In Montilla, Cordova, Robles Winery has been declared a model of environmental care in Spain. It’s the first winery in Spain to calculate its carbon footprint according to the CO2 emitted during production, a rate that is reducing every year. This winery has also been a pioneer in the production of organic wines with the Montilla-Moriles Certificate of Origin, maintaining the natural connection between the land, the vineyard and its surroundings.
The University of Cordova has discovered a new way of ensuring that vegetables for use in baby food don’t contain more nitrates than permitted. With NIRS technology, they are able to monitor the level of nitrates, either in the plantation itself or after harvesting. Nitrates are naturally present in vegetables, but there are health regulations to determine the level permitted for consumption, as when they exceed a certain amount they are considered to be carcinogenic.
The universities of Almeria and Valencia are celebrating, as their botanists have just introduced the scientific world to a new type of vascular plant, which represents one of the most notable discoveries in Spanish flora in recent years. In the Sierra de Gador mountains in Almeria, The Naturalist Association of Almeria found a species that they were unable to identify. They sent samples to Juan Mota, a Botany professor at the University of Almeria and Jaime Güemes, a conservator of the University of Valencia Botanic Gardens, who, after years of study, have identified the new plant: the Gadoria falukei.