Biologists at the University of Aveiro participate in aerial census of cetaceans
Biologists at the University of Aveiro (UA), Department of Biology (DBIO) and the Center for Research and Rehabilitation of Marine Animals (CPRAM), participated in the cetaceans aerial census campaigns integrated in SCANS III project, held between the 6th and July 14, and attended by the biologists team of LIFE + project MarPro, coordinated by Catarina Eira, a researcher at the DBIO and CESAM, and by biologists of CPRAM-ECOMARE team.
The study area covers the entire continental shelf of the European Atlantic from the Strait of Gibraltar to Norway. Simultaneously, they are operating three ships dedicated to monitoring offshore areas and seven aircraft that will sample the area of the continental shelf. In this campaign and for the Iberian Peninsula were sampled 75 routes from the Strait of Gibraltar to the border with the South of France.
During this work 376 sightings of cetaceans groups were made, totalling 3870 individuals, with six individual sightings of common turtles.
For more information about the SCANS III, visit the official page of SCANS III project.
Air quality forecast system is now more complete
A dispersion forecasting module in the national territory of desert dust, coming from North Africa, was recently integrated in air quality forecasting system developed under a partnership between the Portuguese Environment Agency and the University of Aveiro (UA) – more precisely, the GEMAC research group of the Department of Environment and Planning. Accordingly, it is possible to make and integrate the forecasting of these natural events, so frequent in Portugal, allowing warnings to the population and avoiding health problems: http://previsao-qar.web.ua.pt/.
In addition, summer and the desired sunny days can have a drawback: the quality of the air these days is not always the best ... Nonetheless, with the help of GEMAC Group of DAO/UA, it is possible to predict the quality of the air.
The usefulness of this service, with benefits for the general population, could be of particular interest to the most sensitive groups. This is the case of children, the elderly, asthmatics and people with allergies, respiratory diseases or heart problems.
More details in: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....&lg=pt
HidroRia: an application to not run aground in the Ria de Aveiro
It is possible to accurately predict the tides of the Ria de Aveiro. Developed at the University of Aveiro to facilitate fishermen navigation, sightseeing agents or any 'sailor' the estuary, the HidroRia application allows for the first time and through a smartphone, an updated forecast of the tides in real time for the main channels of the lagoon. The new app, whose predictions are made independently without access to mobile networks, will allow to avoid the frequent strandings due to increased tidal range and siltation of few channels, including those that access to marinas and fisheries.
Developed by researchers João Miguel Dias, Ana Picado, Carina Lopes and Renato Mendes, the Center for Estuarine modeling and Coastal Department of Physics (DFIs) and CESAM, the HidroRia want to pay a service to users of the Ria de Aveiro that "face enormous difficulties of navigation through various channels of the lagoon."
The predictions made by HidroRia application are based on current observations of tide performed in several permanent sampling stations distributed across the main channels of the lagoon and whose data were collected in the Hydrodynamics Monitoring project of Ria de Aveiro running by the Port of Aveiro.
More details in:
Dia do CESAM 2016
No passado dia 8 de Julho foi comemorado o Dia do CESAM com um almoço partilhado no espaço relvado situado entre os dois edifícios do DAO. Este ano contámos com a presença de um instrutor de Tai Chi do Instituto Confúcio da UA para nos orientar numa sessão ‘ZEN’ de 30 minutos.
O evento contou também com o gentil patrocínio da CAVE CENTRAL DA BAIRRADA e do CAFÉ DEL ART.
The UA spin-off DNA TRUSTAG was awarded with the Seal of Excellence by the European Commission within the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (SME instrument). The seal certifies the innovative character and commercialization potential of the technology developed by the CESAM researchers Newton Gomes and Francisco Coelho, in the Laboratory for Molecular Studies of Marine Environments (LEMAM).
The technological platform of DNA TRUSTAG enables cost-effective and scalable production of unique DNA tags (impossible to forge), which generate reading signals similar to a barcoded label. The DNA tags are then used to mark and authenticate raw materials and a range of products directly in the production line. DNA TRUSTAG company was founded in January 2016 with the objective to help European and worldwide knowledge-based companies, to protect their intellectual property and fight against the attractiveness of a 'look-alike product' with a cheap price.
More details in: https://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=47188&lg=pt
Rita Bicho was awarded the Best Poster Award in Sciences for the poster:
Bicho, RC, Gonçalves, M., Amorim, MJB (2016) Development of novel tools for environmental health assessment - fast screening for long term effects.
presented at the Research Day 2016, held at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, June 15, 2016.
