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UA is a privileged choice Ministry of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries of Mozambique


For the second consecutive year the University of Aveiro (UA) is a privileged choice of the Ministry of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries of the Government of Mozambique to provide specialized professional training in the area of ​​Maritime Spatial Planning.

During two weeks - from September 25 to October 10 - the 2nd Edition of the "Intensive Course on Training and Capacity Building in Maritime and Coastal Space Planning and Maps: methods and techniques" will be held under the coordination of Fátima Alves and Lisa Sousa from DAO and CESAM, with colaboration of other Professors and Researchers from DAO/CESAM, University of Santiago de Compostela and Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA).

More details in: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

PhD student awarded in Luxembourg


Tamiris Costa, PhD student at DAO and CESAM, was awarded with the "From PhD to apps" prize at the 2017 Life Cycle Management conference held in Luxembourg from 3 to 6 September. The distinction recognizes the high potential that the work presented "Environmental impacts of biomass-to-energy conversion technologies: grate boilers and fluidized bed boilers" offers in support of decision-making.

The paper addresses the environmental impacts of biomass energy conversion technologies: grids and fluidized beds. The use of forest biomass has great potential to contribute significantly to the production of electricity in Portugal and with substantially lower environmental impacts than current technologies.

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

Work developed by UA researchers in the area of ​​marine vertebrate conservation highlighted in Antena 1


Catarina Eira is one of the next researchers to be interviewed on the "90 Seconds of Science" program. The Biologist and Researcher at DBIO and CESAM explains this Tuesday, September 12, just before 7:00 p.m., to the microphones of Antena 1, all the work her team has developed in the area of ​​ cetaceans, seabirds and sea turtles conservation.

The emission is available on: http://www.90segundosdeciencia.pt,
More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....&lg=pt

Sea slug species survives without food by retaining chloroplasts from algae


A study published in the journal Scientific Reports (http://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-08002-0) by researchers Paulo Cartaxana and Sónia Cruz (DBio and CESAM), in co-authoring with the University of Copenhagen, shows that during periods of food shortage the photosynthesis of the cleptoplasts is important for the survival of Elysia viridis, a species of sea slug abundant on the Portuguese coast.

A restricted group of sea slugs is able to digest the macroalgae it feeds while integrating chloroplasts into its own cells. The process is called kyptoplasty (from the Greek "kleptein" - steal) and the stolen chloroplasts are called "kleptoplasts".

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

Ecology Day in Portugal - 14th September


CESAM, in collaboration with the DBIO, is associated to the celebrations of Ecology Day in Portugal, 14 September, promoting three initiatives:

- Visit: UA Herbarium - an unforgettable journey through the flora of Portugal
- Seminar: Marches of Baixo Vouga Lagunar (Ria de Aveiro) - its importance and changes consequences to the flora and fauna
- Workshop: CESAM - Studies on the ecological heritage of the LTER site Ria de Aveiro

Application forms:
- Visit: https://goo.gl/forms/rjCWZXCCmIkWE9jA2
- Seminar: https://goo.gl/forms/bnso6WCxsCDZRAmd2
- Workshop: https://goo.gl/forms/L7lfjYKrF5vJi92v2

Thank you so much for your participation!


Merit of Prof. Casimiro Pio recognized with the title "Honorary Scientific Coordinator of CESAM"


At its last plenary session (July 7), the CESAM Scientific Council decided, by acclamation, to award the Professor Casimiro Pio with the title of Honorary Scientific Coordinator of CESAM.
This title represents the recognition, by the integrated members of CESAM, of the exemplary course of Prof. Casimiro Pio in the construction and scientific coordination of this UA Research Unit since its inception. Casimiro Pio was recognized by its integrated and inclusive management of CESAM, based on transparency. Under its coordination, the Center achieved the reputation of excellence in the national panorama of the Research Units in the area of ​​the Environment and the Sea.


Carbon availability affects relevant microalgae activity in marine sediments


Sónia Cruz and Paulo Cartaxana, from the DBIO and CESAM, and Jorge Marques da Silva, from the University of Lisbon, advance with important conclusions about the peculiar carbon metabolism in benthic diatoms. The researchers conclude that the availability of carbon in these microalgae limits their photosynthesis, although they contain mechanisms that increase the carbon concentration in a key enzyme of photosynthetic activity, and determines complex vertical migratory behaviors of these cells.

This study gains particular relevance in the sense that the main source of inorganic carbon for plants and algae - CO2 - is produced and released by a number of human activities and leads to climate change.

The revision paper was published in the journal “Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences" and can be consulted in http://rstb.royalsocietypublis.....t/372/1728.

More details: https://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=51395

Member of CESAM participates in research on mysterious zone of fault Azores-Gibraltar


At Central Atlantic deep-sea, between the Azores and Gibraltar, there is a fault zone that results from the complex interaction between the African, Eurasian, and Iberian plates. It was in this seismic region, connecting the SWIM and Glória Faults, that took place an oceanographic expedition involving researchers from CESAM.

More details: https://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=51326

HALOFOOD Project highlighted in click emission


Elisabete Maciel postdoctoral researcher at DBio and CESAM and coordinator of the HALOFOOD Project, whose purpose is to use lipidomics as a tool to search for the appropriate place in Ria where halophytes growth more efficiently to produce good quality food for human consumption and livestock nutrition taking into account their content in lipid bioactive compounds. Lipids have nutritional and health benefits, with the potential of halophytes used to range towards new applications.

https://www.rtp.pt/play/p384/e298821/click  (after minute six)

New species of bacteria described by biologists of the DBIO / CESAM pays tribute to Prof. António Correia


A new species of bacteria, recently described by researchers from the DBIO and CESAM in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, was named Saccharospirillum correiae. The specific epithet correiae was attributed in honor of António Correia, a microbiologist and Professor at UA, who died in 2016. The bacterium is one of many new species that lives inside a common plant in the Ria de Aveiro, better known as white gram.

This honor wants to remember and highlight the contribution given by António Correia in research and teaching in the field of microbiology in Portugal. It is also a tribute from the research group coordinated by António Correia, MicroLab.

This study is available in the webpage do International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiologyhttp://ijs.microbiologyresearc.....m.0.001914

More details: https://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=51311