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Bacteria in nutrient-rich environments reduce their genes (and why knowing this is helpful in biomedicine and bioapplications)

Knowing how bacteria adapt to their environment opens promising reserach avenues in biotechnology, biomedicine, or the environment. A study from CEAB shows that a nutrient-rich environment favors bacteria that have lost genes involved in processes such as amino acid self-production. Dispensing with genes represents an energy-saving for them and gives them an advantage in those contexts

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Bioluminescent bacteria and algae for illuminating cities

The CRAG has just embarked on BioLumCity, a singular project that aims to offer an advanced form of real bioluminescence based on bacteria and algae, with applications in architecture and urban design.

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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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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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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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