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Three decades of agrigenomics research

30 years of R+D CSIC

The cost of sequencing genomes is a million times less than it was just over two decades ago. The data is impressive. If in the year 1998, the sequencing of a single piece of the Arabidopsis plant genome was a milestone, now the situation has changed radically. We speak with some of the early researchers in this field.

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Microsensors to monitor fermentation and wine aging processes

The Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona (IMB-CNM-CSIC) participates in a project to improve the monitoring of fermentation and aging of Catalan wine farms through sensors and chips. The sensorization of wineries seeks to improve the economic performance of farms and better cope with the effects of climate change in the coming decades.

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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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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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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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