In order to carry out this initiative, a multidisciplinary operational group with supra-autonomous character has been created. It is comprised by a total of 14 participants including beneficiaries/partners, subcontracted and collaborators from Galicia, La Rioja and Madrid.


Galician University-Enterprise Foundation (FEUGA) – Operational Group Representant

Innovation agent and knowledge transfer office between the research and industrial actors in different sectors, such as agri-food and forestry, through the promotion and management of projects, as well as participation by leading communication, dissemination and exploitation activities. FEUGA participates or has participated in the projects: H2020 SoildiverAgro and ROADMAP, Interreg POCTEP Biomasa-AP and Conserval; autonomous Operational Groups EVID, FERVIÑA, CONTECAD and GALIVINO; supra-autonomous VITICAST, VARROAFORM, MICOALGA-FEED, AVIENERGY and TIRAC; and pilot projects ALGATERRA, BIOPROINSECT and GREENCASTANEA.

Ramiro Arnedo, S.A.

The main activity of RAMIRO ARNEDO, S.A. is the research, development, innovation, production and sale of horticultural seeds. Its main objective is the Spanish market, specifically the supply of seeds for greenhouses in Almería and Murcia, as well as the most important open-air horticultural crops in Spain. The main products commercialized are pepper seeds, lettuce, tomato, artichoke, melon, aubergine and beans. Thanks to this project, the range of products in the company’s catalogue will be expanded to include new varieties of beans from its research, so that Ramiro Arnedo S.A. will be able to include new varieties of beans adapted to the new needs of its main customers. Concerning the production strategy, it is worth mentioning that the first factor to consider in seed production is its quality and availability on the necessary dates, issues that are more important than its cost. To all this is added the new demands of farmers and nurseries regarding pests, diseases and physiopathies of horticultural crops, with a long history of researching new varieties thanks to a multidisciplinary team of professionals and highly technological facilities.

Almacenes Gamallo, S.L.

Almacenes Gamallo S.L. has a long trajectory within the agriculture sector, working for the farmer. Since 1991, Almacenes Gamallo has been committed to raw materials commercialization and their processing to feed and cereals. Also, to the buy and sell of compost and cultivation seeds. Its products are known for their high quality and excellent service.

MIMIC SeaFood, S.L.U.

Mimic Seafood is an agri-food start-up incubated in the food innovation hub – ivoro. Their mission is to improve the ocean’s health through food, offering 100% vegetable alternatives to fish and shellfish. To begin, they developed a product similar to raw tuna, Tunato®, oriented towards sushi, poke or tartar, as an alternative to the sensorial experience of consuming raw tuna and avoiding their inconvenient (high content of mercury or the presence of pathogen organisms). After successfully closing a pre-seed financing round at the end of 2021, Mimic Seafood is currently working to foster its R&D while expanding its market in Europe.

Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) – Misión Biológica de Galicia (MBG). Plant Genetics Development Group (DEVOLEG)

MBG is a research institute on agrarian sciences that belongs to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), a state agency. Founded in 1921, MBG currently employs over 100 people, 35 directly linked to scientific research, and two associated research units. The MBG Plant Genetics Development Group (DEVOLEG), led by Dr. Marta Santalla, participates in the PROTEINLEG project. DEVOLEG is a reference in the Galician agri-food R&D&I sector, with a large experience in project management and development. It is funded by competitive calls from the national R&D program, and by contracts with private companies and different national and international agencies. The DEVOLEG group possesses high-value germplasm collections with which DEVOLEG aims to recover the genetic material of the principal autochthonous cultivations of different species of proteinaceous legumes, to avoid their loss and guarantee their use. DEVOLEG works with a primary producer’s net and collaborates with the primary sector of the principal productive Spanish regions, which demand higher competitiveness of their exploitations and diversification of their productions. DEVOLEG participation in PROTEINLEG orientates towards increasing efficiency and stability in the production of autochthonous varieties of proteinaceous legumes. Studies will be carried out in different edaphoclimatic conditions and biotic and abiotic stress, as well as their valorization for different uses as human and animal food.

Fundación Centro Tecnolóxico da Carne (CTC)

The Fundación Centro Tecnolóxico da Carne is an organization dependant on the Consellería de Medio Rural of the Xunta de Galicia. Founded in 2005, its purpose is to support the technological development of every sectoral collective among the agri-food chain, promoting research, product improvement, and primary and secondary sector professionalization through the creation of new market channels and sustainable use of the Galician natural resources. CTC has developed a significant activity, as is reflected in the collaboration agreements signed with different public and personal entities, and in the numerous projects presented to various autonomic, national, and European calls. Among the knowledge branches associated with these research initiatives in which CTC has collaborated, to mention the recovery and valorization of autochthonous species and varieties, the study and implementation of ecological farming and integrated production, as well as the production of manual food products. The agronomy area owns extensions of land dedicated to trials on small plots. In the same way, it has laboratories equipped with the latest technology for the analysis of food matrices and agricultural soils. The incorporation of CTC to this project arises from the need to characterize the different legume crops that could provide a viable source of protein to meet the nutritional needs of pigs and poultry, minimizing or even eliminating the current dependence on soy. As a research organization, the CTC makes available to PROTEINLEG all the knowledge acquired from its extensive experience in the implantation of crops, in the revitalization of the rural Galicia, and the conservation of its phytogenetic diversity. Among its responsibilities will be the analysis of pre- and post-harvest cultivation soils, quality studies and productive yields of legume varieties, evaluation of the physical-chemical and nutritional composition of the different feed formulations, production control of cattle, as well as the analysis of meat quality, specifically, of pig and poultry carcasses included in the experimental development of this initiative, taking into account the influence of the change of raw materials in the preparation of finishing feed.

