CIMO new laboratories will be officially open tomorrow, July 18. Dr. Assunção Cristas, Minister of Agriculture and Sea, and Dr. Paulo Pereira, Vice-President of FCT, will be present at the ceremony.
The new CIMO laboratory facilities comprise lab units in soil and fertility, including an atomic absorption room, analytical chemistry, bromatology and rheology, microbiology, and molecular biology.
New CIMO laboratories add a tremendous research potential to the already existing at CIMO, ESA and IPB, further increasing their capacity to contribute to the advancement of science and technology in mountain areas in Portugal and abroad.
The construction of these laboratories was funded under the ON2 (QREN) framework.
The book "Forest Landscapes and Global Change: Challenges for Research and Management", edited by João C. Azevedo and M. Alice Pinto, from CIMO/IPB, and Ajith Perera, from the Ontario Forest Research Institute, Canada, has just been published.
For more information visit the website of the publisher.
CIMO is ranked on top of research centres in Portugal. According to the bibliometric study conducted by FCT and released recently (see FCT website), CIMO is number 1 in the "Agricultural and Forestry Sciences" field in the indicators "Publications per FTE", "Citations per FTE" and "National Collaboration", and it is number 2 in "H-Index", "Impact", "Outputs in Top 25% percentile", "Outputs in Top 10% percentile", and "Outputs in Top 5% percentile". Overall, CIMO is one of the top 2 institutions in Agriculture and Forestry according to the results just published by FCT.
The website for the National Seminar of the "A New CAP - Mountains of Opportunities" project is not available from the address http://esa.ipb.pt/novapac/
The site displays all information about the event including the program, target audience, and the registration form.
This project is co-funded by DG Agri (European Union)
The delegated act concerning the optional quality term "Mountain Product" has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union and will enter into force today, 26th June.
Márcio Carocho and Isabel C.F.R. Ferreira from CIMO (FST group) have just published an article on the pros and cons of food additives in modern diets. "Adding Molecules to Food, Pros and Cons - A Review on Synthetic and Natural Food Additives", published in the highest ranked journal in Food Science & Technology (JCR - ISI Web of Knowledge, Impact factor of 5.053) reviews the history, safety issues, controversy ,and legislation differences in food additives. Natural additives derived from plants, are also focused as one of the future trends of food additives. The article is co-authored by colleagues from the LSRE - Polytechnic Institute of Bragança and Faculty of Pharmacy - Complutense University of Madrid.
The paper can be downloaded from the publisher. Please contact the authors for any further question.
The project "A new CAP-Mountains of opportunities" lead by EUROMONTANA has been recently approved by the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) of the European Commission. CIMO is a partner in the project and will be directly responsible for the organization of a national seminar in Portugal. EUROMONTANA members ADVID (Associação para o Desenvolvimento da Viticultura Duriense), ADRAT (Associação de Desenvolvimento da Região do Alto Tâmega), and AJAP (Associação de Jovens Agricultores de Portugal) will also participate in the project both in the Seminar and in many of the planned information actions.
Several CIMO members will participate at the Family Farming and Sustainability of Rural Territories Seminar on May 30 in Vila Real. Isabel Mourão, Luís Miguel Brito, Luisa Moura, José Pedro Araújo, and Raul Rodrigues will adress family organic farming whereas Marieta Carvalho will cover sustainability of the rural world based on the case of Bísaro pigs breed. Finally Ruben Andres Ortega Bonilla will present his experience in vegetable gardens in Colombia. Mountain agriculture farming will be addressed by Brígida Fonseca, a Barrosã livestock producer and IPB graduate student.
An updated Brochure and a new CIMO Factsheet (2014) have been recently published with the help of the IPB Image Service.
These materials are available in printed version at the CIMO headquarters and in digital version from this webpage.