Molecular Biology Services

The Molecular Biology Service provides the physical framework with the appropriate infrastructure to solve in a fast and precise way the main demands in genetic and genomic studies required by the transformation and marketing processes in the agricultural and food sector. The laboratory also provides scientific-technical support and assessment in the field of specific Molecular Biology services and research.

Services we offer
  • Agricultural and food sector
    • Detection of transgenic agents (GMO).
    • Food frauds
    • Genetic traceability
    • Detection of allergens
    • Molecular characterisation of fermented micro-organisms
  • Food Safety
    • Identification of pathogenic species by PCR
    • Analysis and identification of spoilage species
    • Determination of latent infections
  • Veterinary and Animal production
    • Diagnosis: Bird sexing
    • Detection of pathogens in animal biological samples
    • Paternity and genetic profile tests: pedigree
    • Breed upgrading:
      • Genotype associated to a Breed of Sheep upgrading (gene ROA)
      • Genetic markers
  • Vegetable and Fruit Production
    • Genetic characterization of vegetal material
    • Variety identification in vegetable species (fingerprinting)
    • Protection of breeder's rights and fraud detection
    • Psychopathological diagnosis:  Detection of pathological agents in vegetable material
    • Genetic improvement of crops:
      • Identification of genes linked to characters of interest (associated to the quality of the fruit, resistance to pests and diseases, resistance to abiotic factors, etc.).
      • Early detection of phenotypes of interest using molecular markers
  • Other services
    • Genetic assessment and design of experiments
    • Comprehensive assessment by experts and customised RDI Projects
Equipment available

General equipment

  • Applied Biosystem 3130XL genetic analyser.
  • AB 7900 HT FAST real-time quantitative PCR equipment
  • Bio-Rad C1000 Thermal-cyclers.
  • Microfuge 16 Beckman microcentrifuge.
  • ALLEGRA X-22 Beckman Centrifuge.
  • Bio-Rad electrophoresis equipment.
  • Gel photo-documentation system
  • Nanodrop Termo ND2000 Spectophotometer.
  • Telstar laminar flow cabinets.
  • Memmer Universal Basic Incubator.
  • Water purifying equipment type I and II.
  • Autoclave.
  • Agitation equipment.
  • Incubation thermoblock.
  • Dry-running.
  • Additional equipment: pH metre Crison Basic 20, electronic analytical precision balances, micropipette equipment, freezers, coolers, cleaning and disinfection equipment.
  • Incubators-Agitators.
Projects I+D+i
  • Valuation of the olive tree and almond tree adapted to aragonese ecosystems: Analysis of the biodiversity and adaptation to the cold and the draught

    Sub-contracting of the PCTAD through CITA.

    Project approved in tender La Caixa – Government of Aragon.

  • High quality cherries for asian and south-african markets (exportcherry)

    Tender: INNPACTO 2012

    Participants: Orchard Fruit Co, and PCTAD

  • Improvement of the quality durum wheat and common wheat for human consumption

    Tender: INNPACTO 2010

    Participants: Arento, Genética y Gestión, PCTAD

  • Evaluation and control of the risk of toxoplasma gondii in ham and development of fast methods for the analysis of listeria monocytogenes

    Sub-contracting of the PCTAD through UNIZAR.

    Project approved in tender INNPACTO 2012

  • Implementation of a traceability and authentication system by means of biotechnology in nursery plants

    Tender: ARAID- Ibercaja Technological cheque

    Participants: El vivero de Abel

Research Groups and Strategic Alliances

  • CSIC. Experimental Station Aula Dei

  • CITA

  • Madrid Science and Technology Park


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