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.


Rafael van Grieken, the Counsellor of Education and Research from the Comunidad de Madrid government, has visited the Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas, a mixture Centre between the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA). The CBGP (UPM-INIA) has been recognized by the Spanish Research Agency as Centre of Excellence Severo Ochoa, the highest institutional recognition of scientific research excellence in Spain.


Rafael van Grieken visited the laboratories, facilities and greenhouses accompanied by Guillermo Cisneros (UPM Rector), Esther Esteban (INIA Director) and Antonio Molina, (CBGP Director). During his visit, Rafael Van Grieken learnt about the research activities and projects performed by the CBGP (UPM-INIA) scientists, which aims to understand the biology of plants and their interaction with the environment, and to develop new products, technologies and processes for sustainable crop production. Rafael Van Grieken had also the opportunity to meet the 20 researchers of the CBGP (UPM-INIA), which currently benefits from different programs of the V Regional Plan for Scientific Research and Technological Innovation (PRICIT), with a budget for 2018 exceeding 107 million of euros.


The CBGP (UPM-INIA) Director, presented to Rafael van Grieken and authorities the strategic programs of the center for the coming years, that includes the building of new facilities and acquisition of novel research equipment to accelerate knowledge discovery and to facilitate the development of new products and technologies.


The mission of the CBGP (UPM-INIA) is to carry out fundamental and strategic research in plant science and in microorganisms interacting with plants. The research is focused in understanding important biological process such as plant development, the interaction of plants with the environment and the mechanisms of plant nutrition. In addition, the CBGP (UPM-INIA) is interested in developing and using computational biology tools to achieve its goals. This year the CBGP (UPM-INIA) celebrates its 10 anniversary.



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