Verónica Couto Antelo

SciComm at CREAF since 2016. Nature and outreach lover. Biologist (University of Barcelona) and Science Communication master (Barcelona School of Management - UPF).

Climate change and population growth: key factors in the decline of Easter Island’s civilization

The collapse of civilizations has always attracted our attention: entire books, films and thousands of legends have been dedicated to it. What makes some human populations disappear and others not? Is it related to climate crises and pandemics like the current ones?


CREAF participates in the Geoscience Online meeting EGU2020

Due to the current circumstances, the General Assembly on Geoscience that was going to take place all this week in Vienna has become virtual. You can follow it with the hashtag #shareEGU20 and some CREAF researchers are participating.


A year of respite for Catalonia’s forests

With spring almost upon us, CREAF’s experts are reporting that this year could be a chance for Catalonia’s forests to recover from accumulated past droughts and the devastating effects of the pine processionary. There will be no let-up for the territory’s undergrowth, however, with the box tree moth’s continuing expansion leaving just 20% of box plants with new growth.


Pines detect insect sex pheromones and protect themselves from infestation

Through research conducted on young Scots pine trees and Diprion pini, a sawfly common to conifer forests in the Northern Hemisphere, scientists have shown, for the first time, how trees take steps to protect themselves against insect infestation even before eggs are laid on them.


Some plants do not reproduce every year because of nutrient scarcity

A study involving three CREAF researchers has found that plants with low nitrogen and phosphorus concentrations in their leaves do not reproduce every year to enable them to reproduce on a huge scale in years in which conditions are right. Oaks, holm oaks and beeches are examples of trees that behave in such a way.

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