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Mixotrophy, a key feeding strategy in nutrient-imbalanced scenarios

Mixotrophic organisms can obtain nutrition through photosynthesis and also by capturing prey. According to a new study by scientists from the Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC), this mixt strategy can favour the production of marine resources when there is a lack of nutrients or when human activity modifies their availability.

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Scientists develop a tool to better understand marine microbial interactions

This tool makes it possible to  improve predictions on how marine microbes interact and could be applied to climate change and bioremediation studies, and to other fields such as medicine or agriculture. The study has been led by the Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC) in Barcelona.

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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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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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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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