Day by Day ICAAM



20-21th November - Cork/Corcho Stand of ICAAM, at the III Iberian Congress of the Dehesa and the Montado in Ifeba Badajoz.

The Congress took place on 20-21th November and counted with more than 400 participants, including managers, researchers, companies, associations and owners.
It was divided into 5 themes: environmental sustainability, research and innovation, culture and traditions – Social sustainability, economic and normative sustainability, PAC and Dehesa.
The ICAAM/University of Évora, was part of the organizing committee, being responsible for the organization of the Stand on Cork/Corcho.



5th November 2018 - Evaluation of ICAAM - future MED by the FCT evaluators Panel

The assessment of the ICAAM and future MED - Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development took place on 5th November at the pole of Mitra.

In front of an audience made up of the majority of the members of ICAAM and other members from centers that will integrate the MED, the evaluators from the Panel THEMATIC AREAS - Mediterranean Studies: Agro-food Systems, Water and Energy Resources, Cultural Heritage, might understand how MED is proposed to be a center of excellence in research

The new Center is a result from a merger of ICAAM with Cibio-Évora, Cebal Pole (already associate since 2016) and MeditBio (University of Algarve).



October 2018 - Office of Unimed-Water and Food on a visit to Morocco 

A delegation from the University of Évora, representing the newly created office of Unimed in water and food, moved to Morocco to better know the functioning and specificities of the unimed network.

It was a very positive and fruitful journey that will bring more dynamicas and new projects to the ICAAM.

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15 and 16th October- International Conference on Mediterranean Diet and Gastronomy: Linking innovation, sustainability and health

About a hundred national and international experts debated consumption, motivations and reality of the Mediterranean diet on University of Évora.



9th September 2018 - Nemalab- Nematology Laboratory of ICAAM  in the Congress of the European Society of Nematologists.


Researchers of the laboratory of Nematology-NemaLab of ICAAM participated, with a communication and three posters, in the Congress of the European Society of Nematologists, held in Ghent, Belgium from 9--14th September 2018 (
-Participants NemaLab/ICAAM: Cláudia Vicente, Margarida Espada, Jordana Branco, Paulo Vieira, Manuel Mota

-Oral Communications and posters:

  • Branco, J., C. Vicente, A.C. Figueiredo, M. Mota and P. Vieira. 2018. Silencing of Pratylenchus penetrans pioneer genes by in vitro RNAi nematode soaking assays. European Society of Nematologists (ESN) Conference 2018, 9-13th September, Ghent, Belgium (poster).
  • Espada, M., S.E. van der Akker, T. Maier, V. Paramasivan, T. Baum, M. Mota, J. Jones. 2018. STATAWAARS: a new promoter DNA motif associated with pharyngeal gland cell expression in Bursaphelenchus xylophilus. European Society of Nematologists (ESN) Conference 2018, 9-13th September, Ghent, Belgium (oral).
  • Figueiredo, J., J.M.S. Cardoso, I. Esteves, I.Luci Conceição, I. Abrantes, M. Mota and P. Vieira. 2018. FMRFamide-like peptide family members of Pratylenchus penetrans. European Society of Nematologists (ESN) Conference 2018, 9-13th September, Ghent, Belgium (poster).
  • Vicente, C., M. Mota, K. Kamo, J.D. Eisenback, and P. Vieira. 2018. Characterization of a set of cell wall-degrading enzymes of the root lesion nematode Pratylenchus penetrans. European Society of Nematologists (ESN) Conference 2018, 9-13th September, Ghent, Belgium (poster)


21 June 2018 - Steering Committee Meeting of @newbieH2020 discusses this morning @ICAAM_UE.How can we support #newentrants into #farming in #Portugal? @EU_H2020 #agriculture #innovation #entrepreneurship 



7th JUNE 2018  - HNV-Link Cross-Visit to The Burren, Irland


Between the 4th – 7th June a group of 20 Portuguese farmers, researchers and public administration people (Direcção Regional da Agricultura – AlentejoRede Rural Nacional ) is visiting the region of The Burren, Ireland.

