Last November 26, in the CEOE headquarters in Madrid, was held the meeting “CSIC-companies: technology for agriculture challenges”. This event, organized by the Technology Platform of Plant Biotechnology (BIOVEGEN), CSIC and Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain (CEOE), brought together 59 companies, 36 research centers of CSIC, and managers of private and public funding programs.
During the conference, and together with other CSIC institutes, CIB presented its research lines about management of crop pests, plant virus disease control, in vitro embryogenesis for propagation and breeding of agro-forestry species, and mechanisms of plant adaptation and tolerance to environmental stresses like cold and drought. Moreover, Pilar S. Testillano, vicedirector of CIB and representing the center in this meeting, stated the vocation of CIB to join scientific excellence with society challenges answer, particularly for a sustainable agriculture, adapted to climate change threads.
The inauguration was conducted by Jesús Marco, vicepresident of Research and Technology of CSIC; Francisco Marín, vicepresident of Committe for Research, Development and Innovation of CEOE, and José Pellicer, president of Biovegen. Ángela Ribeiro, deputy vicepresident of Knowledge Transfer of CSIC claimed that the aim of the meeting was, firstly, to show the opportunities that the institution offers for collaborations with companies in the search of solutions for the present challenges in agrifood sector; furthermore, the event favored interaction and synergies among researchers, companies, innovation agencies, investment funds, and managers of R&D funding programs, all of them represented in the meeting.
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