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

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 four years, counted from the date of first enrolment in the relevant programme until the date on which the doctoral thesis is deposited. 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 seven years from the date of first enrolment in the programme until the date on which the doctoral thesis is deposited. To calculate these periods, the date of deposit is considered to be the date on which the thesis is made publicly available for review.

If a doctoral candidate has a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%, the maximum period of study is six years for full-time students and nine years for part-time students.

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 requirement to complete this minimum period of study.

Temporary disability leave and leave for the birth of a child, adoption or fostering for the purposes of adoption, temporary foster care, risk during pregnancy or infant feeding, gender violence and any other situation provided for in current regulations do not count towards these periods. Students who find themselves in any of these circumstances must notify the academic committee of the doctoral programme, which must inform the Doctoral School.

Doctoral candidates may request periods of temporary withdrawal from the programme for up to a total of two years. Requests must be justified and addressed to the academic committee responsible for the programme, which will decide whether or not to grant the candidate's request.

Extension of studies
If a doctoral candidate has not applied to deposit their thesis before the expiry of the deadlines specified in the previous section, the academic committee of the doctoral programme may, at the request of the doctoral candidate, authorise an extension of this deadline of one year under the conditions specified for the doctoral programme in question.

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 doctoral candidate not having completed their annual enrolment or applied for a temporary interruption.
  • The doctoral candidate not having formalised annual enrolment on the day after the end of the authorisation to temporarily interrupt or withdraw from the programme.
  • The doctoral candidate receiving a negative reassessment after the deadline set by the academic committee of the doctoral programme to remedy the deficiencies that led to a previous negative assessment.
  • The doctoral candidate having been the subject of disciplinary proceedings leading to their suspension or permanent exclusion from the UPC.
  • A refusal to authorise the extensions applied for, in accordance with the provisions of Section 3.3 of these regulations.
  • The doctoral candidate not having submitted the research plan in the period established in Section 8.2 of these regulations.
  • The maximum period of study for the doctoral degree having ended, in accordance with the provisions of Section 3.4 of these regulations.

Dismissal from the programme means that the doctoral candidate cannot continue studying at the UPC and that their academic record will be closed. This notwithstanding, they may apply to the academic committee of the programme for readmission, and the committee must reevaluate the candidate in accordance with the criteria established in the regulations.

A doctoral candidate who has been dismissed due to having exceeded the time limit for completing doctoral studies or due to an unsatisfactory assessment may not be Academic Regulations for Doctoral Studies Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Page 17 of 33 admitted to the same doctoral programme until at least two years have elapsed from the date of dismissal, as provided for in sections 3.4 and 9.2 of these regulations.

Legal framework

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

As a rule, 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).

Applicants who meet one or more of the following conditions are also eligible for admission:

a) Holders of official Spanish degrees or equivalent Spanish qualifications, provided they have passed 300 ECTS credits in total and they can prove they have reached Level 3 in the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education.
b) Holders of degrees awarded in foreign education systems in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), which do not require homologation, who can prove that they have reached Level 7 in the European Qualifications Framework, provided the degree makes the holder eligible for admission to doctoral studies in the country in which it was awarded.
c) Holders of degrees awarded in a country that does not belong to the EHEA, which do not require homologation, on the condition that the University is able to verify that the degree is of a level equivalent to that of official university master's degrees in Spain and that it makes the holder eligible for admission to doctoral studies in the country in which it was awarded.
d) Holders of another doctoral degree.
e) Holders of an official university qualification who, having been awarded a post as a trainee in the entrance examination for specialised medical training, have successfully completed at least two years of training leading to an official degree in a health sciences specialisation.

Note 1: Regulations for access to doctoral studies for individuals with degrees in bachelor's, engineering, or architecture under the system prior to the implementation of the EHEA (CG 47/02 2014).

Note 2: Agreement number 64/2014 of the Governing Council approving the procedure and criteria for assessing the academic requirements for admission to doctoral studies with non-homologated foreign degrees (CG 25/03 2014).

Legal framework

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 maximum period of study for full-time doctoral studies is four years, counted from the date of first enrolment in the relevant programme until the date on which the doctoral thesis is deposited. 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 seven years from the date of first enrolment in the programme until the date on which the doctoral thesis is deposited. To calculate these periods, the date of deposit is considered to be the date on which the thesis is made publicly available for review.

