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Analysing water pollutants in situ and with a mobile phone

CSIC scientists have developed a disposable electrochemical sensor to detect contaminants in water. No sample pre-treatment is required and water can be analysed on site in the field. The sensor can be connected to a portable device, such as a mobile phone, and no specific training is needed to use it.

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Biosensor for detecting estrone and estradiol in environmental samples

Estrogenic contaminants dispersed in the environment are a growing cause for concern. A new biosensor can specifically detect the estrogens estradiol and estrone in environmental samples without the need for specialised laboratories, in a fast, efficient and inexpensive process. The device is available for technology transfer.

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Rice husk transformed into a filter to remove contaminants in the water

Scientists from the Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology of Seville, in collaboration with the Technische Universität Berlin, have used rice husk, a waste product from rice cultivation abundantly produced in Spain, as a filter for the removal of organic contaminants in water treatment plants. The process generates more efficient filters than the commercial activated carbons used nowadays.

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Tools for the biodegradation of o-phtalate, a persistent organic pollutant

Scientists at the CSIC have developed biocatalysts that work as biotech tools for the aerobic and anaerobic biodegradation of o-phtalate (PA), a persistent organic pollutant detected in the environment, and its bioconversion into value-added biodegradable polymers. The invention consists in the generation of recombinant genetic cassettes and bacterial host cells to contain them.

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Scientists design a biodegradable device for tuna fisheries

A group of experts from the Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM) of Barcelona has designed a biodegradable device to fish tuna that could eventually replace the plastic devices currently used for this aim. The initiative is part of a project carried out in collaboration with the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) that seeks to make fishing practices more sustainable.

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