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The Centre

Future Vision

All the activities are under a driving force - the Unit's internationalization. Thus, for each research group there will be an international anchor institution to support this policy. Strong emphasis will be given to national cooperation.

The Unit's distintive attitude, in the near future rely on:

  • The use of multidisciplinary expertise and the interdisciplinary approach to focus on key aspects of the production chain using expertise that will bring new added knowledge to understand how the biological systems adapt to the new demands and optimization required for economic exploitation under sustainable concepts, through higher innovative technological inputs (our novelty).
  • Cover vertical studies in the areas of: climate change, integrative biology and quality, ecointegrity and biosystems engineering.

Thus, special attention will be given to:

  • Assess the uncertainty about intensity and risks of climate change in the living systems considering scenarios of how the crops might adjust. Biological studies from cell to whole plant level plus the technological inputs from the biosystems engineering group, with expertise to develop physical and analytical modelling, embedded systems for remote sensing, environmental monitoring, computer vision techniques and physiological parameters monitoring and data processing, will help to understand the necessary adjustments and identify production techniques that can be used to overcome that changes whilst maintaining yield at high economical levels and produce foods of high quality with improved health effects.
  • The use of natural resources as biofuels and biomaterials of multipurpose use and the ecosystems sustainability through studies of ecological disruption of the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, benefiting from the expertise of the bioengineering.

Networking News

PhD AgriChains Spring Conferences 1st & 2nd June 017
On the 1st & 2nd June 2017, Agrichains students and teachers from Wagening University (WUR), University of Minho and UTAD organize another cycle of conferences, aiming to present the progress of their research and to learn about cut-of-the-edge investigations performed at WUR .
Election of CITAB’s Director: Polling stations location
The election of the new CITAB’s Director will take place on the 11th May 2017, from 14h00 to 17h00, at the following polling sations: UTAD’s polling station: CITAB’s Secretariat – room C1.10 Laboratorial building, Vila Real. UMinho’s polling station: Library of the Biology Department – Campus Gualtar, Braga. UPorto’s polling station: Departamento de Geociências, Ambiente e Ordenamento do [...]
Provisional list of candidates for the election of CITAB´s Director
For the election of CITAB´s Director, the Electoral Commission received and validated one candidacy: Prof. Doutora Ana Isabel Ramos Novo Amorim de Barros.
CITAB´s Director election May 2017
Following CITAB´s Electoral Regulation, it becomes public that the Electoral Comission for the election of the Director of this research unit is composed by the following CITAB members: Chair: Prof. Doutor José Manuel Moutinho Pereira. Members: Prof. Doutor Alberto Carlos Pires Dias Prof. Doutor Mário Gabriel Santiago dos Santos Prof. Doutor Hernâni Varanda Gerós Prof. Doutora Paula Alexandra Martins de [...]
Newsletter nº 9 – December 2016 already available!

Latest Publications

Aires, A. (2017). Phenolics in Foods: Extraction, Analysis and Measurements. In M. P. - T. and M. del R. G. - M. Dr. Marcos Soto-Hernandez (Ed.), Phenolic Compounds – Natural Sources, Importance and Applications (pp. 61–88). InTech.
Aires, A., & Carvalho, R. (2017). Rapid separation of indole glucosinolates in roots of Chinese cabbage (Brassica rapa subsp. pekinensis) by high-Performance liquid chromatography with diode array detection. International Journal of Analytical Chemistry, 7.
Aires, A., Dias, C., Carvalho, R., & Saavedra, M. J. (2017). Analysis of sakuratein and glycosylated flavonoids extracted from sweet-cherry stems, as antibacterial agents against pathogenic Escherichia coli isolates. Acta Biochim. Pol., 265–271.
Aires, A., Carvalho, R., Saavedra, M.J. (2017). Reuse potential of vegetable wastes (broccoli, green bean and tomato) for the recovery of antioxidant phenolic acids and flavonoids. Int J Food Sci Tech, 98–017.
Alice Vilela, T. P., Rosário Anjos, Fernanda Cosme. (2017). Chemical and Sensorial Characteristics of Red Fruits Imprinted by Organic Farming Production. In Agricultural Research Updates (Vol. 19).
Arteiro, A., Catalanotti, G., Xavier, J., Linded, P., & Camanho, P. P. (2017). Effect of tow thickness on the structural response of aerospace-grade spread-tow fabrics. Composite Structures, 208–223.
Barbosa S, P. J., Herman JS, Ferreira C, Pita R, Vale-Gonçalves H, Cabral JA, Garrido-García JA, Soriguer RC, Beja P, Mira A, Alves PC, Searle JB. (2017). Endemic species may have complex histories: within-refugium phylogeography of an endangered Iberian vole. MolEcol, 951–967.
Barbosa S., P. J., Herman J.S., Ferreira C.M., Pita R., Vale-Gonçalves H.M., Cabral J.A., Garrido-García J.A., Soriguer R.C., Beja P., Mira A., Alves P.C., Searle J.B. (2017). Endemic species may have complex histories: within-refugium phylogeography of an endangered Iberian vole. Mol. Ecol., 951–967.
Cajaiba, R. L., Périco, E., Dalzochio, M. S., da Silva, W. B., Bastos, R., Cabral, J. A., & Santos, M. (2017). . Does the composition of Scarabaeidae (Coleoptera) communities reflect the extent of land use changes in the Brazilian Amazon?. Ecological Indicators, 285–294.
CARVALHO, A., PAVIA, I., FERNANDES, C., PIRES J., CORREIA, C., BACELAR, E., et al. (2017). Differential physiological and genetic responses of five European Scots pine provenances to induced water stress. J. Plant Physiol., 100–109.