If a doctoral candidate has a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%, the maximum period of study is six years for full-time students and nine years for part-time students.

If a doctoral candidate has not applied to deposit their thesis before the expiry of the deadlines specified in the previous section, the academic committee of the doctoral programme may, at the request of the doctoral candidate, authorise an extension of this deadline of one year under the conditions specified for the doctoral programme in question.

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 doctoral candidate not having completed their annual enrolment or applied for a temporary interruption.
  • The doctoral candidate not having formalised annual enrolment on the day after the end of the authorisation to temporarily interrupt or withdraw from the programme.
  • The doctoral candidate receiving a negative reassessment after the deadline set by the academic committee of the doctoral programme to remedy the deficiencies that led to a previous negative assessment.
  • The doctoral candidate having been the subject of disciplinary proceedings leading to their suspension or permanent exclusion from the UPC.
  • A refusal to authorise the extensions applied for, in accordance with the provisions of Section 3.3 of these regulations.
  • The doctoral candidate not having submitted the research plan in the period established in Section 8.2 of these regulations.
  • The maximum period of study for the doctoral degree having ended, in accordance with the provisions of Section 3.4 of these regulations.

Dismissal from the programme means that the doctoral candidate cannot continue studying at the UPC and that their academic record will be closed. This notwithstanding, they may apply to the academic committee of the programme for readmission, and the committee must reevaluate the candidate in accordance with the criteria established in the regulations.

A doctoral candidate who has been dismissed due to having exceeded the time limit for completing doctoral studies or due to an unsatisfactory assessment may not be Academic Regulations for Doctoral Studies Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Page 17 of 33 admitted to the same doctoral programme until at least two years have elapsed from the date of dismissal, as provided for in sections 3.4 and 9.2 of these regulations.

Legal framework

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

  • KHALIL, REINE: The Use of of Insects as Sustainable Food Ingredients: Future Perspectives and Consumers’ Preferences
    Author: KHALIL, REINE
    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: Change of supervisor
    Deposit date: 29/05/2024
    Reading date: 01/07/2024
    Reading time: 09:30
    Reading place: Doctoral School of Science and Technology-Lebanese University, Hadath, Lebanon 10:30h, hora de Beirut / 9:30h hora de Barcelona; meet.google.com/rvm-kghq-ive
    Thesis director: KALLAS CALOT, ZEIN | HADDARA, AMIRA | PUJOLA CUNILL, MONTSERRAT
    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: MESIAS DÍAZ, FRANCISCO JAVIER
         SECRETARI: ACHAERANDIO PUENTE, MARIA ISABEL
         VOCAL: SERHAN, MIREILLE
    Thesis abstract: Current food production systems face multiple challenges related to the inefficient use of natural resources, a growing population, and the consequences of climate change. To meet the increasing demand for dietary protein, it is necessary to introduce alternative and more sustainable protein sources such as edible insects. Edible insects present a promising opportunity, considering their efficient use of natural resources and relatively high protein content along with other beneficial nutrients. However, it is crucial to gauge consumer preferences for this novel food source given the general lack of familiarity with edible insects among consumers. The overall objective of this dissertation is to explore consumers´ preferences for specific insect-based products. First, the willingness to consume (WTC) jam and yogurt enriched with insect protein was investigated in Catalonia, Spain, both before and during the COVID-19 lockdown. The results showed a significant decrease in WTC jam and yogurt during the COVID-19 lockdown. The findings indicated that variables such as age, environmental awareness, and income level influenced the WTC. Factors such as attention to advertisements, origin importance, and online purchasing behavior influenced WTC before the lockdown. Personal variables associated with COVID-19, including contracting the virus, adhering to restrictions, and being informed about symptoms, were also found to have an impact on WTC during the lockdown.Second, the willingness to pay (WTP) for yogurt enriched with insect protein was estimated. The determinant factors were analyzed using the Heckman sample selection model. Data were collected from 1,909 consumers in Catalonia, Spain. The results of the study indicated that 55.7% of consumers were inclined to buy the product at an average premium of 24% over the standard price of yogurt. The results of the study also revealed that sociodemographic factors had an impact on the purchasing decision along with the importance of local, ecological, and price attributes.After gathering information from the initial two studies, a consumer survey with a real product was conducted. First, a high-protein snack with insect ingredients was developed, known as “protein balls”, and its different properties were evaluated. Four formulations were prepared by introducing two protein sources (milk protein isolate and cricket flour from Acheta domesticus) and two flavors (chocolate and carob). Additionally, a commercially available protein ball was evaluated. The findings indicate the suitability of cricket flour and carob powder in high-protein snacks without substantially compromising the sensory properties of the product. Furthermore, the sensory profiles of the samples were evaluated using the Flash Profile method. The sensory space of the cricket samples was separated from that of the milk protein samples, mainly related to flavor attributes. After the characterization of the developed formulations, they were evaluated by gym users through a home-use test. The purchase decision and its determinant factors were assessed, along with the willingness to pay price estimate. The sensory acceptability of the cricket samples was slightly lower than that of the milk and commercial samples, primarily related to their flavor. The findings revealed a significant consumer segment willing to purchase the cricket samples (69.0-69.8%); however, they demanded a discounted price compared to the retail price of the commercial sample. Food-related attitudes, such as environmental concern, health consciousness, and willingness to try new food, significantly influenced purchase decisions; however, the largest effect was due to sensory acceptability. The outcomes of this dissertation can guide the design, pricing strategies, and marketing campaigns for new products with insect ingredients to meet consumer expectations and eventually promote the expansion of this sector.

