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Book for children on Buçaco Forest

The CESAM researcher responsible for the educational service on Bussaco Forest Foundation, Milene Matos, is one of the authors of a book for children published recently by Editions Flushing with support of the Biology Department of the UA. In "Os Duendes na Mata do Bussaco" co-authored by Lídia Dias, the researcher was responsible the scientific review and illustrations.
More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/detail.asp?c=24409

CESAM researchers discover four new species to science

The Researchers of the CESAM Ana Rodrigues, Victor Quintino e Roberto Martins discovered four new species of Polychaetes in samples collected along the Portuguese Continental Shelf. The species belong to the Lumbrineridae family and were named as Lumbrineris lusitanica, distributed along the western and southern Portuguese shelf; L. pinaster e L. luciliae more restricted to the southern shelf and Gallardoneris iberica also distributed mainly along the southern areas of the shelf. The genus Gallardoneris was only known for the Pacific being this the first time to be referred for the Atlantic.
The work was developed in cooperation with Luis Carrera-Parra from ECOSUR, México – an international recognized specialist for the taxonomy of the Lumbrineridae family. The results from this research appeared in the international journal Zootaxa.

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/detail.asp?c=24419&lg=pt
SIC Notícias: http://sicnoticias.sapo.pt/vida/article1644113.ece

CESAM participates in the study about the EPAL vulnerabilities

There is
now a broad scientific consensus that climate change caused by the intensification of the anthropogenic greenhouse effect has already had impacts on the natural environment and that those impacts will be worse over the century. One of the most vulnerable sectors to climate change in countries of southern Europe is the water resources sector
In the context of the project "ADAPTACLIMA-EPAL",
CESAM researchers participate in the study to provide to the Empresa Portuguesa das Águas Livres (EPAL) an adaptation strategy in the medium and long term to reduce the vulnerabilities of their activities to climate change.

More details: http://siam.fc.ul.pt/adaptacli.....mp;lang=pt e http://www.cienciahoje.pt/inde.....amp;op=all

Leiden ranking highlights the good performance of UA

According to the criteria of Leiden ranking, the UA
is the Portuguese university that achieves a higher impact with their scientific output  in the period 2011/2012, repeating the top position in the Times Higher Education ranking made in October last year. Moreover, the Leiden ranking highlights the good performance of Portuguese universities, even in the international context.

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/detail.asp?c=23722&lg=pt

Land underground insect discovered by CESAM researcher

The largest underground insect in Europe has been discovered in Algarve by the Portuguese biologist of CESAM Sofia Reboleira. Known as ‘peixinhos-de-prata' ou 'traças-dos-livros, the insect has the scientific name of Squamatinia Algharbica and "has the distinction of being the largest underground insect in Europe and the second largest silverfish in the world."

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/detail.asp?c=23687

Electronic Tongue developed at CESAM

electronic Tongue, developed by the researcher Alisa Rudnitskaya, allows, within five to ten minutes, for  the detection of organic and inorganic compounds, such as transition metals, in food, without using laboratory and technical expertise. The analysis is used to rapidly detect if these compounds exceed the human body tolerated levels.

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....amp;c=9604 and http://www.cienciahoje.pt/inde.....amp;op=all

CESAM researcher appointed as national representative of the COST action "Biochar as option for sustainable resource management "

This COST Action connects scattered European Biochar research to enable quick implementation of intelligent material flow management systems, to maintain or improve soil quality while efficiently sequestering carbon in the long-term.
Thus, this COST action (2012/16) aims at coordinating European Biochar research, bringing together researchers, stakeholders and potential users from EU and candidate countries. Four working groups will focus on (i) Biochar production and characterisation, (ii) land use implementation, (iii) economic analysis including life cycle assessment and (iv) environmental impact assessment.

More details about this COST action: http://www.cost.eu/domains_act.....ons/TD1107

Researchers of CESAM facilitate the search of bioactive compounds

Researchers of CESAM recently published in PLoS ONE a paper on bioprospection of marine invertebrates that may help other investigators to redirect the research of new bioactive compounds for taxonomic groups or untapped geographical sources.

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

Scientist of CESAM helps to uncover 4 species of insects in the deepest cave on Earth

primitive insects have no wings or eyes, and were discovered almost two km deep in the deepest cave on Earth. The four new insect species, never before seen by human eyes, were found by Ana Sofia Reboleira, researcher of CESAM and DBio, in the cave Krubera-Vorónia with 2191 meters deep, located in the region of Abkhazia near the Black Sea.

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/detail.asp?c=23198 and http://www.cienciahoje.pt/inde.....amp;op=all

Cover page with photograph taken by CESAM member

cover page of the latest issue of Invertebrate Systematics (vol. 25, No. 5 of 2012) is an underwater photograph by Carlos J. Moura, a member of CESAM. This was taken at a depth of 10 meters in Berlengas archipelago. The marine animal represented - Lafoea dumosa - is a morphologically simple colonial invertebrate of the class Hydrozoan, Phylum Cnidaria.
The paper entitled "Polyphyly and cryptic diversity in the hydrozoan families and Lafoeidae Hebellidae (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa)", authored by several members of CESAM, was published in this issue of Invertebrate Systematics and
presents a genetic and morphological study applied to hydrozoans. The most relevant findings include the discovery of new species and the revealation of profound errors of nomenclature and taxonomic organization.