Natural Sciences

Biodiversity is key for the fertility and productivity of arid ecosystems

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A Spanish and French team of researchers including Universidad de Alicante (UA) researcher Santiago Soliveres, members of the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, the National Agronomy Research Institute of France (INRA) and the Spanish National Research Council, has studied the multiple facets of vegetable biodiversity in 123 arid and semi-arid ecosystems across the planet. The results, which are compiled in an article published in journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS) show the importance of species with scarce presence and their evolutive history to maintain land fertility and productivity in arid areas around the world. Read More

Researchers discover the connection that enables bilateral visual coordination in mammals

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The laboratory of researcher Eloísa Herrera, of the Institute of Neurosciences, mixed centre of University Miguel Hernández (UMH) of Elche and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), has discovered that, during the development of the brain’s visual areas, the two retinas communicate with each other temporarily through nervous projections. This connection is important for the representation in the visual cortex of the two images from the eyes to be done in a synchronised way and perfectly aligned, which ensures they can merge coherently. Read More