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Synthetic RNA vaccines to protect plants

CSIC and the Universitat Politècnica de València have developed a new generation of plant vaccines based on RNA molecules. Highly specific, they can be applied in a non-transgenic way. Their main use is the control of diseases caused by viruses, as an alternative to traditional pesticides.

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Improving agricultural crops with artificial microRNAs

The CSIC and the Universitat Politècnica de València have developed a new generation of treatments based on highly specific microRNAs. These treatments can be applied to plants in a non-transgenic way to control the expression of genes of interest. It serves as an alternative to current treatments relying on traditional agrochemicals.

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Understanding the structure of viruses to develop strategies against plant diseases

Sweet potato feathery mottle virus and sweet potato mild mottle virus cause huge losses in sweet potato crops, especially in African and Latin American countries, where this species is a staple crop. Scientists at CRAG have contributed to solve the structure of these viruses. The research aims to explain their mode of infection and open up new strategies for their control.

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Rice straw and pine wood as filters for water treatment

A CSIC team has developed a process to manufacture activated carbon filters from rice straw and wood shavings. The process makes it possible to obtain more efficient filters than conventional ones for the elimination of emerging organic pollutants in water. Companies interested in licensing the patent are being sought.

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Food-derived peptides that induce insulin and satiety hormones secretion

CSIC scientists have identified food peptides that induce the secretion of appetite-suppressing (anorexigenic) hormones and hormones involved in glucose metabolism. They are now looking for pharmaceutical or food companies interested in licensing the patent to develop products for the treatment of obesity and diabetes. Very recent experiments show that peptides prevent blood sugar spikes.

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