We have published the first international CREAF's newsletter with the purpose of improving our visibility, reputation and recruitment of talent. Its common thread is ecology as a solution and it includes current events as diverse as 'la Caixa' postdoctoral scholarships with the experience of Oriol Lapiedra and the opinion of Marc Palahí, director of the European Forest Institute, about his previous work with us.
The COVID-19 pandemic has arisen at a time when governments were already reasonably convinced of the need to make their data accessible via open data portals. The need in question is a relatively new phenomenon, one with not only technical but also strategic and economic factors.
For a long time now, scientists have been describing nature’s scents on the basis of measurements of their main ingredients, volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Emitted by plants, fungi, bacteria and all animals for communication purposes, such compounds are a form of language.
An international team -where Josep Peñuelas has participated- explores the factors that most affect plant behavior and how they can be included in predictive models to improve them. The result, published in Nature Plants wants to improve understanding of the global carbon cycle and ecosystem services and their future if forests change due to climate change.
The report has been prepared by an EKLIPSE expert working group, including researcher Pilar Andrés, and presentates a serie of key points at the scientific, political and social levels to improve the restoration of ecosystems. These results were included in the 2019 IPBES soil degradation conference.