Welcome to CITAB

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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Symposium "Agriculture and Food Sustainability: New Climate Change Scenarios"

The Symposium will take place from 11th to 13th October 2021 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. Considering the current pandemic situation, the Symposium will be a hybrid event, and is available for all those who wish to attend virtually.

Incentive Award towards Social-Ecological Sustainability

The Laboratory of Applied Ecology (LEA-UTAD) launches an Incentive Award for pilot-project proposals focused on the demonstrative relevance of ecosystem services.

CITAB researcher awarded with best oral communication in conference

Rita Martins received the award for best oral communication at the XV Encontro de Química dos Alimentos (2021).

CITAB is recruiting 1 (one) Communication Manager

One position is open for a Communication Manager under a fixed term public employment contract for a period of 36 months - deadline 10th September 2021.

CITAB offers 8 Initiation Research Grants (BII)

In September 2021, master students can apply for a first experience in research activities.

CITAB's Activities Report and Newsletter 2020 published!

Despite the pandemic restrictions, the research activities kept the pace. The most relevant accomplishments are gathered in the recent Activities Report and Newsletter.

Ana Barros re-elected as CITAB Director

With 86% of the votes, Ana Barros will lead CITAB for the next four years.

Researcher João Santos in the Reuters list of the world’s top climate scientists

João Santos distinguished among the top 1000 climate scientists at Thomson Reuters.

CITAB has been merited with the Associate Laboratory status for 10 years!

CITAB & GreenUPorto were recognised by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) as hosts to an Associate Laboratory, the Inov4Agro!

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Incentive Award towards Social-Ecological Sustainability

The Laboratory of Applied Ecology (LEA-UTAD) launches an Incentive Award for pilot-project proposals focused on the demonstrative relevance of ecosystem services.

CITAB researcher awarded with best oral communication in conference

Rita Martins received the award for best oral communication at the XV Encontro de Química dos Alimentos (2021).

CITAB is recruiting 1 (one) Communication Manager

One position is open for a Communication Manager under a fixed term public employment contract for a period of 36 months - deadline 10th September 2021.

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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

Paula Oliveira

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

Eurodairy - A Europe-wide Thematic Network on improving resource use efficiency in dairy farming

Start Date: 2016/02
Duration: 36 months

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EuroDairy is a new international network to increase the economic, social and environmental sustainability of dairy farming in Europe, at a time of unprecedented challenge for the sector.

Funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme, EuroDairy will foster the development and dissemination of practice-based innovation in dairy farming, targeting key sustainability issues following the abolition of milk quotas: socio economic resilience, resource efficiency, animal care, and the integration of milk production with biodiversity objectives.

EuroDairy spans 14 countries, from Ireland to Poland, and from Sweden to Italy, encompassing 40% of dairy farmers, 45% of cows and 60% of European milk output. The project adopts the interactive model of the European Innovation Partnership, putting farmers at the centre of practice-based innovation, adapting and developing new and existing scientific knowledge to produce implementable solutions, which can then be shared across the network.