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BIYSC 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. Stay tuned for 2021's edition!

CRAG participates in the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC), an international excellence programme coordinated by Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation that aims to stimulate scientific talent among young people from all over the world, and to encourage their enthusiasm for pursuing scientific research and careers in science.

How can 21st century plant scientists help breeders and farmers obtain more productive crops that, at the same time, are adapted to a changing environment? For two weeks in summer, up to 12 students between 16 and 18 years old carry out the research project Feeding the world in a changing climate: molecular breeding & gene editing offered by CRAG with the aim of answering this question through genomics research.

In this challenge, the participants have the opportunity to delve into plant genetic breeding, studying the DNA of horticultural species in depth, using molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics techniques, as well as cutting-edge technologies for genome editing.

This project is carried out by IRTA researchers at CRAG Ana Montserrat Martín-Hernández and Marta Pujol, and by CRAG researchers Andrea Giordano, Carlos Mayobre and Miguel Santo Domingo.

Several Catalan research centers, including the CRAG, participate in BIYSC hosting students from all over the world.

You can find more pictures of the project in the Facebook photo album, and follow it on social networks with the hashtags #BIYSC2020 and #BeBIYSC!

BIYSC participants at the lab
BIYSC participants at the lab
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