Human Practices


Indeed, science is a realm open to all, yet only a select few choose to embark on its extraordinary journey. These individuals become integral parts of various projects, capable of forging innovative pathways to address the environmental challenges that have afflicted our planet for far too long. It is a truth universally acknowledged that everyone possesses the right to engage with science, regardless of their background or existing knowledge. Collectively, we can collaboratively strive to shape a brighter future for our world.

For us, this aspiration has long been a driving force, fuelling our desire to contribute meaningfully. Hence, we have aligned our efforts with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a comprehensive vision for global betterment by 2030. Through our project, we actively participate in advancing several of these crucial SDGs.

Moreover, we recognize that not all regions are suited to cultivating the same types of plants. Thus, we have endeavored to create a solution that empowers everyone to determine the most suitable plant species for detecting substances of interest, ensuring that the benefits of our project are accessible to all corners of the globe.

Sustainable Development Goals

Our planet stands as our sole abode, underscoring the imperative of its safeguarding. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a set of ambitious, time-bound targets aimed at enhancing various facets of our planet, with a deadline set for 2030. Given that we find ourselves in 2023, the countdown to this critical year is well underway. As a united team, we are acutely attuned to the challenges unfolding in our midst and are deeply committed to exploring how our project can lend valuable support towards the realization of several of these vital SDGs.

3. Good health and well-being: “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”

The remarkable reduction in childhood mortality by half over the past 15 years serves as a testament to our capacity to triumph over nearly every disease. Nevertheless, it remains disconcerting that vast resources are expended on treating illnesses that are, remarkably, easily preventable. The new global objective for promoting Good Health worldwide underscores the importance of embracing healthy lifestyles, preventive measures, and modern, efficient healthcare accessible to all.

In our post-pandemic reality, concerns about pollution and environmental quality have surged. It's not merely about the potential transmission of diseases but also the escalating pollution in urban centres. Elevated levels of CO2, among other compounds, can adversely affect human well-being. Last year, NavarraBG concentrated its efforts on creating CO2 biosensors, mindful of these challenges. This year, our concerns extend beyond high CO2 levels; we are committed to tackling issues related to other potentially harmful compounds that could threaten living organisms in the future. This commitment underscores our dedication to ensuring the security and well-being of all life in the vicinity of our biosensors.

6. Clean water and sanitation: “Ensure avaibility and sustainale management of water and sanitation for all”

The fact that one in three people worldwide lacks access to proper sanitation is resulting in preventable diseases and loss of life. While significant progress has been made in ensuring access to clean drinking water, the absence of adequate sanitation facilities undermines these achievements. By making affordable equipment and hygiene education accessible, we have the power to halt this needless suffering and save lives.

Simultaneously, the escalating pollution of rivers, seas, and aqueducts poses a growing predicament. It not only directly affects human consumption but also indirectly impacts water used for irrigation and animal nourishment. In some instances, improving water quality may require nothing more than a concerted cleanup effort, possibly with the support of others. However, motivation or a catalyst is sometimes needed to initiate this crucial step. With our biosensors designed to detect hazardous levels of various substances, we not only ascertain the presence of harmful elements, as elucidated in our promotional video, such as detrimental chemical fertilizers, but also identify the suitable environments for plant usage. Thus, we can contribute in two distinct ways towards forging a brighter future.

7. Affordable and clean energy: “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.”

Renewable energy solutions are evolving into more cost-effective, dependable, and efficient alternatives with each passing day. Our prevailing dependence on fossil fuels proves unsustainable and detrimental to the planet, necessitating a paradigm shift in how we produce and consume energy. Swift implementation of these emerging energy solutions is of paramount importance in mitigating climate change, a monumental threat to our very survival.

The imperative to explore methods of harnessing renewable energy or achieving tasks without a significant energy footprint is a pressing concern. This vision is now attainable through the biosensors offered by our project. As modified plants, they operate autonomously, without the need for any external energy source, unlike conventional CO2 sensors, for instance. The plant modification enables seamless functionality, providing precisely the information sought without expending excess energy. This energy-efficient approach, employing synthetic biology to meet contemporary planetary needs, is accessible to all, and represents a significant stride toward addressing our current energy-related challenges.

11. Sustainable cities and communities: “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”

The global population continues its relentless growth, necessitating the creation of modern, sustainable cities capable of accommodating this expanding populace. To ensure the collective survival and prosperity of all, it becomes imperative to embark upon innovative urban planning that begets cities characterized by safety, affordability, resilience, and an infusion of greenery, enriching them culturally.

Through the utilization of Biogalaxy biosensors, an opportunity arises to significantly contribute to the realization of more sustainable urban environments in the not-so-distant future. An essential facet of bolstering urban sustainability lies in the incorporation of plants. Therefore, the fact that these biosensors are plant-based, capable of detecting a spectrum of compounds often present in cities due to pollution, adds an invaluable dimension to the overarching goal of crafting a future where urban societies are less burdened by their prevailing challenges.

12. Responsible consumption and production: “Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns”

Our planet has bestowed upon us a wealth of natural resources, yet our utilization of them has often lacked responsibility, resulting in consumption far surpassing the Earth's capacity to replenish. It is imperative that we acquire the knowledge and practices to engage in sustainable production and consumption, thereby initiating a restorative process to mend the environmental damage we have wrought upon our planet.