The visit to The Burren region is one of the Cross-Visits organized within the H2020 Project HNV-Link – Innovation for High Nature Value Farming  (more info here ).

This 3-day visit includes visits to farms participating in the scheme and a workshop focused on the needs of the Portuguese Montado system for a similar payment approach.

The main goal of this visit is to gain knowledge on the experience of local co-construction of result based agro-environmental measures and to discuss possible problems and applied solutions – and to discuss in the Portuguese group and with the involved people in the Burren, which pathways can be more fruitful for the implementation of similar RBPS in Alentejo, Portugal.



2 de Janeiro de 2018 - Release of 2 videos produced by ICAAM.

On 2 February, in the conference room of Mitra there was the launch of 2 videos produced by ICAAM: See here:-In vitro propagation: -Essential oils and food:



12 to 14 November 2017-11th meeting of the European Bird Census Council, Barcelona


"The last EBP meeting took place in Barcelona on 13-14 November. This was the one with the highest participation so far, with 30 attendants from 16 countries. Data quality and best practices and the launching of the new version of the EBP viewer, which includes a nice set of new functionalities and an improved geographical coverage, were some of the main topics discussed in the meeting."


9 e 10 de Novembro de 2017 - Reunião do projecto SAGRI na Universidade de Évora


Decorreu nos dias 9 e 10 de Novembro na Universidade de Évora a reunião de parceiros do projecto “SAGRI - Skills Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture”, um projecto financiado pelo programa ERASMUS+ da Comissão Europeia.

Com início em Novembro de 2016, tem a duração de 3 anos e envolver instituições de 3 países: Grécia, Itália e Portugal

Os principais objectivos do SAGRI, são o desenvolvimento de programas curriculares e de acções de formação para agricultores que integrem na prática os últimos desenvolvimentos tecnológicos na agricultura e que possam assim contribuir para a melhoria das competências dos agricultores e dos técnicos de campo no espaço Europeu tendo em consideração os aspectos tecnológicos e ambientais para uma agricultura sustentável. 

Além dos parceiros do consórcio esteve também presente uma representante da Comissão Europeia, da “EACEA- Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency”. 


3 de Novembro 2017 - Lançamento do Sub Office da Unimed - Food and Water na Universidade de Évora


No dia 3 de novembro de 2017, pelas 16h00, teve lugar uma sessão de lançamento que marcou a criação do Gabinete de União das Universidades do Mediterrâneo (UNIMED) na Universidade de Évora, tendo sido apresentada a Sub-Rede da UNIMED sobre "Água e Alimentação", integrada por parceiros de nove países (Argélia, Chipre, Itália, Jordânia, 


Julho de 2017 - Acção de Sensibilização na Herdade do Freixo do Meio

A investigadora do ICAAM, Birgit Arnholdt-Schmitt, dinamizou uma ação de informação na Herdade do Freixo do Meio, na qual apresentou o projeto LIVESEED - Improve performance of organic agriculture by boosting organic seed and plant breeding efforts across Europe . Esta apresentação decorreu no âmbito do Mestrado em Agricultura Biologica, da Universidade de Coimbra.




Antunes C, Candeias J, Arriegas R, Tarana I, Galveias A, Martins L, Bento O, Lopes L, Costa A, Buters J. Q. rotundifolia and P. hybrida pollen extracts induced basophil degranulation: study using a cell line expressing human FcERI. EAACI 2017, TPS 03, P620, pp118.


20-23 June-15th Congress of the MPU (Mediterranean Phytopathological Union)

This important meeting of plant protection of the Mediterranean region ran from 20-23 June in Córdoba, and had the participation of 3 members of the ICAAM, belonging to the NemLab: Claudia Vicente, Carlos Gutiérrez-Gutiérrez and Margarida Espada. This meeting also disseminated the FCT/PratyTech project of ICAAM.

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