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Research work developed at Department of Biology and CESAM distinguished in international conference


Cátia Venâncio, a doctoral student in the Department of Biology, was awarded with the prize for best poster at the 10th Iberian and 7th Iberoamerican Conference on Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, held in Vila Real from 14 to 17 July, with a work that intended to evaluate the effects of increased salinity due to sea water intrusion, on the growth of four species of fungi, over several generations: Pleurotus sajor cashew, Phanaerochaete chrysosporium, Rhizopus oryzae, and Trametes versicolor.

This work was developed under the project SALTFREE - Prediction of salinization effects on coastal freshwater and soil ecosystems due to climate changes.

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

Researcher of CESAM / Department of Biology at UA turns international award into the public Prize " UA – BIO Somos Todos"


Milene Matos, researcher of CESAM / Department of Biology at UA, who won last year the international award "Terre de Femmes", decided to reverse this award to the public again through educational opportunities. Through a partnership between the UA and the promotional project of natural values ​​and sustainability " UA – BIO Somos Todos", coordinated by Milene Matos, the prize will ensure a grant corresponding to the fees of a Masters course at UA for two years. The Prize "UA – BIO Somos Todos" aims to contribute to the promotion and development of scientific research in the field of sustainability in its three components: environmental, economic and social. Specifically, it will distinguish a proposal for the master's level research work in the area of ​​sustainability, which stands out "by its innovative character, public utility, environmental benefits and potential for replication."

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Researchers from the Dep. of Mechanical Engineering and CESAM / Department of Chemistry at UA develop graphene tea to decontaminate heavy metals containing water


At first glance they look like tea bags. And they actually are. But they do not serve to make infusions but to decontaminate water contaminated with potentially toxic metals. Inside the bags, there is no leaves or flowers but graphene oxide. This graphene environmental application, developed by researchers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and CESAM /Department of Chemistry at UA, promises to help to solve the global problem of water contaminated with toxic metals that is daily released on aquatic systems. In fact the most advanced and expensive decontamination processes cannot achieve removal rates as high as those obtained by this infusion.
In addition to the ease of synthesis and low production cost, this system can be applied in locations without specific infrastructures for decontaminating waters.

More details in: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=43179

First account on the diversity of the Ophryotrocha genus marine worms (Annelida, Dorvilleidae) from a mammal-fall in the deep-Atlantic Ocean with the description of three new species


The CARCACE project research team of CESAM analyzed, for the first time, the Ophryotrocha worms assemblage associated with a mammal-fall in the deep-Atlantic Ocean. Specimens were collected from the bones of degrading cow carcasses deployed in the Setúbal canyon at approximately 1000 m depth. Using morphological characters and phylogenetic analyses based on the nuclear gene H3 performed on 31 Ophryotrocha species, the project research reported the presence of five different species, described three new species and extended the distribution of O. scutella. The results, published in Systematics and Biodiversity journal,substantially increase the number of deep Atlantic species in the genus Ophryotrocha and highlight the remarkable unknown diversity and biogeographic patterns hidden behind unstudied deep-sea habitats.

More details: https://uaonline.ua.pt/  

CESAM/UA biologists participate in cetacean census in the Portuguese coast


In the air census campaign for cetaceans held between 18 and 19 June, several species were seen by researchers and PhD students of DBio. Among these species are fin whales, minke whales, sperm whales, pilot whales, Risso's dolphin, ziphius, beaked whales, striped dolphin, and common and bottlenose dolphins. The Mission took place between 50 and 200 Nautical miles along the national coast and occurred in the framework of the Cooperation Protocol established by the LIFE + MARPRO between the Portuguese Air Force, UA, and Portuguese Wildlife Society. In the whole researchers saw 698 individuals belonging to those species.

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=42893

Ana Lillebø publishes book in the field of management of coastal waters and lagoons


Ana Lillebø, Assistant Researcher at the CESAM & Department of Biology, published the book Coastal Lagoons in Europe: Integrated Water Resource Strategies and gave an interview to the IWA Water Wiki. The book focuses on integrated management strategies seen in a land-sea and science-policy-stakeholder perspective. This book is one major result of the EU-FP7 LAGOONS research project (http://lagoons.web.ua.pt), coordinated by Ana Lillebø. The recommendations deriving from the project are presented in the book in an overall pan-European perspective. The book also contain key issues that should be considered by scientists, decision makers and managers in management of coastal lagoons. 

Mónica Amorim completes one year as president of SETAC Europe


Monica Amorim, researcher at CESAM and Department of Biology (DBio) at University of Aveiro, celebrates one year as president of SETAC (Society of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology) to Europe, one of the ecotoxicology societies with more expression worldwide.
In her message on the online newspaper SETAC–Globe (http://globe.setac.org/2015/ma.....ident.html), Monica Amorim refers as one of the fundamental aspects of her mandate the creation of SETAC Europe Certification of Environmental Risk Assessors Program (http://www.certification.setac.eu/?contentid=956), which accounts with some courses taught at the University of Aveiro.

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....mp;c=42768


Clara Grilo co-editor and e co-author of the book “Handbook of Road Ecology”


The book "Handbook of Road Ecology", released this month by Wiley Blackwell, brings together some of the leading researchers, academics and professionals in the field of road infrastructure. The challenge of the book, which has Clara Grilo, a post-doc researcher at CESAM/UA, as co-editor and co-author, is to improve the ecological sustainability of linear infrastructure that have negatively affected many animal populations and landscapes.

More details in: http://handbookofroadecology.org

CESAM develops drone to monitor forests health condition


It is the first time that a drone is prepared to monitor the health condition of forests. Developed at the University of Aveiro, this technology coupled with the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) allows the evaluation of the impact degree of various stress factors in a forest area, caused by the lack of water or nutrients, or caused by diseases or insects and fungi attack. This project aimed primarily to change the paradigm of the monitoring of forests, which is time consuming when performed by technicians in the field, being already thought to be at the service of agricultural applications.
The project coordinator, Jan Jacob Keizer, CESAM researcher was in RTP2 Civil Society program explaining the LUNA project.

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Director of CESAM considered an outstanding reviewer of Atmosferic Environment journal


Atmospheric Environment is the international journal for scientists in different disciplines related to atmospheric composition and its impacts. The journal publishes scientific articles with atmospheric relevance of emissions and depositions of gaseous and particulate compounds, chemical processes and physical effects in the atmosphere, as well as impacts of the changing atmospheric composition on human health, air quality, climate change, and ecosystems.