The magic barbecue (part 1)

The next time you find yourself near a barbecue, try to pay attention to what you see. It is a fascinating scientific process.


Why do some plants need fire to germinate?

In Mediterranean ecosystems, fires are quite frequent naturally and generate large open spaces ideal for the germination and growth of many Mediterranean plants

Pinoso (Alicante, Spain) soil one week after a fire in 2003

Ground fire

Understanding soil requires knowledge of particle aggregation. Fire affects aggregation by degrading the biological fraction, although low-intensity fire does not leave obvious signs in its wake.

A fire in a forest can easily turn into a burning house

Using fire to fight wildfires

Forests cover a large part of Catalonia (63%) and this means their management is critical to good spatial planning. Prescribed fires help prevent major wildfires, which have marked recent history, they also help to reintroduce a natural element in the Mediterranean forest: fire.

Javier Riera. Making off Fire 1, 2011.

When wildfires burn

[caption id="attachment_4954" align="alignleft" width="200"] Javier Riera. Making of Fire 1, 2011. Photograph on paper, variable dimensions. / In this Mètode monograph we see through the eyes of the artist Javier Riera (Avilés, 1964). In 2008, with extensive experience behind him, he exhibited at the Museo