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The WECANN project creates the world's first database on the traditional uses of Cannabis

The Institut Botànic de Barcelona (IBB) is working on this project to study Cannabis in a comprehensive way. As part of the project, they have created the world's first database of traditional uses of Cannabis. The project is aimed at collecting and analysing traditional uses of the plant, finding new molecules of interest and studying Cannabis morphological, genetic and phytochemical variability.

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Reinforced paper for containers and packaging

The INIA-CSIC Forestry Research Centre has developed a method to increase the compressive strength and stiffness of packaging paper. Based on the reuse of ligno-cellulose waste, it gives the paper greater strength with less fibre, keeping its performance intact and generating less waste. The absence of sulphur makes the reinforced paper suitable for all types of uses, including food. They are currently looking for companies interested in developing the technology.

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Pollutants in the environment: 30-40 years from the ban to reach non-harmful levels

R+D CSIC 30 years

In the last three decades, scientists have make great progress in the detection of various pollutants in the environment and in living organisms. Pollutant accumulation in humans and animals (fish, dolphins, whales, birds, sea turtles, among others) has been demonstrated, as well as their distribution in the food chain, and scientists study their effects.

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Device for predicting the recovery capacity of trees after a wildfire

Being able to predict the resilience of trees after a fire is essential for decision-making. A team of scientists has developed a device that makes it possible to determine the survival of living tissue under the bark of trees by measuring the electrical resistance.

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Climatic change and ecology

30 years of R+D CSIC

In 1990 the first IPCC report on climate change was presented. What has changed in these years? Among other things, scientists found out the limits of vegetation to sequester CO2, and have study how it influences the nitrogen/phosphorus balance and other soil elements. Also, a recent work has revealed that Arctic temperatures are reaching a critical threshold.

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