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Small labs floating in the sea

To control the sea pollution with autonomous sensors, mainly in fish farms. This is the goal of two European projects, ‘Sea on a chip’ and ‘BRAAVOO’. They have been recently approved and count on the CSIC’s participation.

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The striking and high microbial diversity in the Monegros desert

Extreme environments hide a rich world of extremophiles microorganisms, which are able to live in conditions impossible for other beings and with a great potential of applications. CSIC scientists have studied the microbial communities in saline lakes of the Monegros Desert, in Spain, and have found a high biodiversity. Up to 35% of the genetic sequences obtained don’t match with anything known; they could be new species for science.

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Are wind farms and protected areas compatible in the sea?

Scientists at the CSIC participate in the European project COCONET to find out if wind farms and marine protected areas can coexist. It will also establish a net of marine protected areas, which will enable the animals to move safely between them.

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AIRUSE: strategies to reduce air pollution

Barcelona is these days a laboratory to study the use of Calcium-Magnesium Acetate (CMA) as a tool to reduce pollutant particles in the air, which have important negative effects on health. The experiment is part of the European project AIRUSE.

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Sustainable fishing is profitable

Countries that have applied the FAO’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries have improved their fishery resources and the quality of catches, according to a new study led by CSIC. The most sustainable fishery is in Canada (Pacific coast), Australia and the USA (Pacific coast); the less sustainable is in Turkey, South Korea and Malaysia.

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