Beneficiary Legal Name: 3 - Centro de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnologicas de Extremadura (CICYTEX)

General Description

The Law 10/2010 of Science, Technology and Innovation of Extremadura creates CICYTEX as a Public Law entity with legal personality and full capacity to act in the exercise of powers that are attributed to it, for which it is endowed with its own assets and functional and management autonomy and whose purpose is the generation of R & I in the 4 Institutes attached to it. The overall objective of CICYTEX is to support business sector by assisting it in the incorporation of R & I in its production processes.

CICYTEX and its Institutes includes the following expertise: Applied research, technological development and generation of new knowledge in order to meet the demand of the agro-livestock, agri-food and forestry sectors, focusing the research work towards solve their problems.

It deals with the transfer of technologies and knowledge gained through the experimentation of new techniques to improve production, which can be adapted to agricultural and livestock farms in Extremadura and incorporated into industries and companies.

In FIGGEN, CICYTEX will mainly be involved in coordinating meetings with stakeholders related to the production chain (living lab, WP1) and in phenotypic analyzes of fig genotypes stored in Spain (WP2).

Key persons

Dr. Margarita López Corrales (female). (Responsible CICYTEX).  Head of Mediterranean Fruit Crops Department. H index= 16, c.723 citations (google scholar). Over 100 publications, sci. & tech. publications, 25 in SCI journals.

Dr. Mª Guadalupe Domìnguez (female).  Graduate in Biological Sciences. Technical staff in charge of the molecular and phenotypic analyses.

Dr. Manuel J. Serradilla (male). Head of Postharvest Technologies Department  INTAEX- CICYTEX

Dr. Francisco Hinojal Juan (male). R&i Project and Programmes Management. Experience in design, management and coordination of international projects in areas such as entrepreneurship, innovation in SMEs, ICT and agri-food.

A list of 5 relevant publications

Balas F., Osuna M.D., Domínguez G., Pérez-Gragera F., López-Corrales M. (2014). Ex situ conservation of underutilised fruit tree species: establishment of a core collection for Ficus carica L. using microsatellite markers (SSRs). Tree Genet. Genomes 10: 703-710

Pereira, C., López-Corrales, M., Serradilla, M.J., Villalobos, M.C., Ruiz-Moyano, S., Martín, A. 2017. Influence of ripening stage on bioactive compounds and antioxidant activity in nine fig (Ficus carica L.) varieties grown in Extremadura, Spain. J. Food Comp. Anal. 64: 203-212

Giraldo, E., M. López-Corrales, J.I. Hormaza (2010) Selection of the most discriminating morphological qualitative variables for common fig (Ficus carica L.) germplasm characterization. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 135: 240-249

Giraldo, E., M. López-Corrales, J.I. Hormaza (2008) Optimization of the management of an ex-situ germplasm bank in common fig with SSRs.  J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 133: 69 – 77

Giraldo, E., M.A. Viruel, M. López-Corrales, J.I. Hormaza (2005) Characterisation and cross-species transferability of microsatellites in the common fig (Ficus carica L.). J. Hort. Sci. & Biotechnol. 80: 217 – 224

A list of 5 relevant previous projects or activities, connected to FIGGEN

INIA RTA2017-000032-C02-01. ‘Integrated management of dried fig production process to ensure a high hygienic quality product”;

RFP 2017-00001 (209-2021).  “Conservation and maintenance of the Germplasm banks of fig tree and traditional cherry cultivars”;

INIA RF2010-00009-00-0.  Fig tree germplasm: prospecting, morphological and molecular characterization (2010-2013);

INIA RTA 2010-00123-C02-00 (2010-2013) entitled “Commercial aptitude and study of functional and nutritional components of figs tree cultivars of fresh and drying consumption”;

Convener II International Symposium on Fig. (ISHS) 2001.

Relevant Infrastructure or facilities

Germoplasm Bank (350 varieties of fig); fruit laboratory equipped for the morphological characterization of varieties; in vitro micropropagation and culture laboratory; molecular biology laboratory; greenhouses with temperature control and lighting.