Last update: 22/06/2024 06:45:20.

List of lodged theses

Last update: 22/06/2024 06:30:31.

List of defended theses by year

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  • ORTEGA RIOJA, PAULA: Assessment of different strategies to reduce environmental fungicide contamination in vineyards
    Author: ORTEGA RIOJA, PAULA
    Thesis link: http://hdl.handle.net/10803/691489
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN AGRI-FOOD TECHNOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
    Department: (DEAB)
    Mode: Article-based thesis
    Reading date: 12/03/2024
    Thesis director: GIL MOYA, EMILIO | MATAMOROS MERCADAL, VÍCTOR

    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: VOLTZ, MARC IVES
         SECRETARI: IZQUIERDO FIGAROLA, JORDI
         VOCAL: DOUZALS, JEAN PAUL
    Thesis abstract: The use of plant protection products (PPP) has become an essential tool in agriculture to achieve the minimum requirements of quality and quantity of food demanded by consumers. Moreover, due to its repeated use throughout the campaign, it is one of the most complex strategies in agriculture, due to the concern for achieving products free of pests and diseases, free of residues, and avoiding environmental risks.The recently published Farm to Fork Strategy aims at the difficult task of reducing the amount of hazardous pesticides used by 50 % by 2030. From the moment this strategy was published, it gained importance the implementation of improvements in application techniques to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of treatments. This is especially relevant in specialty crops such as orchards or vineyards, where the use of PPP is very high, compared with the case of field crops. In addition, this type of crops is characterised by a high degree of spatial variability in terms of the canopy structural characteristics, which makes it difficult to achieve a safe and effective application of pesticides.In this sense, variable rate application technology can reduce the effect of intra-plot variability, adjusting the volume rate to the canopy characteristics at each point, achieving a much more rational distribution of the plant protection product and more adjusted to the canopy than those carried out homogeneously. Currently, three types of variable rate application technology are known: 1) based on real-time sensors, 2) based on prescription maps, and 3) a combination of the two previous ones.Although variable rate application systems based on real-time sensors eliminate the need for prior knowledge of the crop, this technology has not been practically implemented in the viticulture sector. This contrasts with the adoption of vegetation maps acquired using remote sensing, which has been in commercial use for vineyard management for more than ten years. Among the management operations in which vegetation maps can have a greater impact is that of plant protection application, which is currently at an incipient level of implementation. For this reason, the main objective of this doctoral thesis, structured in three research publications, is to adapt and incorporate variable application technologies based on prescription maps to improve the efficacy and efficiency of treatments in the vineyard.The first research publication of the thesis was focused on the design, fine-tuning and field validation of a prototype of variable rate application based on prescription maps for vineyards. The article includes the whole process of variable map-based spraying, from the creation of the prescription map to obtaining the actual application map. The obtained results showed the possibility of saving up to 47.3 % of the amount of PPP concerning conventional treatment, demonstrating that it is possible to adapt, with the corresponding changes and adjustments, the available technology to the specific case of the vineyard.The main objective of the second research publication was the evaluation of the quality of the distribution of PPP on the vines and the evaluation of the biological efficacy of the applications during a complete campaign of treatments. During the research, the degree of adoption of the variable rate application system on a commercial farm and the possibility of implementing the technology in its annual treatment program were evaluated. A total of 28 treatments were carried out using the map based variable rate technology, obtaining in all treatments and vigour zones a coverage between 20 and 40 %, considered adequate values to guarantee pest/disease control in any spraying process. In terms of biological efficacy, the same levels of control were maintained as in the conventional treatments, and no significant differences were found between them. Although it was demonstrated that the variable rate application system allowed

