Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental

Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology


Threats to biodiversity, river ecosystem health and human wellbeing

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

Lab Paisagem

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. 


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/



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.



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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2nd best European PhD thesis in Freshwater Sciences 2013-2014

The PhD thesis of Arunava Pradhan titled Impacts of nanoparticles to microbes and invertebrates: from community responses to cellular targets, developed at the CBMA in the University of Minho, under the supervision of Fernanda Cássio, Cláudia Pascoal and S. Seena, was awarded as the 2nd best European PhD thesis in Freshwater Sciences 2013-2014 by the European Federation for Freshwater Sciences

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Genebra, Suíça, 9 July 2015



The Vice-Director of CBMA, Andreia Gomes, participates in the TV programme “Sociedade Civil” – RTP2, 15th June 2015.

Synopsis: Adrenaline Addicts

Adrenaline is a hormone produced in response to stress. It produces a number of physiological effects and stimulates our “fight of flight” responses. When in face of danger, this sensation reminds us we are alive and such moments become unforgettable.

The offer of experiences for making the commoner wish to live on the edge has been growing due to increased demand. These activities have some underlying danger and risk, often associated to high speed or heights, extreme conditions or, most of the times, a combination of all of this.

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Andreia 1 Andreia 2

Andreia 3


Our paper Pydna: a simulation and documentation tool for DNA assembly strategies using python [1] was the second most popular on the BMC Bioinformatics website.

ypkWhat is pydna?

Planning large genetic constructs with many parts, such as recombinant metabolic pathways is usually done manually using a DNA sequence editor which quickly becomes unfeasible as scale and complexity increase.

 The Pydna python package provide a human-readable formal description of cloning and assembly strategies which also allows for automatic computer simulation and verification.


Pydna provides simulation of:
.     restriction digestion
.     ligation
.     primer design
.     Gibson assembly
.     homologous recombination

A cloning strategy expressed in pydna is complete, unambiguous and stable. Pydna has been designed to be understandable for biologists with limited programming skills. Pydna simplifies planning and sharing of cloning strategies and is especially useful for complex or combinatorial DNA molecule construction.

Look at some assembly strategies made in the IPython notebook format here !

1. Pereira F, Azevedo F, Carvalho Â, Ribeiro GF, Budde MW, Johansson B: Pydna: a simulation and documentation tool for DNA assembly strategies using python. BMC Bioinformatics 2015, 16:142.

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Prize Prof. Doutor Luís Archer

Ana Margarida Pereira, a research grantee at CBMA under the supervision of Raul Machado and Margarida Casal, was awarded the Prize Prof. Doutor Luís Archer for the Best Poster Presentation at the XXXIX Portuguese Genetics Conference by SPG (Sociedade Portuguesa de Genética). The work presented, entitle “Silk-based polymers functionalized with fibronectin type-II for improved cell adhesion” by Ana Margarida Pereira, Raul Machado, Telma Bernardo, André da Costa, Artur Ribeiro, Tony Collins, Andreia C. Gomes, Isabel Leonor, David Kaplan, Rui L. Reis and Margarida Casal, reports the development of biopolymers functionalized with a cell adhesion domain through genetics, namely recombinant DNA technology, to be used as biomaterials in tissue engineering and biomedical applications.

The XXXIX Portuguese Genetics Conference was held at Braga, from the 25th to the 27th of May 2015.




Microbioma Humano

Roxana Moreira invited  by Porto Canal | Mentes que Brilham, 26 maio'15

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