Márcio Carocho has been awarded the “Scholar Award” at the Food Studies International Conference in Prato, Italy, at the end of October. The award rewards his Research in New foods: A case study of Portuguese “Serra da Estrela” cheese incorporated with chestnut flowers.
Marcio is a PhD student in the research team lead by Isabel Ferreira at the BioChemCore Laboratory (ESA-IPB) conducting research on the improvement of organoleptic, nutritional, and bioactive characteristics of the “Serra da Estrela” cheese, possibly the best-known Portuguese mountain product. This research has been supported by the Proder Program and has counted with the involvement of the industry through the "Queijos Matias" enterprise.
Read the full story in the "Ciência Hoje" online magazine and visit the website of the research group.
CIMO has recently become a member of Mountain Partnership. Mountain Partnership is a United Nations voluntary alliance of partners dedicated to improving the lives of mountain people and protecting mountain environments around the world. Mountain Partnership has more than 200 members among governements, intergovernmental organizations and major groups. CIMO is the only Portuguese member of Mountain Parnership.
For more information about Mountain Parnership visit the website of the organization.
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.