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The Cooperative Study on Prevention and Treatment of Neurological Disorders by Medicinal Plants

On July 12 and 13 we had a visit from an official Chinese delegation at the University of Minho, related to the SINO-PT Project, "The Cooperative Study on Prevention and Treatment of Neurological Disorders by Medicinal Plants", jointly funded by FCT and MOST (Ministry of Science and Technology of China).

This visit included an elite Chinese group, including representatives of Southwest Medical University (SWMU, Sichuan, China), from the Chinese Ministry of Health, as well as a large representation of the Chengdu Federation of Industry and Commerce which included several companies from the Sichuan province.

During the visit, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between UMinho and SWMU, and the "SINO-PT Research Center for Medicinal and Food Plant Resources" was inaugurated at IB-S. At this ceremony were present, among others, Professor Rui Vieira de Castro (Rector of UMinho), Dr. Ricardo Rio (Mayor of Braga), Professor Manuela Corte-Real (President of ECUM), Dr. Wang Lei (representing the Chinese Embassy), Professor Yanzheng He (President of SWMU) and Dr .Shen (Director General of Sichuan province).

The ?SINO-PT Research Center for medicinal and food plant resources? intends to be an international cooperation Center, devoted to food and herbal medicine R&D, product and registration, Chinese herbal medicine planting, joint postgraduate training, and talent Exchange.


Mafalda Almeida was awarded the prize Prof. Doutor Amândio Tavares for best oral presentation

Mafalda Almeida, master student of Molecular Genetics, was awarded the prize Prof. Doutor Amândio Tavares for best oral presentation in the XLII Portuguese Genetics Conference by “Sociedade Portuguesa de Genética” (SPG) with the talk: M Almeida, T Rito, T Shoeib, D Vieira, A Brandão, S Moreira, J Guimarães, A Azevedo, B Yao, F Gandini, M Pala, L Pereira, S Oppenheimer, MB Richards, P Soares. The genetic impact of the foraging-based “Coastal Neolithic” and Rice Neolithic in Mainland Southeast Asia.

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GREENFEST Braga 1st edition

GREENFEST Braga 1st edition took place from 1-3 of June in the renovated Forum Braga. GREENFEST is the largest sustainability event in Portugal where is celebrated the best that is done in the Environmental, Social, Economic and Cultural aspects. It is a platform for sharing ideas, experiences and best practices, addressing current trends and contributing to greater visibility of projects and initiatives of companies, institutions and citizens who care about the future. The University of Minho and the IB-S Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio Sustainability were partners of GREENFEST in its 1st edition in Braga.

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Seminário "Nau da Biodiversidade”


Seminário  "Nau da Biodiversidade”, é organizado pelo Laboratório de Biologia Costeira da Universidade do Minho em parceria com o CBMA (Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental),IB-S (Instituto da Ciência e Inovação para a Bio-Sustentabilidade) e o Mosteiro de Tibães. Este seminário decorrerá no dia 16 de Junho de 2018 no IB-S (Instituto da Ciência e Inovação para a Bio-Sustentabilidade), do campus de Gualtar. 

Laboratório de Biologia  Costeira  tem como objetivo principal dar a conhecer o património natural português e as diferentes abordagens científicas e didáticas em volta do mesmo. Pretende ainda reunir investigadores, estudantes, professores e entusiastas da natureza, com o intuito de promover o intercâmbio de informações e a discussão de experiências visando a valorização da Biodiversidade.

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School of Nature wins the European Citizen's Natura 2000 Award

“School of Nature” won the European Citizen's Natura 2000 Award by public vote in an online poll of 25 finalists in the Natura 2000 Network competition. The project was promoted by the Câmara de Viana do Castelo and coordinated by the Center for Environmental Monitoring and Interpretation of Viana do Castelo.This project was developed by Alumni of the Master’s degree in Ecology, namely Susana Pereira, Marisa Gomes and Fábio Faria together with Pedro Gomes, researcher at CBMA - Center for Molecular and Environmental Biology.  “School of Nature” was funded by "Portugal 2020" and has as partners the municipality of Esposende and Vila Nova de Cerveira, the University of Coimbra, through the Institute of the Sea, and the scientific and technical support of CBMA of University of Minho and the Center for the Conservation of Butterflies of Portugal.  The Pan-European Prize, recognizes excellence in the management of Natura 2000 sites and conservation work, showing added value for local economies and raising public awareness of Europe's valuable natural heritage.



