6 September 2017

The role of viruses on marine microbial communities has been widely studied in the coastal or surface zones of the oceans but the evaluation of viruses in the deep ocean is scarce. One of the main objectives of the Malaspina 2010 Circumnavigation Expedition, led by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), was to sample the deep ocean and to study the life strategies of the viruses that live there. The results of the study, published in the journal Science Advances, show that viral lysis, or a process that breaks down cells and produces the release of intracellular material, is an important phenomenon in the dark ocean and it is also a significant agent of mortality of the prokaryotic communities (bacteria). Therefore, this viral activity play a key role in the in the production of dissolved organic carbon and nutrients in the...

30 June 2017

The fifth edition of the "Ramon Margalef Summer Colloquia" (RMSC) will begin on Monday 3 of July, organized by the Institut of Marine Science (ICM-CSIC) and the Catalan Association of Oceanographers (ACOIO). Since its first edition in 2013, every summer the RMSC gathers junior and senior oceanographers to exchange ideas on ocean research.

This year's colloquium, coordinated by ICM oceanographers Josep Lluís Pelegrí and Celia Marrasé, will focus on " spatial and temporal patterns in physical-biological ocean processes". The objective is to promote an interdiciplinary approach to the physical and biological factors that favour the energy fluxes in ecosystems at all spatial and temporal scales, exploring how the network of interactions traduces in much more than the lineal addition of...

23 June 2017

The Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) is part of PerformFISH, a new H2020 European project focus on developing consumer driven aquaculture production by integrating innovative approaches that can help ensure European sea bream and sea bass aquaculture businesses are sustainable and competitive. It is coordinated by the University of Thessaly (Greece) and its consortium brings together 28 partners from 10 different countries, which also include the Torre de la Sal Aquaculture Institute (IATS-CSIC), which coordinates CSIC's participation in the project, and the Marine Research Institute of Vigo (IIM-CSIC).

The farming of sea bass and sea bream is an important sector in the Mediterranean, contributing significantly to wealth and job creation in rural and coastal areas. Sea bream and sea bass are by volume the third (36.4...

19 June 2017

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), from the Institute of Marine Science (ICM) and the Blanes Center of Advances Studies (CEAB), together with the University of Barcelona (UB), organize the Crustacean Society Mid-Year Meeting 2017, which is celebrated in Barcelona from the 19th to the 22th of June.

The symposium with already some decades of existence also include the “11th Colloquium Crustacea Decapoda Mediterranea” and the “5th Crustacean Larval Conference”.

During the meeting, there will be oral presentations and poster exhibitions, and also plenary lectures made by world renowned crustacean researchers. Along the four days, a wide diversity of topics will be discussed (ecology, fisheries, larvae, taxonomy, among many others).

The organization has paid and special attention to...

15 June 2017

On June 19, the Barcelona Expert Center of Remote Sensing (BEC), will celebrate a day to commemorate its ten years of existence. It will take place in the Institute of Marine Sciences of ​​the CSIC in Barcelona.

The day will be attended by the CSIC researcher Jordi Font, founder of BEC and one of the principal investigators of the SMOS mission; Susanne Mecklenburg of ESA and Mission Manager of SMOS; Cristina de la Puente, Vice-President of the CSIC; Andrea Pérez Carro, CDTI, Spanish delegate at ESA; And Meritxell Serret, Councilor for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

Researchers from the CSIC and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) involved in the SMOS will also participate, along with representatives of companies (Airbus, Tryo Aeropace, Deimos) and other...