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Two Life projects to preserve ecosystems and endemic species

Two LIFE projects have been launched in recent weeks, one aimed to establish a strategy for tackling invasive alien flora, and the other to preserve high mountain aquatic ecosystems. In both cases, the final goal is to protect ecosystems and endemic species.

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Analysing water pollutants in situ and with a mobile phone

CSIC scientists have developed a disposable electrochemical sensor to detect contaminants in water. No sample pre-treatment is required and water can be analysed on site in the field. The sensor can be connected to a portable device, such as a mobile phone, and no specific training is needed to use it.

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Biosensor for detecting estrone and estradiol in environmental samples

Estrogenic contaminants dispersed in the environment are a growing cause for concern. A new biosensor can specifically detect the estrogens estradiol and estrone in environmental samples without the need for specialised laboratories, in a fast, efficient and inexpensive process. The device is available for technology transfer.

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Methodology for assessing chemical contamination in aquatic ecosystems of natural areas

It has been used to analyse waters in 21 Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) in Spain, in the frame of the LIBERA Project. The methodology enables the detection of 59 different types of contaminants and will allow to assess the potential impact of this threat on the fauna in the aquatic ecosystems.

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Satellite-derived salinity data improves Arctic marine circulation prediction

Sea salinity influences the density of the sea, therefore affects ocean circulation and the global climate. Scientists have incorporate sea salinity data obtained from measurements by the SMOS satellite into an Arctic prediction model.

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