The research team of  Ecotoxicology and Environmental Chemistry of CIMA, in collaboration with the University of the Azores and the CSIC of Cadiz, has published a new article in the journal Marine Environmental Research on interactions between species entitled "Metal interactions between the polychaete Branchipolynoe seepensis and the mussel Bathymodiolus azoricus from Mid-Atlantic-Ridge hydrothermal vent fields ", by Maria João Bebianno, Cátia Cardoso, Tânia Gomes, Julian Blasco, Ricardo Serrão Santos and Ana Colaço.
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The exposure of mussels to metallic nanoparticles of cadmium (Quantum dots) induces changes in the metallothionein gene (mt20IV) indicating a specific response of this gene in the metabolism and a protection against oxidative stress caused by the accumulation of Quatum dots in mussel tissues. These results are presented in the publication "Changes in metallothionein transcription levels in the mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis exposed to CdTe quantum dots" by Thiago Lopes Rocha, Eider Bilbao, Cátia Cardoso, Manu Soto and Maria João Bebianno published online in the journal Ecotoxicology.
Portugal has been losing many plant fossils that have been taken by researchers from other countries abroad. The complaint is made by a paleontologist from CIMA, University of Algarve. The Portuguese law does not provide the protection of this kind of heritage. There are Portuguese fossils to be taken to other countries.
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News about the toxic effect on organisms caused by deep-sea mining were published on the magazine “Wilder – rewild your days”. The article reports scientific findings of a study coordinated by Nélia Mestre, researcher at CIMA – Universidade do Algarve, published on “Environmental Pollution” journal

CIMA Starts Exploring the Oceans using an Autonomous Submarine Vehicles (AUV)

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The University of Algarve (UAlg) and the Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIMA) organised a International Conference "Sustainable Development of the Oceans: A Useful Utopia: A Useful Utopia" in honour of Professor Mario Ruivo,  last 14th and 15th of November (Green auditorium, University of Algarve). The objective was "to evoke the contribution of this marine biologist, an honorary doctor of UAlg, for the development of marine sciences and technologies, with notable impacts at national and international levels."
The initiative also had the support of the EurOcean Office and the following research centres: CIIMAR (University of Porto), CESAM (University of Aveiro) and MARE (several Portuguese universities).

 

Doctor Sónia Cristina was awarded a Prize in Sciences on 02/10/2017 at a ceremony at the Algeciras Campus of the University of Cadiz. The PhD thesis of Sónia won the second prize for the best thesis of the year from the University of Cadiz.

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The article "Natural Agent" was published in the National Geographic (Portugal) based on an article from the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin by CIMA-UAlg Researchers Liliana Carvalho, Jaime Anibal and Cristina Veiga-Pires, in collaboration with Carlos Rocha and AlexandraFleming from Trinity College Dublin.
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The MORE team of the Centre for Marine and Environmental Research (CIMA) from the University of Algarve has installed a scaled Evopod tidal energy unit off Portugal.
The Evopod E1 tidal energy device, leased from the UK-based Oceanflow Energy, was installed at Ria Formosa, a coastal lagoon located in the south of Portugal, on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

The 1:10 scale device will remain in place for the next three months as part of the SCORE project, according to CIMA-MORE team.

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Microplastics drifting in the sea detected in fish and shellfish. Scientists study the consequences for human health. The CIMA Coordinator is evaluating the consequences of the accumulation of microplastics on clams on the Algarve coast and notes that "some analysis reveals tissue inflammation and changes in DNA.
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CIMA researchers published a book chapter on John Wiley & Sons, Lda, about submerged landscapes: N. Flemming, J. Harff, D. Moura, A. Burgess & G. N. Bailey (eds.) 2017. Submerged Landscapes of the European Continental Shelf - Quaternary Paleoenvironments. John Wiley & Sons, Lda.
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Maria João Bebianno, currently coordinator of CIMA and member of the United Nations Expert Group for the Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment presided the 1st Workshop of 5 adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations. This workshop was organized by the Departments of Oceans and Law of the Sea of the United Nations, and took place on the 14th and 15th of September at the Fundação Oceano Azul in Lisbon.
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ALFAETÍLICO PROJECT - VIDEO: First implementation of a new waste recovery technology converting carob, citrus industrial residues and cheese whey into alcohol fuel. A new environmental friendly bioprocess to obtain renewable and non-fossil energy. (Video)