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Agri-food Technology and Biotechnology

The doctoral programme in Agri-Food Technology and Biotechnology was born of the UPC’s earlier programme in Agri-Food Biotechnology and Sustainability (Royal Decree 778/1998), which was started in the 2003-04 academic year.

In fact, this programme arose as the result of the academic collaboration between the Barcelona School of Agricultural Engineering (ESAB) and the UPC that aimed to delve into studies and research in the agri-food field. This collaboration was established before the year 2000, at a time when the ESAB was not a stand-alone institution, but rather one dependent academically and financially on the Diputació de Barcelona.

The doctoral programme is currently associated with the UPC’s Department of Agri-Food Engineering and Biotechnology, and it collaborates with some of the professors from the UPC’s Department of Chemical Engineering, who, due to the nature of their particular research work, fit better into our programme’s framework. The programme also collaborates with researchers from other universities and research centres (the IRTA and the CSIC). The Department of Agri-Food Engineering and Biotechnology was created in 2001 specifically to integrate ESAB personnel into the UPC. As previously mentioned, classes began under the name Agri-Food Biotechnology and Sustainability, and later, once legislative changes were passed by the EHEA, the name was changed to its current one: Agri-Food Technology and Biotechnology.

The need for the programme is warranted by the large amount of agri-food trade in Catalonia, especially in the province of Barcelona, where it exceeds 60% of all trade. Given the growing sophistication affecting the agri-food industry and the high level of complexity and multidisciplinary nature of some of its technological aspects (sensors, packaging, logistics, tools for molecular analyses and detection, etc.), there is demand in the industry for personnel specialised in innovation and research. The fact that this doctoral programme is offered from a polytechnic university, such as the UPC, means that the technological aspects that are not specific to research in our Department, but which are covered by other UPC centres and departments, can be easily handled. For example, other UPC bodies conduct research into the fields of chemical engineering, electrical engineering, applied physics, mathematics, communication and signal theory and business management and administration.

It is for this reason that the research performed by the groups that make up this doctoral programme can be directed at a large number of sectors, including,:

• Sustainable agriculture and food quality
• Environmental engineering
• Plant pathology
• Aquaculture production systems
• Computational biology and simulations
• Agriculture economics (in collaboration with the University of Lleida)
• Weed control and plant ecology (in collaboration with the University of Lleida)
• Food technologies
• Precision agriculture (in collaboration with the University of Lleida)

All of these sectors are currently growing notably, both in production and in the innovation and complexity of the technologies that they use. The only way to prepare personnel specialised in research in these fields is through this doctoral programme.

The doctoral programme in Agri-Food Technology and Biotechnology is clearly warranted, not only because of its direct relationship with the industrial sector closest to home, but also because of the existence of other similar programmes across the USA and Europe (e.g., at TI Eindhoven, U. di Bologna, Nottingham, Alberta University and the University of British Columbia, among others). Many Spanish universities offer programmes with similar contents (the Miguel Hernández University of Elche and the Universities of Cádiz, Vigo, Oviedo, Valladolid, etc.). More specifically, in Catalonia, the Universities of Lleida (UdL), Tarragona (URV) and Barcelona (UB) offer doctoral programmes with similar contents, and we maintain close scientific ties and teaching collaborations with them.

The main objective of the programme is to train specialists in research techniques that are specific to the fields of agricultural and food-related technology and biotechnology. These specialists should be able to implement and carry out the most advanced and most technologically competitive techniques and protocols in their fields. Finally, these specialists should be able to form part of the business world as academics and be renowned worldwide.

Other Universities

Universities with joint supervision agreements:

• Lebanese University, Lebanon

• Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil

COORDINATOR

Achaerandio Puente, Isabel

CONTACT

doctorat.deab@upc.edu

Programme website

General information

Access profile

This doctoral programme has a decidedly multidisciplinary nature, and as such, degrees that will grant holders admission to our study programme are varied.

Given the reorganisation and changes that affected master’s programmes, currently, holders of the following degrees are considered to be the most appropriate for admission into the doctoral programme in Agri-Food Technology and Biotechnology: a master’s degree in Agricultural Engineering, a master’s degree in Aquiculture or a master’s degree in Improving Plant Genetics, all of which are offered at the UPC through joint programmes.

In addition to these profiles, and due to the markedly multidisciplinary nature of this programme, graduates from degree programmes focusing on sciences and technologies involving food, agri-food engineering, life sciences or biological systems may also be admitted to the programme, pending their passing of the corresponding master’s programme or 60 ECTS-worth of master’s courses.

Interest in experimental laboratory and/or field work and the ability to work in a team, as well as having critical and analytical abilities and initiative, are relevant aspects that will influence whether or not applicants are admitted.

Output profile

Doctoral candidates who complete a doctoral degree will have acquired the following competencies, which are needed to carry out quality research (Royal Decree 99/2011, of 28 January, which regulates official doctoral studies):

a) A systematic understanding of the field of study and a mastery of the research skills and methods related to the field.
b) An ability to conceive, design or create, put into practice and adopt a substantial process of research or creation.
c) An ability to contribute to pushing back the frontiers of knowledge through original research.
d) A capacity for critical analysis and an ability to assess and summarise new and complex ideas.
e) An ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and with society in general as regards their fields of knowledge in the manner and languages that are typical of the international scientific community to which they belong.
f) An ability to foster scientific, technological, social, artistic and cultural progress in academic and professional contexts within a knowledge-based society.

The award of a doctoral degree must equip the graduate for work in a variety of settings, especially those requiring creativity and innovation. Doctoral graduates must have at least acquired the personal skills needed to:

a) Develop in contexts in which there is little specific information.
b) Find the key questions that must be answered to solve a complex problem.
c) Design, create, develop and undertake original, innovative projects in their field.
d) Work as part of a team and independently in an international or multidisciplinary context.
e) Integrate knowledge, deal with complexity and make judgements with limited information.
f) Offer criticism on and intellectually defend solutions.

Finally, with respect to competencies, doctoral students must:
a) have acquired advanced knowledge at the frontier of their discipline and demonstrated, in the context of internationally recognised scientific research, a deep, detailed and well-grounded understanding of theoretical and practical issues and scientific methodology in one or more research fields;
b) have made an original and significant contribution to scientific research in their field of expertise that has been recognised as such by the international scientific community;
c) have demonstrated that they are capable of designing a research project that serves as a framework for carrying out a critical analysis and assessment of imprecise situations, in which they are able to apply their contributions, expertise and working method to synthesise new and complex ideas that yield a deeper knowledge of the research context in which they work;
d) have developed sufficient autonomy to set up, manage and lead innovative research teams and projects and scientific collaborations (both national and international) within their subject area, in multidisciplinary contexts and, where appropriate, with a substantial element of knowledge transfer;
e) have demonstrated that they are able to carry out their research activity in a socially responsible manner and with scientific integrity;
f) have demonstrated, within their specific scientific context, that they are able to make cultural, social or technological advances and promote innovation in all areas within a knowledge-based society;
g) have demonstrated that they are able to participate in scientific discussions at the international level in their field of expertise and disseminate the results of their research activity to audiences of all kinds.

