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Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology


FCT project in Archaeogenetics

Pedro SoaresgPedro Soares, researcher of CBMA, speaks about his starting FCT project and his work in Archaeogenetics to the Online Journal of the University of Minho: “NÓS: UMinho at First Sight”.

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Campus do Mar International Science Conference

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Campus do Mar International Science Conference

Oceans: Future sustainability challenges 

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the International Conference on Oceans: Future sustainability challenges it is a great pleasure to invite you to this important event, which will take place on the 17th and 18th of November 2016, in Vila Real. 

 This event, which is organized by the Campus do Mar initiative, provides a forum for presenting and discussing new research developments in marine science, technology and management. The theme of the conference reflects the growing understanding of the importance of ocean sustainability in crucial areas for human wellbeing, namely in the environmental, economic and social dimensions imperative for a better tomorrow.

 The conference will be hosted by the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), Portugal. Further details on the programme, plenary speakers, registration and abstract submission can be found in http://domar.utad.pt


WORKSHOP Ponds Under Investigation

WORKSHOP Ponds Under Investigation
Monastery of São Martinho de Tibães
April 22 | 21 - 23:30

 The cycle of workshops "A Vida Selvagem na Cerca" is back with the 4th edition!

Come celebrate Earth Day with us! And discover frogs, toads, salamanders and newts - mysterious creatures that inhabit the swamps of Tibães Monastery! This workshop is intended for families and all who like to be researchers wildlife.


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Place | Monastery of São Martinho de Tibães | 
(GPS: 41.555900, -8.479180)
Price | € 5 (adults) | € 4 (children up to 12 years)
To | Families and the general public
| Until April 20, through this form.

(link inscrição: https://eduamb.wufoo.eu/forms/charcos-sob-investigaaao/)


The invasive species Mytilopsis leucophaeata in Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Ronaldo Sousa (Professor at Department of Biology, University of Minho) discuss some of the possible effects generated by the introduction of the invasive species Mytilopsis leucophaeata in Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). The news was published in the O Globo newspaper.

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A PEGADA HÍDRICA - incentivo ao consumo responsável da água (parte1)

A Doutora Judite Almeida, docente do Departamento de Biologia, participou na rúbrica sobre a Escola de Ciências da Universidade do Minho, com um artigo intitulado "A PEGADA HÍDRICA - incentivo ao consumo responsável da água (parte1)". Esta rúbrica tem também como objectivo criar uma relação entre leitores e investigadores.

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Call for applications - Do*Mar doctoral programme

The Do*Mar doctoral programme on Science, Technology and Management has just published a call for applications to the Universities of Aveiro, Minho and Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro. Seven Do*Mar-FCT scholarships are available in this call. Details of the application and selection procedures are available in http://domar.socpvs.org

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Women in Science - International Women's Day


Pavilhão do Conhecimento - Ciência Viva
Lisboa, 8th March 2016, 17.30

On 8th March 2016, at the Pavilhão do Conhecimento in Lisboa, we are celebrating 20 years of Ciência Viva and the International Women's Day with the release of the book Women in Science and the opening of a digital exhibition composed of portraits and testimony of Portuguese women researchers.

Claudia Pascoal, Professor and Researcher at the CBMA in the University of Minho, is among the honorees in the exhibition and the book Women in Science.

The program includes a debate on Women and Computer Science, with the participation of EU leaders of the Association for Computing Machinery and the attendance of the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Prof. Manuel Heitor.

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XIX National Congress of Biochemistry 2016, Guimarães

The University of Minho, the Organizing Committee and the Portuguese Society of Biochemistry (SPB) invite you to join the XIX National Congress of Biochemistry, in Guimarães, from the 8th to the 10th of December 2016.


The three days of the meeting provide excellent opportunities to present and discuss cutting-edge achievements in Biochemistry and Molecular Biosciences. 


We hope you can join us in this exciting event, and wish you a very pleasant stay in Guimarães.


Margarida Casal
Chair of SPB2016

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Social Norms of Cooperation in Small-Scale Societies

CBMA team made the cover of the last issue of PLoS-Computational Biology


Indirect reciprocity, besides providing a convenient framework to address the evolution of moral systems, offers a simple and plausible explanation for the prevalence of cooperation among unrelated individuals. By helping someone, an individual may increase her/his reputation, which may change the pre-disposition of others to help her/him in the future. This, however, depends on what is reckoned as a good or a bad action.

Jorge M. Pacheco et al., DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004709 »»


First evaluation of marine litter ingestion by sea turtles in Portugal


Threats of marine litter to marine life are primarily mechanical due to ingestion and entanglement in plastic packing straps, discarded fishing gear and other floating litter objects. The increment of plastic litter is becoming an increasingly problem and some marine animals are more prone to consume or get entangled during their life cycle.





With respect to sea turtles, all seven species have been reported to ingest litter that can be directly responsible for the obstruction of their digestive tracts and death or even at low ingestion rates marine litter is reported to have sub-lethal effects on sea turtles such as dietary dilution with consequent nutrient absorption reduction.

The present study reports for the first time the presence of marine litter in the digestive tracts of loggerhead sea turtles found stranded dead along the Portuguese continental coast. The frequency of marine litter in the digestive tracts (59.0%) indicates that litter ingestion is relatively common in loggerhead turtles using Portuguese continental waters.

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