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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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Newsletter - 2019's edition already available

The most relevant news of 2019 already gathered in our 2019's edition.

Creative food products with microalgae, presented by Anabela Raymundo

Anabela Raymundo, LEAF Researcher, introduced us to the fabulous world of microalgae!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2020!

CITAB wishes all researchers, colleagues and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020!

Innovation & Technologies at CITAB's international congress

The digital (r)evolution in the agro-food & forestry sectors discussed in a congress jointly organized by CITAB and INESC TEC.

CITAB research shows anti-inflammatory potential in Portuguese grape variety

Study conducted by CITAB's Director, Ana Barrros, using Rabigato grape stems extracts, have demonstrated a potential aplicability for pharmaceutical use for the treatment of the diabetic foot wound.

PhD thesis co-supervided by CITAB distinguished in Brazil with Honorable Mention

Reinaldo Cajaiba developed part oh his PhD work in CITAB, which has been recently recognized by CAPES (from Brazi) as one of the best PhD thesis in 2019, among 1140 candidates.

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.

New H2020 project approved!

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

PhD AgriChains starts new edition!

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

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.

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Newsletter - 2019's edition already available

The most relevant news of 2019 already gathered in our 2019's edition.

Creative food products with microalgae, presented by Anabela Raymundo

Anabela Raymundo, LEAF Researcher, introduced us to the fabulous world of microalgae!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2020!

CITAB wishes all researchers, colleagues and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020!

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Thematic Strand 1

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

Mário Santos

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).