Number of places

10

Duration of studies and dedication regime

Duration
The maximum period of study for full-time doctoral studies is three years, counted from the date of admission to the programme to the date of submission of the doctoral thesis. The academic committee of the doctoral programme may authorise a doctoral candidate to pursue doctoral studies on a part-time basis. In this case, the maximum period of study is five years, counting from the date of admission to the programme to the date of submission of the doctoral thesis. For calculating these periods, the date of admission is considered to be the date of the first enrolment for tutorials, and the date of submission the moment in which the Doctoral School officially deposits the doctoral thesis.

For full-time doctoral candidates, the minimum period of study is two years, counted from the date of an applicant's admission to the programme until the date on which the doctoral thesis is deposited; for part-time doctoral candidates it is four years. When there are justified grounds for doing so, and the thesis supervisor and academic tutor have given their authorisation, doctoral candidates may request that the academic committee of their doctoral programme exempt them from the minimum period of study requirement.

The calculation of periods of study will not include periods of absence due to illness, pregnancy or any other reason provided for in the regulations in force. Students who find themselves in any of these circumstances must notify the academic committee of the doctoral programme, which, where appropriate, must inform the Doctoral School. Doctoral candidates may also temporarily withdraw from the programme for up to one year, and this period may be extended for an additional year. Doctoral candidates who wish to interrupt their studies must submit a justified request to the academic committee of the doctoral programme, which will decide whether or not to approve the request. Each programme will establish conditions for readmission to doctoral studies.

Extension
If full-time doctoral candidates have not applied to deposit their thesis by the end of the three-year period of study, the academic committee of the programme may authorise an extension of up to one year. In exceptional circumstances, a further one-year extension may be granted, subject to the conditions established by the corresponding doctoral programme. In the case of part-time doctoral candidates, an extension of two years may be authorised. In both cases, in exceptional circumstances a further one-year extension may be granted by the Doctoral School's Standing Committee, upon the submission of a reasoned application by the academic committee of the doctoral programme.

Dismissal from the doctoral programme
A doctoral candidate may be dismissed from a doctoral programme for the following reasons:

  • The doctoral candidate submitting a justified application to withdraw from the programme.
  • The maximum period of study and of extensions thereof ending.
  • The doctoral candidate not having enrolled every academic year (unless he or she has been authorised to temporarily withdraw).
  • The doctoral candidate failing two consecutive assessments.
  • The doctoral candidate having disciplinary proceedings filed against him or her that rule that he or she must be dismissed from the UPC.

Dismissal from the programme implies that doctoral candidates cannot continue studying at the UPC and the closing of their academic record. This notwithstanding, they may apply to the academic committee of the programme for readmission and the committee must reevaluate them in accordance with the criteria established in the regulations.

Enrollment aid


Organization

COORDINATOR:
ACADEMIC COMMISSION OF THE PROGRAM:
Other Universities:

Universities with joint supervision agreements:

• Lebanese University, Lebanon

• Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil


STRUCTURAL UNITS:
  • Department of Agri-Food Engineering and Biotechnology (PROMOTORA)
  • Department of Chemical Engineering
Specific URL of the doctoral program:
https://deab.upc.edu/es/doctorado

CONTACT:

doctorat.deab@upc.edu


Agreements with other institutions

• The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

• The Institute for Research and Technology in Food and Agriculture (IRTA)

Access, admission and registration

Access profile

This doctoral programme has a decidedly multidisciplinary nature, and as such, degrees that will grant holders admission to our study programme are varied.

Given the reorganisation and changes that affected master’s programmes, currently, holders of the following degrees are considered to be the most appropriate for admission into the doctoral programme in Agri-Food Technology and Biotechnology: a master’s degree in Agricultural Engineering, a master’s degree in Aquiculture or a master’s degree in Improving Plant Genetics, all of which are offered at the UPC through joint programmes.

In addition to these profiles, and due to the markedly multidisciplinary nature of this programme, graduates from degree programmes focusing on sciences and technologies involving food, agri-food engineering, life sciences or biological systems may also be admitted to the programme, pending their passing of the corresponding master’s programme or 60 ECTS-worth of master’s courses.

Interest in experimental laboratory and/or field work and the ability to work in a team, as well as having critical and analytical abilities and initiative, are relevant aspects that will influence whether or not applicants are admitted.

Access requirements

Applicants must hold a Spanish bachelor’s degree or equivalent and a Spanish master’s degree or equivalent, provided they have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits on the two degrees (Royal Decree 43/2015, of 2 February)

In addition, the following may apply:

  • Holders of an official degree awarded by a university in Spain or any other country in the European Higher Education Area, pursuant to the provisions of Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, which establishes official university course regulations, who have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits on official university degrees, of which at least 60 must be at the master's degree level.
  • Holders of an official Spanish bachelor’s degree comprising at least 300 credits, as provided for by EU regulations. Holder of degrees of this kind must complete bridging courses unless the curriculum of the bachelor’s degree in question included research training credits equivalent in value to those which would be earned on a master's degree.
  • Holders of an official university qualification who, having passed the entrance examination for specialised medical training, have completed at least two years of a training course leading to an official degree in a health-sciences specialisation.
  • Holders of a degree issued under a foreign education system. In these cases, homologation is not required, but the UPC must verify that the degree certifies a level of training equivalent to an official Spanish master's degree and qualifies the holder for admission to doctoral studies in the country where it was issued. Admission on this basis does not imply homologation of the foreign degree or its recognition for any purpose other than admission to doctoral studies.
  • Holders of a Spanish doctoral qualification issued under previous university regulations.
  • Note 1: Doctoral studies entrance regulations for holders of an undergraduate degree awarded before the introduction of the EHEA (CG 47/02 2014)

    Note 2: Governing Council Decision 64/2014, which approves the procedure and criteria for assessing the fulfilment of academic admission requirements for doctoral studies by holders of non-homologated foreign degrees (CG 25/03 2014)

Admission criteria and merits assessment

Specific admission requirements
Degrees that grant holders admission directly (and do not require bridging courses) are:
• Master’s degrees in Agricultural Engineering (UdL-UPC-URV-UdG)
• Master’s degrees in Aquaculture (UPC-U. of Barcelona)
• Master’s degrees in Improving Plant Genetics (UPC-U. Politècnica de València)

Graduates and engineers must accredit having taken all of the credits needed to attain a master’s degree.

Candidates are required to have at least a B2 (Vantage) level of English as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, this is equivalent to the British Council’s First Certificate in English (FCE).

If applicants request a specific subject matter for their doctoral thesis, they will be supervised by a coordinator from the corresponding research group in order to ensure that the project is feasible and provide them with the most ideal supervisor for their thesis. In these cases, admission decisions will take into consideration the suggested supervisors’ feedback. In the following meeting, the doctoral programme’s Academic Committee shall make a final admission decision, assign a supervisor and, if necessary, define required bridging courses.