  • OSORIO PEÑA, MANUEL OCTAVIO: Development of concentrated beer products by applying freeze concentration technology
    Author: OSORIO PEÑA, MANUEL OCTAVIO
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN AGRI-FOOD TECHNOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
    Department: (DEAB)
    Mode: Change of supervisor
    Reading date: 05/04/2024
    Thesis director: HERNANDEZ YAÑEZ, EDUARDO | MORENO MORENO, FABIAN LEONARDO | RUIZ PARDO, RUTH YOLANDA

    Committee:
         PRESIDENT: NAKAGAWA, KYUYA
         SECRETARI: ORELLANA PALMA, PATRICIO
         VOCAL: PRUDÊNCIO, ELANE SCHWINDEN
    Thesis abstract: Beer is an essential product in the economic field, being considered the most popular alcoholic beverage in the world. It is also a product in which innovations are constantly presented, being a potential market for developing new products and processes, mainly those that seek to highlight qualities such as flavour or their quality, as occurs, for example, with concentrated drinks. However, the technique to be applied must be chosen with caution since several volatile compounds in beer could be lost when applying a thermal concentration treatment, generating a loss in the quality of the product since these compounds are directly related to the sensory profile of the beer. Freeze concentration has presented good results in the concentration of solutes and conservation of properties (sensory and bioactivity), which is a viable technique for several liquid food matrices, such as juices, wines, dairy products and coffee extracts, and non-food, such as water treatments.Through this work, we sought to analyze the application of progressive stirred and block freeze concentration in different types of beer. To do this, in the first instance, the effect of a known freeze concentration technique, such as falling film, on the sensory profile of a commercial beer was studied, and then a comment analysis was carried out to choose the craft beers that were used later. Finally, time versus ice fraction models were developed for these beers in the progressive stirred freeze concentration technique.Subsequently, changes in the physicochemical composition of three types of beer were evaluated before and after applying the progressive stirred and block techniques, finding significant effects of operational variables. Additionally, volatile component analysis was carried out using gas chromatography coupled to a mass spectrum. It evaluated the original beers, the concentrated liquids and the diluted fractions in each technique, finding significant differences in the relative composition of the compounds through their area percentage of the chromatograms. Finally, sensory analyses of the evaluated fractions were carried out, through a multidimensional analysis, evaluating the intensity of each sample's aroma, flavour and sensation descriptors, finding variations in the sensory profiles, and correlating said changes with the changes in the physicochemical parameters, and the relative composition of volatiles.The document is structured in nine chapters, highlighting generalities, objectives and structure in the first three chapters, while chapters four to six present detailed results. Finally, chapters seven and eight show the main results and general conclusions of the project, highlighting the relevance and viability of freeze concentration in improving and preserving the sensory quality of beer, revealing the potential to develop new concentrated beer products.

  • XUN, LU: Towards a sustainable use of plant protection products in orchards: Implementation of canopy-adapted spray technology and new developments for spray efficiency evaluation
    Author: XUN, LU
    Programme: DOCTORAL DEGREE IN AGRI-FOOD TECHNOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
    Department: (DEAB)
    Mode: Article-based thesis
    Reading date: 11/03/2024
    Thesis director: GIL MOYA, EMILIO

