Probioma, transnational project coordinated by IRNAS, launches its website

Prospection in Subterranean Environments of Microbial Bioactive Compounds with potential use in Medicine, Agriculture and Environment (PROBIOMA), a transnational research project funded by FEDER coordinated by Prof. Cesareo Saiz-Jimenez, from IRNAS research group “Environmental Microbiology and Cultural Heritage” has started the website that will disseminate their contents and activities until december 31st 2021, completion date […]

Bacillus onubensis, a new bacteria isolated from Gruta de las Maravillas

Along the last two decades, a progressive bacterial and fungal colonization has been detected in show caves and rock art caves, including the world wide known Altamira (Spain) and Lascaux (France) caves. Andalusian caves were n ot being controlled from the microbiological point of view, and for this reason we proposed the research project RMN […]

IRNAS experts show their works at the University of Bologna

Last March 22th, the members of IRNAS research group “Environmental Microbiology and Cultural Heritage” Cesareo Saiz-Jimenez and Ana Z. Miller, offered the conferences “Microbiology and Cultural Heritage: the case of Rock Art caves” and “Characterization of cave sepeleothems and associated microbe-mineral interactions” at the Department of Biological and Geological Sciences of the University of Bologna […]

The Ecological Society of America reviews recent research of IRNAS members

The prestigious international journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (ISSN: 1540-9295), published by the Ecological Society of America publishes in the section Dispatches of last February issue a review (Volcanic caves contain mineral-munching microbes) on the paper recently published in Frontiers in Microbiology by a group of researchers of different countries, among them […]

El biodeterioro de los bienes culturales, a revista en Espacio Protegido

Canal Sur tv program “Espacio protegido” broadcasted last march 18th a report under the title of “The enemies of Cultural Heritage” in which Cesareo Saiz-Jimenez, IRNAS Research Professor, talked about the biodeterioration of cultural assets. In this program, he showed biodeterioration effects on three Sevillian elements of Cultural Heritage dated in the Roman times: […]

Expertos del IRNAS estudian la aerobiología de la cueva de Castañar de Ibor

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 […]

Los responsables del deterioro de varias pinturas murales son microorganismos halófilos

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: dos informes, muchas dudas

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, […]

El debate sobre la posible reapertura de Altamira continúa en el 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.

Las últimas dos décadas de investigación del IRNAS en la Cueva de Altamira puesta de relieve en el programa Crónicas (la 2, tve)

Last 19th June, 2014 the tv channel La 2 broadcasted the programme Crónicas, dedicated to Altamira, the importance of the original. The programme summarized the researches performed in the cave focused to the conservation of its palaeolithic paintings, with an important reference to the research carried out by the CSIC team, and among them several […]