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A key to understand bivalve biodiversity and evolution

There are ca. 20.000 living species of bivalve molluscs, one of the oldest and evolutionary most successful classes of invertebrates. An ongoing research project at the Paleontology Area of the UAB Department of Geology deals with the question of how ontogeny and...

Ricard Guerrero

Guerrero has taken part in various scientific projects and is known in Spain as the first person to introduce the theory of microbial ecology. "Without microbes, life on our planet would be impossible", says Guerrero. "From the moment we are born we need bacteria to live".

Discovered a new cholesterol massive accumulation mechanism

Researchers of the Spanish National Research Council and Catalan Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences have discovered the receiver responsible for the selective collection of esterified cholesterol in the vascular wall. This type of cholesterol is...

Acumulació massiva de colesterol

Psychologists of the UAB detect emotional upheavals in children

Many emotional problems have their roots in trauma that developed when we were between 3 and 6. A group of researchers at the UAB have carried out a study to prevent the after-effects of these psychological disorders in later life. More than 1,000...

The ageing of the Catalan population involves an increase of the number of old age patients who are admitted to the Intermediate Care Units of the hospitals. In order to apply them the best treatment is very important to assess their prognosis of life, but until now studies on these units for an integral evaluation of the old patients hardly...

Estudi sobre els pacients ancians de les Unitats de Semicrítics

In last years, forest fires have devastated wide zones of Catalonia, with serious effects on the environment and economy of involved areas. Some data to know: In 2005 there were 892 fires in all Catalonia, and this year already there have been 618, according to the Environment Department of Generalitat. The study on fire behaviour and the...

Anàlisi del comportament dels incendis. Claus per prevenir-los

Amantadine, ineffective against essential tremor

Involuntary shaking of the hands, legs, voice or head. These are symptoms associated with essential tremor, a disorder which while not severe, affects the quality of life of those suffering from it, generally those over 60. One of the drugs that was, up to now, thought of...

L'amantadina, ineficaç contra el tremolor essencial

Researchers of the UAB Geology Departament, in collaboration with scientists from several European universities, have carried out a chemical analysis of calcite cement, one of the most common forms of cement found on detritital sedimentary rocks (rocks constituted by fragments) in three different areas of Catalonia.

Ciments de calcita: Anàlisi de tres zones de Catalunya

The economic value of a plant does not always overlap with its cultural value. In fact, they can be quite different. A group of researchers has developed a new method that allows to measure the cultural, practical, and economic value of plants. They have used that method to a research  to an indigenous group in the Bolivian Amazon.

Dones d'una tribu amazónica treballant artesanalment amb plantes

Increasing the performance of wastewater treatment plants

Wastewater treatment plants are currently one of the most important systems at hand to minimise the dumping of pollutants into the environment. One of the processes, which are used in these facilities, is what is known as EBPR (Enhanced Biological Phosphorus...

Imatge microscòpica d'aigues residuals