Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG)

The Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) is an independent research institution devoted to leading-edge research in plant and farm animal biology, genetics and genomics.

Currently, CRAG hosts 23 research groups, and approximately 60 PhD candidates and 30 postdocs coming from more than 20 different countries.

The research emphasizes:

  • The molecular basis of genetic characters of interest in plants and farm animals;
  • The applications of molecular approaches for breeding of species important for agriculture and food production.
Excellence and recognition awards
  • In 2015: awarded with the “Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence” award by the Ministry of Research, Development and Innovation of Spain.
  • In 2015: awarded with the "Human Resources Excellence in Research" award by the European Commission.
Ranking positioning

89% publications in 1st quartile journals

Director of the center

José Luis Riechmann

  • Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) Research Professor at the CRAG.
  • Director of the Millard and Muriel Jacobs Genetics and Genomics Laboratory at Caltech, California.
  • Team Leader at the start-up company Mendel Biotechnology, Inc, California.
  • Research on transcriptional regulation and development using Arabidopsis thaliana as a model published in high impact journals such as Science, Nature and PNAS.
  • Inventor of 26 international patents.
Renowned researcher

Ana I. Caño-Delgado

  • PhD in Biology by the John Innes Centre, University of East Anglia of Norwich, UK.
  • Human Frontiers Science Program Organization (HFSPO) Postdoctoral fellow at The Salk Institute  (La Jolla, California) where she identified novel receptors for plant steroids.
  • CSIC Investigator at CRAG leading the Brassinosteroid signaling group and coordinator of the Cell and Developmental Biology program at CRAG.
  • EMBO Member.
  • Award of an European Research Council Consolidator Grant (ERC CoG) to investigate and improve plant adaptation to drought stress.
The project

Agriculture is facing a huge challenge: How to feed a growing world population in a context of climate change? Can we guarantee food safety and security while protecting the environment? In this project, we will use state-of-the-art techniques in molecular biology and genomics to unveil the genetics of important crops and improve their traits. Join us in the plant science fascinating world and get into the plant genomics world!