A maioria dos docentes e investigadores do Departamento de Biologia Vegetal (DBV), desenvolve a sua actividade científica nos seguintes Centros de Investigação:
Estes centros estão integrados na Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa e são financiados pela Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, FCT. O financiamento dos projectos de investigação em curso no DBV é disputado competitivamente junto de agências de financiamento nacionais e internacionais.
Para além de investigadores do DBV, os centros de investigação referidos incluem investigadores de várias universidades portuguesas e mantêm uma estreita colaboração com centros de investigação de diversas universidades estrangeiras.
Eis uma breve introdução às actividades de cada Centro:
CBV – Center for Plant Biotechnology
The research activities of PBRG have been focused on the in vitro cultures, with particular emphasis on hairy roots cultures as natural product producing systems, namely essential oils. In addition, chemical and molecular characterization of endemic plant species as well as the study of secretory structures, viewing a better knowledge, valuation and conservation of the national plant biodiversity resources, with potential economic interest is another topic on which PBRG has been particularly concerned.
CBA – Centre for Environmental Biology
The main goal of the CBA is to develop cutting-edge research aiming to understand biological systems, from cells to landscapes, encompassing the organism, population, community and ecosystem levels. Our research covers both terrestrial and inland aquatic systems and a wide diversity of organisms, including bacteria, fungi, lichens, plants, invertebrates and all classes of vertebrates, as well as model organisms. We aim to bridge the gap between general patterns and their mechanistic basis, which is why we favor an interdisciplinary research approach. This broad range of expertise is instrumental to our ultimate goals of developing efficient conservation programmes to preserve biodiversity and environmental quality, to define measures of sustainability and to understand the evolutionary and ecological dynamics of populations and communities.
BioFIG – Center for Biodiversity, Functional and Integrative Biology
BioFIG forms an interdisciplinary platform that offers high-level training opportunities to researchers interested in different aspects of Biology. The broad scope of BioFIG and the facilities it has available are not easily found within a single institution. This spectrum of expertise will facilitate the innovative research anticipated, it will allow for fresh insights into research problems, and it will ensure that members will be exposed to interdisciplinary thinking and transferable knowledge (e.g. molecular biology, genomics, cell biology, developmental biology and computational biology).
CO – Center of Oceanography
The general objectives of the Centro de Oceanografia (CO) are:
1. Develop research in collaboration with national and international institutions;
2. To carry out consulting and advising activities in the expertise areas of CO;
3. to collaborate in the university training and education; at the level of the first, second and third study cycles;
4. to promote science and technology outreach for the general public.
In general, the research areas of CO can be assembled within the following main themes:
Oceans and climate; Oceanography of the continental margin; Estuaries, lagoons and coastal zones (biological communities, physical and chemical processes); Fisheries and aquaculture; Conservation of natural resources, environment and pollution.