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New publication of Ines Viana, Postdoctoral Researcher at ECOTOX

Morphological and Physiological Responses of Enhalus acoroides Seedlings Under Varying Temperature and Nutrient Treatment

"Seagrass meadows are declining globally. In Indonesia, 75% loss has been reported in the last 5 years. The decrease of the seagrass area is influenced by the simultaneous occurrence of many factors at the local and global scale, including nutrient enrichment and climate change. (...)"

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4th of May, 2020
"The first call of the JPI Ocean's joint action 'Ecological aspects of microplastics in the marine environment' resulted in the funding of four microplastics research projects: BASEMAN, EPHEMARE, PLASTOX and WEATHER-MIC."

For an overview of all the projects, access to their outcomes and final results, please check:
JPI Oceans (2020), Key Results JPI Oceans Microplastics Projects 2016-2019. Brussels, Belgium.
DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.11658.00960

The faecal sink that drowns Praia América and the outfall of the Miñor river

New article published in the galician press, where it mentions some data obtained by Prof. Ricardo Beiras and his team on the environmental situation of the outfall of the Miñor river, which are already reflected in a report disclosed in another previous post of this same blog.

According to Prof. Beiras, the inadequacy of treatment of water sewage turned this space into an outdoor sewer.


New publication: the Pixelar Index a tool to gonadal maturity analysis in sea urchins

Pixelar index: a new quantitative approach for the assessment of reproductive condition in the purple sea urchin, Paracentrotus lividus, by image analysis

Publication date: 20 December 2019

Source: Aquaculture International

Author(s): Leonardo Mantilla-Aldana, Pedro Campoy-López, Estefanía Pereira-Pinto & Ricardo Beiras

DOI: 10.1007/s10499-019-00499-8

Interview with Ricardo Beiras on the radio show "La Brújula de Galicia" at Onda Cero Radio

The interview dealt with the effects of microplastics in the marine environment and some of the conclusions obtained in the European EPHEMARE project, coordinated by the ECOTOX group and recently completed. The interview (in Gallician language), which starts at 5'20'' from the beginning of the broadcast and ends at 19'55'' (it is in Galician).

Endocrine disruption by plastic additives in sea urchin, Paracentrotus lividus

On 10/01/2019, Pedro Campoy, a predoctoral Researcher at the Coastal Ecology Group (EcoCost, CIM-UVigo), presented the lecture Endocrine disruption by plastic additives in sea urchin, Paracentrotus lividus“ at the “Café con Sal” conference cycle.

Sampling of marine litter in the port of Marín (Galicia, Spain)

Sampling of marine litter in the port of Marín (Galicia, Spain) conducted on August 21, 2019 by the ECOTOX Group, of the University of Vigo, in collaboration with the fishermen's guild of Marín and the Association Vertidos Cero.



The mouth of the Miñor river, an outdoor sewer

The mouth of the Miñor river, a jewel of nature included in the Natura network, has become for years an outdoor sewer that prevents the commercialization of local seafoods, due to very high levels of faecal bacteria, well above accepted threshold by Spanish and European legislation. The study commissioned by the Salvemos Monteferro Association, with the logistical support of the Fishermen's Guild of Baiona and the financing of the Baiona Town Hall, puts figures at this scandal.

In little more than 30 years there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish

News published in the newspaper 'La Voz de Galicia' on 05/06/2019, which echoes the Ephemare project, coordinated and led by Prof. Ricardo Beiras, from the Universidade de Vigo.



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