For applicants who do not specify a particular field of research, the coordinator will provide them with information and counsel them about the possibilities offered by the different research groups associated with the programme. Then, the coordinator will inform the Academic Committee about the application, and, taking into account the applicant’s educational background and his/her expectations and interests, the Committee will make an admission decision and assign a thesis supervisor who will, if necessary, suggest what bridging courses the applicant should take.

Criteria for assessing merits and weighting
Of the documentation turned in with every application, the Academic Committee will first consider whether there is clear evidence that the applicant’s academic background is in line with the area of research in which he/she wishes to carry out his/her thesis. Of almost equal importance is the applicant’s academic transcript and his/her ability to obtain funding through a grant. Thirdly, the Academic Committee will consider the applicant’s previous research experience as well as his/her motivation and readiness. Finally, knowledge of languages, in addition to English, will be positively considered.

In order to carry out an objective assessment, we more strictly define the parameters as follows:
• Weighting of conformity between academic background and area of research: 30%.
• Weighting of academic transcript: 35%.
• Weighting of motivation: 10%.
• Weighting of knowledge of other languages: 10%.
• Weighting of research experience: 15%.

Training complements

The academic committee for the programme may require that doctoral students pass specific bridging courses. In this case, the Committee will monitor the bridging courses and set up appropriate criteria to limit their length.

The courses shall involve training in research, but in no case will candidates be required to enrol in 60 or more ECTS credits (as per the academic regulations for doctoral studies, bridging courses could also include transversal education, but this is likely to be changed to include only research-related credits, especially in cases of 300-ECTS-credit doctoral programmes).

Depending on the doctoral student activity report, the programme’s Academic Committee may propose measures, in addition to those established by current regulations, that would disassociate candidates who do not meet the established requisites.

The Academic Committee of the doctoral programme in Agri-Food Technology and Biotechnology finds that those meeting the aforementioned admission requirements will not have to take any bridging courses.

If the academic committee or assigned thesis supervisor feels that the candidate should take bridging courses, and considering the multidisciplinary nature of this programme, they will require coursework be taken, basically from the master’s programmes in areas related to biosystems engineering, the environment and sustainability and natural resources, or from the master’s programme in Biomedical Engineering, the master’s programme in Chemical Engineering or some other related programme depending on the research lines covered by the candidate’s doctoral thesis, his/her professional and educational background, and required bridging courses

Enrolment period for new doctoral students

Between September and April.

More information at the registration section for new doctoral students

Enrolment period

That which is established by the Doctoral School.

More information at the general registration section

Monitoring and evaluation of the doctoral student

Procedure for the preparation and defense of the research plan

Doctoral candidates must submit a research plan, which will be included in their doctoral student activity report, before the end of the first year. The plan may be improved over the course of the doctoral degree. It must be endorsed by the tutor and the supervisor, and it must include the method that is to be followed and the aims of the research.

At least one of these annual assessments will include a public presentation and defence of the research plan and work done before a committee composed of three doctoral degree holders, which will be conducted in the manner determined by each academic committee. The examination committee awards a Pass or Fail mark. A Pass mark is a prerequisite for continuing on the doctoral programme. Doctoral candidates awarded a Fail mark must submit a new research plan for assessment by the academic committee of the doctoral programme within six months.

The committee assesses the research plan every year, in addition to all of the other activities in the doctoral student activity report. Doctoral candidates who are awarded two consecutive Fail marks for the research plan will be obliged to definitely withdraw from the programme.

If they change the subject of their thesis, they must submit a new research plan.

Formation activities

Activity: Tutorial.
Hours: 288.
Type: compulsory.

Activity: Mobility.
Hours: 480.
Type: optional.

Activity: Assessment based on doctoral student activity report (DAD) and research plan.
Hours: 4.
Type: compulsory.

Activity: Training in information skills.
Hours: 1.5.
Type: optional.

Activity: Research methodology.
Hours: 12.
Type: optional.

Activity: Innovation and creativity.
Hours: 8.
Type: optional.

Activity: Language and communication skills.
Hours: 18.
Type: optional.

Activity: Courses and seminars.
Hours: 40.
Type: optional.

Activity: Workshops.
Hours: 10.
Type: optional.

Activity: Publications.
Hours: 150.
Type: compulsory.

Before turning in their theses, candidates must prove that they have been the lead author on at least one article that has been published or accepted in a high-impact journal.

Procedure for assignment of tutor and thesis director

The academic committee of the doctoral programme assigns a thesis supervisor to each doctoral candidate when they are admitted or enrol for the first time, taking account of the thesis supervision commitment referred to in the admission decision.

The thesis supervisor will ensure that training activities carried out by the doctoral candidate are coherent and suitable, and that the topic of the candidate’s doctoral thesis will have an impact and make a novel contribution to knowledge in the relevant field. The thesis supervisor will also guide the doctoral candidate in planning the thesis and, if necessary, tailoring it to any other projects or activities undertaken. The thesis supervisor will generally be a UPC professor or researcher who holds a doctoral degree and has documented research experience. This includes PhD-holding staff at associated schools (as determined by the Governing Council) and UPC-affiliated research institutes (in accordance with corresponding collaboration and affiliation agreements). When thesis supervisors are UPC staff members, they also act as the doctoral candidate’s tutor.

PhD holders who do not meet these criteria (as a result of their contractual relationship or the nature of the institution to which they are attached) must be approved by the UPC Doctoral School's Standing Committee in order to participate in a doctoral programme as researchers with documented research experience.

The academic committee of the doctoral programme may approve the appointment of a PhD-holding expert who is not a UPC staff member as a candidate’s thesis supervisor. In such cases, the prior authorisation of the UPC Doctoral School's Standing Committee is required. A UPC staff member who holds a doctoral degree and has documented research experience must also be proposed to act as a co-supervisor, or as the doctoral candidate’s tutor if one has not been assigned.

A thesis supervisor may step down from this role if there are justified reasons (recognised as valid by the committee) for doing so. If this occurs, the academic committee of the doctoral programme will assign the doctoral candidate a new thesis supervisor.

Provided there are justified reasons for doing so, and after hearing any relevant input from the doctoral candidate, the academic committee of the doctoral programme may assign a new thesis supervisor at any time during the period of doctoral study.

If there are academic reasons for doing so (an interdisciplinary topic, joint or international programmes, etc.) and the academic committee of the programme gives its approval, an additional thesis supervisor may be assigned. Supervisors and co-supervisors have the same responsibilities and academic recognition.

The maximum number of supervisors of a doctoral thesis is two: a supervisor and a co-supervisor.

For theses carried out under a cotutelle agreement or as part of an Industrial Doctorate, if necessary and if the agreement foresees it this maximum number of supervisors may not apply. This notwithstanding, the maximum number of supervisors belonging to the UPC is two.

More information at the PhD theses section

Permanence

The academic committee of the programme may authorise an extension of up to one year for full-time doctoral candidates who have not applied to deposit their thesis by the end of the three-year period of study, in the terms outlined in the Academic Regulations for Doctoral Studies of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. In the case of part-time candidates, an extension of two years may be authorised. In both cases, in exceptional circumstances a further one-year extension may be granted by the Doctoral School's Standing Committee, upon the submission of a reasoned application by the academic committee of the doctoral programme.

