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  • Two new crustacean species discovered on Galician seabed

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | 19 September 2017 08:35

    The fauna of deep seabed tends to be relatively unknown due to the difficulty of collecting samples at great depths. A research team from the A Graña Marine Biology Station in Galicia undertook four oceanographic expeditions in the waters off the northwest coast of the Iberian Peninsula that have led to the discovery of several new species that inhabit the abyssal plains. Now they describe two...

  • Acacias are invading unaltered areas in the northwest of the peninsula

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | 06 June 2017 10:00

    The legume Acacia dealbata, also known as mimosa, is one of the most aggressive invasive tree species in the world. In the northwest of the peninsula its propagation is an increasingly serious problem since it is penetrating unaltered plant communities, according to a study by the University of Vigo and the University of Coimbra (Portugal). Scientists stress the important role of fires in their...

  • Calculating the growth of eucalyptus plantations from the cloud

    SINC | 23 February 2016 09:34

    A new free application hosted in the cloud estimates the production of eucalyptus plantations in Galicia and the Cantabrian coast (Spain). The tool, named EucaTool, was developed by forestry engineers from the University of Santiago de Compostela in partnership with the company VSonCloud. 

  • Galician red foxes present low levels of toxic metals in their bodies

    SINC | 02 February 2016 08:00

    In order to know the level of an area’s exposure to environmental contaminants, scientists can analyse metal concentrations in the organs of animals, who become environmental bioindicators. An example of this is the first study on red foxes in Galicia, which reveals low levels of cadmium, lead and zinc in northwestern Spain.

  • Northern Portugal transfers some of its ozone to Galicia

    Cielo de la Ría de Vigo. / Juantiages

    SINC | 22 July 2013 10:03

    In summer, levels of ozone (O3) in the atmosphere frequently rise. In Galicia, due to human emissions and high levels of vegetation, summer episodes of high concentrations of ozone affecting air quality have also been recorded. An atmosphere modelling system applied to the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula by researchers at the University of Aveiro (Portugal) and the University of Santiago de...

  • Roe deer more likely to be run over at nightfall on a Sunday in April

    El corzo es el cérvido más pequeño de Eurasia. / Unicoletti

    SINC | 22 April 2013 09:52

    Traffic accidents involving wildlife are on the rise in Europe. The establishment of a time pattern for the accidents could be useful for increasing safety and preventing human and animal deaths. On the basis of this objective, a team of researchers have established at what time, on what day of the week and in which month accidents involving boar and roe deer are most likely to take place.