The Centre for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics (Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas, CBGP) is a mixed research center constituted by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA).
CBGP was created in July 2006 with a double goal: i) to carry out the most advanced research aimed at understanding plant function, and ii) to contribute to fulfil the needs of the economic agents within the agriculture, forestry and environment productive sectors that are potential users of this research.
CBGP also seeks to have an educational role, and strives to become a reference centre for training of both scientists and technicians in the fields of plant biotechnology and genomics, an area not fully developed in Spain at present.
In conclusion, the strategic objectives of CBGP are:
- Generation of knowledge on the genomics and biotechnology of plants and plant-interacting organisms.
- Development of new technologies and tools for functional analyses.
- Development of new products and processes relevant to the productive sectors.
- Transmission of information and implementation of educational programmes for scientists and technicians.