fitness balance that controls the production of reactive oxygen species during disease resistance.

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- Monday, 19 November 2018

The politicians are committed to implement urgent measures to protect and promote science in spain

Representatives of the research centers belonging to the SOMMa alliance - bringing together the 41 Centers of Excellence Severo Ochoa (SO) which CBGP (UPM-INIA) is a member and María de Maeztu (MM) met on November 15, 2018 at Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas (CNIO) to celebrate the 100xCiencia.3 Congress: Bridging the gap between science and society.

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- Tuesday, 06 November 2018

The Counsellor of Education and Research of the Comunidad de Madrid government, D. Rafael van Grieken, has visited the Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP, UPM-INIA)

Twenty researchers from the CBGP (UPM-INIA) benefit from Madrid Government Research Programs.

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- Wednesday, 24 October 2018


European scientists unite to safeguard precision breeding for sustainable agriculture

Regulating genome edited organisms as GMOs has negative consequences for agriculture, society and economy.

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- Wednesday, 03 October 2018

MDPbiome: engineering microbiomes

MDPbiome, a computer system to facilitate microbiome engineering through external perturbations, led by researchers from Wilkinson laboratory, has been published in Bioinformatics and presented at a conference at the European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB18), the main forum for bioinformatics in Europe.  

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- Wednesday, 03 October 2018

Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato exploits light signals to optimize virulence and colonization of leaves

Researchers of the CBGP (UPM-INIA) belonging to the group “Phytopathogenic Bacteria” have revealed that the pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato exploits light cues to maximize its virulence on plants.

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- Thursday, 13 September 2018

Arabidopsis Kunitz Trypsin Inhibitors in Defence Against Spider Mites

The CBGP group “Molecular Plant-Pest Interaction” revealed the role of the plant protease inhibitors type Kunitz in defence against spider mite (Tetranychus urticae).


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- Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Virulence and signalling mechanisms are regulated by the length of the 3' ends of mRNAs in the rice blast fungus

The results derived from the study carried out by the research groups of Dr. Ane Sesma and Dr. Mark Wilkinson at the CBGP-UPM demonstrate how the variation of the 3 'ends of mRNAs of the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae can alter the biology of the fungus.

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- Tuesday, 11 September 2018

FAIR Metrics publication co-authored by CBGP researchers ranked by F1000 as “Exceptional”

Adherence to the FAIR Principles - that scientific outputs should be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable - is rapidly becoming a requirement of funding agencies and journals. This manuscript describes the first objective approach to quantitatively evaluating compliance with the FAIR Data Principles.

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- Monday, 03 September 2018

Genetic diversity analysis of cultivated and wild grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) accessions around the Mediterranean basin and Central Asia

The CBGP group “GENETIC AND MOLECULAR ANALYSIS OF CROP NATURAL VARIATION ”, in collaboration with researchers from University of Davis and USDA, CA (USA), University of Milan (Italy), University of Georgia, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Institute for Adriatic Crops (Croatia) and INRA, Montpellier, (France), has recently published the origins of the domesticated grapevine. This is the first time that the results support at least two separate domestication events that gave raise to cultivated grape; one derived from the Transcaucasian wild grape and another from the wild grape of Western Europe.

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- Monday, 30 July 2018

New perspectives about photoperiodic regulation of shoot apical growth in poplar

The scientific group ‘Circadian and seasonal control of growth-dormancy cycle in poplar’ at CBGP (UPM-INIA) explores the conserved photoperiodic regulation between Arabidopsis flowering and the control of poplar shoot apical growth.

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- Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Zinc is required for legume nodule development

Researchers from the CBGP (UPM-INIA) group “ Transition Metal Homeostasis in Plant-Microbe Interactions”, in collaboration with other teams, have described the role of MtMTP2 in nodule development in model legume Medicago truncatula.

