Nature

Youth in Permaculture – It’s Our Future

Ananda Kalyani Master Unit is working with an international project called Youth in Permaculture (YiP), whose mission is to support and empower youths and young adults to lead fulfilling and healthy lives inspired by permaculture through events organised by and for the youth, who plan to share information and practical tools through online platforms and …

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Bats: ecologically important animals

Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera and make up one-fifth of the mammal population on Earth, according to Bat Conservation International. Bats are the second largest order of mammals (after the rodents), representing about 20% of all classified mammal species worldwide with about more than 1,300 bat species in the world.

Hawthorn. A useful and benefic tree

Common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) is a deciduous tree native in the UK and across Europe. Also known as the May-tree, due to its flowering period, it is the only British plant named after the month in which it blooms. Common hawthorn at Master Unit (Paul, Portugal)

Biological control: a sustainable method for controlling plant diseases

Biological control is the use of living organisms to maintain pest populations below damaging levels. Biocontrol agents include a wide variety of life forms, including vertebrates, invertebrates, fungi, and microorganisms. These beneficial species are common in most natural communities and, although their presence is often unnoticed, they help maintain the “balance of nature” by regulating …

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Birdwatching at Serra da Estrela Natural Reserve

Last weekend, on 20 and 21 February, took place the workshop on wintering birds at the Serra da Estrela Natural Park (Portugal). The training course was organized by CISE and CERVAS/ALDEIA associations. The event was presented by José Conde (CISE), Ricardo Brandão (CERVAS), and Antonio Luís (Aveiro University), at the Centro de Interpretação da Serra …

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Quartz. The most versatile and known mineral on Earth

More than 4.000 naturally occurring minerals (inorganic solids that have a characteristic chemical composition and specific crystal structure) have been found on Earth. They are formed of simple molecules or individual elements arranged in repeating chains, sheets, or three-dimensional arrays. Minerals are typically formed when molten rock, or magma, cools, or by separating out of …

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Discovering mushrooms at Master Unit. An incredible biodiversity

The term biodiversity refers to the variety of life on Earth at all its levels, from genes to ecosystems, and the ecological and evolutionary processes that sustain it. Biodiversity includes not only species we consider rare, threatened, or endangered, but every living thing, even organisms we still know little about, such as microbes, fungi, and …

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