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Antibodies to measure fungicide residues

Scientists at the CSIC and the University of Valencia have generated antibodies to determine the fungicides boscalid, cyprodinil, pyrimethanil and fludioxonil thus ensuring that maximum residue limits in food crops are met. This scientific team has expertise in obtaing virtually any antibody for toxin detection in food at the request of companies.  

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Scientists find out a pheromone of the crop pest Moroccan locust

Scientists at the CSIC and at the Centro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria, in Zaragoza, have identified a pheromone component of the Moroccan locust Dociostaurus maroccanus, a harmful crop pest. They are conducting field trials in order to develop a method to control this plague based on this pheromone

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Biochar reduces nitrous oxide emissions on farms

Bio-char, a type of vegetal coal, can reduce emissions of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas, and also the need for fertilizers. Scientists at the CSIC study their use and have demonstrated their benefits.

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Drink of wine and hops with cardiovascular benefits

Spanish scientists at the CSIC, the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and at the Hospital de La Paz have developed a functional drink that combines hops extracte and wine without alcohol. The drink, that looks like wine, has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Also, in vivo essays have shown that the drink helps to reduce tryglicerids. It is an interesting alternative for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Companies interested in the developement and commercialisation of this drink, under a patent licence, are sought for.

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Tritordeum, a novel natural cereal, reaches the market

Agrasys, a spin-off of the CSIC, has launched Tritordeum, a new cereal which has has accreditation as natural crop species and now reaches the market. After 30 years of breeding, Tritordeum is a cereal with good nutritive and agronomic characteristics (high resistance to drought and heat stress).

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