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Green Biotechnology

Agri-food and Environmental Group

The applications of green biotechnology can be found in three distinct areas:

  • Food biotechnology makes use of techniques and processes that resort to living organisms or substances to get or modify food, to improve the plant or animal it has been obtained from, or to develop microorganisms involved in its production. Well known examples are functional foods like probiotics and prebiotics, food safety, etc.
  • Agricultural Biotechnology refers to the application of biotechnology techniques in crop improvement. Some examples would be the use of genetic engineering to defend crops against pests, cold or drought or the use of bio-fertilizers to enhance plant growth and development.
  • Environmental Biotechnology refers to the application of biotechnological processes in the protection and restoration of environmental quality. Currently, environmental biotechnology is being applied in cleaning up pollution, waste water treatment, air purification and waste gases treatment, as it is the case of bioremediation, the use of biological systems to clean up air pollution and contaminated soil or water. Industry is developing more and more processes in this prevention area to reduce environmental impact.