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Javier Veloso is guest associate editor of a Research Topic in Frontiers in Microbiology

13/Feb/2021 Research FISAPLANT

Javier Veloso Freire, researcher from the FISAPLANT group, has been invited to collaborate in the edition of the Research Topic “Impact of Novel Omic Technologies on Biological Control Against Plant Pathogens” in the Q1 journal, Frontiers in Microbiology. The issue will be included within the section “Microbe and Virus Interactions with Plants” and edited in collaboration with Inmaculada Larena (INIA) and Eduardo Antonio Espeso (CSIC).

The purpose of this Research Topic is to welcome current researches on omic approaches used to learn more about the interactions between beneficial microorganisms-plant-pathogen and the environment and to accelerate the development of the sustainable use of beneficial microorganisms to control plant diseases.

The journal Frontiers in Microbiology has an impact factor of 4.236 and the Research Topic “Impact of Novel Omic Technologies on Biological Control Against Plant Pathogens” welcomes papers studying microorganism-plant interactions and their use in agronomy. The deadline to send abstracts is 31 May 2021.

To get more details, please visit https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/19343

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<<Research is good for me. It's what I've always wanted to do>>

13/Feb/2021 In the Press EXPRELA

On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the pre-doctoral researcher, Lidia Lorenzo, is interviewed for La Opinión A Coruña.

Lidia is doing her doctoral thesis in the EXPRELA Group, where she is looking for biomarkers in cancer cells. Her aim is to detect cancer in early stages, before the disease has developed.

The interviewer wanted to know Lidia's opinion on whether a career in science presented more obstacles for women, to which the researcher replied "in my group [EXPRELA] almost all of us are women. But this is an exception”. "The presence of women decreases significantly as you move up the research career ladder", she added.

Lidia Lorenzo mentioned an article in which they claim that being mentored by a woman during a research career could be a disadvantage compared to those who have had a man as a mentor. The Nature Communications article to which Lidia refers was rejected last December due to the controversial response it received from the scientific community.

However, the EXPRELA Group doctoral student affirms that "although there is still a long way to go, changes are already taking place” and she recognises the fundamental role of the current fight of women in science, who are paving the way for the next generations of researchers.

The full interview in La Opinión A Coruña, 12/02/2021, Sara Vázquez.

Image by La Opinión A Coruña

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Two outreach articles to celebrate World Wetlands Day

02/Feb/2021 Disclosure GRICA EnQA

Researchers Roberto Bao (GRICA) and Isabel Ruiz (EnQA) have participated in World Wetlands Day with a pair of articles published by the EMALCSA Chair.

Roberto Bao explains that the mixed nature of wetlands generated "biological adaptations that gave rise to unique species", contributing to the biodiversity of the planet. He also recalls that millions of years ago they gave rise to immense carbon deposits, and that this makes the current ones "one of the biggest fixers of the current excess of CO2 in the atmosphere due to the combustion of those coals, thanks to the great activity of the photosynthesising organisms that live in them". (Full article).

For her part, Isabel Ruiz talks about artificial wetlands as a wastewater treatment system and briefly describes the three types that exist. The researcher highlights the sustainable and economical nature of these constructions as a real alternative in urban centres of less than 2,000 inhabitants where sewerage is not a viable option. (Full article).

World Wetlands Day has been celebrated since 1997 in commemoration of the RAMSAR Convention (02/02/1971), the first global agreement where institutions, official bodies, researchers and conservation groups came together to highlight the importance of these ecosystems and the need to protect them.

Image by Miguel López Caeiro

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Weekly reports of wastewater analysis at the Bens wastewater treatment plant are available.

28/Jan/2021 In the Press Coordinación GIM

The COVIDBENS team, made up of multidisciplinary scientists from INIBIC, CHUAC, UDC, CICA, CITEEC, CITIC and Edar Bens, analyses the wastewater and sludge that arrive at the Bens wastewater treatment plant (A Coruña, Arteixo, Cambre, Culleredo and Oleiros). Thanks to the mathematical model developed by Ricardo Cao's team (CITIC), some parameters can be extracted and used to make predictions and estimates of the state of the pandemic, and with them, help the competent bodies to take preventive measures. Since the project began in spring 2020, they have been able to predict the July, October and January waves of infection.

Their reports can now be accessed on the website of the company that manages the treatment plant, Edar Bens (https://edarbens.es/covid-19/). The work team plans to publish them on a weekly basis.

The report of 2 February 2021 can be consulted at this link.

Original article in GCiencia, 27/01/2021.

Other related articles: La Opinión A Coruña

Graphic of the report 02/02/2021

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César de la Fuente develops an electrochemical COVID detector for mobile phones

17/Jan/2021 Research Coordinación

Researcher César de la Fuente, professor at the University of Pennsylvania and member of our External Committee, has just started clinical trials of DETECT 1.0. A device that detects the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in saliva through a chip connected to a mobile phone.

