News 2014

- Friday, 05 December 2014

Researchers from the CBGP and CNB are awarded by the Community of Madrid with a project to improve the response of plants to different stresses

A research project of more than half million euros has been awarded by the Community of Madrid to two CBGP researchers, Mar Castellano (coordinator) and Ane Sesma.

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- Friday, 05 December 2014

Deciphering the molecular bases for drought tolerance in polyploid plants

Dr. Elena Ramirez-Parra and Dr. Juan Carlos del Pozo, researchers at the Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP), have analyzed molecular mechanisms underlying drought and salt tolerance in autopolyploid plants. The results were recently published in the journal Plant Cell & Environment.

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- Friday, 24 October 2014

How plants erase the memory of winter

A study by the CBGP researcher Pedro Crevillén published in Nature characterizes how the epigenetic memory of vernalization is erased at the molecular level.

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- Wednesday, 22 October 2014


A scientist from CBGP has developed a method to enhance crop yield by the contact of roots, aerial parts or even the substratum of the plant fungus, Colletotrichum tofieldiae.

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- Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Which way to go? How a virus is transmitted determines its virulence

Many pathogens have the ability to be transmitted through more than one route: horizontally (between host individuals that are not parent and offspring) and vertically (from parent to offspring). Using a plant-virus system, CBGP researchers find evidence that pathogen virulence depends on which of these two transmission ways predominates in the virus life cycle.

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- Monday, 22 September 2014

Trees that can increase biomass production

Thanks to biotechnology, researchers at UPM have increased the production of woody species. This result is of great interest to the energy market.

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- Monday, 22 September 2014

A paper authored by CBGP scientists highlighted as “of special significance”

A research article coordinated by Dr. Luis Oñate-Sánchez has been recommended by F1000Prime for special significance in its field, and two of its images selected for the cover of the July 2014 Plant Cell issue.

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- Tuesday, 08 July 2014

A mechanism that coordinates embryo growth is required for seed germination

Scientists at the CBGP, in a study led by Dr. Luis Oñate-Sánchez, have identified two important proteins (homeodomain transcription factors) that regulate gene expression only in the epidermis and upon perception of the hormone gibberellin. An article published in the Plant Cell describes this mechanism required for seed germination.

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- Tuesday, 03 June 2014

Illustrations from an article published by the research group supervised by Prof. Pilar Carbonero have been selected for the cover of the May issue (2014) of the Journal of Experimental Botany

Identification of a protein repressor (GBF1) of the AtCathB3 gene that is important not only in the germination sensu stricto of the A. thaliana seeds but also in the subsequent reserve mobilization.

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- Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Potassium (K+) in Plants

As an invited guest editor of the Journal of Plant Physiology, Ingo Dreyer organized a special issue on ‘Potassium (K+) effect in plants’. This compendium provides a stock-check of the current knowledge in the field, and will provide readers with a first glimpse into a holistic view on ‘Potassium (K+) in Plants’.

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- Monday, 12 May 2014

RNA biology in the fungal eukaryotic kingdom

Dr. Ane Sesma, UPM lecturer and CBGP researcher, has coedited together with Dr. Tobias von der Haar from the University of Kent (United Kingdom) the book: "Fungal RNA Biology" from the editorial Springer.

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- Monday, 28 April 2014

Three CBGP business initiatives awarded by ActuaUPM

The business ideas presented by CBGP groups are based on allergen diagnosis methods and allergen detection in food, a multidisciplinary forestry biomass strategy, and the determination of economically relevant dioecious plants.

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- Monday, 21 April 2014

“Kinetics of nif gene expression in a nitrogen-fixing bacterium” selected by the Faculty of 1000

F1000Prime identifies and recommends important articles in biology and medical research publications. Articles are selected by a peer-nominated global 'Faculty' of the world's leading scientists and clinicians who then rate them and explain their importance.

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- Friday, 04 April 2014

A paper in Epigenetics reports on current trends in plant chromatin research

The main European research groups in this area of biology gathered in the CBGP during the 3er European Workshop on Plant Chromatin (EWPC). The organizers publish now a report on the main topics discussed during the meeting

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- Thursday, 20 February 2014

Professor Francisco García Olmedo invested Doctor Honoris Causa by University “Miguel Hernández”

On January, 28th 2014, the University ‘Miguel Hernández’, Elche, Spain, invested Professor García Olmedo as Doctor Honoris Causa. Professor García Olmedo, a retired professor of the Technical University of Madrid, was a pioneer of Plant Biotechnology and Genomics in Spain. He promoted inter-institutional relationships which are at the origin of CBGP

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- Thursday, 13 February 2014

Climate Change, Forest Production, and Biotechnology

Research conducted at CBGP has improved the productive potential of poplar by increasing its tolerance to environmental stress. We have obtained for the first time poplar lines more tolerant to high temperatures and other stressful situations that affect commercial yields.

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- Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Visit of Biotechnology Master students from the University of Salamanca

Last month, students of the Biotechnology Master from Salamanca visited the CBGP. The Center Director, Prof. García-Arenal, welcomed Prof. Dolores Rodríguez and 24 master students. A series of lectures about some of the main research lines conducted in the Center was given by CBGP researchers. To finalize, visitors had the opportunity to visit CBGP facilities.

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- Friday, 10 January 2014

Pilar Carbonero receives one of the fifteen awards “Fundación Antama” for scientific communication in agricultural and food biotechnology in Spain

Fifteen awards granted to outstanding figures from the scientific and academic sphere whose strong commitment to the biotechnology dissemination have been essential in the adoption of this technology by the farmers in Spain.

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