Rita is a PhD student at CESAM, and has been developing research in the area environmental health assessment in the Stress Biology Group (Ecotoxicogenomics Lab). She has recently published the work presented, e.g. Bicho R.C., Santos F.C.F., Goncalves M.F.M., Soares A.M.V.M., Amorim M.J.B. (2015) Enchytraeid Reproduction Test(PLUS): hatching, growth and full life cycle test-an optional multi-endpoint test with Enchytraeus crypticus. Ecotoxicology. 24, 5, 1053-1063.
O kick off meeting do projeto ERA NET SIIN NanoFARM- Fate and Effects of Agriculturally Relevant Materials decorreu na Universidade de Aveiro, nos dias 6 e 8 de junho. Susana Loureiro (coordenadora UA, departamento de biologia) e Sónia Rodrigues (departamento de química) organizaram a reunião que decorreu no CESAM e onde participaram igualmente os parceiros das Universidades de Carnegie Mellon (Greg Lowry, coordenador NanoFARM), Kentucky (Jason Unrine) e Vienna (Frank von der Kammer). Estiveram igualmente presentes como observadores, investigadores do NERC, UK (Steve Lofts e Marianne Matzke).
O projeto NanoFARM tem como objetivo estudar o comportamento de nanoagroquímicos em solos, e relacionar essas características com os potenciais efeitos e riscos para o ambiente. O projeto terá uma duração de 36 meses e espera fornecer informações cruciais que permitam utilizar a nanotecnologia a favor da sustentabilidade da produtividade agrícola, extremamente necessária num contexto de crescimento exponencial da população mundial.
Mais informação em: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....
A Univesidade de Aveiro (UA) esteve presente na componente expositiva Oceans Business Week que decorreu no Centro de Congressos de Lisboa, de 2 a 4 de junho, dando conta das suas competências ao nível da investigação e desenvolvimento na área do mar e da economia do Mar. Tratou-se de um evento organizado pela Fundação AIP em parceria com o Ministério do Mar e com o alto patrocínio do Presidente da República.
O stand UA deu evidência à estruturas institucionais da UA que atuam nesse âmbito: Aveiro Institute for Marine Science and Technology (AIMARE), Plataforma Tecnológia do Mar, ECOMARE e Centro de Estudos do Ambiente e do Mar (CESAM) - laboratório associado - e suas valências.
Em exposição estiveram alguns exemplares resultantes da investigação da UA no mar profundo, como exemplos do vasto campo de abrangência da UA ao nível do mar.
Mais informação em: https://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=46587
As a result from ICFC2015 International Conference on Food Contaminants: challenges in chemical mixtures, the book “Food Contaminants and Human Health – challenges in chemical mixtures” is now available including some extended abstracts written by some invited speakers and also the abstracts presented at the conference.
This Conference was organized by Paula Alvito and Ricardo Assunção, CESAM members from INSA, and Susana Loureiro (department of biology & CESAM, University of Aveiro) was one of the invited speakers, along with the participation of several other CESAM members, whose contributions are also available in this book.
The book can be assessed through the repository of the National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge at http://repositorio.insa.pt//handle/10400.18/3214.
The Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas is an effort by the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission to raise awareness about the importance of soil biodiversity. It comprises 180 pages with amazing photos, maps, charts, statistics, and shared information that scientists, educators, policy makers, and non-specialists alike can use as a toolkit for knowing and understanding soil biodiversity globally. Key messages of the Atlas are:
• Soil biodiversity is extremely diverse in shapes, colours, sizes and functions.
• Soil biodiversity supports many services essential to human beings: plant growth, water and climate regulation, and disease control, among others.
• Soil biodiversity is increasingly under threat due to several pressures acting on soils.
• Interventions to reduce the impact of threats to soil biodiversity are available and should be widely adopted.
• Policies to protect and value soil biodiversity are still at an early stage and need to be further developed.
Out of the 94 authors from across the world, four are CESAM researchers at the UA. Ana Catarina Bastos and Susana Loureiro from the applied Ecology and Ecotoxicology R&D group (applEE) in the Biology Department, contributed with expertise on environmental biotechnology, including biomonitoring and bioremediation, as provisioning services of soil biodiversity. Frank Verheijen and Jacob Keizer from the Earth Surface Processes (ESP) lab in the Department of Environment & Planning, contributed with expertise about wildfire as a threat to soil biodiversity, and fire management as a way of benefiting soil biodiversity.