The chip consists of an electrode containing the ACE2 protein, the receptor for the S protein of the virus spicules. When saliva is deposited on the electrode, in samples from infected patients, both proteins bind, and this chemical reaction is transformed into an electrical signal that the device detects and transforms into text on the screen: positive. The absence of reaction would indicate that the patient is not infected.

To develop this device, César de la Fuente's team has built a printer that prints cardboard chips, which lowers the cost. Acquiring the protein for the electrode would be the most expensive part of the process, but thanks to biocomputing, the researcher claims to be able to synthesise it artificially and cheaply.

At the moment, the effectiveness in laboratory tests is over 90%. César de la Fuente predicts that applied to real cases it could be lower, but it is such a cheap test that the test could consist of several measures, and the sum of all of them would raise the effectiveness to 100%.

The full article in PennToday, 11/01/2021

Other related articles: La sexta and cope.

Image by César Rodríguez.

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The Fuels Laboratory lead by María Mercedes del Coro Fernández receives the director of Energy Planning of the Xunta de Galicia

14/Jan/2021 Events BIOENGIN

The researcher María Mercedes del Coro Fernández, director of the Fuels Laboratory of the CIT of Ferrol and belonging to the BIOENGIN Group, has received Paula Uría, the new director of Energy Planning and Natural Resources of the Xunta de Galicia, in her facilities.

The meeting began with a reception by the vice-rector of the Ferrol Campus and Social Responsibility, María Jesús Movilla. The event was also attended by Salvador Naya, Vice Rector of Science Policy, Research and Transfer of the UDC; Domingo Calvo, Vice Rector of Economics and Strategic Planning and Sonia Zaragoza, Deputy of Transfer of the UDC.

The original article in UDC13/01/2021.

Image of the UDC

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Moisés Canle opens the cycle of interviews "El Agua es Ciencia" of the magazine iAgua

04/Jan/2021 In the Press REACT!

The magazine iAgua interviews Moisés Canle, dean of the Faculty of Sciences of the UDC and researcher of the group REACT! to inaugurate the cycle "El Agua es Ciencia", whose purpose will be to make visible the challenges faced by the water sector.

According to the researcher, <<we are facing the enormous technological challenge of continuing to provide adequate quality water despite the unfortunate treatment that we, as a society, give to the water environment>>. In order to tackle the problems we are facing, we will need <<different perspectives, solutions and regulations, with a high level of collective awareness>>.

Moisés states that <<the research carried out in Spain is of a very high level, as are the Spanish researchers>>, however, there are other problems that prevent the development of the same, such as <excessive bureaucratization or the non-optimal use of funding>>.

Among the strongest tools we have, the researcher highlights the popularization of scientific outreach as an essential resource, since by <<knowing the problems, needs and opportunities, we encourage the attempt to contribute to the field>>.

A complete interview in iAgua, 22/12/2020, Águeda García de Durango.

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Lidia Lorenzo and Martín Salamini winners of our Christmas Quiz

18/Dec/2020 Events Coordinación

The group EXPRELA was awarded twice in the Christmas Quiz. Lidia and Martin took the two informative comics from the MICROALGAS collection. These are the answers to the questionnaire that we proposed and that summarize the year 2020 of the AE CICA-INIBIC:


1. EnQA ha publicado en 2020 "Formosolv Pretreatment to Fractionate Paulownia Wood Following a Biorefinery Approach: Isolation and Characterization of the Lignin Fraction" en la revista Agronomy.

2. La investigadora que obtuvo el primer Ramón y Cajal del CICA pertenece al grupo TCMR (Ana Rey).

3. El grupo de Enfermedades Cardiovasculares y Metabólicas ha encontrado la relación entre la expresión de un micro ARN y la probabilidad de sufrir un rechazo de corazón tras un trasplante.

4. El grupo XENOMAR tiene entre sus líneas de investigación el "estudio de marcadores involucrados en la detoxificación del mejillón".

5. El investigador elegido guest editor del número "Green Synthesis of Nanomaterials and its Applications" de la revista Open Access Nanomaterials pertenece al grupo METMED (José Luis Barriada).

6. El grupo EpMET busca investigador@s predoctorales para estudiar los "mecanismos moleculares implicados en la progresión tumoral y la metástasis y en resistencia a terapias".

7. AQUATERRA ha organizado (virtualmente) en 2020 la décima edición de un congreso sobre el uso y manejo del suelo.

8. El grupo QUIMOLMAT nos ha sorprendido en 2020 con varias "front covers", una de ellas ilustrando una máquina ficticia expendedora de sistemas híbridos “péptido-nanopartícula”.

9. El grupo BIOENGIN forma parte del proyecto BIALAC desarrollando un biomaterial a partir de suero de leche y lodos de depuradora.

10. Xavier Querol, miembro de la comisión externa, acaba de recibir el Premio Nacional "Alejandro Malaspina" en el área de Ciencias y Tecnologías de los Recursos Naturales.

11. El grupo QANAP ha dirigido el TFG titulado "Oral bioavailability of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in atmospheric particulate matter" reconocido con uno de los Premios UDC Sustentabilidade 2020.