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Vídeo 1 - European Natura 2000 Award Ceremony 2018 (42`10``) »»

Vídeo 2 -  European Natura 2000 Award Ceremony 2018 »»

Vídeo 3 - European Natura 2000 Award Ceremony 2018 »»

Vídeo 4 - European Natura 2000 Award Ceremony 2018 »»

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Research at the service of ecosystems and human well-being”: CBMA under the spotlight in the portuguese newspaper “Público”.


Fernanda Cássio, director of Centre for Molecular and Environmental Biology (CBMA) at the University of Minho presents the research centre, its mission and the strategic plan for the coming years.

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Open Weekend” 2018 - 2ª edição


Another edition of UMinho's "Open Weekend" was held in April. Over two days the Biology Department provided visits to the High School students (Friday) and to the general public (Saturday). One hundred and fifty High School students had the opportunity to contact with researchers from eight different laboratories and learn about the research developed in those labs. On Saturday, visitors, including families, were able to meet the IB-S- Institute of Science and Innovation for

Biodiversity and Bio-sustainability, and its current and future potential.


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International Conference on Medicinal Plants and Bioeconomy

The organizing committee, of which are part CBMA -  Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology and CITAB - Centre for the Research and Technology of Agro-Environmental and Biological Sciences, is pleased to announce the International Conference on Medicinal Plants and Bioeconomy (ICMPB) & The 1st Sino-CPLP Symposium on Natural Products and Biodiversity Resources (SNPBR) to be held on 22-24 August 2018 at the University of Macau, Macao, China. Professor Alberto Dias, Biology Department and CBMA, has been invited for the International Scientific Committee of SNPBR.

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Genome PT


CBMA is part of the Genome PT Consortium, a distributed genome sequencing and analysis infrastructure integrated in the Portuguese Roadmap of Research Infrastructures that are funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and the European Structural Funds provided at the national level by the Regional Government Authorities (CCDRs). GenomePT provides sequencing and bioinformatics services for genome projects coordinated by national and international partners, including the national health service, food, pharma, biotech, paper, wine and fishing industries.


VOLATILE - European project

VOLATILE is in line with the circular economy strategy to “reuse and recycle” by reusing the heterogeneous biowaste fraction of municipal waste & sludgy biowaste from food industry and waste water treatment plants and converting these fractions into carbon sources for value-added fermentation strategies such as biopolymers (PHA) for materials application, single cell oil (SCO) for oleochemical industry or long chain omega-3 fatty acids as precursor for bioactive omega-3 derived eicosanoids.

The project will develop an innovative Volatile Fatty Acid Platform (VFAP) based on anaerobic digestion capable to be integrated into existing anaerobic digestion plants. This project has received funding from the European Union?s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 720777.

Here there is a dissemination video about the European project - VOLATILE - from which a work package is being developed in CBMA (in Micro II lab), under the supervision of Professor Célia Pais.


Your like in the video is much appreciated in order for the group to participate in an European Commission CONTEST.


IX Jornadas de Bioquímica - "Da Investigação à Indústria"

As Jornadas de Bioquímica, desenvolvidas anualmente pelos estudantes da Licenciatura em Bioquímica da Universidade do Minho, têm como objetivo demonstrar a versatilidade da Bioquímica e criar uma atmosfera de diálogo entre os alunos, docentes e investigadores que estudam e trabalham em diversas áreas de aplicação da Bioquímica.

Este ano, a nona edição é subordinada ao tema "Da Investigação à Indústria", contando com diversas palestras, abrangendo temas como o papel do bioquímico em várias indústrias, desde a investigação aos processos de síntese.

Vimos por este meio convidar V.s Exas. a participar nestas jornadas, as quais decorrerão nos dias 10 e 11 do mês de abril do corrente ano, no Campus de Gualtar da Universidade do Minho (Complexo Pedagógico II ? Auditórios B1 e B2).

Solicitamos também a vossa colaboração na divulgação deste evento, do qual podem ser obtidas mais informações no site oficial das IX Jornadas de Bioquímica (http://jornadasbq.wixsite.com/jornadasbq).



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