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Bacteria-based technology to degrade toxic compounds of mercury in marine sediments

The MER-CLUB Project, in which the Instituto de Ciencias del Mar (ICM-CSIC) is involved, aims to develop a marine bacteria-based technology to degrade a toxic mercury compound and thus to improve the quality of the marine environment. This compound, monomethylmercury, accumulates in marine sediments and enters the food chain.

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The expansion of the holm oak trees threatens the Montseny newt

A study led by scientists at the CEAB-CSIC and the CREAF warns about the need of measures for protecting the Montseny newt. They say, in a study recently published, that climate change and changes in vegetation cover in the Montseny Natural Park, jeopardize the long-term viability of this species indigenous from Montseny, which is at risk of extinction.

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Wild plants secrete compounds that would help to avoid using pesticides and fertilizers

A work by CSIC and CREAF scientists highlights that wild plants are more fertile and more resistant to pests than traditional crop varieties because their roots release substances that help them to capture more nutrients and fight pathogenic bacteria and fungi in the soil. If these natural properties were transferred to conventional cultivated varieties, agricultural yield could be improved and the ecological impacts of pesticides and industrial fertilizers reduced.

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UNBIASED: decrease and control of pollution for improving water management systems in Barcelona

A project led by the Instituto de Diagnóstico Ambiental y Estudios del Agua of the CSIC seeks to respond to the sustainable urban development queries and improve the water resources of the city. Knowing the concentration of Emerging Organic Pollutants of the water table in Barcelona and its evolution during time are some of the goals.

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How is traffic affecting air quality levels?

A research led by the Instituto de Diagnóstico Ambiental y Estudios del Agua (IDAEA-CSIC) reveals how pollution levels vary in a city. The study, which has been carried out in Barcelona, analyses the quality of air, taking  account of factors such as distances to the roads and building heights.

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