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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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Aquatic plants contribute to clean waters, scientists confirm

Bioengineering techniques and plants contribute to clean waters, as scientific research developed in the Urban River Lab has demonstrated. The Urban River Lab (URL) focuses on improving management of highly modified rivers, whose waters come mainly from treatment plants.

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Investigaciones sobre contaminantes emergentes: sustancias cotidianas con efectos tóxicos

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Científicos del IDAEA-CSIC trabajan para conocer el impacto ambiental de los contaminantes emergentes. Como los insecticidas piretroides, de uso muy común, que son tóxicos y acumulables. O los nuevos retardantes de llama, con efectos tóxicos parecidos a los antiguos retardantes ya prohibidos.

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Urban River Lab, a lab to improve the management of urban rivers

To improve quality and ecological status of water coming from wastewater treatment plants and to contribute to a sustainable management of water resources are the main objectives of the Urban River Lab (URL), an experimental outdoor lab located at the Montornès wastewater treatment plant.

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Laboratory of Palynology and Paleoecology

Pollen analysis allows scientists to characterize certify the botanical origin of honey. But also allows the reconstruction  of past vegetation and landscape. This is what scientists do in the Laboratory of Palynology and Paleoecoclogy, at the Instituto Botánico de Barcelona.

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