News 2016



- Tuesday, 20 December 2016

A new approach for the generation and high-throughput detection of hydrogen-overproducing bacteria

The great interest for hydrogen (H2) as energy vector underlies research programs aimed to improving its sustainable biological production.


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- Friday, 02 December 2016

Antonio Molina, co-founder of Plant Response Biotech, awarded with the Best Performance Prize ‘actúaupm 2016’

The ‘actúaupm’ Program recognizes the performance of this start-up Company, which is contributing substantially to the development of a more productive and sustainable agriculture.


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- Wednesday, 30 November 2016

OBP4 regulates cell proliferation-and-differentiation balance and pluripotent cell formation

The group led by Dr. Juan Carlos del Pozo has found that the transcription factor OBP4 activates cell proliferation in differentiated pericycle cells. This activation promotes the formation of callus, a mass of proliferative cells in an undifferentiated state. This callus mass has the potential to regenerate functional organs or entire plant under determinate conditions.


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- Friday, 28 October 2016

Permanent Research Position in Computational and Biosystems Biology

Position in Computational Biology is offered at the Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP, UPM-INIA). All paperwork and requirements for this position (Offered Position Nº 99) is detailed in the attached pdf. Deadline: November 28th.
 


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- Friday, 30 September 2016

Plant Response Biotech, best European Agricultural and Green Biotech SME

The Spanish company, a spin off from the UPM founded by two CBGP researchers, receives this recognition at the 7th edition of EuropaBio Awards for its highly innovative projects in biotecnology.


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- Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Science highlights nitrogen fixing cereals as one major challenge in plant biotechnology

The work of Prof. Rubio’s lab in the CBGP featured in a Science Special Issue.


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- Wednesday, 28 September 2016

A strongly allergenic protein facilitates fungal infection in plants

A research group led by Dr. Araceli Díaz Perales with the collaboration of researchers from the CBGP and the Institute of Applied Molecular Medicine (IMMA), CEU San Pablo University, Madrid, has unveiled a molecular mechanism underlying the fungal infection of plants in which a strongly allergenic protein together with a flavonoid ligand block the defensive responses of infected plants.


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- Friday, 23 September 2016

A novel diamagnetic 8 Fe cluster

The CBGP “Biochemistry of Nitrogen Fixation” group elucidates the Fe composition and electronic structure of NifB-co, the product of NifB that serves as biosynthetic precursor to the active site cofactors of all nitrogenases.


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- Monday, 19 September 2016

CBGP co-authored paper about FAIR data publishing espoused by the Leaders of the G20 Nations

CBGP Informatics Group Leader Mark Wilkinson was lead author on the publication of the FAIR Data Principles in the Nature Publishing Group’s Scientific Data journal. These principles for open scholarly data publishing were supported by the G20 Nation Leaders in the final communique from their summit last week in China.


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- Monday, 19 September 2016

Gene silencing acts as an antiviral defense mechanism in Botrytis

A research project led by Dra. María A. Ayllón from CBGP, in collaboration with Dra. Livia Donaire, has shown that gene silencing in Botrytis acts as mechanism of defense against the infection by different mycoviruses.


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- Thursday, 08 September 2016

Incipient cultivation modulates the evolution of recessive resistance to virus infection in a wild plant

An international research project led by the CBGP group ‘Plant-virus interaction and co-evolution’, with the collaboration of researchers from French and Mexican institutions, shows how human management of plant populations strongly influences diversity and evolution of resistance to plant viruses. The focus of the study is the pathosystem potyviruses/chiltepín (a wild Mexican pepper)


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- Friday, 29 July 2016

Sugarcane hosts a rich and diverse fungal and bacterial microbiome with the potential to contribute to the crop’s sustainability

Two publications by a consortium of researchers from the GeBioPAD (Genomics and Biotechnology of Plant-Associated Diazotrophs) CBGP group and the University of Campinas (UNICAMP, Brazil) describe the richness and diversity of the microbiome associated to sugarcane using metagenomic and culture-based approaches.


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- Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Three CBGP research groups develop business plans for their entrepreneurship ideas

The aim is that by the end of the year these initial ideas become in real business plans and potentially give rise to future UPM startups


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- Wednesday, 27 July 2016

WORKSHOP: New Frontiers in Plant Biology

The second edition of the Workshop “New Frontiers in Plant Biology” took place on June 15-17 2016 in the Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP), a joint research centre of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and the Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraría y Alimentaria (INIA). This Workshop was hosted by the CBGP in the context of its activities devoted to exchange the more recent scientific advances and emerging technologies in the field of Plant Biology and their impact on the Bioeconomy


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- Thursday, 30 June 2016

ERECTA and BAK1, two receptor-like kinases interact to regulate immune responses in Arabidopsis

Researchers from the CBGP group “Plant innate immunity and resistance to necrotrophic fungi”, in collaboration with Dr. Keiko Torii from Washington University (USA), have demonstrated the role of two membrane receptor-like kinases in the regulation of several Arabidopsis thaliana immune responses.


