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 […]

The controversy on the possible re-opening of Altamira continues in The New York Times

Last July 30th The New York Times published an article on the recent problematic of the cave, with the opinion of outstanding specialists in the field of rock art conservation, and among them the IRNAS Research Professor Cesáreo Sáiz Jimenez. The link to the complete article, here.

Climate and soil interactions affect the future of cork oak

Climate change generates uncertainty about the sustainability of forests and their ecosystem services.

A research team in the IRNAS, with the collaboration of Michigan University, has studied the changes in abundance of cork oak (Quercus suber) in south Spain during a 10 year period, using data from the 2nd and 3rd Spanish Forest Inventories for […]

(Español) Curso: “Metodologías avanzadas para la programación del riego localizado en frutales. Reutilización de aguas”


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(Español) Efecto de hidrogel BASF 361AB S en el cultivo de tomate industrial


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Nutrients and microbial biomass in forest soils

Soil microorganisms have a crucial role in soil nutrient availability and plant growth. An IRNAS´ team, in collaboration with universities of Córdoba and Granada, have studied soil nutrients and microbial C, N and P pools in forests from three contrasted sites in South Spain: Sierra Nevada Park (Granada), Alcornocales Park (Cádiz) and Cardeña Park […]

(Español) Defensa de la Tesis Doctoral de José María Personat Gálvez titulada: “Protección frente a estreses abióticos extremos mediante la sobreexpresión ectópica combinada de HaHsFA9 y HaHsFA4a”

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