A doctoral candidate may be dismissed from a doctoral programme for the following reasons:

  • The doctoral candidate submitting a justified application to withdraw from the programme.
  • The maximum period of study and of extensions thereof ending.
  • The doctoral candidate not having enrolled every academic year (unless he or she has been authorised to temporarily withdraw).
  • The doctoral candidate failing two consecutive assessments.
  • The doctoral candidate having disciplinary proceedings filed against him or her that rule that he or she must be dismissed from the UPC.

Dismissal from the programme implies that doctoral candidates cannot continue studying at the UPC and the closing of their academic record. This notwithstanding, they may apply to the academic committee of the programme for readmission and the committee must reevaluate them in accordance with the criteria established in the regulations.

International Mention

The doctoral degree certificate may include International Doctorate mention. In this case, the doctoral candidate must meet the following requirements:

a) During the period of study leading to the award of the doctoral degree, the doctoral candidate must have spent at least three months at a respected higher education institution or research centre outside Spain to complete courses or do research work. The stays and activities carried out must be endorsed by the thesis supervisor and authorised by the academic committee of the programme. The candidate must provide a certifying document issued by the person responsible for the research group of the body or bodies where the stay or activity was completed. This information will be added to the doctoral student’s activity report.
b) Part of the thesis (at least the summary and conclusions) must be written and presented in one of the languages commonly used for science communication in the relevant field of knowledge, which must not be an official language of Spain. This rule does not apply to stays and reports in Spanish or to experts from Spanish-speaking countries.
c) At least two PhD-holding experts belonging to a higher education institution or research centre outside Spain must have issued officially certified reports on the thesis.
d) The thesis examination committee must have included at least one PhD-holding expert from a higher education or research institution outside Spain who was not responsible for the candidate’s stay abroad (point a) above).
e) The thesis defence must have taken place on UPC premises or, in the case of joint programmes, at the location specified in the collaboration agreement.

Learning resources

The doctoral programme offers the scientific and technical installations needed to ensure that accepted thesis projects can be carried out.

The library is located in the campus services building of the Baix Llobregat Campus. It can be accessed from the ground floor, and its web page is https://bibliotecnica.upc.edu/bcbl. Its main objective is to meet the specific in-person and online need for technical and scientific information, learning, research and continuing education.

The Department offers 14 research laboratories, 12 in the Department of Agri-Food Engineering and Biotechnology (Baix Llobregat Campus) and 2 in the Department of Chemical Engineering (Terrassa Campus and South Diagonal Campus). Among them, there are laboratories for instrumental chemical and biochemical analyses (HPLC, UV-VIS spectroscopy, atomic absorption, infrared, texture analyser, etc.), cellular and molecular biology laboratories (laminar flow cabinets, CO₂ incubators, etc.), the Microbiology Laboratory, the Sensory Analysis and Product Tasting Laboratory, the Plant Health Laboratory, the Ground Physics and Waste Treatment Laboratory, the Aquaculture Laboratory and the Molecular Modelling Laboratory. All of the laboratories have with specific instrumentation depending on the subject areas they are designed to study, in addition to basic gas installations, selective waste collection, heating and air conditioning, internet connection, etc.

The doctoral programme also offers an experimental station: Research Unit in Biological Systems and Peri-Urban Agriculture Engineering (Agrópolis), located 5 kilometres from the campus and offering 10 hectares of land and a general services building. This experimental station is fully operational and offers basic services (irrigation, communications, a green house, etc.) which allow for field tests for experimental theses on agriculture to be carried out.

Doctoral Theses

List of authorized thesis for defense

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Last update: 06/10/2022 04:45:23.

List of lodged theses

  • RAZZAGHI, NEDA: Structure-function relationships in sensory G protein-coupled receptors
    Author: RAZZAGHI, NEDA
    Thesis file: (contact the Doctoral School to confirm you have a valid doctoral degree and to get the link to the thesis)
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN AGRI-FOOD TECHNOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
    Department: (DEAB)
    Mode: Normal
    Deposit date: 03/10/2022
    Reading date: pending
    Reading time: pending
    Reading place: pending
    Thesis director: GARRIGA SOLE, PERE
    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: CLADERA CERDA, JOSEP BARTOMEU
         SECRETARI: RAMON PORTÉS, EVA
         VOCAL: BARNADAS RODRÍGUEZ, RAMON
    Thesis abstract: Perception of the world by an organism is not possible unless decoding the received information through its sensory systems. In vertebrates, G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and ion channels are principal categories of sensory receptors. This study has been dedicated to GPCRs which is one of the largest superfamily of membrane proteins in eukaryotes. GPCRs are widely studied because of their potential use as pharmacological targets in drug development.Currently, approximately thirty to forty percent of marketed pharmaceuticals target GPCRs. ln this thesis, the focus has been on bitter taste receptors and the visual photoreceptor rhodopsin (Rho). In particular, the effect of valproic acid (in its salt form, sodium valproate, VPA) on mutations associated with the retina! degenerative disease retinitis pigmentosa (RP) has been analyzed. Bitter taste receptors, called taste receptor type 2 (TAS2R), are G protein coupled receptors that protect humans from ingesting toxins also acting effectively in bitter compounds detection not only in the oral cavity, but in extra-oral tissues.One of the aims of this study was to analyze the potential expression of TAS2Rs in human skin cells. In this regard, the expression of different TAS2Rs subtypes (such as TAS2R4 and TAS2R20) in fibroblasts and keratinocytes of human primary skin cell cultures has been detected.Rho is a major protein of the retina that functions as a light receptor in the rod outer segment (ROS) of photoreceptor cells.Missense mutations in Rho can cause retinal degenerative diseases, including RP, that are mostly related to defects in Rho folding and/or trafficking.VPA is made of naturally occurring valeric acid and chemically is a simple eight-carbon branched-chain fatty acid. Recent work has investigated its use as an adjunct agent in cancer, neurodegenerative disease, human immunodeficiency virustherapy and Rho mutations and retinal disease because of its function as a histone deacetylase inhibitor. One of the main aims of this work is to find new ligands that can compensate for the harmful effects of RP mutations. We have found that VPA, in its sodium form, could be one of the candidate molecules for this purpose. To this aim, the effect of VPA on the structure and function of Rho has been studied. We have focused on the analysis of the conformational stability of heterologously expressed Rho, bovine wild-type (WT) and human WT Rho, and a Rho mutant, I307N, which has been shown to be an appropriate mouse model for studying retinal degeneration.We found no sign of enhanced stability far the dark inactive conformation of the I307N Rho mutant. Moreover, the photoactivated conformation of the mutant appeared to be destabilized by VPA as indicated by a faster decay of its active conformation. The Rho results obtained by carefully analyzing the spectral and biochemical properties of Rho heterologously expressed in cell cultures showed that VPA did not improve the structural stability of dark state conformation of the protein.The Meta II decay process, which could be interpreted as reflecting the active state conformational stability, did not show improved stability either. Therefore, our results support a destabilizing effect of VPA on Rho 1307N mutant associated with retinal degeneration.Our report opens up new opportunities for research on the effect of VPA on downstream Rho signaling elements. Analysis of protein properties for different concentrations of protein and VPA would require needs further investigation. These findings, at the molecular level, agree with recent clinical studies reporting negative effects of sodium valproate on the visual function of RP patients.

