News 2017

- Wednesday, 27 December 2017

CBGP (UPM-INIA) will holds on January 30th the first Junior Workshop Frontiers in Plant Biology

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


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- Wednesday, 13 December 2017

A CBGP (UPM-INIA) research group wins the second position at the II edition of UPM_innovatech 2T Challenge

The submitted concept is a ground-breaking solution to solve one of the biggest problems of global agriculture: the excess of nitrogen fertilization.

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- Tuesday, 12 December 2017

CBGP (UPM-INIA) Director, Dr. Antonio Molina, disserts about Plants and Sustainability in Harvard

The CBGP at the Workshop on New Trends in Sustainability at the Real Colegio Complutense in Harvard.

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- Monday, 11 December 2017

A regulation for seed germination based on the physical separation of enzyme and substrate

Dr. Raquel Iglesias Fernández has led a study that proposes a new mechanism controlling the seed germination of Brassica rapa and Sisymbrium officinale (Brassicaceae). This mechanism is based on the mobility (via apoplastic space) of endo-β-mannanase enzymes through the embryonic tissues to the seed mucilagous epidermis (mannan-rich structure).

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- Thursday, 30 November 2017

Another step towards engineering biological nitrogen fixation: diversity of NifB, the key to FeMo-co biosynthesis

NifB or how the most complex metal cofactor on nature is built. A study led by Carlos Echavarri, from the Biochemistry of Nitrogen Fixation group, compiles and analyzes the most complete database of NifB proteins, providing insights into diversity, evolution and key structural elements.

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- Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Identified a new plant virus species native of evergreen oak forests of the Iberian Peninsula and the factors associated with its incidence and population genetic diversity

The CBGP research group of “Determinants of plant virus seed transmission and speciation” has recently published a study in Frontiers in Plant Science that contributes to the understanding of the diversity of virus species in wild ecosystems and of the ecological factors determining the prevalence and population genetic diversity of these viruses.

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- Thursday, 23 November 2017

CBGP (UPM-INIA) offers 14 doctoral projects funded by La Caixa INPhINIT Programme

Thanks to this programme, the chosen researchers stablish a plan to develop their career, which includes opportunities to move to other countries, sectors and disciplines, and counts on a complementary training programme.

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- Wednesday, 15 November 2017

New insights in the role of protein N-glycosylation in root development

The group led by Dr. Juan Carlos del Pozo has identified a novel and viable allele of LEW3 gene, which encodes for an enzyme involved in protein N-glycosylation. This is the first time showing the important role of N-glycosylation in many processes that affect root biology and development, such as cell division and elongation, ROS generation and peroxidase activity or the positive interaction between Arabidopsis and the fungus Piriformosa indica.


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- Tuesday, 14 November 2017

β-glucan-triggered plant innate immunity

The research group of "Innate immunity and resistance to necrotrophic fungi" has recently published in The Plant Journal a study that allows to deepen the knowledge of the role of microbes cell wall-carbohydrates on plant innate immunity.


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- Tuesday, 14 November 2017

FAIR Principles awarded “best papers of 2016” by the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA)

Dr. Mark Wilkinson of the CBGP Biological Informatics research group was lead author of the awarded paper “The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship”, published in the Scientific Data journal from Nature Publishing Group.

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- Wednesday, 08 November 2017

´100xCiencia2´ meeting gathers ´Severo Ochoa´ Centres of Excellence and ´María de Maeztu´ Units of Excellence in Alicante

Carmen Vela, the Spanish Secretary of State of Research, Development and Innovation, opened the meeting, and emphasized the importance of bringing closer science and business.


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- Wednesday, 08 November 2017

Tolerance is a virus-specific defence in plants

Tolerance to Cucumber mosaic virus in Arabidopsis thaliana, following life-history theory predictions, is attained through reprogramming of the plant’s resource allocation from growth to reproduction and alteration in the host developmental schedule. On testing five viruses, of low to high virulence, it was observed that tolerance in A. thaliana to virus infection is a genotype-specific response. Effective tolerance attained through modification of plant life-history traits was observed in response to infection by one out of five assayed viruses, indicating a virus specific defence response.



