12 April 2018

Scientists from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in collaboration with the University of Vienna have studied how marine plastic debris affects the lower levels of the oceanic food web, microorganisms, and the results revel that they release dissolved organic carbon into the seawater, up to 23,600 metric tons per year. The most of it is rapidly taken by marine bacteria stimulating their growth.

The details of the research, funded by the Austrian Science Foundation and the CSIC under the MODMED project, are published today in the journal Nature Communications.

On behalf of the CSIC in Catalunya this study was led by Cristina Romera Castillo, JdC postdoctoral researcher-incorporation into the Department of Physical Oceanography. From the Marine Research Institute (Vigo), Xosé Antón Álvarez...

5 April 2018

The "Magnet, alliances for educational success" program develops innovative educational projects. It is promoted by the Jaume Bofill Foundation, the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Diputació de Barcelona, ​​the Consortium of Education of Barcelona and the UAB Institute of Education Sciences.

The Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) participates again in the "Magnet" program, which was presented today in Barcelona. In this edition, the institute participates with the school Tanit, from Santa Coloma de Gramenet, with witch will develop a science project during the next four years.

Magnet promotes the alliance of an educational center with an institution of excellence in a specific field of knowledge (science, technology, art, audiovisual communication ...), which have an educational commitment...

27 February 2018

Cyanobacteria of the genus Synechococcus are ubiquitous in the world ocean and contribute significantly to both the marine food chain and the carbon cycle. Like chameleons of the planktonic world, some of them are able to change pigmentation to match the ambient light color. Yet, their distribution or abundance has remained unknown so far. Research scientists from CNRS and CEA, together with international collaborators including ICM-CSIC, have just demonstrated these color-shifters are the most abundant group of Synechococcus in the ocean.


In the study "Light color acclimation is a key process in the global ocean distribution of Synechococcus cyanobacteria", an international team of researchers has analyzed the global distribution of marine cyanobacteria of the genus Synechococcus, which appears to be...

21 February 2018

Flying squids eat particulate organic material and fecal pellets during their early life, although they become voracious predators of crustacean and fishes in the adult stage, like other cephalopods. Flying squids, currently formed by 22 oceanic species, is the most commercially exploited family of cephalopods worldwide. The results of the work, led by CSIC scientists and published in Scientific Reports, could explain the ecological success of this group of squids.

Flying squids are one of the most widely distributed and ecologically important family of cephalopods, with a high biomass and economical importance. Although they are only 22 species of the 850 species of cephalopods, every year  between 1.6 and 2.4 million tonnes are caught worldwide, representing half of the total captures of cephalopods.

Although the...

19 February 2018

Gorgonians will be replanted in the same zones where they were accidentally fished. Gorgonians create habitats where fish larvae and juveniles find shelter and food. Led by the CSIC, the project counts on the contribution of fishermen, and Fundación Biodiversidad from the Spanish MAPAMA.

Scientists from the Instituto de Ciencias del Mar in Barcelona (ICM-CSIC), with the support of Fundación Biodiversidad, of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Enviroment, have launched the project ResCap, aimed at the preservation and recovery of gorgonian populations. The project is developed in the frame of Pleamar Program of the Fundación Biodiversidad, with the support of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.


The main goal of the project is to recover deep marine ecosystems...