Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental

Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology


Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE) in Microbial Ecology - Insights from Freshwaters


Sofia1Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE) in Microbial Ecology - Insights from Freshwaters, is a chapter from the book Gel Electrophoresis - Principles and Basics, that has reached 7000 downloads. Sofia Duarte is the main author of this book chapter.








Presentation session from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is the oldest and largest microbiology society in the world. With 40,000 members worldwide, this society organizes various conferences in multiple areas and is responsible for the publication of magazines, journals and hundreds of scientific books, edited in multiple languages. At this level, the 13 existing journals of the ASM represent 42% of citations in Microbiology.
Dr. Diogo Proença is an Young Ambassador of ASM in Portugal and will come to the University of Minho to present the society, some of the work of it develops and the advantages in belonging to ASM with special focus to masters and doctoral students and Post Docs.

CBMA participates on the organization of visits of students from secondary schools to the Labs.

A new group of the 12 nd year students from Escola Secundária Alcaides de Faria came from Barcelos with some of their teachers to visit our research laboratories, spaces and main equipments of the Department. These students were received by senior professors, who showed them the labs and explained them some current projects and future possibilities. The students were also told about the courses offered. This visit was provided under the AMEC project.













Ecotoxicology & Environmental Risk Assessment

Post-Graduate Advanced Course

Ecotox 2014


Open Water Dive course (PADI Scuba Certification)



Opened to all academic staff with priority to students of Applied Biology, Biology-Geology and Environmental Sciences degrees and Master in Ecology. Theoretic sessions in the Biology Department and practical sessions in the Rodovia swimming pool. Final dives for certification will be held in O Grove (Spain).

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Workshop for Health Professionals: “Oncological patient therapy- the role of health professionals”

oncologiaWorkshop for Health Professionals (6th - 7th June 2014) entitled: “Oncological patient therapy- the role of health professionals”. This workshop aims at making an outline of the oncological therapy and patient care, involving a multidisciplinary team of health professionals such as Pharmacists, Nurses, Oncologists, Nutritionists and Psychiatrist.


Organization of the Workshop:
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Fátima Baltazar - ICVS/3B's

Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology
Department of Biology, University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar
4710-054 Braga PORTUGAL
Phone +351 253 601511 
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Program "The Best students at UMinho"


melhoresIn the scope of the program "The Best students at UMinho", five out of 120 best students of secondary schools of Braga district developed scientific activities at the Department of Biology. The projects entitled: "Proteins Trafficking in cells"; Grape wine - from physiology to biochemistry and biotechnology; "The day-to-day in a molecular biology and plant physiology laboratory" were carried from 7 to 10 of april and were supervised by Professors Sandra Paiva, Hernâni Gerós, Ana Cunha and Manuela Costa.

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The 1st Wildlife Monitoring Seminar – Impacts and Perspectives

v.selvagemThe 1st Wildlife Monitoring Seminar – Impacts and Perspectives will be held in Braga, on the 4th and 5th of April. It will address various perspectives regarding the monitoring of different wildlife functional groups, aiming to create a bridge of communication between researchers, students and other professionals, in order to promote the exchange of information and the discussion of different practical experiences.

Registration: http://seminario.socpvs.org/inscricoes/

More information: http://www.socpvs.org





Workshop Plantas com Sabores

sabores“Plantas com Sabores” é um workshop de carácter lúdico-pedagógico, que visa criar pontes de partilha de informação sobre as Plantas Aromáticas e Medicinais (PAM) entre diferentes gerações, despertando a curiosidade dos mais novos para este vasto mundo. Convidamos os participantes a partilharem connosco uma tarde de aromas e sabores, com jogos e receitas com um toque da natureza..

Organização: Sociedade Portuguesa de Vida Selvagem

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Universality of peer-influence in social networks


Flávio L. Pinheiro, Marta D. Santos, Francisco C. Santos & Jorge M. Pacheco, Origin of Peer Influence in Social Networks, Physical Review Letters, in press (2014).

Recent empirical studies show that our choices and behaviors not only influence (and are influenced) by our friends but also their friends together with their friends’ friends. This has been coined as “the 3-degrees of influence”, a concept that became extremely popular, spawning ramifications in many of the strategies and procedures that are currently employed in web and social media applications. In a recent manuscript in Physical Review Letters, Pacheco and colleagues resort to different models of information spreading and behavioral dynamics that have been developed in the physical, biological and social sciences, to investigate the origin of peer influence, specifically, whether the patterns one obtains depend on the way information or behavior is spread and on the underlying network of contacts that inter-connects individuals. They show that the resulting patterns are essentially independent of the type of information or behaviors, on how it spreads, and, to a large extent, even of the type of social network that inter-connects individuals. Moreover, they also identify the network features necessary to promote deviations from such “3 degrees of influence” paradigm. The authors demonstrate that in medium to large communities, everybody may ultimately influence and be influenced by almost everybody else. Thus, not only our choices, behaviors and opinions are strongly influenced by a large number of people we have never met, but also our influence on them goes well beyond what one would naively expect.




The MX4blaster cassete a new tool for gene disruption in yeast

cassThe MX4Blaster cassette, a genetic tool for marker recycling in baker's yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is now available from EUROSCARF (http://web.uni-frankfurt.de/fb15/mikro/euroscarf/index.html). The tool was developed by CBMA members Ângela Carvalho, Filipa Pereira & Björn Johansson.

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