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Documentary on Biodiversity on TV (RTP2)

Four videos about the Biodiversity of the Ria de Aveiro and the surrounding area, produced by the University of Aveiro (UA) within the CESAM Project 'do Ar à Água'. 

Viajantes do Ar: https://vimeo.com/100140108   
Nascer na Ria: https://vimeo.com/100150805   
A Cegonha-branca: https://vimeo.com/100150808   
A Ria por Dentro: https://vimeo.com/100150807
CESAM project highlighted in Expoforest 2014

Expoforest, held from the 21st to 23rd  May 2014, in São Paulo, Brazil , is a forestry trade fair focused on machinery, equipment, supplies and technology focused on the production of wood from planted forests and, in particular, eucalyptus.
GeoAtributo, the current coordinator of the LUNA project in which CESAM participates, is present at the Fair,  focusing on the innovative scheme developed within this project.
The LUNA (ALow-flying UNmanned Aerial forest monitoring system) is an information system, fed by various sources using different types of sensors equipped on unmanned aerial vehicles, which allow obtaining accurate, dynamic and relevant information monitoring plant growth, pests and diseases, emergence of invasive species, as well as the occurrence of early mortality of trees. This system is under development, involving research institutions and private companies, with a strong emphasis on scientific development and innovation .

CESAM young biologist wins European award for nature conservation

Milene Matos, researcher in CESAM, has just won a European award by EUROPARC Federation in cooperation with the Alfred Toepfer Foundation, entitled "Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships", which aims reward young conservationists proven in the field of nature conservation, particularly in protected areas of Europe. 
This is the first time that this award is given to a Portuguese conservationist.
Additional details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

DBIO & CESAM researcher elected president of SETAC Europe 2014-2015

Mónica Amorim took over as president of SETAC (Society of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology) for Europe on May 14, 2014. 
SETAC is one of the ecotoxicology societies with higher expression in the world, with more than 2,200 members in Europe amongst scientists from academia, industry and government. SETAC-Europe has a leadership composed of 15 elements, derived in equal parts from academia, industry and government agencies in several countries in Europe.
More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

Phage therapy on TV

TV show "Mentes que brilham" presents interview with the Project IR, CESAM member Adelaide Almeida.



TPEA Project Showcase at the European Maritime Day 2014

During the Celebration of the European Maritime Day (19 and 20 May), in Bremen, Germany, will be promoted the public presentation of the results of the 'Transboundary Planning in the European Atlantic (TPEA)' project, in which CESAM participates.
TPEA project, co-funded by DG MARE, is developing a commonly-agreed approach to cross-border Maritime Spatial Planning in the European Atlantic region and examines critical elements of the planning process in the context of legal and policy frameworks, participatory approaches and technical considerationsestablishment of the Maritime Spatial Policy.
More details: http://www.dgpm.mam.gov.pt/Pag.....

CESAM research highlighted in the daily newspaper 'Publico'

An article in the newspaper 'Público' highlights the importance of trophic cascades associated with temporary organic sources on the ocean, like logs of wood or animal carcasses, to study marine communities.
The Chemeco (EU) and Carcace projects (FCT), the latter coordinated by the CESAM researcher Ana Hilario, are referred as case studies of ecosystems constituted in the ocean from deposited organic matter.
Article: http://www.publico.pt/ciencia/...../0 data-mce-mark="1"> 

Cocktails of pesticides are harming the soils health

Cocktails of pesticides, used in agriculture to fight pests, are causing harmful effects on organisms that regenerate the terrestrial ecosystem and, therefore, are undermining the health of Portuguese soils. This is the main conclusion drawn by team of CESAM biologists that examined the effects of mixtures of pesticides, used on a large scale throughout Europe, in organisms that are damaged by the chemicals action. Without them, and consequently without the crucial role they have in organic matter decomposition and redistribution of nutrients, agricultural soils can not stay healthy.
More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

CESAM team studies the mitigation of soil erosion that occurs after forest fires

UA in the largest European project on soil degradation in Europe

Nobody knows what  is the health state of Portuguese soils. For certain, the variety and intensity of threats are enormous. Among the culprits, desertification and land impermeabilization  appear to head a long list of phenomena. To assess for the first time the state of the national soil, identifying and studying phenomena that affect them and develop innovative solutions to prevent, in the long term, the country's south region - mainly - to become an arid desert, a team of researchers from the UA have rolled up their sleeves. The mission of Portuguese scientists is part of RECARE project, the EU largest project aiming for the prevention and remediation of soil degradation in Europe, is officially launched on April 1 and has a multidisciplinary team of researchers from 27 European organizations.
More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....mp;c=37876

Project RECARE joins the local population and agents in the initiative "Planting Caramulo"

On March 22, 2014, CESAM researchers participated in the 'Planting Caramulo' initiative, sponsored by the city of Viseu in conjunction with other local and regional entities.
Agents and local communities joined forces in a voluntary movement to plant 10,000 trees (mountain oak and birch) to restore some of the public lands that were affected by large forest fires that consumed more than 9,000 acres of forest in the Caramulo mountain range during the summer of 2013. These fires triggered not only the loss of human lives but also large environmental and socioeconomic impacts. In the joint area of St. John 's and Mount Mosteirinho' Parishes, one of the areas of study of the RECARE project around 600 trees were planted with great enthusiasm despite adverse weather conditions.
The initiative was a huge success, with more than 1,000 volunteers and local organizations, schools and citizens associations, thus  demonstrating awareness of the local actors to direct and indirect impacts of forest fires and the need to implement solutions to rehabilitate burned areas and mitigate soil degradation.
Additional information: http://www.cm-tondela.pt/plantarocaramulo/ ou http://cmtv.sapo.pt/atualidade.....amulo.html