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- Monday, 06 November 2017

The ligand of the major allergen protein from peach is the main player in the induction of allergic sensitization

The journal Clinical and Experimental Allergy has selected for the November 2017 issue cover an image of the article in which the recently identified ligand of Pru p 3, the major allergenic protein from peach, is shown to act as an adjuvant to promote sensitization to the allergen. The ligand is recognized by CD1d receptors playing thus a key role in triggering the immunological processes that accompany induction of the sensitization phase of allergy.



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- Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Launch of the “Alliance of Severo Ochoa Centres and Maria de Maeztu Units of Excellence”

The Secretary of State for R&D+i, Carmen Vela, chaired the kickoff meeting of the new Severo Ochoa and Maria Maeztu Alliance of Excellence. The alliance’s target is to internationally promote and strengthen the centres and units accredited with this distinction, to give their research a higher profile.

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- Tuesday, 03 October 2017

IX Scientific Conference in CBGP

CBGP (UPM-INIA) has just celebrated its ninth annual Scientific Conference. Fifteen researchers from the centre presented the results achieved during the last two years.

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- Monday, 02 October 2017

AllerScreening, a novel solution for the diagnosis of food allergy

A European Project coordinated by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid will develop a new technology for detecting food allergies, which will enable its diagnosis in a simple and quick way.

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- Friday, 29 September 2017

Overexpression of DEMETER, a DNA demethylase, promotes early apical bud maturation in poplar

Winter dormancy is a pivotal developmental and physiological process for the survival of the main terrestrial carbon sink: temperate and boreal forests. This work reveals the crosstalk between the environmentally-controlled active DNA demethylation and bud maturation in poplar. We have characterized a DEMETER-like DNA demethylase involved in this process.


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- Thursday, 28 September 2017

CBGP participates in the first fertilization congress organised by ACEFER

Two CBGP (UPM-INIA) researchers attended as invited lecturers to the first congress organised by the Asociación Comercial Española de Fertilizantes (ACEFER) in Madrid.

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- Tuesday, 26 September 2017

A barley protease causes opposite effects against an acari and a fungus

HvPap-1 is a barley protease induced by the attack of both, an acari and a fungus. However, when it is overexpressed or silenced opposite effects against both stresses are found.

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- Monday, 25 September 2017

First active NifB protein purified from a eukaryotic cell

Expression of NifB from a methanogen in mitochondria of yeast and tobacco solved the problem of NifB insolubility in eukaryotic cells, a step necessary for the generation of nitrogen fixing plants.

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- Tuesday, 19 September 2017

CBGP (UPM-INIA) awarded the accreditation as Centre of Excellence Severo Ochoa

Antonio Molina, the CBGP Director, received the accreditation during the awards ceremony held at the Ministerio de Economía, Industia y Competitividad (Madrid).

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- Monday, 18 September 2017

The CBGP (UPM-INIA) counts on a new webpage

The CBGP (UPM-INIA) has a new webpage with a more modern and intuitive design.


- Monday, 04 September 2017

Pathogen-specific, plant cell wall-mediated immunity

Immune deficiencies of plants impaired in heterotrimeric G protein are counterbalanced by defense reponses triggered by alteration of cell wall xylan.

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- Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Tpc1, a fungal-specific transcription factor required for polar growth and pathogenesis in the rice blast fungus

Tpc1 es un regulador de desarrollo central en hongos filamentosos, que conecta la síntesis de especies reactivas de oxígeno y la vía de señalización de la MAPK Pmk1 con el control de la polaridad durante la invasión del huésped.

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- Wednesday, 30 August 2017

The chromatin protein EARLY BOLTING IN SHORT DAYS regulates seed dormancy in Arabidopsis

This work shows that the plant specific protein EARLY BOLTING IN SHORT DAYS plays a central role in the regulation of seed dormancy in Arabidopsis controlling the expression of a number of seed genes to repress germination during the period of dormancy.

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- Friday, 25 August 2017

New Junior Leader Programme of “la Caixa” Foundation: Postdoctoral Fellowship call opened

30 postdoctoral fellowships at Universities and Research Centres of Spain, including the CBGP (UPM-INIA), are offered through this programme.

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- Thursday, 24 August 2017

Molybdenum and zinc uptake by nitrogen-fixing cells in legume nodules

Model legume Medicago truncatula MtMOT1.3 and MtZIP6 transporters respectively mediate molybdenum and zinc uptake by rhizobia-infected root nodule cells.

