Researchers from the University of Málaga have designed the first European soil biodiversity digital map. The information it contains can be useful when making decisions about the soil by helping to manage it in a sustainable way and to optimize its use. It can be consulted on the site of the European Environment Agency.
A company from Málaga, Evovelo, has created the first solar car that is going to be launched into the market. It was designed for short journeys within the city. It can reach a speed of 50 kilometres per hour and its autonomy is between 50 and 90 kilometres. The first units will be sold in several parts of the world in 2018.
A team from the University of Jaén has discovered a bacterium, Klebsiella 3S1, which is able to remove lead, zinc and silver from wastewater. The group has created a biofilter made from these microorganisms that can retain those materials which become contaminating and harmful, especially to animals and, by extension, to humans. In addition, the process recovers metal nanoparticles, in particular silver, that can be used in biomedicine and nanotechnology.
The World Olive Germplasm Bank, situated in Cordoba, conserves all the varieties of olive tree in the world in its facilities. In the centre you can find 900 different olive trees from 26 different countries who work both to preserve their biodiversity, and to research genetic improvement in this crop.