Meeting of the Research NETWORK "Learning from nature: multitrophic interactions for the protection of crops and forests"

The Research NETWORK “Aprendiendo de la naturaleza: interacciones multitróficas para la protección de cultivos y bosques” held a meeting with concerning companies of the sector.


The Research NETWORK Aprendiendo de la naturaleza: interacciones multitróficas para la protección de cultivos y bosquesheld a meeting with companies of the sector at Residencia Lucas Olazábal of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

Last 18th-20th May, the Research NETWORK “Aprendiendo de la naturaleza_interacciones multitróficas para la protección de cultivos y bosques” (Ref. RED2018-102407-T), funded by Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades, met at UPM’s Lucas Olazábal Residence, in Cercedilla (Madrid).


This NETWORK includes 11 Spanish scientific groups belonging to different Universities (U. Politécnica de Madrid, U. Politécnica de Cataluña, U. Jaime I de Castellón, U. Castilla-La Mancha and U. Valencia), CSIC research centers (EEZ, CIB, IRNASA, IHSM and MBG) and Autonomous Communities (IVIA). Their main focus is to shed light on the intricacies of plant-phytophagous interaction through their joined efforts.

The NETWORK has a special interest in knowledge transfer and in the cooperation with the private sector, which is why the event on 19th May also involved the technological platform BIOVEGEN and companies such as ARTAL, TRADECORP, BIOMAR, DF BLUE AGRO, CLEAN BIOTEC, PROBELTE, KOPPERT, FERNITAGRO BIOTECH and AGRIFOOD INNOVATIONS.

In this event, sponsored by ARTAL, the research groups and the companies shared their objectives and interests, leading to an active and enlightening science-business discussion. It generated an important trusting foundation and proved the absolute need for cooperation between both parts, as fundamental constituents of agriculture development. The nexus created at this gathering is expected to help to preserve the current collaborations between academy and industry and originate new ones.