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Biopolymer to heal plant wounds

The ICMAB-CSIC and the Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics have developed an effective method for plant tissue regeneration that involves the use of a bacterial cellulose-based biopolymer. It enhances the formation of new cell layers which boosts the healing processes.


Portable method to determine the sex of birds

A procedure, based on a molecular marker, enables fast determination of the sex of birds in situ, in less than 90 minutes, without the need of specialized laboratory and with no risk for the animals.


Beans can also be a snack

Researchers of the Galicia Biological Mission (MBG) of the CSIC have obtained new varieties of beans. One of them called Pop, or nuñas, which can be prepared as a snack and the Ollo de Pita beans, a traditional variety with high gastronomical and culinary value. This centre has been working for a long time to improve the different crops of the Galician region and for the conservation of its plant genetic resources.


Anti-inflammatory peptid from plant proteins

The Instituto de la Grasa of the CSIC has obtained a peptide from plant proteins that shows anti-inflammatory activity and stimulate the immune system. With a high solubility in a wide range of pH, it can be considered as a hypoallergenic product and could be applied in anti-inflammatory drugs, functional foods or cosmetic formulations.


Phenolic extracts from the Cat's claw

A process to obtain phenolic extracts from Uncaria tomentosa L. (Cat's claw) has been developed. The extracts have antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-proliferative activity, and they are useful for preparing food additives, cosmetic and pharmaceutical compositions.