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First evaluation of floating marine debris in the Portuguese Offshore waters.

For the first time in the Europe, a survey based on Distance Sampling methodologies was used to evaluate the quantity of marine debris (with special attention upon plastics) floating in deep offshore waters.

This survey was a component of the MarPro Life, with several researchers from Univ. Minho. The main conclusions were:

- The average density of debris was 2.98 items/km2 and the total abundance amounted to 752,740 items;

- Plastics constitute the major bulk of FMD (density = 0.46 items/km2; abundance = 117,390 items), followed by styrofoam, derelict or lost materials from fisheries, paper/cardboard and wood material;

- The North sector of the area presents higher FMD diversity and abundances, probably as a result of the high number of navigation corridors and fisheries operating in that sector;

- Most FMD originate from local sources, namely discharges from vessels and derelict material from fisheries. 

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Capredux - Reducing the Incidental Catch of Seabirds in the Special Protection Zone Aveiro- Nazareth

The project "Capredux - Reducing the Incidental Catch of Seabirds in the Special Protection Zone Aveiro- Nazareth", which brings together Portuguese Wildlife Society and the universities of Minho and Aveiro, was the winner of "INAQUA - Conservation Fund by Lisbon Oceanarium and National Geographic Channel, "announced today. This project is led by Dr. José Vingada.

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PCB pollution continues to impact populations of orcas and other dolphins in European waters

MarisafArticle published in scientific reports the journal Nature, whose co-author a student of PhD Marisa Ferreira (Marine Animal Tissue Bank - Portugal, Soc Portuguese Wildlife, Department Biology -... University of Minho & CESAM, Portugal) under the supervision of  Doutor José Vingada.

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Conservation status of freshwater mussels in Europe: state of the art and future challenges

mexro1Ronaldo Sousa was one of three main authors (equal contribution as first author) of the study “Conservation status of freshwater mussels in Europe: state of the art and future challenges”. The paper was published on Biological Reviews, one of the most prestigious international scientific journals, and draws attention on the conservation status of freshwater mussels in Europe.

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Conservation status of freshwater mussels in Europe

ronRonaldo Sousa was one of three main authors (equal contribution as first author) of the study “Conservation status of freshwater mussels in Europe: state of the art and future challenges” that call attention for the conservation status of freshwater mussels in Europe. The paper was published on Biological Reviews, one of the most prestigious international scientific journals.

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Threats to biodiversity, river ecosystem health and human wellbeing

Anfiteatro do Departamento de Biologia, Campus de Gualtar, Braga, 17 de dezembro, 14h-16h.

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This activity will promote awareness for the role of biodiversity in the functioning of rivers and the threats caused by human activities. It includes a brief theoretical presentation and two practical activities. The first practical activity will demonstrate the role of biodiversity in the functions performed by the rivers and will show how invasive species can affect native species therefore compromising the functioning of many rivers. The second practical activity aims at demonstrating how human activities can affect the relationship between the health of river ecosystems and the benefits they provide to ensure human wellbeing.

 

Organization: Department of Biologia of the School of Sciences of the University of Minho, Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology, and the Landscape Laboratory

Coordination: Cláudia Pascoal and Fernanda Cássio

Lecturing: José Pedro Ramião and Francisco Carvalho

 

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III Symposium of the PhD Programme on Molecular and Environmental Biology

The III Symposium of the PhD Programme on Molecular and Environmental Biology (PDBMA)  was held on the 26th November 2015 at the School of Sciences Amphitheatre, University of Minho.

More information: http://pdbma15.wix.com/3jornpdbma.

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Wellcome to the 32nd Symposium of the European Society of Nematologists!

The 32nd Symposium of the European Society of Nematologists will take place in Gualtar Campus of UMinho, Braga, from 28th August to 1st September 2016. 

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This symposium is an international forum to gather researchers from around the world, to share and discuss their findings regarding the broad and interdisciplinary field of Nematology


 

Further information about the event is provided on the website: esn2016braga.com. 

 

Marine Natura 2000 sites and Fisheries Workshop

This, FREE REGISTRATION, participative workshop will be held at the APDL – Administração dos Portos do Douro, Leixões e Viana do Castelo auditorium. The workshop will focus on the definition of conservation objectives for marine Natura 2000 sites and the incorporation of fisheries on management plans. Participants will include national and international experts, who will present several relevant case studies. In order discuss important issues and solutions, as well as summarize future strategies, debate sessions, open to all participants, will be organized. This way, we invite all key stakeholders and general public to participate on this event.

Date: 2 & 3 December 2015, Matosinhos, Porto, Portugal
Free Registration: http://en.workshop.marprolife.org/

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Workshop on the importance of green spaces

November 25, 2015, 14-17h

University of Minho, CPII, auditorium B2 

A workshop on the importance of green spaces aiming at creating a botanical garden at the Minho University took place at the Campus de Gualtar on 25 November. The event was organized by the Association of Applied Biology Students (NEBAUM) and by Profs Fernanda Cássio and Cláudia Pascoal of the Department of Biology of the School of Sciences. The invited speakers focused on case studies and described the difficulties, the challenges and the opportunities arising from the implementation of new green spaces and new botanical gardens. The event was attended by about 200 participants, including representatives of the Rectory and the City Council of Braga.

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Mora Fluviarium opens applications for Young Scientist of the Year Award

riogStudents of bachelor, master or PhD can submit articles on conservation and biodiversity of estuaries and rivers. Prize is 500 euros and Applications are open until 15 January.

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