BIOCHEMICAL GENETIC IMPROVEMENT AND CIRCULAR BIOECONOMY OF HORTICULTURAL PLANTS (HORTGENYECO) AGR289
Within the HORTGENyECO group there are three lines related to agriculture in a broad sense, from plant breeding to the use of plant residues for the development of bioplastics, and covering basic and applied research. There is a significant connection among the different lines aiming at providing a multidisciplinary approach to specific problems in the agri-food industry. A plant breeding line based on the study of natural variability and the generation of mapping populations and saturated linkage maps of tomato and melon species. The identified sources of natural variation and generated mapping populations are used in both classical and molecular genetic studies on fruit quality traits and on resistance to several pests. A second line is based on the study of the development of the epidermis and cuticle of tomato fruit and their biophysical properties. As the interface with the environment, the cuticle is implicated and plays a significant role in several parameters related to fruit quality and fruit shelf-life such as water permeability or mechanical resistance as well as influencing fruit color, gloss and texture. The third line is focused on the fabrication of bio-based, sustainable plastics from plant waste and by-products generated in the agri-food industry within a âcircular bioeconomyâ context. The main goal is the substitution of petroleum-based plastics that are used in agriculture and food packaging, thus reducing the use of non-renewable resources and the accumulation of toxic and non-degradable wastes.
- Horticultural plant breeding.
- Plant epidermis and cuticle analysisis and determination of their biophysical properties.
- Fabrication of sustainable, bio-based plastics.
- Technical advice on horticultural plant breeding.
- Fabrication of sustainable bioplastics.
- Morphological and biophysical characterization of plant cuticles and epidermis.