    Committee:
         PRESIDENT NO PRESENCIAL: GARCIA RAMOS, JAVIER
         SECRETARI: SANCHEZ SANCHEZ, ELENA
         VOCAL: GRELLA, MARCO
    Thesis abstract: The application of Plant protection products (PPP) is one of the most widely used solutions to effectively control pests and diseases during orchard management, guaranteeing the yield and production of fruits. Farmers normally tend to overdose spray with a high application volume rate to assure biological efficacy, despite big variability in canopy structure and vegetation volume due to crop type and growth stage. This inefficient conventional application produces huge off-target losses, which causes not only the waste of PPP and applied water but also adverse effects on human health and the environment. The adverse effects of agrichemical applications have raised great public concerns about the safe use of pesticides. To address this issue, the recently published Farm to Fork Strategy proposed two ambitious objectives concerning the use of PPP in Europe: reducing the overall use and risk of both chemical pesticides and more hazardous pesticides by 50% by 2030. Considering the large PPP usage in orchards and the complexity of canopy characteristics, the optimization of spray application in orchards will be an important part and also a major challenge in achieving the sustainable use of PPP.Conventional spray application in orchards can be improved in different aspects for safer and more effective use of PPP. Appropriate dose adjustment to determine the actual amount of applied PPP is an important measure to increase application efficiency. Additionally, following the best management practices, to optimize sprayer structure and working parameters to match the target canopy can enhance canopy deposits and mitigate off-target losses. Benefiting from the precise detection and characterization of target canopy by different sensors, variable-rate spraying technology has made significant advancements in recent years, allowing for real-time adjustments of applied liquid rate based on detected canopy characteristics. Furthermore, the use of various spraying support software and tools for decision support, spray quality evaluation, and risk assessment can greatly benefit farmers and operators in practice. Though a number of available methods and tools can be used to optimize PPP application, more research is needed to explore optimal spray application for specific application scenarios considering the complexity of orchard canopies and the diversity in the distribution and habits of pests and diseases. It is necessary to evaluate and quantify the potential improvement in spray quality and PPP savings of these different optimization measures compared to the conventional application. The obtained data from laboratory and field tests can serve as an important reference and guidance to achieve the goal of pesticide reduction in the Farm to Fork Strategy. In this context, the main objective of this doctoral thesis is to improve spray applications in orchards from two major aspects: a) to evaluate and quantify the potential improvement of canopy-adapted spray technology (optimized spray application to match overall canopy characteristics and variable rate application to adapt to variation of vegetation within the orchard) in PPP use, spray quality and biological efficacy through field tests, and b) to develop new methodologies for spray quality evaluation.

Last update: 22/06/2024 07:01:11.

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Mention:No mention
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Mention:No mention
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Director:GUERRERO ASOREY, LUIS
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Mention:No mention
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Mention:No mention
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Mention:No mention
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Mention:No mention
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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:TADIC, DORDE
Title:Uptake and metabolization of antibiòtics in crops
Reading date:04/11/2020
Tutor/a:CAÑAMERAS RIBA, NURIA
Director:BAYONA TERMENS, JOSEP
Co-director:PIÑA CAPÓ, BENJAMIN
Mention:International Mention
RELATED PUBLICATIONS
Antibiotic and antibiotic-resistant gene loads in swine slurries and their digestates: Implications for their use as fertilizers in agriculture
Sanz, C.; Casado, M.; Navarro-Martín, L.; Tadic, D.; Parera, J.; Tugues, J.; Bayona, J.; Piña Capó, Benjamin
Environmental research, ISSN: 0013-9351 (JCR Impact Factor-2021: 8.431; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 03/2021
Journal article

Occurrence of antibiotics in Lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) and Radish (Raphanus sativus L.) following organic soil fertilisation under plot-scale conditions: Crop and human health implications
Matamoros Mercadal, Víctor; Escolà Casas, Mònica; Mansilla, S.; Tadic, D.; Cañameras, N.; Carazo, N.; Portugal, J.; Piña Capó, Benjamin; Díez, S.; Bayona, J.
Journal of hazardous materials, ISSN: 0304-3894 (JCR Impact Factor-2022: 13.6; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 08/2022
Journal article

Impact of organic soil amendments in antibiotic levels, antibiotic resistance gene loads, and microbiome composition in corn fields and crops
Sanz, C.; Tadic, D.; Pastor-Lopez, E.; Navarro-Martín, L.; Tugues, J.; Bayona, J.; Casadoi, M.; Piña, B.; Parera, J.; Ortiz, C.
Environmental research, ISSN: 0013-9351 (JCR Impact Factor-2022: 8.3; Quartil: Q1)
Publication date: 11/2022
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
Journal article

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-2021: 1.576; Quartil: Q3)
Publication date: 08/07/2021
Journal article

