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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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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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New researches on emergent pollutants: substances in our daily live with possible toxic effects

Scientists of the IDAEA-CSIC work to know the environmental impact of the new pollutants, like pyrethroid insecticides (of very common use, which are toxic and accumulative) or the new flame retardants, with similar toxic effects to the old flame retardants, already forbidden.

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Plant certification service

This Service at the Botanic Institute of Barcelona identifies vegetal samples (plants, seeds or vegetal fragments). Through several molecular techniques, identifies which species or varieties compose any vegetal product or pack of seeds. They also offer assessment in environmental subjects such as impact studies, characteristics of invasive species or plans for recovering threatened species.

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