The Department of Microbial and Plant Biotechnology is dedicated to understanding how plants, animals and microorganisms interact and respond to their environment. Multidisciplinary research at all organizational levels, from molecules and cells to whole organisms, is ensured by 13 groups that provide excellence in both, fundamental and applied science. Main research interests include interaction between plants and their abiotic and biotic environment, management of insect pest populations, contaminant bioremediation, and production of chemicals and biopolymers from biomass or industrial wastes in biorefineries. The significance of the research developed in our Department is reflected in highly-cited publications in leading journals and patents, as well as in collaborations with other scientists from institutions all over the world and leading companies. In this scenario, the Department of Microbial and Plant Biotechnology constitutes a unique entourage for graduate students to perform their MS and Ph.D. thesis. Our commitment to the future is to further develop national and international leadership in integrated environmental studies of plants and microorganisms, to favor the interaction with industry, and to maintain a stimulating, competitive ambiance for talented young scientists.
HEAD OF DEPARTMENT: Félix Ortego