Effective method for plant wound healing
» Referencia: TOES20160519002/SPAIN
» Sector: Ciencias de la vida
Plants are constantly exposed to wounding agents such as weather events (hail, wind, freezing), predators (herbivores, insects) or humans (pruning, grafting). Wounds can also occur as a result of normal development during abscission of fruits and leaves or growth cracks. Regardless of their origin, wounds are a breach of the outer protective layers of a plant giving open access to many microbial pathogens that are the causing agents of severe diseases.
Bacterial cellulose (BC) is a very efficient wound healing material currently being used in medicine due to its high biocompatibility. Now, our researchers have observed a regenerating effect in plants according to studies carried out in different species and varied woundings.
The BC material has several advantages of biopolymers but identical molecular structure as plant cellulose, adding the fact that its chemical purity is higher. BC also has a higher grade of polymerization and crystallinity. Another important aspect of the material is the possibility of combine its structure with anti-pathogenic activity nanoparticles.
The proposed method is an easy-to-use technology applicable to many agricultural practices involving wounding that allows the increase in their efficiency and revenues.
The Spanish public institutions are searching for a company from the Biotechnology sector or bacterial celulose manufacturers that can be interested in the use or commercialisation of this method, under a patent license.
The Spanish research centres has broad experience in the Bacterial cellulose composite materials and in the applications of molecular approaches for breeding of species important for agriculture and food production.