Last update: 06/10/2022 04:30:28.

List of defended theses by year

  • BORRAZ MARTÍNEZ, SERGIO: Desarrollo de modelos para la identificación de variedades y fitopatologías mediante técnicas fotónicas
    Author: BORRAZ MARTÍNEZ, SERGIO
    Thesis link: http://hdl.handle.net/10803/674307
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN AGRI-FOOD TECHNOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
    Department: (DEAB)
    Mode: Article-based thesis
    Reading date: 12/05/2022
    Thesis director: GRAS MOREU, ANNA | SIMÓ CRUANYES, JOAN

    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: ECHEVERRÍA CORTADA, GEMMA
         SECRETARI: SEPULCRE SANCHEZ, FRANCISCO LUIS
         VOCAL: FERRÉ BALDRICH, JOAN
    Thesis abstract: In the cultivation of fruit trees, the most common is to work with cuttings. In this way, the grafted fruit tree variety offers specific fruit qualities and the rootstock offers certain agronomic and adaptation characteristics. The grafts that come from varieties of the same species usually present a great genetic proximity, which makes them very difficult to identify by means of agro-morphological characters. For this reason, it is necessary to implement more complex methods to be able to distinguish them. Nowadays, the most widely used methods for varietal identification are based on DNA analysis, which allow obtaining molecular profiles. However, these biomolecular techniques require sophisticated instruments and facilities, time consuming, and are expensive. These drawbacks make the implementation of molecular techniques unfeasible as methods for the routine analysis of large volumes of samples. In this context, the nursery plant sector demands a rapid, no-destructive, accurate, and economic methods. The main objective of this thesis is to develop a method that allows identifying and differentiating varieties at the nursery plant level, together with the ability to assess their physiological status. The thesis is articulated in 4 articles published in indexed journals together with essays presented in the present work. The main results are to a) Protocols have been developed for the use of near infrared spectroscopy techniques, hyperspectral camera and artificial vision coupled to deep learning in fruit cuttings and cherry rootstocks; b) Near-infrared spectroscopy proved to be a technique capable of differentiating, with a very high degree of specificity, six varieties of almond (Prunus dulcis), but it presented limitations for its implementation in a production line; c) The use of the hyperspectral camera has proven adequate for the differentiation of three rootstock varieties and the analysis of the physiological state, including the premature detection of Pseudomonas syringae; d) The use of artificial vision coupled with deep learning has proven to be effective in the differentiation of almond varieties; e) The joint analysis of the results indicates that the best solution to be implemented in a production line would go through the implementation of the spectral camera for the control of the physiological state of the plants and the artificial vision coupled to deep learning for the varietal identification.

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Theses related publications

AUTHOR:BORRAZ MARTÍNEZ, SERGIO
Title:Desarrollo de modelos para la identificación de variedades y fitopatologías mediante técnicas fotónicas
Reading date:12/05/2022
Director:GRAS MOREU, ANNA
Co-director:SIMÓ CRUANYES, JOAN
Mention:Industrial Doctorate Mention (Generalitat)
RELATED PUBLICATIONS
Development of a methodology to analyze leaves from Prunus dulcis varieties using near infrared spectroscopy
Borraz, S.; Boqué, R.; Simo, J.; Mestre, M.; Gras, A.
Talanta, ISSN: 0039-9140 (JCR Impact Factor-2019: 5.339; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 01/11/2019
Journal article

Multivariate classification of prunus dulcis varieties using leaves of nursery plants and near infrared spectroscopy
Borraz, S.; Simo, J.; Gras, A.; Mestre, M.; Boqué, R.
Scientific reports, ISSN: 2045-2322 (JCR Impact Factor-2019: 3.998; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 01/12/2019
Journal article

Varietal quality control in the nursery plant industry using computer vision and deep learning techniques
Borraz, S.; Tarres, F.; Boqué, R.; Mestre, M.; Simo, J.; Gras, A.
Journal of chemometrics, ISSN: 0886-9383 (JCR Impact Factor-2020: 2.467; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 01/01/2020
Journal article

Combining computer vision and deep learning to classify varieties of Prunus dulcis for the nursery plant industry
Borraz, S.; Simo, J.; Gras, A.; Boqué, R.; Tarres, F.
Journal of chemometrics, ISSN: 0886-9383 (JCR Impact Factor-2020: 3.4
Publication date: 09/01/2022
Journal article

Multivariate classification of seven varieties of prunus dulcis with near infrared spectroscopy, using leaves and wood of nursery plants
XVII Chemometrics in Analytical Chemistry
Presentation date: 26/06/2018
Presentation of work at congresses

Development of a methodology to analyze leaves from Prunus dulcis varietires using near infrared spectroscopy
10th Colloquium Chemiometricum Mediterraneum
Presentation date: 12/06/2019
Presentation of work at congresses

AUTHOR:CAMPOS TOBAJAS, JAVIER
Title:Tecnologías emergentes y agricultura de precisión en cultivos tridimensionales. Implementación y mejora de las técnicas de aplicación de fitosanitarios en viña.
Reading date:28/07/2021
Director:GIL MOYA, EMILIO
Mention:No mention
RELATED PUBLICATIONS
Development of canopy vigour maps using UAV for site-specific management during vineyard spraying process
Campos, J.; Llop, J.; Gallart, M.; García, F.; Gras, A.; Salcedo, R.; Gil, E.
Precision agriculture, ISSN: 1385-2256 (JCR Impact Factor-2019: 4.454; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 01/01/2019
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On-Farm evaluation of prescription map-based variable rate application of pesticides in vineyards
Campos, J.; Gallart, M.; Llop, J.; Ortega, P.; Salcedo, R.; Gil, E.
Agronomy, ISSN: 2073-4395 (JCR Impact Factor-2019: 2.603; Quartil: Q1)
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Uso de los drones como herramientas de gestión del viñedo
Agricultura: Revista agropecuaria, ISSN: 0002-1334
Publication date: 22/12/2020
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Assessment of canopy characteristics in vineyard from vigour maps obtained using UAV and satellite imagery
Campos, J.; Garcia, F.; Gil, E.
Sensors (Switzerland), ISSN: 1424-8220 (JCR Impact Factor-2019: 3.275; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 29/03/2021
Journal article

Comprobación de un sistema de aplicación variable basado en mapas de vegetación obtenidos con un vehículo aéreo no tripulado (UAV)
X Congreso Ibérico de Agroingeniería
Presentation date: 03/09/2019
Presentation of work at congresses

