The CIBABOL project is aimed at helping to market rockrose plants injected with Boletus.

Researchers in the Department of Microbiology and Genetics of the University of Salamanca are participating in the CIBABOL project with the goal of improving the production of boletus in Castile & Leon.

The research, carried out in conjunction with the University of Leon, the Institute for Natural Resources and Agrobiology   (IRNASA), Bioenergy and Technological Development and the Institute of Restoration and Environment, forms part of the call made by Retos Colaboración 2014-2017.

As the article in La Gaceta points out, they are analysing different soil bacteria that can improve mycorrhization, such that fungi and bacteria can be detected without the need for isolation by using metagenomic techniques. The Town Council of Rabanales (Zamora) has collaborated with the researchers, directed by Prof. Encarna Velázquez, by providing plots of ground for the study and the experiments, as well as for the collection of fungus-producing rockrose plants that serve to isolate the bacterial strains and the existing ectomycorrhizae of the genus Boletus.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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