Animal Breeding, Animal Production Systems, Experimental Design and Data Analysis, Meta-Analysis.
Area 3 (‘Society’): Improve on-farm practices to enhance consumer acceptability and address societal challenges associated with animal welfare, product quality and safety, biodiversity and provision of ecosystem services
We are interested in collaborating on a proposal aiming to agro-ecosystems valorization, supported on research of sustainability of animal production (animal and plant production components) using new production technologies without overlooking the importance the safety of animal-origin foods.
The Mountain Research Centre (CIMO) is a multidisciplinary research centre focused on mountain issues. It was
founded in 2002 within the School of Agriculture of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, and since 2003 it is part of
the national research network funded by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT). CIMO aims at
studying and developing mountain natural resources, forest and agriculture ecosystems, and local products in order to
develop sustainable systems economically, socially and environmentally. Currently, CIMO comprises 116 members, 56
of which have a PhD degree specialised in a wide range of research fields, namely: agronomy, animal science, life
sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences among others. This diversity allows CIMO to be remarkably
multidisciplinary which suits CIMO’s main object of study: complex agricultural mountain systems.
Results of research conducted at CIMO are published in international and national scientific journals and books and
presented in scientific events. Technology transfer publications and events are also a priority for CIMO to promote the
application of research at the local and national levels.
CIMO has established international cooperation with Universities and Research Centres in Spain, Greece, Slovenia,
Germany, Ukraine, UK, Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, Tunisia, Egypt, Serbia and the USA.
CIMO is organized in three research groups: Marginal Land Ecosystem Services (MLES), Mountain Farming Systems
(MFS), and Food Safety and Technology (FST). The current project proposal is supported by the FST research group,
which is focused on the mountain food products, and aiming to promote the mountain areas development based on
quality, authenticity and originality of the mountain quality products.