Monitoring site-specific spraying in vineyards from a prescription map obtained with a UAV
The 12th European Conference on Precision Agriculture
Presentation date: 10/09/2019
Presentation of work at congresses

Taking advantage of difficulties. Variable rate application based on canopy maps to achieve a sustainable crop protection process
XIII International Terroir Congress
Presentation date: 17/11/2020
Presentation of work at congresses

AUTHOR:GIRÓN ROJAS, EMMA CECILIA
Title:Balance de masa e identificación de indicadores para medir eficiencia en la gestión y procesado de materiales en las plantas públicas de compostaje de Fracción Orgánica de Residuos Municipales (FORM) de Cataluña
Reading date:10/09/2020
Director:GIL MOYA, EMILIO
Co-director:LOPEZ MARTINEZ, MARGARITA
Mention:No mention
RELATED PUBLICATIONS
Assessment of biowaste composting process for industrial support tool development through macro data approach
Gil, E.; Garcia, A.; Lopez, M.; Giron, E.; Iglesias, N.
Waste management, ISSN: 0956-053X (JCR Impact Factor-2020: 7.145; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 27/02/2020
Journal article

AUTHOR:SANS MOLINS, SÍLVIA
Title:Millora de la qualitat sensorial i nutricional de les varietats tradicionals hortícoles: el cas del calçot (Allium cepa L.)
Reading date:31/10/2019
Director:SIMÓ CRUANYES, JOAN
Mention:No mention
RELATED PUBLICATIONS
Improving the conservation and use of traditional germplasm through breeding for local adaptation: The Case of the Castellfollit del Boix Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) Landrace
Casals, J.; Rivera, A.; Rull, A.; Romero Del Castillo, M.; Sabate, J.; Sans, S.; Soler, S.; Díez , M.; Casañas, F.; Prohens, J.; Simo, J.
Agronomy, ISSN: 2073-4395 (JCR Impact Factor-2019: 2.603; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 14/12/2019
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Estimating sensory properties with near-infrared spectroscopy: A tool for quality control and breeding of ‘Calçots’ (Allium cepa L.)
Sans, S.; Ferré, J.; Boqué, R.; Sabate, J.; Casals, J.; Simo, J.
Agronomy, ISSN: 2073-4395 (JCR Impact Factor-2020: 3.417; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 11/06/2020
Journal article

Near infrared spectroscopy determination of chemical and sensory properties in tomato
Sun, D.; Cruz, J.; Alcalà Bernàrdez, Manel; Romero Del Castillo, M.; Sans, S.; Casals, J.
Journal of near infrared spectroscopy, ISSN: 0967-0335 (JCR Impact Factor-2019: 2.6
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Journal article

AUTHOR:MARGENAT MAS, ANNA MARIA
Title:Dynamics of chemical microcontaminants in peri-urban agriculture and evaluation of their potential impact on crops and human health.
Reading date:27/11/2018
Tutor/a:COMAS ANGELET, JORDI
Director:BAYONA TERMENS, JOSEP
Co-director:MATAMOROS MERCADAL, VÍCTOR
Mention:No mention
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Occurrence and human health risk assessment of antibiotics and trace elements in Lactuca sativa amended with different organic fertilizers
Margenat, A.; Rui, Y.; Cañameras, N.; Carazo, N.; Díez, S.; Bayona, J.; Matamoros Mercadal, Víctor
Environmental research, ISSN: 0013-9351 (JCR Impact Factor-2020: 6.498; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 01/11/2020
Journal article

