The 2014 edition of the International Congress of Ethnobotany will take place in Cordoba, Spain, from November 17 to 21. ICEB 2014 will address in particular:
- Family farming, urban and suburban vegetable gardens, and agrobiodiversity exchange through farmers networks; and
- Cooking and traditional food habits as a source of knowledge for agricultural innovation and tool in the fight against hunger and health deficit in the world.
CIMO researcher, Dr. Ana Maria Carvalho, is a member of the International Scientific Committee of this conference. More information available from the conference site.
2014 is the International Year of Family Farming - IYFF 2014. Agriculture in mountain areas is based on family farming and smallholders. CIMO recognizes in the goals and objectives of the IYFF 2014 its own motivation for research and development. CIMO supports the IYFF 2014 and will contribute to help raise awareness of family farming and the IYFF in Portugal.
SUPER-B to boost conservation and sustainable management of ecosystem services mediated by pollinators
The COST Action SUPER-B (SUstainable Pollination in Europe: joint Research on Bees and other pollinators) has been selected for funding by the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Program (European Union) during the next four years.
CIMO/IPB is one of the two Portuguese participants in this Action involving 27 European countries plus Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Read more...
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”.