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Part of Earth is always frozen and acts as a giant refrigerator for carbon

7 de January 2021Verónica Couto Antelo

The price of homes is falling sharply in some northern regions of the planet. Why? Because the seemingly permanently frozen ground they were built on is now thawing. This has much more far-reaching implications for the climate, and could even spell defeat in the battle against global warming.


CREAF earns ‘Severo Ochoa’ accreditation

7 de October 2019Adriana Clivillé

In its application, CREAF proposed a strategic research plan for generating knowledge to help tackle the 21st century’s main environmental problems, such as climate change and biodiversity loss. Following rigorous international evaluation, CREAF has been chosen for accreditation on the basis of its scientific results and strategic programmes.


The adventures of nest-making solitary bees

2 de June 2017Verónica Couto Antelo

Cut leaves, collect mud, make a cellophane-type material – bees make sophisticated nests in thousands of different ways, improving their competitiveness as well as protecting them from enemies, including other bees. CREAF researcher Carlos Hernández-Castellano introduces us to this remarkable world. 


Volatile Organic Compounds, the language of plants

17 de August 2016Verónica Couto Antelo

Not only humans have the capacity for communication. Queen bees emit pheromones in order to control workers, and abortions can be provoked in pregnant female mice just by their smelling of odors produced by a male distinct to that which fertilized them. Plants also communicate with chemical signals which they release into their surroundings, helping them to interact with other plants and living beings, including microorganisms. 


What are ecosystem services?

26 de February 2016CREAF

Ecosystem services are the benefits that an ecosystem provides to society by improving people’s health, the economy, and quality of life in general. An ecosystem service is derived from the particular characteristics of an ecosystem.

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