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01/04/202231/03/2025Ensure fair NEXUS transition for climate change adaptation and sustainable development implementation based on coupled nature-based systems and bioeconomyEuropean Commission
15/03/202231/12/2023Contracte de Col·laboració pel desenvolupament de dinàmica d'emergència de J2 en MeloidogiBAYER CROPSCIENCE, S.L.
22/12/202121/12/2024Hub de Innovación UPC-XIELINEXIELINE EVOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITA
01/09/202131/08/2023Producción de bioestimulantes a partir de cianobacterias y agua residual en el marco de la bioeconomía circularAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/08/202131/07/2024Los sistemas productivos de cultivos de granos y el impacto de las malezas: bases funcionales y modelos diagramáticos para el desarrollo y transferencia de prácticas integradas de manejoFondo para la Investigación Científica y Tecnológica
01/08/202101/08/2023Conveni amb la FAUBA (PICT-2018-02164)Fondo para la Investigación Científica y Tecnológica
28/06/202131/12/2021- Análisis de estrategias de control integrado de MeloidogyneBAYER CROPSCIENCE, S.L.
15/01/202114/01/2024Partnership Agreement projecte Erasmus+ AGRISATCommission of European Communities
01/01/202131/12/2024A Collaborative Paradigm for Human Workers and Multi-Robot Teams in Precision Agriculture SystemsCommission of European Communities
01/01/202131/12/2022Identificación y diseño de pequeñas moléculas como nuevas cabezas de serie inhibidores de MAP quinasas y proteína Ras, utilizando técnicas de diseño molecular asistido por ordenador.Allinky Biopharma S.L.
21/12/202031/12/2024Multi-agent Agri-food living labs for new supply chain Mediterranean systems. Towards more sustainable and competitive farming addressing consumers’ preferences and market changesEuropean Commission
30/11/202030/11/2024Developing innovative plant-based added-value food products through the promotion of LOCAL Mediterranean NUT and LEGUME cropsEuropean Comission
01/11/202031/03/2021TOPPS. Diseño y elaboración vídeosASOC EMPRESARIAL PARA LA PROTECCION
01/11/202031/10/2024Integrated novel strategies for reducing the use and impact of pesticides, towards sustainable Mediterranean vineyards and olive grovesEuropean Commission
01/11/202028/02/2023Desarrollo e implementación integral de nuevas tecnologías, productos y estrategias para reducir la aplicación de cobre en viñedos y remediar suelos contaminados en la región SUDOE (Development and comprehensive implementation of new technologies, products and strategies to reduce copper application in vineyards and remediate contaminated soils in the region SUDOE)INTERREG III B SUDOE
01/11/202031/10/2023Innovative curriculum in smart AGRIculture through SATellite and remote sensing data in SEAComission of European Communities
01/11/202028/02/2023“Desarrollo e implementación integral de nuevas tecnologías, productos y estrategias para reducir la aplicación de cobre en viñedos y remediar suelos contaminados en la región SUDOECommission of European Communities
01/10/202030/09/2024Ddesarrolla un conjunto de estrategias novedosas, integradoras y sostenibles, técnica y económicamente viables,en aplicación de fitosanitarios en viña y olivos.Commission of European Communities
01/09/202031/08/2023Programme européen de formation en industrie 4.0 dans le cadre de l'Université Européenne UNITE!Gobierno de Francia
01/09/202030/06/2022Mediterranean Innovation Alliance for sustainable blue economyDG Regio, European Commission
01/07/202001/09/2022Avaluació de l'eficàcia dels tractaments fitosanitaris realitzats amb broquets de baixa deriva en cultius horticoles de port baix al baix llobregatGENCAT-D.AGRICULTURA, RAMADERIA,
01/06/202031/05/2023Nuevos ligandos alostéricos del receptor acoplado a proteína G visual rodopsina y el mecanismo molecular de enfermedadesAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/06/202031/05/2023Pulverización inteligente para viñedo y olivar sostenible - Volumen de aplicaciónAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/06/202031/05/2023Are promotional strategies a barrier to reduce greenhouse gases emissions from meat products?Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
06/05/202006/09/2020Identificacion de inhibidores de la proteasa Mpro del virus COVID-19 por repovisionamiento de medicamentosINSTITUTO DE SALUD CARLOS III
01/03/202001/03/2021Desenvolupament d'un prototip per l'aplicació de productes fitosanitaris a les ferides de poda en vinya amb un especial enfoc a l'aplicació del producte Vintec.BELCHIM CROP PROTECTION ESPAñA SA
15/01/202015/04/2021Posada en funcionament d'un sistema d'aplicació variable de fitosanitaris en base a mapes de prescripció i creació d'un sistema de traçabilitat i gestió de dades per al cultiu de l nabiuHortifrut Perú S.A.C
01/01/202031/12/2020PUESTA EN MARCHA DE UN PROTOCOLO PARA LA APLICACIÓN DE PRODUCTOS FITOSANITARIOS EN PLANTACIONES DE MANZANOSNUFRI S.A.T.
01/01/202001/05/2020La història darrera d'un aliment. Impacte del relat emocional sobre la percepció sensorial dels aliments (61156-CREDA)Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament d'Agricultura, Ramaderia i Pesca
01/12/201930/11/2021el projecte tracta de implementar un sistema intern de garantia de la qualitat a Russian-Tajik (Slavonic) UniversityRussian-Tajik Slavonic University
01/11/201901/02/2020Hidrocol·loides en alimentació animalPSITTACUS CATALONIA, SL
01/11/201931/10/2022University Network for Innovation, Technology and EngineeringEuropean Commission
16/10/201931/07/2021Organisation and implementation of training activities on inspection and calibration of plant protection product application equipment in compliance with the provisions of Directive 2009/128/EC underASOCIACIÓN DE INVESTIGACIÓN DE LA
03/10/201903/10/2019Composición para el control de malas hierbas
01/09/201931/08/2022Systemic University Change Towards Internationalisation for AcademiaCommission of European Communities
01/07/201930/06/2024INnovations in plant VarIety Testing in Europe to foster the introduction of new varieties better adapted to varying biotic and abiotic conditions and to more sustainable crop management practicesEuropean Commission
01/06/201931/05/2020Fertilizació en cànem industrialBIOBIZZ WORLDWIDE SL
01/05/201930/06/2020Valoració campanya productes proximitat catalans en els consimidors (61143-CREDA)Generalitat de Catalunya. Departament d'Agricultura, Ramaderia i Pesca
01/03/201930/09/2020Millora de l'eficiència dels tractaments de fitosanitaris en cultiu de tomaquera exterior al Baix LlobregatGENCAT-D.AGRICULTURA, RAMADERIA,
01/03/201928/02/2020Projecte MalawiCentre de Cooperació per al Desenvolupament , UPC
01/03/201928/02/2020Análisis de la Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición Sostenible con Enfoque de Género en Comunidades Vulnerables de Chihuahua, México.Centre de Cooperació per al Desenvolupament , UPC
01/03/201928/02/2020Tecnologia low cost para promover la reutilización de aguas residuales en espacios fluviales de zonas alto andinas (Fase II)Centre de Cooperació per al Desenvolupament , UPC
01/03/201928/02/2020Objectius ODS 2 i 12. Lluita contra la fam a través de la lluita contra el malbaratament alimentari. Rol de la societat civil, un exemple: 32 anys del Banc dels Aliments de Barcelona. I nosaltres què?Centre Cooperació per al Desenvolupament
01/01/201931/12/2019Conveni marc de col·laboració entre la IGP Torró d’Agramunt i la Fundació Miquel Agustí (FMA), per garantir la qualitat sensorial del torró acollit a la IGP. Tercera addendaConsell Regulador de la IGP Torró d'Agramunt
01/01/201931/12/2020SMARTOMIZERCommission of European Communities
01/01/201931/12/2021TOPPSECPA,EUROPEAN CROP
01/01/201931/12/2021Estrategias de gestión de la luz para maximizar la productividad de Ulva en los sistemas IMTA-RAS y para promover efectos probiótics inducidos por la microbiiotaAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/01/201931/12/2019EIT Urban Mobility Start-up phaseEIT Urban Mobility
01/11/201831/10/2020DEVELOPMENT OF A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR ENHANCING THE USE OF ICT TOOLS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PRECISION AGRICULTURECommission of European Communities
20/09/201820/09/2020Foment del cultiu de mongetes a Catalunya mitjançant conserves innovadores per a la DOP Mongeta del GanxetGeneralitat de Catalunya. Departament d'Agricultura, Ramaderia i Pesca
01/09/201831/08/2022Transition towards a more carbon and nutrient efficient agriculture in Europe (NUTRI2CYCLE)Comisión Europea
01/09/201831/08/2022Efficient Carbon, Nitrogen and Phosphorus cycling in the European Agri-food System and related up- and down-stream processes to mitigate emissions’ (CIRCULAR AGRONOMICS)Comisión Europea
01/09/201831/12/2021OPTIMISED PEST INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT TO PRECISELY DETECT AND CONTROL PLANT DISEASES IN PERENNIAL CROPS AND OPEN-FIELD VEGETABLESCommission of European Communities
01/09/201831/08/2022Pesticide Reduction Using Friendly and Environmentally Controlled TechnologiesEURCOM-D.G.FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
01/09/201831/08/2021Shaping the next generation of Joint Programmes in Science and TechnologyUE Erasmus +KA2
01/08/201801/09/2020Optimización del uso de fitosanitarios en viticultura en base a mapas de rigorM AGRIC PESCA ALIM Y MEDIO AMBIENTE
15/06/201814/04/2019Disseny i estudi de vida útil de les begudes tradicionals del Senegal per la seva elaboració i comercialització a la cooperativa DIOMCOOP, SCCL.Centre de Cooperació per al Desenvolupament , UPC
24/05/201830/06/2019Estudio de la Biología de MeloidogyneBAYER CROPSCIENCE, S.L.
14/05/201831/12/2018Evaluación del método LWA para determinar el volúmen óptimo en viñaBAYER CROPSCIENCE, S.L.
01/05/201830/04/2021Accelerating Innovative practices for Spraying Equipment, Training and Advising in European agriculture through the mobilization of Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation SystemsCommission of European Communities
10/04/201831/12/2018Jornadas buenas prácticas agrícolas BayerBAYER CROPSCIENCE, S.L.
21/03/201821/03/2018APLICACION MOVIL (APP) PARA LA DETERMINACION DE LA DOSIS DE PRODUCTO FITOSANITARIO EN VIÑA - DOSAVIÑA
01/03/201828/02/2019CCD 2018-O004 Producción de cultivos de huertos y capacitación agrícola para la mejora alimentaria, así como de los recursos económicos y ambientales de la Casa de Acogida Balmandir Bhimphedi - Fase II.Centre de Cooperació per al Desenvolupament , UPC
01/03/201828/02/2019CCD 2018-O016 Disseny i estudi de vida útil de les begudes tradicionals del Senegal per la seva elaboració i comercialització a la cooperativa DIOMCOOP, SCCL. subtítol: Caracterització del poder antioxidant de la infusió de flors d’hibisc i llavors de BaobabCentre de Cooperació per al Desenvolupament , UPC
22/02/201822/02/2019Aplicació variable de fitosanitaris amb mapes de vegetacióMIGUEL TORRES, S.A.
01/02/201830/06/2019Demostració pràctica de l'aplicabilitat de mapes de vegetación per a l'aplicació variable de productes fitosanitaris a la vinya. Reducció de l'ús de plaguicides i disminució de la contaminacióGENCAT-D.AGRICULTURA, RAMADERIA,
05/01/201831/12/2019Conveni marc - Evaluación del recurso geotermia de baja temperatura para el incremento de la producción agrícola en invernaderosAgencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID)
01/01/201830/09/2021Estrategias de gestión de germoplasma vegetal resistente a Meloidogyne para evitar la selección de virulenciaAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/01/201831/12/2022Xarxa d'R+D+I Marítima de Catalunya - Catalan Network for Blue InnovationFondos FEDER; AGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
15/10/201714/07/2021On-line Quality Assurance and EUR-ACE Accreditation of Engineering Programmes in Mediterranean AreaCommission of European Communities
02/10/201719/06/2021Discriminació varietat mitjançant espectroscòpia de l'infraroig properAGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
01/10/201701/12/2017Impacte econòmic del canvi climàtic sobre el sector agrari a les conques hidrològiques Pacífico Norte (Sinaloa) i Rio Bravo (Chihuahua) (2017- U020)Centre de Cooperació per al Desenvolupament , UPC
26/06/201725/06/2021El sistema hidroacolchado-suelo a escala reducida: valoración de la durabilidad y la resistencia del hidroacolchado, de sus efectos sobre propiedades físicas del sueloMIN DE ECONOMIA Y COMPETITIVIDAD
05/05/201704/05/2018Efecte combinat de la dosi de melassa i de microorganismes inductors de la resistència vegetal sobre el nematode Meloidogyne sp., la microbiota del sòl i la productivitat vegetalGENCAT-D.AGRICULTURA, RAMADERIA,
01/04/201701/07/2017Mercat de l'ahmaburguesa. Quantificació del Consum i noves tendències (61103-CREDA)Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentària
22/03/201731/12/2018Conveni marc de col·laboració entre la IGP Torró d’Agramunt i la Fundació Miquel Agustí (FMA), per garantir la qualitat sensorial del torró acollit a la IGP. Primera addenda.Consell Regulador de la IGP Torró d'Agramunt
15/03/201731/12/2018Estudio de la biología de Meloidogyne y eficacia de agentes de control biológicoBAYER CROPSCIENCE, S.L.
01/01/201730/06/2021Pre-commercial lines for production of surface nanostructured antimicrobial and anti-biofilm textiles, medical devices and water treatment membranesCommission of European Communities
01/01/201731/12/2019DINAMICA DE LA ACUMULACION DE ANTIBIOTICOS, METALES Y GENES DE RESISTENCIA BACTERIANA EN CULTIVOS AGRICOLAS POR FERTILIZACION ORGANICA. IMPLICACIONES EN LA PRODUCCION VEGETALMinisterio de Economia, Industria y Competitividad

