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CESAM researcher, Regina Duarte, appointed as national representative of the COST action 'Emergence and Evolution of Complex Chemical Systems'

This COST Action aims to establish Europe as a world-leader in the emerging area of complex chemical systems, by bringing together these research fields. Main objectives are to develop far-from-equilibrium self-assembly and self-replicating systems, self-assembling and reproducing compartments, and the use of information-rich molecules in these contexts. The approach to these subjects is inherently multidisciplinary and will only be possible by combining the expertise of different theoretical and experimental research groups around Europe

More details about this COST action: http://www.cost.eu/domains_act.....ons/CM1304

The role of water in local and regional development under discussion at the 5th Aqua Forum

The role of water in local and regional development is the focus of the 5th Aqua Forum, taking place 17-20 of September in various locations in the region of Aveiro. This meeting brings together the regions and entities participating in the European project Aqua-Add - 'Deploying the added value of water in local and regional development'. The UA, through CESAM, is a partner in this project.

More details:http://www.aqua-add.eu/docs/Aqua_add_NL5.pdf

Sustainable fishing in national TV (RTP2) show 'Sociedade Civil'

Ana Marçalo, from CESAM and DBio participated in the tv programme Sociedade Civil, on September 11, under the theme 'sustainable fishing'. In this show the Biologist presented the Good Practice Handbooks for the several Portuguese fishing methods, published under the scope of the project Life+ MARPRO - Protected Marine Species Conservation in Portugal.
Watch the show: http://www.rtp.pt/play/p1043/e.....

Jan Keizer is the researcher of the month

Jan Keizer has mainly been working on hydrology and soil erosion (sensu latu), with a special focus on post-fire erosion. His research team, recently coined as “earth surface processes team” (www.cesam.ua.pt/teamsite), currently comprises 24 people.

Read more: http://www.ua.pt/research/PageText.aspx?id=17417

Biological Carbon can be an ally to farmers in fighting climate change

Research in CESAM, conducted in cooperation with the Bairrada wine Station shows that the biological carbon (biochar) can be an important ally to help the agricultural sector to address the adverse effects of climate change. This work was highlighted in the RTP program 'Bom Dia Portugal' of August 30, 2013.


Smoke from forest fires has carcinogenic particles

The smoke from forest fires is highly dangerous to public health. The alert from CESAM refers the dangers arising from the mix of gases and particles emitted by fires. The latter, ultrathin in their nature, have a enormous capacity to penetrate into the alveoli carrying out carcinogenic compounds, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. The study, led by researcher Célia Alves, also concludes that, in addition to the human health damage, forest fires smoke contributes significantly to climate change.

Researcher of DBIO and CESAM integrates an European project on nanotechnology

Mónica Amorim, researcher at the Department of Biology and CESAM, in the area of ​​ nanomaterials toxicology, is the principal investigator of the Portuguese team of an European Project recently approved under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7).
The project "Sustainable SUN-Nanotechnologies," will begin later this year, in the area of nanotechnology, and has an overall budget of about eleven million. Coordinated by the University ca 'Foscari Venice, Italy, it is a "Large-scale Integrating Collaborative Project" and involves 35 partners from 16 European countries.
More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....mp;c=35370


SIC highlights environmental impacts of fires

The research work done by a CESAM team about the environmental impacts of forest fires, respecting soil erosion and contamination of watersheds was highlighted in SIC.


Researchers from University of Aveiro and CESAM describe findings in environmental research

Published in Life Science Weekly, August 20th, 2013

According to news originating from Aveiro, Portugal, changes in the transcription of selected genes in fish can be used as indicators of the sublethal impact of metals. In this study, head kidney cells of Sparus aurata (Gilthead sea bream) were exposed to copper in vitro to evaluate steroidogenic andimmune functions by measuring changes in gene transcription of steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (StAR) and in cytokines, respectively.
Paper: Teles M., Castillo J., Pacheco M., Santos M.A., Tort L. (2013) IN VITRO EXPOSURE TO COPPER INDUCED CHANGES IN IMMUNE AND STEROIDOGENIC GENE EXPRESSION IN SPARUS AURATA HEAD KIDNEY CELLS. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 22(2), 357-361.

Sea Life KC Aquarium joining efforts to end cyanide fishing

The Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium is joining a new effort to end a poisonous and destructive form of fishing called cyanide fishing. Any new fish headed to 49 Sea Life Aquariums across the world will now be tested for cyanide poisoning at Portugal's University of Aveiro.

More details: http://www.kctv5.com/story/229.....