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- Thursday, 10 August 2017

Chilling-responsive DEMETER-LIKE DNA demethylase mediates in poplar bud break

This work reveals the crosstalk between DEMETER-mediated DNA demethylation, resetting of cellular metabolism and regulation of shoot apical growth during poplar bud break.

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- Wednesday, 09 August 2017

The CBGP (UPM-INIA) participates in 100xCiencia.2 event: Co-creating Values in Scientific Research

Representatives of all the Centers of Excellence «Severo Ochoa» and Units of Excellence «María de Maeztu» will meet with outstanding representatives of the knowledge-based industry, economy and administration.

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- Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Fernando García-Arenal, Senior Virologist Prize

The prize was granted after nomination by all plant virologists in the Spanish Society of Virology

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- Thursday, 13 July 2017

Real-Time monitoring of transcriptional activity in poplar transactivation assays

Using a stable reporter line, based on the circadian clock gene PtaLHY2, we developed a methodology to real time monitoring the regulation of transcription and signal transduction. With this tool, we can quickly evaluate the activity of potential regulators of diurnal and circadian rhythms in poplar.

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- Monday, 19 June 2017

MATI, a novel protein involved in the regulation of herbivore-associated signalling pathways

The MATI protein (Mite AttackTrigger Immunity), unknown to now, induces the accumulation of reducing agents to avoid oxidative damage upon Tetranychus urticae infestation and modulates hormonal signaling involved in defense.

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- Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The olive pathogen Pseudomonas savastanoi pv. savastanoi NCPPB3335 suppresses the plant defense response through the function of two proteins from the HopAO effector family

Two proteins of the HopAO effector family, which suppress the plant defense responses, are involved in the Olive Knot disease caused by Pseudomonas savastanoi.

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- Friday, 12 May 2017

Early branching development of RAV1 engineered poplars, is maintained during a field trial

An outdoor assay with genetically modified trees has shown that early branching development of RAV1 engineered poplars, is maintained during a field trial.

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- Thursday, 06 April 2017

The Severo Ochoa programme recognises the scientific excellence of the Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas

The Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP), a joint research centre between the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and the Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA), has been selected as an Excellence Research Centre by the Severo Ochoa Programme.

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- Sunday, 02 April 2017

Nitrate-dependent sodium uptake for osmotic adjustment

Arabidopsis plants take up sodium to decrease the water potential and keep their water content. Sodium uptake depends on nitrate although some other anions can substitute for nitrate in certain conditions.

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- Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Unveiled the nature of the ligand of Pru p 3, the major allergen from peach

The long sought nature of the ligand of Pru p 3, the major allergen from peach, finally unveiled, has allowed us to establish its participation into the protein activity at two key times of flower and fruit development in peach.

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- Tuesday, 14 March 2017

First attempt to assemble full functional nitrogenase in eukaryotes

Synthetic biology (Voigt lab, MIT) and anaerobic biochemistry (Rubio lab, CBGP) were used to design and assess expression and mitochondria targeting of 9 nitrogen fixation gene products.

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- Wednesday, 08 March 2017

International women’s day 2017: the staff of the plant biotechnology and genomics center celebrates international women's day

All the staff of the Center for Biotechnology and Plant Genomics have joined the initiative to celebrate together, for half an hour, International Women's Day, to claim equal opportunity between men and women in all areas of life, professional and personal, and end with gender violence.

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- Wednesday, 15 February 2017

HOP3 is a new regulator of endoplasmic reticulum stress response

Proper protein folding in the ER is vital to maintain cellular homeostasis. In this sense, there is a growing interest in the identification, as in the case of AtHOP3, of new regulators in this process.

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- Tuesday, 17 January 2017

CDF3 orchestrates both flowering time and abiotic stress responses in Arabidopsis:

Abiotic stresses such as drought and extreme temperatures are among the major environmental factors that limit plant growth, development and productivity.

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- Monday, 16 January 2017

The evolution of a key family of transcription factors in the seeds of angiosperm plants

The B3-TFs VP1/ABI3, FUS3, LEC2 that can be traced back evolutionary to the non vascular plant Physcomitrella patens, play a central role in regulating other important TFs during Angiosperm seed development from embryogenesis to germination.

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