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- Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Paolo M. Triozzi, awarded for the best Poster at XIV RBMP celebrated in Salamanca, 4-6 July 2018

The scientific committee of the Meeting of Molecular Biology of Plants celebrated this year awards the diploma as recognition of the best communication type Poster entitled 'RAV1 transcription factor is required for poplar adaptation to low ambient temperature'.

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- Wednesday, 04 July 2018

A complex network of ROS regulation is involved in the defence response of Arabidopsis against the two-spotted spider mite

Researchers from the CBGP (UPM-INIA) group “Plant-pest molecular interactions” have revealed the existence of a complex network involving reactive oxygen species (ROS), related compounds and enzymatic activities. This network plays a key role in the defence response of Arabidopsis against the two-spotted spider mite.

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- Tuesday, 03 July 2018

Metrics for quantitative evaluation of FAIR Data

A core set of semi-quantitative metrics for the evaluation of FAIRness in data has been produced, which can be expanded by the community of users.


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- Monday, 02 July 2018

MtMOT1.2 is the transporter responsible for molybdate delivery to Medicago truncatula nodules

Researchers from the CBGP (UPM-INIA) group “ Transition Metal Homeostasis in Plant-Microbe Interactions”, in collaboration with other teams, have describe the role of MtMOT1.2 in symbiotic nitrogen fixation.


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- Friday, 15 June 2018

Two-hybrid systems are revisited

The CBGP (UPM-INIA) researcher Dr. Luis Oñate-Sánchez has edited a book compiling cutting-edge methods and protocols for the study of molecular interactions in yeasts, plants and animal cells.

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- Thursday, 14 June 2018

Can viruses help to protect crop plants from diseases and pests?

Seventeen partners from 8 European countries will meet for the H2020-funded project VIROPLANT kick-off meeting on June 20-21 in Torino (Italy).

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- Monday, 11 June 2018

Identified a family of cochaperones involved in plant thermotolerance to high temperatures

Researchers from the CBGP (UPM-INIA) from the group "Regulation of translation under stress conditions in plants" have revealed the key role of HOP proteins in the establishment of long-term acquired thermotolerance in plants.

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- Tuesday, 08 May 2018

Junior Group Leader Position

CBGP is seeking for a new Group Leader to cover one of the following research areas:              

§ Genomic Assisted Breeding
§ Computational Structural Biology
§ Synthetic and Systems BiologyÇ


- Monday, 07 May 2018

Spain: Industry sides with science

Organizations of the industry, and associations connected to R+D+i express their support towards research, backing the petition of the Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu alliance (SOMMa) which advocates in favour of the political class acting to clear the administrative problems currently affecting science in Spain.

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- Friday, 20 April 2018

Postdoctoral Researcher Positions at the CBGP (UPM-INIA)
(CBGP-Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence Research Program)

CBGP (UPM-INIA) is seeking for outstanding candidates for 16 postdoctoral researcher positions in its three CBGP Transversal Scientific Programs (TSPs) and in its Computational, Systems Biology, and Genomics Program (CSBGP).


- Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Identified a mechanism of SWR1-C recruitment to target genes in Arabidopsis

Researchers of the CBGP (UPM-INIA) from the ¨Molecular Bases of Plant Developmental Phase Transitions¨ group, in collaboration with three more research teams, have revealed a key role for the Arabidopsis homolog of the yeast SANT domain protein Swc4/Eaf2 in the recruitment of the SWR1 complex (SWR1-C) to the chromatin of target genes.

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- Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Discovered a new plant immunity mechanism sharing regulatory elements with the stomata developmental pathway

The constitutive activation of this novel immunity mechanism confers broad spectrum disease resistance to plants.


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- Thursday, 15 March 2018

A non-host of a plant virus showing only apparent extreme resistance

The deployment of viruses producing a fluorescent protein, and chimeric recombinant viruses have allowed the detection of systemic replicative viruses and the identification of the viral determinant of the apparent extreme resistance in a presumed non-host of the virus. The work has been carried out in the ‘Plant Virus Biotechnology’ group of the CBGP.

