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Almeria (Spain)

Current status: Observer Member - Application: 2008, 19 May - Admittance: 2008, 26 May

General data
Company Division or Company Country Web site Status Main Business Area Group size Address
Monsanto Seminis Spain Seminis web site
Monsanto web site
Private company Seed company Seminis: +3,000
Monsanto: +20,000
Seminis Vegetable Seeds Iberica
Finca "Las Palmerillas"
PO Box 175
04700 El Ejido (Almeria)
Main activities
  • Research activities on plant pathogens resistance
  • new pathogens
  • search of new sources of resistance
  • development of new testing protocols and diagnostic tools
  • molecular markers development
Leading products
Monsanto is a leading company in producing and comercializing transgenic crops, as well as conventional large seeds.
Seminis is the vegetable seeds division of Monsanto and is a worlwide leading company in many main vegetable crops such as tomato, pepper, melon, leek, oukra, cucumber, etc.
Interests to become ResistVir member
ResistVir is joining leading plant virologists in Europe researching on different aspects of virus resistance. For a breeding seed company resistance to important diseases is a must. Interaction with top scientists would allow us establishing collaborative efforts and opening new lines of research.
Significant achievements
  • vnd, a gene required for early neurogenesis of Drosophila, encodes a homeodomain protein. EMBO Journal. 1995. 14 (14):3487-3495.
  • Isolation and identification of N2-fixing microorganisms from the rhizosphere of Capparis spinosa. Plant and Soil. 1997. 197 (1):19-23.
  • Characterization of Bradyrhizobium japonicum pcaBDC genes involved in 4-hydroxybenzoate degradation. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. 1998. 1397 (3):257-261.
  • One of two hemN genes in Bradyrhizobium japonicum is functional during anaerobic growth and in symbiosis. Journal of Bacteriology. 2001. 183 (4):1300-1311.
  • Characterization of the nirK gene encoding the respiratory Cu-containing nitrite reductase of Bradyrhizobium japonicum. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. 2001. 1521(1-3):130-134.
  • First Report of Cucumber vein yellowing virus (CVYV) in Spain. Plant Disease. 2001. 85(3):336.
  • First Report of Cucumber leaf spot virus (CLSV) in Spain. Plant Disease. 2001. Oct. 2001. 85 (10):1123.
  • Quantification of Cucumber yellow stunting disorder virus in Bemisia tabaci (Genn) using digoxigening-labeled hybridisation probes. Journal of Virological Methods. 2002. 101 (1-2):95-103.
  • Characterization of the norCBQD genes, encoding nitric oxide reductase, in the nitrogen fixing bacterium Bradyrhizobium japonicum. Microbiology SGM. 2002. 148 (11): 3553-3560.
  • The complete nucleotide sequence and development of a diferential detection assay for a Pepper mild mottle virus (PMMoV) isolate that overcomes L3 resistance in pepper. Journal of Virological Methods. 2002. 106 (1): 135-140.
  • Non-cucurbitaceous weed species shown to be natural hosts of Cucumber vein yellowing virus in south-eastern Spain. Plant Pathology. 2002. 51(6):797.
  • Cucumber vein yellowing virus infecting cucurbitaceous crops in Spain. Zeitschrift für Pflanzenkrankheiten und Pflanzenschutz (Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection). 2002. 110:90-91.
  • First Report of Turnip mosaic virus in Pisum sativum in Spain. Plant Disease. 2003. 87(1):103.
  • Southern bean mosaic virus the causal agent of a new disease of Phaseolus vulgaris beans in Spain. European Journal of Plant Pathology. 2003. 109 (9): 935-941.
  • Molecular characterization of nosRZDFYLX genes coding for denitrifying nitrous oxide reductase of Bradyrhizobium japonicum. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. 2004. 85: 229-235.
  • Detection of Grapevine virus B associated to rugose wood (corky bark) symptoms in grapevine cv. Napoleon in Murcia (Spain). Plant Pathology. 2005. 54(1): 264-264.
  • Absence of a coding region for the helper component-proteinase in the genome of Cucumber vein yellowing virus, a whitefly-transmitted member of the Potyviridae. Archives of Virology. 2005. 150: 1439-1447.
  • Analysis of the temporal and spatial disease progress of Bemisia-tabaci transmitted Cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus and Cucumber vein yellowing virus in cucumber. Plant Pathology. 2006. 55: 264-275
  • Low genetic diversity in Cucumber vein yellowing virus isolates from Spain. Virus Genes. 2007. 34(3): 367-371.
  • Amaranthus leaf mottle virus: 3'-end RNA sequence proves classification as distinct virus and reveals affinities within the genus Potyvirus. European Journal of Plant Pathology. 2007. 117(1):81-87.
  • The complete nucleotide sequence and genome organization of bean yellow disorder virus, a new member of the genus Crinivirus. Archives of Virology. 2008. 153:999-1001.
  • Incidences and progression of tomato chlorosis virus disease and tomato yellow leaf curl virus disease in tomato under different greenhouse covers in southeast Spain. Annals of Applied Biology. 2008 (in press)
  • Development of highly efficient genetic transformation protocols for table grape Sugraone and Crimson Seedless at low Agrobacterium density. Plant Cell Reports. 2008. (in press).