INSTITUTO ANDALUZ DE BIOTECNOLOGÍA
 
Company
INSTITUTO ANDALUZ DE BIOTECNOLOGÍA
Sector
Life Sciences and Health, Agrifood, Environmental Biotechnology, Bioinformatics
Contact
Dr. Fernando Pliego Alfaro
Address: PTA, Edif. Institutos Universitarios de Investigación, C/ Severo Ochoa, 4
City: Campanillas
Province: Málaga
Phone: 34 952134183
Fax: 34 952134183
iab-secretaria@uma.es
http://www.iab.cica.es
Short description
The Instituto Andaluz de Biotecnología (IAB) is an andalusian governmental agency, which belongs to the Consejeria of Innovation, Science and Enterprise. The IAB main goal is to promote and stir the biotechnological sector in this region.
Long description
Instituto Andaluz de Biotecnología (IAB) is an Andalusian governmental agency, which belongs to the Consejeria of Innovation, Science and Enterprise. The IAB main goal is to promote and stir the biotechnological sector in this region.
Current strategic lines of action in Andalusia being promoted by IAB are as follows:
- Searching for biotechnological solutions to environmental problems derived from the food-processing industry.
- To stir the Aquaculture sector.
- To develop the bioenergetics industry.
- To assure the traceability and food safety.
- Development of functional foods.
The IAB, nowadays includes 60 Groups of the Andalusian Research Plan, belonging to the different Andalusian Universities, as well as to the Andalusian Institute of Agronomical Research and Training, Fishing, Food and Ecological Production (IFAPA) and to the CSIC, agglutinating the major effort in scientific knowledge in the area of Biotechnology. They are highly qualified research groups, with more than 250 research lines, including all subsectors of activity in Biotechnology.
The majority of the research groups assigned to the IAB are located in the provinces of Granada, Malaga and Sevilla.
Main areas and research lines:
- Agriculture / Forestry:
- Plant Breeding: strawberry, tomato, olive, tropical fruits, etc …
- Control and diagnosis of plant diseases.
- Plants as source of pharmaceutical and nutritional products.
- Livestock / Aquaculture:
- Methods for detection and diagnosis of diseases.
- Beneficial food for health.
- Improvement of the quality and productivity of species such as Sparus aurata and flat fish.
- Food:
- Obtainment of ingredients or beneficial additives for health.
- Food safety and traceability.
- Optimization of the processes of elaboration of food and drinks.
- Obtainment of new food and drinks.
- Improvement of industrial yeasts: wine, beer, etc …
- Health:
- Research in degenerative diseases and new drugs.
- Methods for early detection and diagnosis of diseases.
- Regenerative medicine.
- Obtainment and purification of molecules with clinical and/or pharmacological interest.
- Environment / Energy:
- Recovery and biological decontamination of soils and waters.
- Metal elimination with plants.
- Obtainment of biofertilizers
- Bioinformatics:
- Development of software, biochips, etc …
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