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The expansion of the holm oak trees threatens the Montseny newt

A study led by scientists at the CEAB-CSIC and the CREAF warns about the need of measures for protecting the Montseny newt. They say, in a study recently published, that climate change and changes in vegetation cover in the Montseny Natural Park, jeopardize the long-term viability of this species indigenous from Montseny, which is at risk of extinction.

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UNBIASED: decrease and control of pollution for improving water management systems in Barcelona

A project led by the Instituto de Diagnóstico Ambiental y Estudios del Agua of the CSIC seeks to respond to the sustainable urban development queries and improve the water resources of the city. Knowing the concentration of Emerging Organic Pollutants of the water table in Barcelona and its evolution during time are some of the goals.

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How is traffic affecting air quality levels?

A research led by the Instituto de Diagnóstico Ambiental y Estudios del Agua (IDAEA-CSIC) reveals how pollution levels vary in a city. The study, which has been carried out in Barcelona, analyses the quality of air, taking  account of factors such as distances to the roads and building heights.

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Wild plants secrete compounds that would help to avoid using pesticides and fertilizers

A work by CSIC and CREAF scientists highlights that wild plants are more fertile and more resistant to pests than traditional crop varieties because their roots release substances that help them to capture more nutrients and fight pathogenic bacteria and fungi in the soil. If these natural properties were transferred to conventional cultivated varieties, agricultural yield could be improved and the ecological impacts of pesticides and industrial fertilizers reduced.

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Tools for improving water supply networks management

The IMAQUA Project is aimed at improving the control of the quality and quantity of water throughout the supply network. A real-time system for monitoring pollutants and helping the decision-making will be developed. Also, tools for display and simulation will be developed, to give managers an easy access to the whole information. It is a European RISCAT Project, and will be tested in Sabadell and Barcelona.

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