Two FP7- KBBE projects with the participation of CIMO-IPB have recently been launched.
The project “TRADEIT: Traditional Food: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Transfer” is a multidisciplinary, multi-sectorial collaborative project supporting a Network of Traditional Food SMEs and Food Researchers in the areas of Collaboration, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Knowledge and Technology Transfer to increase the competitiveness and inter-regional advantage of Traditional Food Producing SMEs. Read more...
The Sown Biodiverse Pastures project was the winner of the European Commission “World You Like Challenge Competition for the best solutions to climate change. This project, promoted by Terraprima spin-off and lead by Dr. Tiago Domingos (center in the picture) from the IN+ Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research /IST, Lisbon, was crowned winner for its innovative solution in reducing CO2 emissions, soil erosion and the risk of wild fires while increasing the productivity of pasturelands. Terraprima has already been awarded this year the “Dryland Champions 2013” award by the National Commission to Combat Desertification, Portugal. Read more...
Dr. Sância Pires, CIMO researcher, addressed the Nosema issue in the TV program Biosphere dedicated to Pesticides and Bees, broadcasted on the 15th of September at RTP2. Dr. Sância Pires explained how Nosema can destroy honey bees and pointed out that in Portugal honeybee colonies have been just infected by Nosema ceranae, a newly introduced honey bee parasite that is contributing to worldwide colony losses including Portugal. She also noted that Nosema apis was not found in six hundred apiaries surveyed in a study conducted recently by a team lead by CIMO.
A bibliometric study based on the scientific output of 278 FCT-funded Research Units and Associate Laboratories, places CIMO in positions of great relevance at the national level, within the scientific domain of agricultural sciences, for a significant number of indicators. CIMO is ranked first in the “Proportion of publications belonging to the top 10% most frequently cited publications in a field (self-citations not included)” and in the “Mean normalized journal score”, and second in the “Mean field normalized citation score”. CIMO is also well placed for indicators such as “Total field normalized citation score”, “Number of publications in international journals of the unit of analysis in the entire period” and “Publications per ETI”. Read more...
A team of 11 researchers from the group Food Safety
and Technology (FST) of Mountain Research Centre (CIMO) participated in the 1st
International Symposium on Profiling, held from 2 to 4 September in Lisbon.
Among participants from over twenty countries, including United States, Japan,
Austria, Germany, Sweden, UK, Norway, Canada, Russia, France, Australia, New
Zealand, among others, the CIMO-FST researchers were recognized with two
- the prize for best oral presentation in the category of “best shot-gun presentation” to João C.M. Barreira, and
- the recognition award to Isabel C.F.R. Ferreira for the “achievements in helping the Portuguese science to progress”.
Lillian Barros graduated in Biotechnology Engineering by the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB) in 2002 and completed a PhD degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences by the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Salamanca in 2008, receiving an award for the best thesis of the mentioned faculty. In July 2013, she received a contract of “Ciência 2008” by the Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology (FCT) to carry out research at the Mountain Research Centre (CIMO) of IPB. Her research will focus on chemical characterization and biological evaluation of local natural matrices, namely food products. Read more...
Dr. Ursula Gonzales Barron is an Irish-Peruvian national with a first degree in Food Engineering (Honours) and a PhD in Biosystems Engineering from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland.
This year, she has been awarded a prestigious 5-year Investigator Fellowship (IF) by the Portuguese Foundation of Science and Technology (FCT) to carry out research at the Mountain Research Centre (CIMO) of the Polytechnic Institute of Braganza (IPB). Also, supported by an FCT-funded project, she will investigate the microbial safety of traditional dry-fermented sausages with views to developing the first microbial risk assessment and predictive microbiology models for the presence of certain pathogens in these regional products. Dr. Barron will also focus on the creation of a research team specialised in microbial safety modelling at CIMO/IPB.Read more...
From 23 to 26 may 2013, will be held in Bragança, NERBA, the event EXPO Trás-os-Montes, organized to promote the region and to show the technological and scientific knowledge developed by local research entities and particularly oriented to the productivity of regional companies. Different research areas, covering the development and innovation of regional products, will be presented by several CIMO investigators (http://www.expotrasosmontes.com/agenda/).
Richard Lansdown, Chair IUCN SSC Freshwater Plant Specialist Group visited the northern region of Portugal
Richard Lansdown, Chair IUCN SSC Freshwater Plant Specialist Group, visited the northern region of Portugal. Several field surveys were conducted in aquatic ecosystems of the rivers Tua and Sabor. Furthermore, future collaborations including the development of joint research projects were established with CIMO investigators.
Researchers at the Federal Institute Spirit of Brazil visited the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança on 15 and 16 May 2013. Particular emphasis was given to a meeting schedule organized with researchers CIMO, namely in the establishment of joint research areas, involving the mobility of teachers and students and the potential application in future projects. The IFES delegation was led by Professor Roquemar Baldam, Director of Research Postgraduate IFES and counted with the presence of other researchers in different specialized areas: Patrícia Fontes (Vegetal Production), João Pavesi Simão (Soils), Pedro Mendonça (Aquaculture) and Robson Meireles (Plant Production).