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400 students participate in the VII Gymkhana of the Seas and Oceans

Thu, 17/05/2018 - 18:32
17 May 2018

The seventh edition of the Gymkhana of the Seas and Oceans (Gymkhana de los Mares y Océanos) was held at the Cosmocaixa in Barcelona, ​​a great activity to show highschool students the key role of the ocean currents in our planet.

Seas and oceans occupy more than two thirds of the planet surface of the planet and for this reason the Earth is also known as the 'Blue Planet'. The oceans constitute a global system and are interconnected through marine currents, which are essential for climate equilibrium and make life possible as we know it.

Thu, 05/17/2018 (All day) Students at the Gymkhana of the Seas and Oceans 2018 | ICM-CSIC

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ICM hosts the annual meeting of the IOVWST, an international satellite ocean winds research group

Mon, 07/05/2018 - 09:48
27 April 2018

From April 24 to 26, more than 70 people from the International Ocean Vector Winds Science Team (IOVWST) have met at the Institute of Marine Sciences in Barcelona.

Fri, 05/04/2018 (All day) IOVWST annual meeting at the ICM, Barcelona

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The size of marine plankton is key to its global dispersal and distribution

Tue, 24/04/2018 - 17:12
10 January 2018

A group of international researchers, led by AZTI scientists, and with a large contribution of ICM-CSIC researches show in a paper published in the latest issue of Nature Communications that the size of marine plankton is key to its global dispersal and distribution. It is an important discovery because plankton form the base of the food chain in the sea, produce 50% of the oxygen we breathe and also remove CO2 from the atmosphere. These functions depend on the distribution of the different plankton species and on their body size.

Fri, 01/12/2018 (All day) Phytoplankton and microzooplankton images (ICM-CSIC)

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Scientists and fishermen will cooperate to replant the by-catch gorgonians

Tue, 24/04/2018 - 16:14
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.

Tue, 04/24/2018 (All day) Gorgonian chorals on the seabed (ICM-CSIC)

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‘Mapping’ marine bacterial grazers on the ocean

Tue, 24/04/2018 - 15:46
15 February 2018

An international scientific team, with a large contribution of ICM-CSIC researchers, has obtained the genome of several marine bacterivorous protists and has compared them to the genetic data of natural microbial communities. The results unveil how these bacterivorous distribute across the different regions of the ocean and supports the idea that each species has a specific role in the microbial plankton.

Tue, 04/24/2018 (All day) Eukaryotic diversity. Image from European consortium SINGEK (Author: Sébastien Colin/Oceanomics /EPEP/SBR/CNRS)

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Scientists find out what flying squids eat during their first days of life

Tue, 24/04/2018 - 15:34
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.

Tue, 04/24/2018 (All day) Flying squid paralarvae (Illex coindetii, left; and Todaropsis eblanae, right). Left picture shows the ink sak (bolsa de la tinta) and the cecum (saco del ciego). The stomachal content was extracted from the cecum by laser micro-dissection. Author: CALOCEAN / ICM-CSIC.

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The ICM participates in a study on the impact of the yellow-legged gull on public health

Fri, 20/04/2018 - 13:32
20 April 2018

On April 14, the BCN-GULLS project was launched, an initiative to study the impact of the yellow-legged gull on public health in the city of Barcelona.

The study is promoted by a group of scientific institutions including the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), the Public Health Agency of Barcelona, ​​the Catalan Institute of Ornithology, the Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal) and the Biological Station of Doñana (EBD-CSIC). The project also has the collaboration of the Barcelona Zoo.

Fri, 04/20/2018 (All day)

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Barcelona participates with 70 world countries in a biodiversity challenge

Thu, 19/04/2018 - 17:56
19 April 2018

From 27th to 30th of April all people living in the Metropolitan Area of ​​Barcelona are called to participate in the most important biodiversity event in the world, the City Nature Challenge. For the first time, Barcelona has organized a great event under the name of Biomarathon.

Thu, 04/19/2018 (All day)

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The ICM hosts the EMODnet network, a European initiative for the collection and standardization of marine data.

Thu, 19/04/2018 - 17:44
17 April 2018

On April 16 and 17, the Institute of Marine Sciences hosted the meeting of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet), an initiative of the European Commission that aims to collect and harmonize European marine data.

Thu, 04/19/2018 (All day)

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The Institute of Marine Science participates in a new edition of the Magnet educational program

Tue, 17/04/2018 - 15:58
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.

Tue, 04/17/2018 (All day) Scientists and alumni at ICM-CSIC facilities, in Magnet previous edition.

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Plastic floating in the sea releases organic compounds that stimulate marine bacteria growth

Thu, 12/04/2018 - 11:01
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.

Wed, 04/11/2018 (All day) Cristina Romera Castillo (right), author of the study, and PhD student María Pinta (left), in front of the experiments set up.

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