Research areas

Scientific Research

Both basic scientific research, in collaboration with National and International Universities, and applied research (bioprocess development) are performed at PROIMI.

 

The multidisciplinary character of biotechnology is clearly put in evidence in the research and development areas performed in this unit.

1) Microbial bioprocess

  • Production of metabolites, proteins, biopolymers, and biomass of industrial interest from bacteria, yeast and filamentous fungi, including the scaling up bioprocess in the Pilot Plant.
  • Morphogenesis, fermentations and microbial bioconversions.
  • Biocatalyst design, fructooligosacarides production, bioetanol production. Enzymatic systems for lignocellulosic waste hydrolysis. Metagenomic analysis of microbial consortium in UASB digestors. Characterization of the production of bacteriocins.
  • Quorum sensing in bacteria and yeasts. Significance of the interactions among plants, bacteria and yeasts.. Oleaginous microorganisms: yeast and filamentous fungi. Bioprocess development with industrial concern. Microbial lipids for the production of biodiesel

 

The laboratories involved are the following:

  • Laboratory of production of biomass and metabolites of industrial interest and bioprocess scaling up at the Pilot Plant (PhD. F. Siñeriz, PhD. M.E. Lucca)
  • Laboratory of morphogenesis and fermentations (PhD. L. Pera)
  • Laboratory of microorganisms with agroindustrial and biocatalysis application.(PhD. Mario Baigori, PhD. C. M. Romero)
  • Laboratorio of Bioconversions (Eng. N. Perotti, PhD. A. Martínez, PhD. Katia Gianni)
  • Laboratory of Fungal Biotechnology (PhD. L.I. Castellanos de Figueroa, PhD. C.G. Nieto, PhD. H.F. Pajot, PhD. P.M. Fernández, PhD. S.C. Viñarta)

2) Bioremediation

  • Fungal biotechnology: filamentous fungi or yeast. Bioremediation of heavy metals and decolourization of industrial wastes and reactive textile dyes.
  • Biotechnology of actinobacteria and other types of bacteria, both Gram-negative and Gram-positive. Bioremediation of soils contaminated with heavy metals and hydrocarbons. Bioremediation and phytoremediation of soils contaminated with organochlorine and organophosphate pesticides.

The laboratories involved are the following:

  • Laboratory of Fungal Biotechnology: (PhD. L.I. Castellanos de Figueroa, PhD. C. Nieto, PhD. H.F. Pajot, PhD. P.M. Fernández, PhD. S.C Viñarta)
  • Environmental Microbiology laboratory:(PhD. M. Ferrero, PhD. Juarez Tomas S.)
  • Laboratory of Biotechnology of Actinobacteria (PhD. C. Benimelli, PhD. S. Cuozzo, PhD. M. Polti, PhD. A. Álvarez, PhD. S. Fuentes, PhD. V. Colin, PhD. J. Dávila Costa)

 

3) Microbial Biodiversity

  • Microbiology researches in lagoons, volcanoes and salty lands in Puna Andina. Microbial ecosystem evaluation associated to minerals and stromatolites in ambient vulnerable regions by mining.
  • Microorganisms (bacteria, yeast and filamentous fungi) of sub-Antarctic marine ecosystems. Microorganisms isolated from natural ecosystems such as the Yungas forest and extreme natural, such as Antarctic or glacial and contaminated environments. Bioprospecting.

 

The laboratories involved are the following:

  • Laboratory of Fungal Biotechnology (PhD. L.I. Castellanos de Figueroa, PhD. J.I. Fariña, PhD. C.G. Nieto, PhD. H.F. Pajot, PhD P.M. Fernández, PhD. S.C. Viñarta)
  • Laboratory of Microbiological Research of High Altitude Lagoons (LIMLA):(PhD. M. E. Farías, PhD. V.H. Albarracín, PhD. J.R. Dib, PhD. C. Belfiore, PhD. O. Ordoñez, PhD. D. Kurth)
  • Laboratory of Microorganisms from sub-Antarctic Marine Ecosystems: (PhD. O. Delgado, PhD. L. Sánchez)
  • Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology (PhD. M. Ferrero)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

4) Health-applied biotechnology

  • Evaluation of fungal diversity for the obtention of biotechnology products with a potential application in the pharmaceutical industry (biopolymers, statins, fibrinolytic and hydrolytic enzymes, antimicrobials).
  • Tissue engineering. Evaluation of therapies and biomaterials.

The laboratories involved are the following:

  • Tissues Engineering Laboratory: (PhD. L. Missana, PhD. J.I. Fariña)
  • Laboratory of Microbiological Research of High Altitude Lagoons (LIMLA) (PhD. M. E. Farías, PhD. V.H. Albarracín, PhD. J.R. Dib, PhD. C. Belfiore, PhD. O. Ordoñez, PhD. D. Kurth)
  • Laboratory of Microorganisms from sub-Antarctic Marine Ecosystems (PhD. O.D. Delgado, PhD. L. Sánchez)

 

5) Biological control

  • Eco-ethological research of fruit flies and natural enemies of citrus. Parasitoid management in breeding conditions. Isolation and identification of entomopathogenic fungus associated to fruit flies. Biological control of fruit flies in stone and nugget.
  • Natural enemies of agricultural pests of the Northwest of Argentina, with special emphasis on corn and citrus pests. Biological control of vectors of plant diseases, for example, maize dwarfism and variegated citrus chlorosis.

The laboratories involved are the following:

  • Laboratory of Eco-ethological Research of fuit flies and their natural enemies. (LIEMEN) (PhD. Ovruski, PhD. J. Rull, PhD. S. Abraham)
  • Laboratory of Natural Enemies of AgriculturalPests in the Nothwest of Argentina. (PhD. E. Virla, PhD. E. Luft Albarracín, PhD. Victoria Coll)
  • Laboratory of Microorganisms with Agroindustrial and Biocatalyst Applications.(Dr. M. Baigorí )
  • Laboratory of morphogenesis and fermentations. (PhD. L. Pera)