Research projects

START DATEEND DATEACTIVITYFINANCING ENTITY
01/01/202431/12/2027E-01854Commission of European Communities
01/12/202331/01/2025Efectes del reg amb aigües regenerades en la producció de cultius hortícoles al Baix LlobregatCETAQUA
26/10/202325/10/2025Canvi climàtic i resiliència de l'agricultura catalana: impuls interdisciplinari i multi-escala de la diversificació amb lleguminoses com estratègia de mitigació i adaptacióAgència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (Agaur)
27/09/202326/09/2025Cátedra Syngenta-UPC de formación y nuevas tecnologías para una agricultura sostenibleSYNGENTA AGRO, S.A.
01/09/202331/08/2026Evaluación de la aptitud biológica de poblaciones de Setaria adhaerens y Digitaria sanguinalis resistentes a herbicidas y modelización deAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
10/07/202331/03/2024Comprobar la eficiencia de absorbentes y adsorbentes de etileno elaborados por Naturpod (NP/B2C), en la vida útil de frutas sensibles, almacenadas en condiciones de refrigeración a escala domésticaTEMPO FRESCO, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
01/07/202331/12/2023Determination of the nematicidal effect on Meloidogyne spp. of three formulations from Andermatt Iberia SL,ANDERMATT IBERIA SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
21/06/202315/12/2025Sant Boi Respira + VerdeFUNDACION BIODIVERSIDAD
01/06/202331/12/2023Suport desenvolupament productes químics i biològics.Prova de diferents tècniques/tecnologies d'aplicació d'esprai pel seu efecte sobre la distribució de l'aerosol,deriva de l'esprai i l'eficàcia duraCheminova A/S
15/05/202317/04/2024CULTISENSORMIN. INDUSTRIA ENERGIA TURISMO
15/05/202317/04/2024Sensorización y digitalización de paneles recuperadores de fitosanitarios para viticultura vinculado a una plataforma de toma de datos y decisionesMIN. INDUSTRIA ENERGIA TURISMO
01/05/202331/07/2023Contracte per a assaig de deriva potencialASCENZA PRODUCTOS PARA AGRICULTURA
12/02/202311/05/2023Contracte d'assessorament en la organització del Workshop per Europa Occidental del projecte BlueAirTEHNOLOSKI PARK LJUBLJANA d.o.o.
01/01/202331/12/2025Xarxa de R+D+I Marítima de Catalunya-Catalan Network for Blue InnovationAGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
01/01/202331/12/2024Molecular mechanism of the visual disorders caused by G90D rhodopsin mutationsResearch to Prevent Blindness
01/01/202331/12/2024Implantación de biochar como herramienta biorremediadora en áreas periurbanas: nuevo modelo de producción responsable para el Área Metropolitana de Barcelona (BioUrban)Ajuntament de Barcelona
01/01/202331/12/2026SYMBIOSYST. From the design to the implementation, a symbiosis where PV and agriculture can have a mutually beneficial relationshipCommission of European Communities
23/12/202230/06/2024Implantación de biochar como herramienta biorremediadora en áreas periurbanas: nuevo modelo de producción responsable para el Área Metropolitana de BarcelonaAjuntament de Barcelona
01/12/202201/12/2024Adopción de nuevas tecnologías para la reducción de fitosanitarios. Drones y satélites para aplicación variable en plantaciones de viñedo y olivoAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/12/202230/11/2025Cierre de ciclos hacia la sostenibilidad local en la agricultura: producción de biofertilizantes enriquecidos en nutrientes y enmiendas orgánicas con propiedades biopesticidas y bioestimulantes (FertiAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/12/202230/11/2024FERTILAB. Cierre de ciclos hacia la sostenibilidad local en al agricultura: producción de biofertilizantes enriquecidos en nutrientes y enmiendas orgánicas con propiedades biopesticidas y bioestimulantesAgencia Estatal de Investigación