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01/04/202231/03/2025Ensure fair NEXUS transition for climate change adaptation and sustainable development implementation based on coupled nature-based systems and bioeconomyEuropean Commission
15/03/202231/12/2023Contracte de Col·laboració pel desenvolupament de dinàmica d'emergència de J2 en MeloidogiBAYER CROPSCIENCE, S.L.
22/12/202121/12/2024Hub de Innovación UPC-XIELINEXIELINE EVOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITA
01/09/202131/08/2023Producción de bioestimulantes a partir de cianobacterias y agua residual en el marco de la bioeconomía circularAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/08/202131/07/2024Los sistemas productivos de cultivos de granos y el impacto de las malezas: bases funcionales y modelos diagramáticos para el desarrollo y transferencia de prácticas integradas de manejoFondo para la Investigación Científica y Tecnológica
01/08/202101/08/2023Conveni amb la FAUBA (PICT-2018-02164)Fondo para la Investigación Científica y Tecnológica
28/06/202131/12/2021- Análisis de estrategias de control integrado de MeloidogyneBAYER CROPSCIENCE, S.L.
15/01/202114/01/2024Partnership Agreement projecte Erasmus+ AGRISATCommission of European Communities
01/01/202131/12/2024A Collaborative Paradigm for Human Workers and Multi-Robot Teams in Precision Agriculture SystemsCommission of European Communities
01/01/202131/12/2022Identificación y diseño de pequeñas moléculas como nuevas cabezas de serie inhibidores de MAP quinasas y proteína Ras, utilizando técnicas de diseño molecular asistido por ordenador.Allinky Biopharma S.L.
21/12/202031/12/2024Multi-agent Agri-food living labs for new supply chain Mediterranean systems. Towards more sustainable and competitive farming addressing consumers’ preferences and market changesEuropean Commission
30/11/202030/11/2024Developing innovative plant-based added-value food products through the promotion of LOCAL Mediterranean NUT and LEGUME cropsEuropean Comission
01/11/202031/03/2021TOPPS. Diseño y elaboración vídeosASOC EMPRESARIAL PARA LA PROTECCION
01/11/202031/10/2024Integrated novel strategies for reducing the use and impact of pesticides, towards sustainable Mediterranean vineyards and olive grovesEuropean Commission
01/11/202028/02/2023Desarrollo e implementación integral de nuevas tecnologías, productos y estrategias para reducir la aplicación de cobre en viñedos y remediar suelos contaminados en la región SUDOE (Development and comprehensive implementation of new technologies, products and strategies to reduce copper application in vineyards and remediate contaminated soils in the region SUDOE)INTERREG III B SUDOE
01/11/202031/10/2023Innovative curriculum in smart AGRIculture through SATellite and remote sensing data in SEAComission of European Communities
01/11/202028/02/2023“Desarrollo e implementación integral de nuevas tecnologías, productos y estrategias para reducir la aplicación de cobre en viñedos y remediar suelos contaminados en la región SUDOECommission of European Communities
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The Validation, Monitoring, Modification and Accreditation Framework (VSMA Framework) for official degrees ties the quality assurance processes (validation, monitoring, modification and accreditation) carried out over the lifetime of a course to two objectives—the goal of establishing coherent links between these processes, and that of achieving greater efficiency in their management—all with the overarching aim of improving programmes.

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