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The scope of CITAB is focused on the agro-food and forestry systems using the production-chain approach as a whole. It is composed of a multidisciplinary team with expertise ranging from fundamental sciences such as biology and chemistry to agronomists, forestry engineers and ecologists.

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Digital Agro-Food & Forestry (r)evolution | 12-13 December 2019 | UTAD - Vila Real

This international Congress will present a diversified program, designed to promote discussion forums on the most relevant topics in the Agro-food and Forestry areas, including the Internet of Things and Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Remote Sensing. Registrations open!

OCJ 2019 - Scientific Ocupation of Young People on Vacation

In July 2019, CITAB received students aged 16-18 from different parts of Portugal to participate in in the activities "Ciência Viva in the Laboratory".

Prof. Felisbina Queiroga elected for the Executive Board of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA)

For the first time, a Portuguese researcher takes on a position in the Executive Board of this world association, with 87 countries and over 200.000 members.

CITAB reclassified as VERY GOOD by FCT!

We are delighted to announce the reclassification of CITAB as a VERY GOOD research unit, by FCT.

Tv Interview: Use of grape stems for the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food industries.

Prof. Ana Barros, CITAB's Director, reveals to Porto Canal TV that grape stems' extracts showed anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing activity that can be used in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.

Paulo Fernandes' article chosen as Editor's Choice

By the Canadian Journal of Forest Research. The article "Fire-severity mitigation by prescribed burning assessed from fire-treatment encounters in maritime pine stands" highlighted by the Editor based on its quality and on the interest of readers, since its publication.

New H2020 project approved!

Project PyroLife approved under the call H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019.

CITAB researchers monitor Athletic Club de Bilbao lawns

Researchers Alexandre Gonçalves, Cátia Brito, Lia Tânia Dinis, José Moutinho Pereira and Carlos Correia participate in pilot study that monitors the lawns recovery in the post-match.

PhD AgriChains starts new edition!

AgriChains International Doctoral Programme 5th edition will kick off in May 2019 with 8 new students.

Prof. Maria José Saavedra as Portuguese representative in the ESCMID

Prof. Maria José Saavedra represents Portugal in the Study Group of Veterinary Microbiology of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID).

Two awards for CITAB researchers in the competition "FoodValorization"

"Couscous of alternative flours" and "Sheep cheese DOP - Olive+" won the 1st and 3rd positions amonf 8 finalists of the "FoodValorization" competition in 4th April 2019.

Catering course' students learn new techniques

Students from the Professional School of Fermil - Celorico de Basto, participated in CITAB's Molecular Gastronomy workshop

Prof. Arthur E. Bogan (USA) was in CITAB to talk about Freshwater Bivalve

Prof. Arthur E. Bogan, from the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences (USA) presented the lecture "Freshwater Bivalve Research in Asia 1997-2018"

Prof. José Laranjo is the new Coordinator of EuroCastanea - European Chestnut Network

EuroCastanea is the representative structure of the chestnut value chain at European level

CITAB received the visit of students from Castelo de Paiva

9th grade students from Agrupamento de Escolas do Couto Mineiro do Pejão visited the Phytochemicals Lab.

2018 newsletter already available!

Issue 10 is online.

Dr. Alfredo Aires as new member of the Advisory Board of "Industrial Crops and Products" journal

CITAB researcher Alfredo Aires was invited for the Advisory Board of the prestigiou journal "Industrial Crops and products" journal.

Science & Technology Week 2018 - CITAB at Schools!

In the Science and Technology Week 2018, CITAB went to primary and secondary schools of Vila Real.

FCT Evaluation Panel visits CITAB

The International evaluation panel from FCT visited CITAB on the 17th October 2018.

CITAB researcher selected in highly competitive FCT call

Post-Doc Hélder Fraga selected in FCT "Individual Call to Scientific Employment Stimulus"

Best Communication award

CITAB Director Ana Barros awarded with the Best Communication Prize in Euroscicon 2018!

Spin-off company Spawnfoam distinguished by the European Commission

CITAB's spin-off company, Spawnfoam, is one of the 8 Portuguese SMEs that integrate the H2020 Research SME Instrument!

CITAB coordinates another European funded project

CITAB coordinates another European funded project, starting in August 2018. The H2020 project “Clim4Vitis - Climate change impact mitigation for European viticulture: knowledge transfer for an integrated approach” (Widespread-05-2017), is coordinated by João Santos, and reached the Excellent classification, with 15 points out of 15! Teams from Portugal, Germany, Italy and Luxembourg will collaborate for the next three years, with a 1 million Euro budget.