01/12/202230/11/2023App Dosaviña finalista dels premis RuralApp 2022GENERALITAT DE CATALUNYA
01/11/202231/10/2026Unite! University Network for Innovation, Technology and EngineeringEuropean Commission. Education Audiovisual and Culture Agency Executive Agency (Eacea)
01/09/202231/08/2025Gestión integrada de Meloindogyne en cultivos hortícolas mediante resistencia inducida y cultivos de coberturaAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
25/07/202229/04/2023Sensorización y digitalización de maquinaria existente vinculado a una plataforma de toma de datosMIN. INDUSTRIA ENERGIA TURISMO
01/07/202231/12/2023Contracte de col·laboració per a la determinació del model fenològic de Meloidogyne hapla en tomàquets i comparació amb el desenvolupament del nematode en la maduixa.BAYER CROPSCIENCE, S.L.
01/06/202231/05/2026Industrial Urban symbiosis and its social, economic and environmental impact on different European regionsCommission of European Communities
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.
18/01/202218/01/2022Composición para el control de malas hierbas.
22/12/202121/12/2024Hub de Innovación UPC-XIELINEXIELINE EVOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITA
01/12/202117/06/2024Reducció de l'ús de coure en cultius hortícoles mitjançant la tècnica de la microencapsulacióGENERALITAT DE CATALUNYA
01/12/202117/06/2024Sistema de suport a la decisió per a la GESTió de males HERBesGENERALITAT DE CATALUNYA
01/09/202129/02/2024Producción 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
01/01/202131/12/2024An Open Innovation Test Bed for Nano-Enabled Bio-Based PUR Foams and CompositesCommission of European Communities
01/01/202131/12/2024A Collaborative Paradigm for Human Workers and Multi-Robot Teams in Precision Agriculture SystemsCommission of European Communities
01/01/202131/12/2024Ampliación del contrato de colaboración para la identificación y diseño de pequeñas moléculas como nuevas cabezas de serie inhibidores de MAP quinasas y proteína RasAllinky Biopharma S.L.
01/01/202131/05/2022Valorization of co-products from waste treatment technologies for the production of innovative value-added products for agriculture.Commission of European Communities
01/01/202131/12/2023PLANING THE FUTURE OF R&I IN EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY ALLIANCE UNITEEuropean Commission
01/01/202131/12/2023Planing the Future of R&I in European University Alliance UniteEuropean Commission
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,
01/06/202029/02/2024Nuevos ligandos alostéricos del receptor acoplado a proteína G visual rodopsina y el mecanismo molecular de enfermedadesAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/06/202029/02/2024Pulverización 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
16/10/201909/08/2023Organisation 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
01/01/201930/09/2022Estrategias 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
01/12/200931/12/2024DESENVOLUPAMENT D'UN ESTUDI DE COSTOS AMBIENTALS EN EL MARC DEL PROJECTE LIFE MICROPHILOXCESPA GR,S.A.

