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"MICROBIAL EXOPOLYSACCHARIDES " BIO-188


Group Leader: Dra. Mª Victoria Béjar Luque

 

 

The “Microbial Exopolysaccharide” research group (BIO 188) of the Council for Research, Innovation and Business of the Andalucian Regional Government is made up of 12 researchers, 10 of whom are Ph.Ds. 

 

Our main lines of research are: biodiversity in hypersaline environments; taxonomic characterization of halophilic micro-organisms; microbial exopolysaccharides; the study of intercellular communication systems in halophilic bacteria (Quorum sensing) and virulence control of marine pathogens with the use of bacteria which interrupt cellular communication (Quorum quenching).

 

At present we are developing three research projects, two financed by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiviness (“Ecological and sustainable alternative to fight Vibriosis in aquaculture: Quorum sensing versus Quorum quenching “"Role of intra- and inter-species signaling via small molecules in microbe-plant-interactions (infection and symbiosis) and one of the Own Plan of University of Granada (“Biological control of Botrytis by strain XT1 and implications in the production of plants of agricultural interest”).

 

 

We work together with teams from the University of Granada, teams from the University of Sevilla and Miguel Hernández (Alicante) lead by Dr. A. Ventosa and Dr. F. Rodríguez-Valera, respectively, as well as other foreign groups such as Dr. Siles from University of Innsbruck (Austria), Dr. Parales and Dr. Kato from University of California (USA) and University of Hiroshima (Japan), respectively, Dra. Bean from University Estatal of Arizona (USA) and Department of Molecular and Cellular Biologyn at the University of Texas at Dallas.

 

We also collaborate with the UBAGO company of the Mare group involved in the food industry (www.ubagogroup.com), and the Lubrizol-Lipotec company (www.lipotec.com) from the cosmetic industry sector.

 



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