Jose Julio Ortega-Calvo, researcher at IRNAS-CSIC, has been recently elected as SETAC Europe Vicepresident in 2015 and President in 2016. SETAC Europe is a geographic unit (GU) of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC,, established to promote and undertake activities of SETAC in Europe, and to support activities of SETAC […]

New advances in the knowledge of the potencial causes and consequences of the masting process in Quercus species

Most of Mediterranean woody plant species, such as Quercus, exhibit a large interannual variability in seed production (a broadly-known phenomenon called masting), with important differences among individuals within the same year. However, very little is known about the causes and consequences for population dynamics of this potentially large – often ignored – between-individual variability.

Researchers […]

Novel results of the use of biochar as soil amendment in Mediterranean agriculture


Researchers of the IRNAS-CSIC led by J.M. De la Rosa and H. Knicker have recently published novel results concerning the relationships between biochar properties and agronomic productivity under Mediterranean climate conditions.

Biochar is a carbonaceous material obtained from the pyrolysis of biomass. The application of biochar to soil is being proposed as […]

The Proceedings of the Second International Congress on Science and Technology for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage, published

Under the title of Science, Technology and Cultural Heritage, CRC Press publishing house, of the Taylor & Francis Group have just published the Proceedings of the Second International Congress on Science and Technology for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage, held in Seville, Spain, from 24 to 27 June, 2014 as an […]

A monograph on the conservation of cultural heritage in subterranean environments, edited by Cesareo Saiz-Jimenez

The Conservation of Subterranean Cultural Heritage is the title of a monographic volume published in November of 2014 by the prestigious British publishing house CRC Press, of the Taylor & Francis Group, devoted to the conservation of cultural assets placed in subterranean environments. The book, edited by IRNAS Research Professor Cesareo Saiz-Jimenez, […]

Global Change Network

The Network of Terrestrial Ecology to cope with Global Change challenges – ECOMETAS has just started. This network is coordinated by J. M. Olano (EUITA Soria, University of Valadolid) and brings together the work of scientists from ten Spanish Institutions, including the IRNAS (represented by T. Marañón). The network […]

IRNAS experts study the aerobiology of Castañar de Ibor cave

A consortium of three CSIC centres (National Museum of Natural Sciences, Institute of Geosciences and Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology of Seville) will perform a study on the geology, micro-environmental parameters and aerobiology of the cave by means of a contract recently signed by the Regional government of Extremadura and CSIC. The members of […]

The responsible for the deterioration of several European mural paintings are halophilic microorganisms

Several monuments from central and south Europe show an intriguing rosy discolouration phenomenon on unknown origin. In order to have a complete vision of this biodeterioration process the microbial communities of three Austrian historical buildings with this problem were investigated by means of a combination of culture-dependent and –independent techniques and microscopy. The bacterial communities […]

Altamira: two reports, lots of doubts

The Spanish newspaper El País, publishes today (24/10/2014) an article on the scientific debate on the re-opening of Altamira Cave. The article discloses the opinions based on twenty years of research work of the CSIC team lead by Sergio Sánchez Moral, Scientific Researcher of the Spanish National Museum of Natural Sciences and Cesáreo Sáiz Jiménez, […]

Ecology and management of Quercus species: special issue

The Spanish journal Ecosistemas (open access) has published a special issue titled Ecology and management of Quercus species. The editors are I. M. Pérez-Ramos and T. Marañón (from IRNAS, CSIC) together with R. Villar (University Cordoba). The issue has 1 Editorial paper, 4 Review papers, and 11 Research papers, dealing with a wide scope of […]