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MAAVI Innovation Center

We merge science and nature to create our solutions

The largest Research Center for biopesticides, probiotics and prebiotics in Europe.

  • Area with over 5,000 square meters

  • Over 2,000 square meters of greenhouses

  • More than 40 full-time researchers.

  • Collaborations with public and private centers and organizations.

  • Leading edge equipment.

Almería takes the leading role in science with the largest Research Center on biopesticides, prebiotics, and probiotics in Europe. These forefront facilities located in Vícar, count with more than 5,000 square meters focused on R&D&I, allowing us to be more competitive and to reach our ultimate goal: to unseat the use of synthetic chemicals and offer superior natural solutions with higher efficacy.

The Research Center has received financial support from the Ministry of Economy, the Junta de Andalucía (Andalusian Regional Government), through the IDEA Agency, and the Vícar City Council with funds from the European Union.

Change is upon us and we are proud to provide more employment, more wealth, more research and more health for our province, in order to bequeath the best legacy possible to future generations.

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Research areas

The Research Center relies on 4 large areas of work: botany, microbiology, microalgae and green chemistry. The trials are conducted in a greenhouse which is over 2,000 square meters and counts with an area for outdoor crops.

Research areas

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<ul>
<li>Recognition of new strains with biopesticide, biostimulant or symbiotic activity.</li>
<li>Maintenance of a collection of our own cultures</li>
<li>Selection of growing mediums.</li>
<li>Optimization of growth conditions.</li>
<li>Acquisition of starters for large-scale inoculation.</li>
<li>Collection of small samples of biomass to use in trials and determine its composition</li>
</ul>

Microalgae cultivation area

<ul>
<li>Recognition of new strains with biopesticide, biostimulant or symbiotic activities.</li>
<li>Maintenance of a collection of our own cultures.</li>
<li>Trial on antibiotic-activity of plant extracts obtained from fermentation and of algal origin.</li>
</ul>

Microbiology Area

<ul>
<li>Trials on mammal cells.</li>
<li>In vitro toxicity.</li>
<li>Bio-prevention: studies that demonstrate the healthy activity of plants grown in synergy with certain microorganisms, with the application of biostimulant, among others.</li>
</ul>

Cellular Cultivation Area

<ul>
<li>Study of cultivation conditions of all types of microorganisms.</li>
<li>Selection of growth substrates.</li>
<li>Production of secondary metabolites applicable to agriculture.</li>
</ul>

Fermentation Area

<ul>
<li>Elucidation of new active molecules.</li>
<li>Quality monitoring of extracts from botany, microalgae and microbial fermentations.</li>
</ul>

Analytical Area

<ul>
<li>Stabilization trials of active constituents.</li>
<li>Physical-chemical stability studies over time.</li>
<li>Preparation of trial samples for use in greenhouses and fields.</li>
</ul>

Formulation Area

<ul>
<li>Sample classification.</li>
<li>Grinding and conditioning of biological material.</li>
<li>Pre-treatment of plant material, partial hydrolysis, among others.</li>
</ul>

Extractions Area I

<ul>
<li>Extraction trials of various mother cultures.</li>
<li>Concentration, separation of fractions.</li>
<li>Fractions generation for bioguiding studies.</li>
</ul>

Extractions Area II

<ul>
<li>Small scale development of trials on plants in fully controlled conditions, being able to reproduce the conditions of any part of the world; as well as simulating situations of extreme stress.</li>
<li>Ability to emulate extreme climates, from -5°C to 35°C.</li>
<li>Humidity levels from 0% to 100%.</li>
<li>Controlled photoperiod.</li>
</ul>

Phytotrons Area

<ul>
<li>Breeding and maintenance of confined pests.</li>
<li>Activity tests: Repellency and lethality.</li>
<li>Numerous models: Suckers, defoliators, nematodes, bacteria, soil fungi, aerial fungi, among others.</li>
</ul>

Pest area

<ul>
<li>Testing at a semi-industrial level the most suitable strategy to produce each type of microalgae.</li>
<li>Previous steps before industrial scaling.</li>
</ul>

Pilot Plant-Photobioreactor Area

<ul>
<li>Industrial level scaling of developments previously obtained in laboratory.</li>
<li>Obtainment of biomass or supernatants with biopesticide, antifungal, biostimulans activity, among others.</li>
<li>Production of starters in large volumes for large-scale fermentations in solid substrate.</li>
</ul>

Industrial Fermentation Area

<ul>
<li>Large scale extraction of active molecules from vegetal, microbial or algae origin.</li>
<li>Low temperature concentration of the extractions carried-out or from microbial cultivation media.</li>
</ul>

Industrial Extraction and Concentration Area

<ul>
<li>Sterile growth medium manufacturing area.</li>
<li>Sterile inoculation area.</li>
<li>Clean, growth and ripening area under controlled conditions.</li>
<li>Yield capacity of over 500,000 liters year.</li>
</ul>

Probiotic Manufacturing Area

<ul>
<li>Implementation of several trials on healthy and diseased plants.</li>
<li>Controlled photoperiod.</li>
</ul>

Greenhouse Area

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