Spain opens agbiotech centre
Spain has a new biotechnology and plant genome research centre. The polytechnic university of Madrid and the government’s agrarian research body, the INIA, established the centre in February. It is situated in 7,400 m 2 of the university’s land and has four main facilities, each with “all the required state-of-the-art technology for research, such as controlled plant growth systems and genetic engineering and proteomics laboratories”. A plant crop laboratory and research glass houses occupy a 1,100 m 2 annex to the main site. Some 18 biotechnology research teams from the university and the INIA will work at the site “in its initial phase”, expanding to 25 teams and being opened to contract researchers. The centre aims to: improve knowledge on how crops grow and their interaction with the environment; develop new products and processes; and train researchers.