The production of material sensors indeed entails substantial resource consumption and expenditure, with the caveat that they may fail to function when crucial, whether due to internal or external factors. This, regrettably, results in unnecessary costs and enduring ecological repercussions. Hence, the employment of plants as biosensors emerges as an enticing solution to alleviate many of these challenges.

Plants, by their very nature, circumvent the material consumption dilemma. Furthermore, within our project's scope, the prospect of establishing stable production lines for these modified plants opens the door to the procurement of a multitude of biosensors. This implies that acquiring plants endowed with biosensing capabilities entails minimal hurdles beyond their initial modification, ensuring a reliable and sustainable product thereafter. Leveraging plant biosensors not only mitigates concerns regarding material consumption but also charts a promising course towards effective and environmentally conscientious solutions.

13. Climate action: “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”

Climate change poses an indisputable and existential peril to our entire civilization. Its impacts are already manifest, and without immediate action, they portend catastrophic consequences. Yet, hope resides in our capacity to effect change through education, innovation, and unwavering dedication to our climate obligations.

In this endeavour, we find not only the imperative of safeguarding our planet but also vast opportunities for the revitalization of our infrastructure. This transformation stands to engender new employment opportunities and foster enhanced prosperity on a global scale, symbolizing a harmonious coalescence of ecological and economic progress.

An urgent and all-encompassing concern in our society is the looming climate crisis. This crisis relentlessly disrupts our daily lives through unnatural and unpredictable temperature spikes and extreme weather phenomena, directly attributable to the persistent presence of greenhouse gases. The growing apprehension revolves around the potential cascading consequences of these developments.

Through the meticulous modification of plants, our objective is to contribute to the vigilant monitoring of areas where the concentration of diverse substances poses a grave threat to the organisms inhabiting those fragile environments. In an era where transformative change is imperative, we aspire to make our biosensors accessible to society. The plants we are enhancing offer a distinctive and timely solution that harmonizes with the urgent necessity to confront environmental challenges head-on. By furnishing a means to scrutinize and evaluate potentially perilous substances, we endeavour to assume a role in catalysing a healthier and more sustainable future for all life forms.

14. Life below water: “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”

The vitality of our oceans and seas is inextricably linked to our very survival. Encompassing a staggering 70 percent of our planet, these aquatic realms serve as indispensable sources of sustenance, energy, and freshwater. Alas, we have inflicted substantial harm upon these invaluable reservoirs.

It is imperative that we safeguard these ecosystems by eradicating pollution and curtailing overfishing, while concurrently embarking on a conscientious journey to responsibly oversee and preserve the entirety of marine life across the globe. Our collective commitment to these actions is paramount in preserving the well-being of our planet and securing the future for generations to come.

The oceans stand as steadfast companions to our planet, generously bestowing upon us the vital sustenance essential for human survival. Regrettably, contemporary society often squanders this benevolence. Much like the principles embodied in Sustainable Development Goal 6, the deployment of our biosensors not only empowers us to discern the presence of perilous compounds in aquatic realms but also presents us with the opportunity to shoulder responsibility for a pivotal wellspring of our existence.

Should we choose to nurture and protect our seas, oceans, and rivers, we stand to gradually recover the precious resources currently slipping through our grasp. Even in the modest guise of modified plants, courtesy of synthetic biology, lies the potential to contribute to this noble endeavours. By acknowledging the profound significance of our oceans and ecosystems and harnessing innovative solutions such as biosensors, we can conscientiously fulfil our role in preserving these invaluable treasures for the generations yet to come.

15. Life on land: “Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reserve land degradation and halt biodiversity loss”

The flourishing of terrestrial life stands as the bedrock upon which our existence on this planet is built. We are integral components of the intricate tapestry of the Earth's ecosystem, yet we have, regrettably, inflicted considerable harm upon it through activities such as deforestation, the depletion of natural habitats, and land degradation. Advocating for the responsible utilization of our ecosystems and the safeguarding of biodiversity is not merely a noble endeavour; it emerges as the very linchpin of our own continued survival.

Much akin to the diverse offerings of various marine waters, terrestrial habitats mirror this abundance. Within these landscapes, teeming with biodiversity, we find the inexhaustible reservoirs of resources indispensable for our sustenance and the enhancement of our existence. Regrettably, our persistent, unaltered behaviours cast a looming shadow over this bounty, constituting the crux of the predicament. The inexorable degradation of terrestrial habitats imperils their very existence, demanding immediate and resolute action to preserve their sanctity.

The plant biosensors emerging from our project represent a graceful endeavour, poised to contribute progressively towards the reclamation of what has been lost and the enhancement of the well-being of the sentient beings affected by our collective challenges. The capacity to discern the presence of pernicious and noxious substances imperilling living organisms stands as an indispensable facet of our efforts. This crucial knowledge empowers the implementation of requisite measures for the eradication of such perils, should they indeed manifest.

Given the inherent aptitude of plants to perceive the desired, this inherent ability augments the gradual amelioration of terrestrial habitats over time, harmoniously converging with the aspirations encapsulated within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through the judicious utilization of pioneering solutions such as biosensors, we are forging a path towards the rejuvenation and conservation of terrestrial ecosystems, thereby championing the well-being of both the natural world and humanity.