Biotechnology provides a number of valuable tools with which to fight pests and parasites and contributes to the development of sustainable agriculture. Antibiotic resistance is increasing at dangerously high levels in all parts of the world. Our research aims to develop macromolecules of therapeutic, cosmetic, agri-food and/or phytosanitary interest. To this end, we seek new antimicrobial compounds from natural sources that are environmentally friendly, biodegradable, economically profitable and do not generate resistance. In particular, we study the mechanisms of immune defence in animals highly exposed to pathogens and carry out an analysis of their biotechnological potential. Our research projects are based on the "one health" approach and on multidisciplinary topics focused on knowledge generation and technology transfer. Our challenge is the production of new antimicrobial agents that are cost-effective and industrially scalable.
Among the macromolecules we are interested in are:
- Polyclonal antibodies
- Antimicrobial peptides
- Active natural biopolymers