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- Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The Alliance of Severo Ochoa Centres and María de Maeztu Units (SOMMa) promotes Spanish Excellence in research and fosters the competitivity

The Secretary of State of Research, Development and Innovation, Carmen Vela, and the Director and Deputy Director of the Alliance, Luis Serrano and Teresa García-Milá, presented this new iniciative to promote, strengthen and maximise the value and international impact of the ground-breaking research produced by the Spanish cutting-edge research centres and units.

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- Tuesday, 13 March 2018

The amazing regenerative plasticity of plants. How is a new organ regenerated after embryogenesis?

Research carried out by the laboratory of “ROOT ORGANOGENESIS, REGENERATION AND ROOTING” at the CBGP, in collaboration with researchers from the University Miguel Hernandez of Elche, has identified the morphological events and main molecular regulators involved in hormone-free rooting in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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- Monday, 12 March 2018

The genetic diversity of mammal reservoir host populations is a key factor in the emergence of rabies virus epidemics

The CBGP research group of “Determinants of plant virus seed transmission and speciation”, in collaboration with researchers of the University of Sydney, has recently published a study in Ecology Letters that identifies the genetic diversity of mammal reservoir host populations as a major determinant of the evolution of Rabies virus and a key determinant of the emergence of epidemics caused by this virus.

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- Friday, 09 March 2018

Silencing barley cystatins HvCPI-2 and HvCPI-4 specifically modifies leaf responses to drought stress

Silenced barley plants for an inhibitor of C1A proteases show stay-green phenotypes and tolerance to water stress.


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- Wednesday, 28 February 2018

A CBGP paper among the Big Biology Breakthroughs of 2017

The work by Burén et al. (doi: 10.1021/acssynbio.6b00371) is considered as a turning point in the development of nitrogen fixing plants.

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- Monday, 19 February 2018

CBGP (UPM-INIA) will hold on May 30th-June 1st the third Edition of the Workshop “Frontiers in Plant Biology”, CBGP-10th Anniversary

Thirteen leader researchers from international institutions of excellence will participate at the Workshop. They will present their scientific advances in different areas of plant biology, biotechnology, and computational biology.

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- Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The important role of cell wall in plant immunity

CBGP researchers review the current knowledge about plant cell wall integrity monitoring systems and their functions in triggering specific disease resistance and growth responses.

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- Tuesday, 13 February 2018

CBGP will collaborate in the new Master in Computational Biology of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

The Computational Biology Master is integrated in the new Computational and Systems Biology and Genomics Program (CsBGP) of the CBGP (UPM-INIA).

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- Tuesday, 06 February 2018

A CBGP-based article reviewing the main effects of virus infections on plant development, gets the cover of a recent general book on Plant Viruses

The paper ‘Viruses and Plant Development’, by Drs. Flora Sánchez and Fernando Ponz (CBGP group ‘Plant Virus Biotechnology’), has been chosen to illustrate the cover of the recent book ‘Plant Viruses. Diversity, Interaction and Management’, published by CRC Press.



- Monday, 05 February 2018

Inspiring Girls visita el CBGP (UPM-INIA) con motivo de la celebración del Día Internacional de la Mujer y la Niña en la Ciencia

El martes 13 de febrero, en el marco del Día Internacional de la Mujer y la Niña en la Ciencia (11 de febrero,, hay programada una visita de la Fundación Inspiring Girls ( al CBGP (UPM-INIA).

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- Tuesday, 23 January 2018

MtCOPT1 mediates copper uptake by nodule cells in legume Medicago truncatula

A study led by Dr. Manuel González-Guerrero shows the role of a copper transporter in nitrogen fixation in model legume Medicago truncatula.

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- Tuesday, 09 January 2018

Engineering nitrogenase for plants and fungi – What is achieved and what remains?

In this review we discuss strategies to engineer plants to fix N2, with a special focus on recent advances in biochemistry, synthetic biology and plant biotechnology.


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