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CESAM participates in international project on the degradation of Mediterranean ecosystems

CESAM researchers will participate in an international project involving 14 research institutions from nine European countries on factors and measures to prevent the degradation of ecosystems driest in Europe. The project "CASCADE - Catastrophic Shifts in drylands: How can we Prevent ecosystem degradation" is funded by the 7th FP of the European Union, and the Serra do Caramulo will be the Portuguese case study.
The aim of CASCADE is to obtain a better understanding of sudden ecosystem shifts that may lead to major losses in biodiversity and ecosystem services, and to define measures that can be used to prevent such shifts. The focus of CASCADE is explicitly on drylands as being one of the most fragile and threatened ecosystems in South Europe.

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/detail.asp?c=23132

Researchers of CESAM/UA help to protect the Iberian red deer

Under the
joint efforts for the implementation of a genetic analysis on the population of Iberian deer, agreed in 2010, among UA and the Spanish universities of Cordoba and Extremadura, Carlos Fonseca, researcher of CESAM/UA, has presented to members of the National Commission on Certification of Trophies, at the end of January, the procedure used in Spain and the genetic test results carried out so far.
The goal is to officially incorporate the test application in Portugal during the approval process of trophies and thus helping to preserve the genetics of Iberian red deer.

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=23103

Paper published by CESAM's researchers distinguished by Global Medical Discovery

The paper published by CESAM's researchers
"Novel gene cassettes and integrons in antibiotic-resistant bacteria isolated from urban wastewaters," reporting the diversity of mechanisms of antibiotics resistance in wastewater, was recently honored as of special interest by Global Medical Discovery.

More details: http://www.cienciahoje.pt/inde.....amp;op=all

Paper download: http://www.sciencedirect.com/s.....0811001872

Members of CESAM develop innovative technical analysis on food quality

A team of researchers of UA, which included members of CESAM, developed an innovative method for assessing the level of microbiological and chemical contamination of solid food which is more effective, fast, simple and cheap than the normal procedures.

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=23045

Marie Curie action on corals research coordinated by CESAM

João Serôdio, member of CESAM and professor of DBio, will coordinate a Marie Curie action IRSES (International Research Staff Exchange Scheme) funded by the EU-FP7 People Programme. The project SYMBIOCoRe (SYnergies through Merging Biological and Biogeochemical expertise in Coral Research) involves universities and research institutes from six countries, providing the mobility of 35 researchers.
The main objective of the project is the formation of a multidisciplinary network, bringing together several skills to improve the understanding of the key role of the symbiosis between an animal species (cnidarian) and a unicellular microalgae (zooxantela) in the long-term maintenance of diversity and productivity of coral reefs.

Additional details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/detail.asp?c=23011&lg=pt

CESAM researcher reveals unknown world in Antarctic waters

Hydrothermal vents and
 their communities of organisms, located at 2340 meters depth, along the east coast of Antarctica, revealed a new world  that reconfigures what is known about this type of ecosystems. The paper co-authored by the researcher of CESAM, Ana Hilario, was published online in the journal "PLoS Biology" and has been highlighted in national and international media.

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News in "DN" newspaper: http://www.dn.pt/inicio/cienci.....id=2221642

The prevalence of asthma, allergic rhinitis and wheeze in children have increased since 2006. A study by researchers of CESAM, recently published in "Revista Portuguesa de Pneumologia", identifie the risk factors associated with respiratory diseases.

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Paper in the most cited list in the journal "Progress in Oceanography"

This paper is a review of the Iberian Upwelling Ecosystem dynamics, written by several researchers of Portuguese and Spanish institutions, in which are discussed the main features of the circulation, and the challenges and questions that must be addressed in order to arrive at a satisfactory understanding and predictive capability for the system as a whole.

Relvas P., Barton E.D., Dubert J., Oliveira P.B., Peliz A., da Silva J.C.B., Santos A.M.P. Physical oceanography of the western Iberia ecosystem: Latest views and challenges (2007) Progress in Oceanography, 74 (2-3), pp. 149-173.

New IPCC report on risk management and adaptation to climate change

The  Summary  for  Policymakers  of  the  Special  Report  on Managing  the  Risks  of  Extreme  Events  and  Disasters  to  Advance  Climate  Change  Adaptation (SREX) was approved on 18/11/11 by member governments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The report examines how disaster risk management and adaptation to climate change can reduce exposure and vulnerability to weather and climate events and thus reduce disaster risk, as well as increase resilience to the risks that cannot be eliminated.

CESAM's researcher is the author of one of the most downloaded papers in the European Journal of Wildlife Research

paper by Prof. Carlos Fonseca and co-authors entitled "Habitat selection and abundance of common genets Genetta genetta using camera capture-mark-recapture data", and published in European Journal of Wildlife Research, is amongst the ten most downloaded papers published during 2010.
This paper emphasizes that  the use of camera capture-mark-recapture data technique is  a  reliable  method  for  assessing  average  genet density over large spatial scales and for monitoring future changes in genet numbers.