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MINKE kicks off: a European project to improve the quality of oceanographic data

Data quality is key to developing environmental policies based on scientific evidence. The European project MINKE, coordinated by the Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC) in Barcelona, held its kick-off online meeting last June. The project partners took the opportunity to explain not only the role and responsibilities of each other, but also the main objectives and planned actions of a project that aims to improve the quality of oceanographic data.

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Microbial enzymes to produce greener detergents, textiles and cosmetics

FuturEnzyme, a European project led by the CSIC, aims to obtain microbial enzymes to replace chemical agents in consumer products. The scientific team will develop a method to quickly identify enzymes that are effective, stable, and that can be obtained through a low-cost process. The project will bring the developed process to industrial scale.

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The SAGA10W campaign studies ocean circulation in the South Atlantic

The international campaign SAGA (South Atlantic Gateway) led by Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC), the University of Las Palmas (ULPGC) and the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) will release moorings in the ocean with different sensors to study how the South Atlantic currents behave. This set of instruments will allow to better know the deep-ocean circulation, that has a key role in keeping the climate equilibrium of the planet.

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DSWAP-PRIMA, European project to improve systems to reuse wastewater for agricultural irrigation

The IDAEA-CSIC participates in the European project DSWAP-PRIMA that as a solution for the shortage of freshwater resources, seeks to improve the quality of treated wastewater (reclaimed water), that is an increasingly frequent resource for agricultural irrigation due to its availability and nutrient content. However, its usage can impair crop productivity and human health due to the potential occurrence of pathogens, contaminants of emerging concern and high salinity.

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Agreement between CSIC and the Aguas Costa Brava Girona Consortium for scientific research collaboration

The objective of this collaboration agreement is to develop joint research programs, and to exchange information related to treatment, quality monitoring and water management. An action planned within the framework of the agreement is the RESTORA project at the Palamós Treatment Plant, where an experimental pilot area has been installed to investigate new processes to improve the recharge of aquifers.

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