Subcontracted members

Complutense University of Madrid (UCM, Genomics Unit)

The Genomics Unit of the Complutense University of Madrid’s main objective is to promote scientific research and technological development in the genomics area. They offer researchers different genomic services, carried out by highly-qualified personnel and in high-performance equipment, as well as seminars and specialized formation lessons. The Unit gives technical and analysis advising in these services, participating, as well, in the development of new methodologies in this field. Furthermore, the Unit receives the support of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, the Comunidad de Madrid and the Chair of Genomics and Proteomics.

National Centre for Food Technology and Safety (CNTA)

CNTA (National Center for Food Technology and Safety) is a technological center whose mission is to provide advanced technological services for the development of the agri-food sector, through quality and innovation, under the principle of food safety. CNTA, as a technological center specialized in the agri-food sector, interacts with companies and interest groups in the sector, through an integrated activity model that makes it possible to cover any technological need that is demanded. It develops its technological activity by making it available to the business, technological, scientific, and public administration environment through its different fields of activity: Food Safety and Quality Management Systems, Analytical Control and Process Assistance, Training, R&D&i, and Technical Consulting. Thanks to the coordination and interaction between the different technological disciplines, the internal exchange of knowledge that characterizes the center, and the integration and permanent action with networks of collaborators and key agents in the sector, CNTA, as a continuous or punctual collaborator, can offer to the agri-food sector its fields of activity in an integral way, or in a partial way depending on the specific technological needs of each client.

ProSeeds Hybrid S.L.U.

ProSeeds Hybrid is a company focused on the agricultural sector. Specifically, they are specialists in the production of horticultural seeds and in carrying out management and productivity tests, as well as providing agricultural services.

Collaborator members

Association for the Promotion of Research and Technological Development in Plant Genomics (INVEGEN-BIOVEGEN)

BIOVEGEN (Spanish Technology Platform for Plant Biotechnology) is a public-private partnership comprised of 137 members (companies and technological/research centers) and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, which supports and co-funds the initiative. Their mission is to promote R&D activities among the scientific and business areas regarding biology and plant production. They are providers of R&D management services and they provide added value and business development opportunities to their partners: direct and indirect financing, search for partners and clients, international projection, advice, relationship with the Administration, with the scientific community and the rest of the business sector with innovation activities, participation in its own events and those of third parties with special conditions, visibility, access to exclusive information (news bulletins, R&D proposals, qualified human resources…).

Legumes Spanish Association (AEL)

The Legumes Spanish Association is a non-profit entity constituted to support, promote and inform about legumes in Spain. It aims to contribute to the research coordination in the farming Spanish sector, to promote discussion forums with social partners, defend variability and promote new uses of legumes.

Galician Agri-food Cooperatives Association (AGACA)

AGACA’s member cooperatives cover the main sectors of the Galician agriculture and livestock: dairy and meat cattle, pigs, wine, goats, or orchards and flowers, among others. AGACA’s objective is to provide training, information, and advice services to the agricultural cooperative movement in Galicia through its organizational structure.

Entrepeneurs, Cattle Breeders and Farmers of La Limia Association (ADEGAL)

ADEGAL is the union of Entrepreneurs, Breeders, and Farmers of the region of A Limia (Ourense) who, gathered under the legal protection of an association, unite their efforts to achieve common goals. It is also a non-profit association whose primary purpose is to publicize the social and economic importance of the primary sector, agribusiness, and the services sector present in A Limia.

Association of Breeders of the Celta Porcine Breed (ASOPORCEL)

The Association of Breeders of the Celta Porcine Breed (ASOPORCEL) was born on January the 19th, 1999, as a non-profit entity, aimed at the recovery and conservation of the Celta swine breed, to give it the place that corresponds to it as the genetic and cultural heritage of Galicia, and passing it on to future generations. It is the only entity officially recognized by the Autonomous Community of Galicia for the management of the herd book of the Celta swine breed, following Decree 149/2011, of July 7, which establishes the Official Catalog of autochthonous livestock breeds of Galicia, regulates the official recognition of the associations of breeders that create or manage genealogical books and approves the programs for their conservation, improvement, and promotion.

Entrepeneurs, Cattle Breeders and Farmers of La Limia Association (ADEGAL)

ADEGAL es la unión de Empresarios, de Ganaderos y de Agricultores de la comarca de A Limia (Ourense) que, reunidos bajo el amparo legal de una asociación, unen sus esfuerzos para la consecución de unos fines en común. Se trata, además, de una asociación sin ánimo de lucro cuyo fin primordial es el de dar a conocer la importancia social y económica del sector primario, la agroindustria y el sector servicios presente en A Limia.