Feb 2022

Increasing the sustainability and reducing product losses throughout strawberry production chain: Professor Susana Carvalho presents the project that targets the fungal pathogen Botrytis cinerea

In an article published in the Portuguese newspaper Diário de Notícias, the GreenUPorto researcher explained the relevance of the ‘Botrytis-XTalk Project’ recently financed by FCT

Over the next three years, a research team coordinated by Professor Susana Carvalho (with Dr. Tânia Fernandes as Co-PI) will develop sustainable strategies to mitigate the effect of grey mould on strawberry, in the laboratories of GreenUPorto/FCUP, in partnership with the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom). In an interview to Diário de Notícias, the researcher explained that the fungal pathogen that causes this disease, Botrytis cinerea, results in drastic production losses and reduces the strawberry shelf life. This was the starting point in the development of the Project “Botrytis-XTalk: eXploring host-fungal crossTalk for early and sustainable control of gray mold”, funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and briefly explained by its Coordinator here.

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Nov 2021

Campus Vairão highlighted on the European map of Circular Cities

As part of the Circular Cities Week 2021, the vertical garden of GreenUPorto was highlighted by the European agency COST


The recent vertical garden, installed on the Vairão campus, gained European visibility, after being featured on the webpage of the prestigious European research and innovation funding institution European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST).

In a world undergoing profound changes, in which expressions such as “decarbonization of the economy”, “ecological footprint”, and “circular economy” have become part of everyday life, marked changes in the way we produce and consume have become essential in the debate about the cities we want for the future.

In the week in which circular cities are celebrated, COST went searching for points where these changes are already taking place and found one of them on our campus Vairão.

The vertical garden, installed on the south side of the FCV2 building for agricultural sciences, thus gained European visibility, having been highlighted in the promotional video #Circular Cities Week 2021. Watch the video about circular cities, here.

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Jun 2021

Project “Strawberry+: new approaches to boost strawberry quality from the field to the industry” disseminated in the program 90 Seconds of Science, from the radio station Antena 1

The Scientific Coordinator of Strawberry+, Professor Susana Carvalho (GreenUPorto/FCUP), gave voice to the project that intends to optimize the production of strawberry

The Project Strawberry+, developed by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto/GreenUPorto, the company Frulact and the Portuguese Catholic University, and financed by the National Innovation Agency (Portugal 2020), was presented in the radio program “90 seconds of Science”, from Antena 1.

GreenUPorto researcher Susana Carvalho attended the challenge of presenting Strawberry+ in a very brief way, and addressed the main aspects of the project that aims to improve the production of strawberry, within a sustainable perspective.

Access here the podcast dedicated to Strawberry+, and stay with the essentials of this project.

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May 2021

EW-BIOSENSOR project disclosed in the “90 Seconds of Science” program broadcasted by Antena 1 radio station

The GreenUPorto researcher Ruth Pereira explained the objective of the project, which aims to increase sustainability in grapevine cultivation, through the application of biosensors in vineyard soils

The EW-BIOSENSOR Project, which is being developed within the scope of the IJUP Empresas program and which counts with the participation of the company from the wine sector Sogrape Vinhos SA, was disclosed in the radio program “90 Segundos de Ciência”. In ninety seconds of science dissemination, stay with the essentials of the EW-BIOSENSOR project, through the voice of GreenUPorto researcher, Ruth Pereira. Access the Antena 1 podcast here.

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Sep 2018

LIPOR Open Day

Soil quality as a theme of activities

On September 29, researchers from GreenUPorto collaborated with LIPOR in the commemoration of its Open Day. The evaluation of soil quality was the topic of the activity developed with children and adults. While adults learned to measure various indicators of soil quality, the youngest ones have become fascinated with the magnifying glass and with the diversity of soil organisms.

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