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Uso de hongos endofíticos y sus metabolitos secundarios en ecología, biomedicina y agronomía

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOES20160802001
Publicado:
05/08/2016
Caducidad:
05/08/2017
Resumen:
Un grupo de investigación español está especializado en agronomía y tiene amplia experiencia en desarrollar técnicas para el uso de hongos endofíticos y sus metabolitos secundarios. Estos metabolitos pueden actuar como antibióticos en biomedicina y como antioxidantes en el sector alimentario. La inoculación de endofitos en plantas tiene un gran potencial debido a la gran diversidad de estos organismos. Los endofitos habitan en los tejidos internos de las plantas sin causar síntomas de patogenicidad durante parte de su ciclo o todo el ciclo. Estos hongos producen numerosos metabolitos secundarios, con aplicación en sectores como agricultura, alimentación o biomedicina. El grupo de investigación ofrece su experiencia a compañías o universidades interesadas en establecer acuerdos de investigación en los campos de ecología, biomedicina y agronomía.

Details

Tittle:
Use of endophytic fungi and their secondary metabolites in ecology, biomedicine and agronomy
Summary:
A Spanish research group is specialised in agronomy and has large expertise in the development of techniques focused on the use of endophytic fungi and their secondary metabolites. These metabolites are able to act as antibiotics in biomedicine and as antioxidant in the food sector. The research group offers its expertise on fungi to companies or universities interested in research cooperation agreements in the ecology, biomedicine and agronomy fields.
Description:
A Spanish research group from the agronomy field is specialised in farming techniques and pasture improvement through fertilization. In particular, it has wide knowledge and experience in the application of techniques focused in endophytic fungi and their secondary metabolites, such as inoculation of endophytes and evaluation of their effects on plants or use of secondary metabolites of endophytes in plants.

The inoculation of endophytes in plants has a big potential due to the great diversity of these organisms. Endophytes inhabit the inner tissues of plants without causing any symptoms of pathogenicity during part of their cycle or during the entire cycle. These fungi produce a large number of secondary metabolites, which may have application in diverse fields such as agriculture, food or biomedicine. The potential of the fungi inoculation in plants lies in the adaptive advantages that symbiosis plant-fungi can provide to the plant, ranging from growth in adverse conditions (drought, salinity, etc.) to quality improvement of the edible parts, besides granting protection against pests, diseases and herbivores. In the case of secondary metabolites, these can be applied to plants in order to achieve the same effects as the fungi or can be used in many other fields.

The working group is looking for partners to collaborate in testing crops inoculation techniques at medium-large scale or companies with a special interest in the activity of a given metabolite as a natural antibiotic, herbicide, driver of quality, etc., in order to establish research cooperation agreements.
Advantages and Innovations:
The offered techniques (fungus inoculation or extracted fungal metabolite application) allow the plant to have adaptive advantages that will help it to survive in adverse conditions or to improve the yield quality. Currently, to achieve these improvements, inorganic chemicals are commonly used; however, they progressively degrade the environment, putting at risk the sustainability of the current production system. In addition to the application of chemicals, there are more environmentally friendly techniques in the market for improving productivity, such as inoculation of bacteria to fix atmospheric nitrogen or to protect plants against pests, among others; nevertheless, the proposed technique maximises the beneficial effects on the plant or crop when studying the fungi/host association.

Finally, the offered techniques would not have a higher cost than any other ecological treatment, assuming on top of that a long-term saving for non-environmental degradation.
Stage of Development:
Available for demonstration
IPs:
Secret Know-how

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
- Type of partner sought: Company, university.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: Ecology, biomedicine, agronomy.
- Task to be performed: To cooperate in research projects focused on the use of endophytic fungi and their secondary metabolites for food or medicine purposes.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
University
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English
French
Portuguese
Spanish

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
08001002 Aditivos / ingredientes alimentarios / alimentos funcionales
07001003 Biocontrol
03004006 Organic Substances
07002004 Silvicultura, bosques