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CSIC's Marine Technology Unit incorporates a new robot AUV

NEMO is an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that can reach 500 meters deep carrying various instruments for marine exploration. Its open architecture will allow carrying out tasks in different areas of marine science: marine resources, geological risks, underwater archaeology, conservation of marine habitats or monitoring natural reserves.

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Marine reserves contribute to the recovery of species exposed to overfishing

A study by the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) shows that areas where fishing is prohibited are contributing to the recovery, in just a few years, of species such as hake, one of the most commercially interesting in the Mediterranean. According to the study, the effect of the reserve especially favours juvenile individuals, but it also contributes to an increase in their catches around the area where fishing is not allowed.

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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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Scientists find out a ‘superenzyme’ that reduces pollution associated with paper industry

The molecule, developed and patented by the CSIC, reduces the amount of chemicals needed to bleach paper and provides an environmentally friendly alternative.

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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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