12. EXPRELA busca investigador@s predoctorales para la "síntesis de proteínas recombinantes superficiales quiméricas del virus SARS-CoV-2 para la producción de una vacuna en levaduras".

13. El proyecto Erasmus + sobre química circular en el que participamos como socios junto a otras universidades europeas se llama CircleLab.

14. El investigador que realiza estudios sobre el Dengue pertenece al grupo GIBE (Antón Vila Sanjurjo).

15. El grupo GRICA ha participado en un estudio sobre el biofilm que se acumula en el claustro de San Martiño Pinario.

16. El Grupo de Investigación en Microbiología cuenta con un "Laboratorio 4.0" financiado por la UE con casi 6 millones de euros desde principios de año.

17. NEUROVER trabaja con el modelo animal Danio rerio y cuenta recientemente con la primera infraestructura del animalario del CICA.

18. SIETE grupos del CICA han sido financiados en la última convocatoria del Proyecto Retos de la Sociedad del Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación.

19. El grupo ENVEINF ha colaborado con GIR y TCMR en la publicación de 2020 "Intraarticular Administration Effect of Hydrogen Sulfide on an In Vivo Rat Model of Osteoarthritis".

20. GIR ha iniciado un proyecto que estudiará la relación que guarda el ADN mitocondrial con la probabilidad de infección por SARS-CoV-2.

21. CellCOM fue premiado por la RAGC en 2020 con el “Francisco Guitián Ojea” por su mejora de la calidad de vida de pacientes oncológicos.

22. El grupo NEUROcom ha iniciado un proyecto que estudiará la relación que guardan la capacidad cognitiva y el acceso ilimitado a la comida.

23. Marisol Soengas, miembro de la comisión externa, ha recibido en 2020 una ERC Advanced Grant para la investigación del cáncer.

24. El grupo BIOCOST participó este año en la Open Science de Cambre.

25. El grupo DICOMOSA estudia el riesgo de la exposición a nanomateriales.

26. MICROALGAE desarrolla un proyecto sobre "Parámetros de respuesta citotóxica de microalgas para la prospección de efectos tóxicos de contaminantes emergentes en sistemas acuáticos marinos y dulceacuícolas".

27. El programa de divulgación científica que llevamos a cabo con chicos y chicas de secundaria y que les permite conocer de cerca como es la profesión de investigador/a se denomina Incrúst@te.

28. El grupo FISAPLANT se ha incorporado al CICA recientemente y ha organizado las Jornadas de Sanidad Vegetal y Sostenibilidad.

29. El grupo FENM realiza estudios sobre enfermedades endocrinas, nutricionales y metabólicas.

30. REACT! ha conseguido financiación del programa Retos de la Sociedad de 2020 para desarrollar nuevos agentes de contraste en IRM para la detección de cáncer de mama.

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The AECC of A Coruña awards a research internship grant to the student Esther Calviño in the EXPRELA group

17/Dec/2020 Events EXPRELA

This year, the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) has awarded a series of Research Grants for cancer projects at its provincial headquarters. Of the 550,000 euros earmarked for Galicia, almost 350,000 will be invested i n the province of A Coruña.

Among the six recipients of these grants, the student Esther Calviño has received 3,400 euros with which she will carry out her undergraduate work in the EXPRELA group. In her project she will analyse the effects of the over-expression of HMGB proteins in prostate cancer cell cultures.

The Lab AECC project, directed by José M. Castro Tubío from CIMUS, has received the largest amount of funding (300,000 euros) in this call for proposals. The other 4 grants are distributed as follows: 20,000 euros for José Martínez Costas (Molecular Virology Group at CIQUS), 7,000 euros for Paloma Sosa (Oncology at CHUS), and other 2 grants of 3,400 euros for undergraduate students María Crugeiras and María Arias (CIMUS).

The awards ceremony took place yesterday, at the headquarters of the Medical Association of the Province of A Coruña, in a ceremony presided over by Carlos Lamora, vice-president of the AECC Provincial Board of A Coruña, and was attended by all the winners.

In this link you can watch the presentation ceremony of the projects.

Original article in GCiencia, 16/12/2020

Other related articles: El Correo Gallego and La Voz de Galicia

Image by Xoan A. Soler

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The UDC EMALCSA chair and the BIALAC project consortium present the results of 2020

13/Dec/2020 CICA-Science BIOENGIN

Next Thursday, December 17th, the day of presentation of the results of the BIALAC project will be held online.

This project, funded by the CONECTA PEME program of Axencia Galega de Innovación (Gain) since 2018, develops a biomaterial from surplus serum from the dairy industry and urban sewage sludge. The resulting bioplastic could be used in the production of 100% biodegradable packaging.

The synthesis of a material with industrial applications from other waste products, which are given a second life, places BIALAC within the framework of the circular economy.

The consortium is made up of EMALCSA, the BIOENGIN group of the CICA of the UDC, and the companies ABAKAL, INNOLACT and ECOPLAS.

If you want to attend this virtual conference live, sign up at this link before December 16.

Consult the program of the conference here.