Another acknowledgment for CITAB’s research team

Another acknowledgment for CITAB’s research team of Lia-Tânia Dinis, Ana Luzio, José Moutinho Pereira, Calos Correia, and Aureliano Malheiro, for the work “Ecophysiological and molecular approaches for viticultural zoning in Douro Region”. The merith of their research was awarded by the Fndação Maria Rosa in February 2018. The award ceremony took place on April 20, 2018, in Régia-Douro Park.

CITAB researchers distinguished with the award ADVID

Researchers Lia-Tânia Dinis, Sara Bernardo, Artur Conde, Helena Ferreira, Luís Félix, Hernâni Gerós, Carlos Correia and José Moutinho-Pereira were distinguished with the award ADVID - Prof. Dr. Pedro Amaro, with the work: “Kaolin exogenous application boosts antioxidant capacity and phenolic content in berries and leaves of grapevine under summer stress.

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OCJ 2019 - Scientific Ocupation of Young People on Vacation

In July 2019, CITAB received students aged 16-18 from different parts of Portugal to participate in in the activities "Ciência Viva in the Laboratory".

Prof. Felisbina Queiroga elected for the Executive Board of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA)

For the first time, a Portuguese researcher takes on a position in the Executive Board of this world association, with 87 countries and over 200.000 members.

CITAB reclassified as VERY GOOD by FCT!

We are delighted to announce the reclassification of CITAB as a VERY GOOD research unit, by FCT.

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Thematic Strand 1

Sustainability of Agri-food and Forestry Ecosystems in a changing environment

João Cabral

Aims to deliver integrated analytical and modelling frameworks to detect agricultural, forestry and ecological changes in rural landscapes. It will integrate natural and social sciences concepts to develop and integrate novel analytical frameworks and tools that contribute to progress in fundamental and applied fields of environmental research (Task 1.1) and ecological sustainability in agri-food and forestry ecosystems (Task 1.2).

Task 1.1

Integrated monitoring of climate and environmental impacts

Task 1.1 aims to (i) develop and apply new analytical technologies to (ii) understand climatic and environmental forcing on target ecosystems under current conditions; (iii) assess future scenarios of climate and environmental change to develop, test and implement suitable mitigation and adaptation measures, such as riparian restoration (e.g. to assess ecosystem service provisioning of green infrastructures) or bioclimatic cultivar adaptation (e.g. crop zonation).

Task 1.2

Sustainability in agri-food and forestry ecosystems

Task 1.2 researchers are experts in multivariate analysis and modelling of impacts of habitat and land use change on terrestrial and aquatic environments, ecosystem services and characterization of agri-food and forestry systems.

Thematic Strand 2

Technology & innovation in Agri-food and Forestry chains for a more competitive bioeconomy

Ana Barros

Aligned with RIS3 policy, Thematic Strand 2 explores innovative approaches to develop and update processes and technologies to crop and food products, biological materials and agri-food residues. TS2 gives added-value to agri-forestry ecosystems, agri-food and forestry products and co-products, boosting regional and national economic growth.

Task 2.1

Innovative technologies and processes

Task 2.1 focuses on a major unit objective - optimization and development of innovative technology for more competitive agri-food and forestry production chains. TS2 optimizes solutions for current and future stakeholders, boosting competitiveness and income by improving food and forestry crop productivity, reducing management costs and increasing profit.

Task 2.2

Valorisation of bio-based products and and co-products

Task 2.2 studies the potential of agri-food and forestry residues, native flora and aromatic and medicinal plants to develop new high bio-based value products.

Highlighted Project

Clim4Vitis - Climate change impact mitigation for European viticulture: knowledge transfer for an integrated approach

Start Date: 2018/08
Duration: 36 months

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Although among the top 10 Portuguese universities with higher number of top quality scientific papers published, and despite the growing attractiveness that it has been gaining in terms of research and teaching, UTAD is still far from the European high performing R&D institutions. Thus, the Clim4Vitis project aims at enhancing UTAD’s S&T capacity, as well as raising its staff’s research profile, specially focusing one of the fields of research in which the University has become a national reference: viticulture. Within this broad area, particular attention should be given to two main lines of research: 1) grapevine modelling and 2) tools for assessing climate change impacts on European viticulture, in general, and on grapevine productivity, quality attributes and risk of diseases and pests in particular. In order to boost competences in these topics, the project gathers 5 international partners (1 university from a Widening country, 3 internationally-leading research institutions, and an international consultancy & training company).