Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP-UPM-INIA)

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is the largest Spanish technological university as well as a renowned European institution. With two recognitions as Campus of International Excellence, it is outstanding both in its research activity and in its training of highly-qualified, internationally competitive professionals. The Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP) was created with the goals to carry out cutting-edge research to understanding plant function, and to contribute innovation to agriculture, forestry and environment productive sectors. CBGP also has an educational role, and is a reference Centre for training of both scientists and technicians in the fields of plant biotechnology and genomics. Currently, 152 scientists work at CBGP, 15% of total scientists and 27% of doctoral students are non-Spain nationals. 

Researchers participating in EMERAMB

  • Fernando García-Arenal. Principal researcher. 
  • Aurora Fraile 
  • Mª Ángeles Ayllón 
  • Israel Pagán 

Research interest

The Plant-virus interaction and co-evolution group contributes to all aspects of plant virology, from diagnosis and diagnostic tools for new diseases to the molecular mechanisms of plant-virus interactions. A major and continuous interest in the group has been understanding plant virus evolution. More recently our research focuses on plant-virus coevolution and on how ecology modulates plant virus interactions and determines virus emergence. The group integrates 4 permanent researchers, 2 postdocs, 6 PhD students and 2 technicians and is considered an international reference in plant virus evolution and ecology.