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- Thursday, 23 June 2016

Two CBGP graduate students are awarded in international scientific meetings for the quality of their research

Laura Bacete and Sayanta Bera were distinguished with prizes to the quality of their research at the XIV Cell Wall Meeting (Chania, Crete, Greece) and the 13th International Plant Virus Epidemiology Symposium (Aviñon, Francia), respectively. Both meetings were held on June 2016.


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- Thursday, 23 June 2016

Identification of nitrogenase cofactor biosynthetic precursors on NifB

The CBGP “Biochemistry of Nitrogen Fixation” group identifies initial FeMo-co precursors and elucidate crucial steps of NifB reaction mechanism.


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- Monday, 13 June 2016

El CBGP acoge una conferencia internacional en biología de plantas y sus aplicaciones tecnológicas

El CBGP reúne en el CEI-Montegancedo de la UPM a científicos internacionales y representantes del sector empresarial, para dialogar sobre los avances en el conocimiento de la biología de la plantas y sus posibles aplicaciones al sector agroalimentario.


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- Wednesday, 08 June 2016

Flavonols regulate root light avoidance response and root growth

The CBGP Group ‘Regulation of Lateral Root Development’ has identified the molecular mechanisms used by roots to escape from sunlight and the role of flavonols in integrating hormonal signaling and ROS (reactive oxygen species) to control the balance between cell proliferation and differentiation.


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- Wednesday, 01 June 2016

CBGP sustainable agriculture research project awarded with a $5 million grant

CBGP Professor Luis Rubio leads research aimed to obtain cereals with minimum requirements for nitrogen fertilizer.


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- Friday, 13 May 2016

Novel regulators of the Unfolded Protein Response in Arabidopsis

The CBGP “Regulatory Networks In the Seed” group presents identification of novel regulators of the ER-stress responses in Arabidopsis.


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- Wednesday, 11 May 2016

How to publish data that is FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable)

The CBGP Biological Informatics research Group recently published a formal methodology, with step-by-step guidelines for implementing the FAIR Principles for data publication, applied to Plant-Pathogen Interaction data.


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- Monday, 09 May 2016

Plant nutritional status conditions its immune response to a beneficial fungus

The genomic and transcriptomic study of the endophyteColletotrichum tofieldiae in its interaction with Arabidopsis thaliana reveals new cues about the ability of plants to maximize survival in response to conflicting stresses.


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- Wednesday, 04 May 2016

First eukaryote expressing an active nitrogenase component

CBGP "Biochemistry of nitrogen fixation" group presents enabling technology instrumental for the grand challenge of engineering nitrogen-fixing cereals.


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- Wednesday, 06 April 2016

Immobilization of an industrial enzyme on nanonets derived from a plant virus

The CBGP ‘Plant Virus Biotechnology’ group has achieved for the first time the nanoimmobilization of a lipase on 3D nanonets derived from an elongated plant virus.


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- Thursday, 31 March 2016

Arabidopsis dna polymerase épsilon recruits components of polycomb repressor complex to mediate epigenetic gene silencing

Researchers at CBGP unveil the existence of interplay between the DNA replication machinery and the PcG complexes in the control of different plant developmental processes, including flowering time, through a mechanism involving epigenetic transcriptional gene silencing.


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- Thursday, 17 March 2016

A new form of plant-microorganism symbiosis discovered at CBGP

Researchers at CBGP have participated in the discovery of a new form of symbiotic association between an endophytic fungus and the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, published today in the journal Cell.


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- Tuesday, 15 March 2016

The FAIR Principles herald more open, transparent, and reusable scientific data

Today, March 15 2016, the FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship were formally published in the Nature Publishing Group journal Scientific Data.


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- Friday, 11 March 2016

New directorate of CBGP

Deputy Director of Scientific Infrastructures: Luis Manuel Rubio Deputy Director of Scientific Programs: Juan Carlos del Pozo Executive Director: Mª Ángeles Ayllón.


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- Thursday, 04 February 2016

NADPH oxidases expression pattern determines ROS production in the plant response to pathogen attack

Researchers at the CBGP establish the importance of controlling the expression of the NADPH oxidase enzymes so that they produce the appropriate amount of reactive oxygen species to activate the defenses without causing excessive damage to the plant itself.


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- Monday, 01 February 2016

Antonio Molina Elected Director of Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP)

He will lead the Directorate of CBGP (UPM-INIA) for the next four years.


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