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Achieving a null CO2 footprint by cyanobacteria

Scientists at the National Biotechnology Centre are researching to develop industrial processes with a zero CO2 footprint based on recombinant strains of cyanobacteria. They have obtained a cyanobacteria strain that produces sucrose efficiently from CO2, and does not need osmotic stress neither high salinity environments, making it easier to cultivate. Scientists are now working to transfer the method to industry.

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Organic pollutants: almost everything is now detected

R+D CSIC 30 years

Nowadays, environmental monitoring involves the analysis of any sample (water, food, soil...) and has moved from analysing a limited number of pollutants to "non-target" analysis, in which almost everything in the sample is detected without restrictions. And at previously impossible levels: contaminants can now be detected at concentrations of less than 1 part per billion.

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Oestrogens, illicit drugs and pharmaceuticals in wastewater

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In 1998, scientists found out the first evidence that fish in European rivers were being "feminised" by oestrogenic pollutants in wastewater. Today, wastewater monitoring has methods to detect oestrogens, illicit drugs, alcohol, pharmaceuticals, antibiotics...

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New suspects: sunscreens and parabens

R+D CSIC 30 years

Sunscreens are a recent addition to the list of pollutants to monitor. Thirty years ago, the technology to detect them and the techniques to see their effect on living organisms did not exist, but neither was there any thought of looking for them. The exponential growth of personal care and hygiene products incorporating sunscreens has triggered research into them.

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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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