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Although it may not seem so at first glance, there is more technology in forests today than in many engineering companies. This technology is related to life and is used both for plant genetic improvement processes and for applications in the field of health.

At this table we will have benchmarks in biotechnology in the forestry sector, who will tell us about the latest advances and discuss open knowledge models in the sector



Esteban Sinde

Doctor in Biology from the University of Santiago de Compostela and Environmental Engineer from the Fachhochschule Hildesheim / Holzminden - Göttingen (Germany). The Scientific Director of Hifas da Terra, Dr. Esteban Sinde, has been researching applied mycology, biotechnology and mycotherapy for more than 20 years. During this period he has led collaborative research projects such as MICROMARKER * (Clinical trials with medicinal mushrooms in colorectal cancer), NEUROFOOD (Clinical trials with medicinal mushrooms in neurodegenerative diseases) and FUNGITECHONCO * (Clinical trials with medicinal mushrooms and bioreactor techniques for the development of new generation Mycotherapy products).



Raquel Díaz

Dra. Forestry Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Head of Section and researcher at the Lourizán Forest Research Center (AGACAL- Xunta de Galicia). She currently leads the country's pine (Pinus pinaster) and pine (P. radiata) genetic improvement programs to obtain quality wood. In recent years, she has successfully focused her research on obtaining pines resistant to the pine wood nematode, a lethal quarantine organism for both species, having obtained resistant pines from the country that are already available to the sector.



Paloma Moncalean

Paloma Moncaleán is a Doctor in Biological Sciences. She was the person in charge of creating the plant tissue culture line of work in Neiker-BRTA (Spain). During the last ten years, as Principal Investigator, her work has focused on the development of protocols for the in vitro propagation of woody plants through organogenesis and somatic embryogenesis. In this sense, different coniferous reinvigoration procedures have been obtained and organogenesis and somatic embryogenesis techniques have been developed to increase the quality and efficiency in the systems for obtaining forest plants. The development, validation and application of molecular, morphological and physiological markers for the characterization of juvenile and adult tissue has been another main point of research in many of her projects. At the same time, she has focused part of her work on the study of the mechanisms of tolerance to abiotic stress in species of the genus Pinus from the physiological point of view. Currently, his team is working on the study of the induction of epigenetic changes through the application of stress in the embryogenic pine tissue in order to obtain tolerance to it in the resulting somatic plants in addition to analyzing proteins, phytohormones and metabolites involved in the tolerance processes. All the knowledge generated from her has led her to publish more than 50 peer-review articles in international journals, to show her work at conferences around the world as a guest speaker. At the same time, she is the supervisor of several doctoral students in addition to having directed several theses, dissertations, master's work, etc. In addition, for 5 years, her professional career led her to be appointed coordinator of the IUFRO Unit on somatic embryogenesis and other vegetative propagation technologies.

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