Andalusian Envorinment Awards

Colleagues awarded

Juan Calderón Rubiales, former director of the Doñana Biological Reserve (EBD-CSIC) has been awarded in the last edition of the Environmental Awards of the Junta de Andalucía. Juan ("Perote"), retired now, developed his research and professional career during 40 years in Doñana. The jury has highlighted his contributions to the conservation of Doñana, his commitment, his capacity for consensus and his important contributions to knowledge in the defense and improvement of the environment. At the same time, the harbor of Sevilla has been awarded for its management of the sediments from the maintenance dredging of the Guadalquivir river. Using a protocol designed by Miguel Ferrer's team (EBD-CSIC), the creation of suitable habitats for the rest, reproduction and breeding of water birds and other species of interest has been achieved in sediment depots. It is highlighted that this project is an example of how the economic development of a region can be reconciled with the conservation of the environment as part of the emerging philosophy of "Working with nature". CONGRATULATIONS!!

Press release (Junta de Andalucía)



Back

Doñana’s Retuerta horse

Doñana's Retuerta horse

The Retuerta horse is mainly located in the Doñana National Park, specifically in the Doñana Biological Reserve, and in the Guadiamar Reserve. It counts with an approximate population of 300 horses. This specimen was used in the past by the people of Doñana as a work animal and as a means of transport, but, nowadays, this animal lives in the wild. In 2003, the population was sampled and its genetic profile and genetic distances facing other breeds were established. The genetic distance tree showed that the Retuerta horses formed a group genetically isolated from the eleven tested breeds. In addition, it was found that 31 of the specimens with biochemical markers were carriers of an allele of the esterase, the "m" allele, which was never previously described in other breeds. Furthermore, it was found in the Retuerta horses in a large proportion another allele of the esterase gene, the "L" allele, which found in a few horses around the world. informacion[at]ebd.csic.es: Calderón & Vega-Pla (2020) El caballo de las Retuertas de Doñana. Pp 256-279 En González-Madrid, R (ed) Doñana y su entorno como Zona Patrimonial. ERA/UPO


https://rio.upo.es/xmlui/bitstream/handle/10433/8486/12.%20Calderon_VegaPla.pdf?sequence=5&isAllowed=y