Teaching staff and research groups

Research groups

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Grups externs:

  • FMA. Ref. 2017 SGR 00017. Fundació Miquel Agustí

Research projects

START DATEEND DATEACTIVITYFINANCING ENTITY
01/01/202431/12/2027E-01854Commission of European Communities
01/12/202331/01/2025Efectes del reg amb aigües regenerades en la producció de cultius hortícoles al Baix LlobregatCETAQUA
26/10/202325/10/2025Canvi climàtic i resiliència de l'agricultura catalana: impuls interdisciplinari i multi-escala de la diversificació amb lleguminoses com estratègia de mitigació i adaptacióAgència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (Agaur)
27/09/202326/09/2025Cátedra Syngenta-UPC de formación y nuevas tecnologías para una agricultura sostenibleSYNGENTA AGRO, S.A.
01/09/202331/08/2026Evaluación de la aptitud biológica de poblaciones de Setaria adhaerens y Digitaria sanguinalis resistentes a herbicidas y modelización deAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
10/07/202331/03/2024Comprobar la eficiencia de absorbentes y adsorbentes de etileno elaborados por Naturpod (NP/B2C), en la vida útil de frutas sensibles, almacenadas en condiciones de refrigeración a escala domésticaTEMPO FRESCO, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
01/07/202331/12/2023Determination of the nematicidal effect on Meloidogyne spp. of three formulations from Andermatt Iberia SL,ANDERMATT IBERIA SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
21/06/202315/12/2025Sant Boi Respira + VerdeFUNDACION BIODIVERSIDAD
01/06/202331/12/2023Suport desenvolupament productes químics i biològics.Prova de diferents tècniques/tecnologies d'aplicació d'esprai pel seu efecte sobre la distribució de l'aerosol,deriva de l'esprai i l'eficàcia duraCheminova A/S
15/05/202317/04/2024CULTISENSORMIN. INDUSTRIA ENERGIA TURISMO
15/05/202317/04/2024Sensorización y digitalización de paneles recuperadores de fitosanitarios para viticultura vinculado a una plataforma de toma de datos y decisionesMIN. INDUSTRIA ENERGIA TURISMO
01/05/202331/07/2023Contracte per a assaig de deriva potencialASCENZA PRODUCTOS PARA AGRICULTURA
12/02/202311/05/2023Contracte d'assessorament en la organització del Workshop per Europa Occidental del projecte BlueAirTEHNOLOSKI PARK LJUBLJANA d.o.o.
01/01/202331/12/2025Xarxa de R+D+I Marítima de Catalunya-Catalan Network for Blue InnovationAGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
01/01/202331/12/2024Molecular mechanism of the visual disorders caused by G90D rhodopsin mutationsResearch to Prevent Blindness
01/01/202331/12/2024Implantación de biochar como herramienta biorremediadora en áreas periurbanas: nuevo modelo de producción responsable para el Área Metropolitana de Barcelona (BioUrban)Ajuntament de Barcelona
01/01/202331/12/2026SYMBIOSYST. From the design to the implementation, a symbiosis where PV and agriculture can have a mutually beneficial relationshipCommission of European Communities
23/12/202230/06/2024Implantación de biochar como herramienta biorremediadora en áreas periurbanas: nuevo modelo de producción responsable para el Área Metropolitana de BarcelonaAjuntament de Barcelona
01/12/202201/12/2024Adopción de nuevas tecnologías para la reducción de fitosanitarios. Drones y satélites para aplicación variable en plantaciones de viñedo y olivoAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/12/202230/11/2025Cierre de ciclos hacia la sostenibilidad local en la agricultura: producción de biofertilizantes enriquecidos en nutrientes y enmiendas orgánicas con propiedades biopesticidas y bioestimulantes (FertiAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
01/12/202230/11/2024FERTILAB. Cierre de ciclos hacia la sostenibilidad local en al agricultura: producción de biofertilizantes enriquecidos en nutrientes y enmiendas orgánicas con propiedades biopesticidas y bioestimulantesAgencia Estatal de Investigación
01/12/202230/11/2023App Dosaviña finalista dels premis RuralApp 2022GENERALITAT DE CATALUNYA
01/11/202231/10/2026Unite! University Network for Innovation, Technology and EngineeringEuropean Commission. Education Audiovisual and Culture Agency Executive Agency (Eacea)
01/09/202231/08/2025Gestión integrada de Meloindogyne en cultivos hortícolas mediante resistencia inducida y cultivos de coberturaAGENCIA ESTATAL DE INVESTIGACION
25/07/202229/04/2023Sensorización y digitalización de maquinaria existente vinculado a una plataforma de toma de datosMIN. INDUSTRIA ENERGIA TURISMO
01/07/202231/12/2023Contracte de col·laboració per a la determinació del model fenològic de Meloidogyne hapla en tomàquets i comparació amb el desenvolupament del nematode en la maduixa.BAYER CROPSCIENCE, S.L.
01/06/202231/05/2026Industrial Urban symbiosis and its social, economic and environmental impact on different European regionsCommission of European Communities
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.
18/01/202218/01/2022Composición para el control de malas hierbas.
22/12/202121/12/2024Hub de Innovación UPC-XIELINEXIELINE EVOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITA
01/12/202117/06/2024Reducció de l'ús de coure en cultius hortícoles mitjançant la tècnica de la microencapsulacióGENERALITAT DE CATALUNYA
01/12/202117/06/2024Sistema de suport a la decisió per a la GESTió de males HERBesGENERALITAT DE CATALUNYA
01/09/202129/02/2024Producción 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
01/01/202131/12/2024An Open Innovation Test Bed for Nano-Enabled Bio-Based PUR Foams and CompositesCommission of European Communities
01/01/202131/12/2024A Collaborative Paradigm for Human Workers and Multi-Robot Teams in Precision Agriculture SystemsCommission of European Communities
01/01/202131/12/2024Ampliación del contrato de colaboración para la identificación y diseño de pequeñas moléculas como nuevas cabezas de serie inhibidores de MAP quinasas y proteína RasAllinky Biopharma S.L.
01/01/202131/05/2022Valorization of co-products from waste treatment technologies for the production of innovative value-added products for agriculture.Commission of European Communities
01/01/202131/12/2023PLANING THE FUTURE OF R&I IN EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY ALLIANCE UNITEEuropean Commission
01/01/202131/12/2023Planing the Future of R&I in European University Alliance UniteEuropean Commission
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
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Quality

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.

Validation

Monitoring

Accreditation

    Registry of Universities, Centers and Degrees (RUCT)

    Indicators