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The Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology of Salamanca (IRNASA) is a research center of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) that carries out a multidisciplinary research on agricultural crops and their products, environmental conservation and livestock health. Its activities provide knowledge and solutions for the optimization and improvement of agricultural production and derived products.
There are five research groups: Soil and Water Pollution, Photosynthesis, Seed Morphology, Plant-Microorganism Interactions and Parasitosis of livestock and parasitic zoonoses.
In addition, the activities of the IRNASA are supported by its scientific and technological services, most notably the Analysis and Instrumentation Service (SAI) and the research farm Muñovela. The SAI performs physicochemical analysis of soils, plants and liquid samples. The research farm Muñovela offers its service to IRNASA researchers, companies, organizations agricultural professionals and other entities to carry out R&D projects in agri-environmental sciences.
IRNASA has obtained funding from the Ministry of Education of the Junta de Castilla y León, being labeled as a “Centro de Excelencia” to develop a strategic program for the period 2021-2024. It is expected that the construction of its new headquarters

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Research. Transfer of knowledge. Training. Dissemination.


- To identify the molecular and physiological mechanisms of photosynthesis and adjustments to environmental stress in plants, and use them as markers for the evaluation of the capacity for acclimatization.
- To identify endophytic fungi that improve plant adaptation to environmental stress, and to discover the physical, biochemical and genetic processes involved in plant-endophyte symbiosis.
- To study the Plant-Microbe-Insect 3-way interactions, searching for a holistic systems-biology approach to uncover how root mutualistic microbes affect antiherbivore defences to optimize crop protection.
- To investigate on seed morphology and classification.
- To study the role and diversity of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria and the dynamics of bacterial communities in the soil under different conditions.
- To study parasitic diseases of livestock and parasitic zoonoses for the development of new methods for parasite control and vaccines.
- To investigate the fundamental processes involved in the dynamics of organic pesticides and inorganic toxic elements in soils, and the development of chemical and biological methods for the prevention and/or remediation of soil and water contaminated by these compounds.

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