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A method to detect from a single sample nanoplastics and their composition in water

Scientists at the IDAEA-CSIC have developed the first method that allows double screening to detect the presence of six polymers and 29 additives from a single sample. This cutting-edge methodology has been validated in the Ebro Delta, where they have analysed water samples from the river and from the sea. They are now working to apply this method to other environmental and human samples.

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Tools for the biodegradation of o-phtalate, a persistent organic pollutant

Scientists at the CSIC have developed biocatalysts that work as biotech tools for the aerobic and anaerobic biodegradation of o-phtalate (PA), a persistent organic pollutant detected in the environment, and its bioconversion into value-added biodegradable polymers. The invention consists in the generation of recombinant genetic cassettes and bacterial host cells to contain them.

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Rice husk transformed into a filter to remove contaminants in the water

Scientists from the Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology of Seville, in collaboration with the Technische Universität Berlin, have used rice husk, a waste product from rice cultivation abundantly produced in Spain, as a filter for the removal of organic contaminants in water treatment plants. The process generates more efficient filters than the commercial activated carbons used nowadays.

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FutureMARES, the ocean as a pillar of the strategy against climate change

The EU-funded project FutureMARES, which is funded by H2020 programme and seeks to provide socially and economically viable solutions based on ecosystems and the services they provide for the adaptation and mitigation of the effects derived from climate change in marine ecosystems, started on September 1.

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Scientists design a biodegradable device for tuna fisheries

A group of experts from the Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM) of Barcelona has designed a biodegradable device to fish tuna that could eventually replace the plastic devices currently used for this aim. The initiative is part of a project carried out in collaboration with the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) that seeks to make fishing practices more sustainable.

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