Health and biotechnology (SaBio)

This group is dedicated to contribute to the health, animal production, and conservation through research and technological development. Sage is an interdisciplinary group with high level of internationalization, high scientific productivity and capacity for transfer comprising about 40 researchers from excellence in biotechnology, reproduction, health, and related fields.

Each year, wise man increases his collaborations with companies in the pharmaceutical/veterinary and hunting/livestock sectors, generating new patents and transfer of knowledge. Those projects today include biotechnology reproductive, control health and development of vaccines, and research in diseases emerging.

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Research topics

1. ecology of disease in natural populations

2 Cryopreservation of semen and artificial insemination in ungulates wild

3. health surveillance of wildlife

4 epidemiology and control of vector-borne diseases

5 epidemiology and control of the microbacteriosis

Assets projects

1. ENETWILD. Wildlife: collect and share data on wildlife populations, agents transmitters of animal diseases.

2. depression by consanguinity of the fertility of the manchega sheep breed black variety. Study of the effects associated with changes in sperm structure and function.

3 Sentinel or vector? The role of the Stork (Ciconia ciconia) in the epidemiology of the virus influenza avian

4. Factores de riesgo y epidemiología espacio-temporal de la tuberculosis en bovino extensivo: un modelo para el control de la enfermedad

5. structure of the contacts and risk of disease transmission between cattle and hoofed animals wild

6. Developing new algorithms for the identification of vector protective antigens

7. Tick and Mite Genomes Consortium. Genome analysis of Major Tick and Mite Vectors of Human Pathogens

Completed projects


2. development of an efficient protocol for the production of embryos from deer by means of in vitro fertilization: sperm sexing application

3. development of efficient protocols for the conservation of semen from the deer's face to his employment in new reproductive biotechnologies: sex preselection

4. development of commercial solvents for various biotechnological processes applied to deer semen: freezing, refrigeration and sexing

5 TBjabavac - TB control in the native Eurasian wild boar by oral vaccination

6. ANTIGONE – ANTIcipating the Global Onset of Novel Epidemics

7. APHAEA – Harmonised Approaches in monitoring wildlife Population Health, And Ecology and Abundance

Resultados de Investigación

1. Caracterización de las interacciones garrapata-hospedador-patógeno: conflicto y cooperación

2. temporal trend of tuberculosis (TB) in ungulates wild Mediterranean Spain

3. Síndrome respiratorio del Oriente medio (MERS): ¿Un Nuevo reto para los veterinarios?

4. Medidas simples de exclusión previenen la transmission indirecta en la confluencia ganado-fauna

5. Nuevos conocimientos sobre la epidemiología molecular de los patógenos transmitidos por garrapatas

6. Regulación recíproca de la NF-kB (Relish) y la Subolesina en la garrapata Ixodes scapularis

8. Vacunas para ectoparásitos: control de vectores artrópodos y patógenos transmitidos por garrapatas

9. Descubriendo los mecanismos responsables de la eficacia de la vacunación frente a garrapatas

Course of epidemiology

Curso epidemiologiaBoth have a week-long course of specialization in epidemiology and disease control shared with wildlife which consists of two parts, an descriptive and other applied;


More information


irec videos

In this section you can view educational materials and computer graphics on the activity of the Sage Group. It is general or created outreach materials for training in issues of health, biotechnology, or reproduction of wild species.

Reproductive biology group in 2010

ANTIGONE at IREC project

Sampling for TB surveillance in wild boar

As scientists, we have the moral duty to contribute to making a better society. Make available to society and market innovation and the results derived from our research is a way to achieve this goal of social responsibility.

The creation of a spin-off It responds to the need of the market's developments intended to solve the real problems the business sector faces which and for which r & d can carry solutions. Our developments are divided into three main areas, aimed at different sectors.

Reproductive biology

biologia reproduccionAs part of our research results transfer to the private sector and society in general, we offer several services, all of them related to the area of animal reproduction.

Genomics and proteomics

planta pilotoThe line of genomics and proteomics works in the application of functional genomics and Proteomics to the characterisation of resistance markers and susceptibility to diseases and identification of antigens of vectors and pathogens that can contribute to your control.

Animal health

Sanidad animalThe line of Animal Health works on the development and transfer of tools focused on diagnosis and control of shared wildlife diseases.