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Call for Papers Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences ISSN: 2334-2404 (Print) 2334-2412 (Online)

Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is a refereed international journal. The journal publishes papers concerned with the advance of agriculture and environmental science throughout the world. It publishes original scientific work related to strategic and applied studies in all aspects of agricultural science as well as reviews of scientific topics of current agricultural relevance. All manuscripts are initially screened on their topic suitability and linguistic quality. The journal is also devoted to publish original, peer-reviewed research papers on main aspects of environmental sciences.
The journal is published by the American Research Institute for Policy Development that serves as a focal point for academicians, professionals, graduate and undergraduate students, fellows, and associates pursuing research throughout the world.
The interested contributors are highly encouraged to submit their manuscripts/papers to the executive editor via e-mail at Please indicate the name of the journal (Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences) in the cover letter or simply put ‘Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences’ in the subject box during submission via e-mail.
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JAES is inviting papers for Vol. 4, No. 1. The online publication date is March 31, 2015. Submission Deadline: February 15, 2015.

Informa Life Sciences’ Registration of Agrochemicals

10-11 February 2015, Berlin, Germany

Essential guidance from the EU Commission, 13 Member State representatives plus leading industry experts on the registration of your Plant Protection Products

Keynote Presentations – Hear vital feedback on recent developments and the future outlook at the EU Commission and EFSA

The Zonal Authorisation Procedure – The CRD, BVL and Portugal share their experiences, plus take a look into the future with Dow AgroSciences – where will Europe be in 2020?

The New Authorisation Database – Review implementation, training and experiences to date. Insight from the EU Commission and Syngenta.

From Science to Politics and its Consequences – assess the role of media and politics in the agrochemical industry and its impact on regulatory affairs

Keynote Speakers: Wolfgang Reinert, EU Commission Jose Tarazona, EFSA (Subject to confirmation)

13 Member State Representatives 38+ speakers

Hear essential guidance from the EU Commission, 13 Member State representatives plus leading industry experts on the registration of your Plant Protection Products

Our 2015 agenda has been designed to ensure you achieve success under Regulation 1107/2009. What was expected, what has actually happened and where are we heading? This is a unique opportunity to hear from key stakeholders and gather vital information on the registration of your crop protection products. With over 38 speakers confirmed for the 2015 agenda we have a very exciting speaker line-up. Plus NEW topics for 2015 include: The New Authorisation Database 1107/2009 – Where are we heading? The Registration of New Actives Basic and Low Risk Substances Biopesticides Seed Treatments CLP


Shrimp situation in Thailand good, said to be getting better

By Sean Murphy, SeafoodSource online editor

Published on 22 December, 2014

Shrimp farm

Just last week, our contributor Jason Holland wrote an interesting piece about a Rabobank report on the worldwide shrimp farming industry and how it was poised to rebound after the body blow it suffered from early mortality syndrome, or EMS, starting in 2011.

Now, Reuters is reporting the Thai shrimp farming industry is producing numbers that seem to back that sentiment. According to the report, the industry expects 2014 to be the year of the turning point, with Thai shrimp farmers predicting they would produce between 250,000 and 300,000 metric tons of shrimp in 2015.

Many in the shrimp farming industry worldwide breathed a sigh of relief in the summer of 2013, when scientists discovered a strain of bacteria was responsible for the disease. Thai farmers are employing a number of new techniques for controlling the disease, Reuters reports, including selective breeding, keeping water cleaner and other biosecurity measures.


First edition of the International Summer School on Coastal Processes: “Building up knowledge on Coastal Processes: Principles and Techniques”

. 11Dear Colleagues,

it is our pleasure to announce the

First edition of the International Summer School on Coastal Processes:

“Building up knowledge on Coastal Processes: Principles and Techniques”

Dates: 6-10 July 2015

Location: Faro (Portugal)


The Coast Tools Summer School concentrates on the principles and the techniques to understand and explore the dynamism of complex coastal systems.

Within this first edition, the topics, the lecturers and the fieldwork are organized around a central theme: Tidal inlet dynamics.

The course will comprise in-depth lectures combined with training in fieldwork and modeling techniques.

During the summer school the participants will work with: Real Time Kinematic-Differential Global Positioning System (RTK-DGPS), total station, single beam echo sounder, acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP), acoustic Doppler Velocimeter (ADV), pressure transducers and bottom sediment samplers. The course also includes the use of state of the art software to create digital elevation models, processing scripts, process-based modelling (waves, currents and sediments), among others.


César Andrade (Universidade de Lisboa), Óscar Ferreira (Universidade do Algarve), André Pacheco (Universidade do Algarve), Xavier Bertin (Université de La Rochelle), Ana Matias (Universidade do Algarve), Dano Roelvink (UNESCO-IHE Institute for WaterEducation), TheocharisPlomaritis (Universidade do Algarve), Susana Costas (Universidade do Algarve)

The course is open toadvanced and young postgraduate students in marine science, environmental sciences, coastal geology and physical geography.

Participation is competitive and will be limited to a maximum of 15. If needed, selection will be based on the analysis of CVs.

The registration fee (450€) includes accommodation at the 1878 Hostel located at Faro city centre, breakfast, lunch, dinner, field trips and teaching material.



On behalf of the organizers

Susana Costas

André Pacheco

Oscar Ferreira
Edifício 7, FCT, CIMA
Universidade do Algarve
Campus de Gambelas
8005 – 139 Faro

tel. +351 – 289 – 800029
fax. +351 – 289 – 800069


Course Announcements Copenhagen



Since 1993 the IOC has conducted training courses in identification/taxonomy and enumeration of harmful microalgae. The course have mostly been aimed at relatively experienced participants who, for example, have either previously attended an introductory IOC training course on taxonomy of harmful algae, or participants who obtained similar experience through alternative activities. The purpose has been to improve the skills of the participants in taxonomy for research purposes and for practical monitoring of harmful algal blooms.

As from 2006 the IOC training will be offered within a new framework which gives accreditation of identification and enumeration skills. This type of courses have been offered for other species groups since 1993 by the Natural History Museum , London, and we have been inspired by this to redesign the IOC courses. We know by experience that many of the more than 500 trainees we have had over the years have wished the courses to give accreditation. In some countries, e.g. New Zealand, the IOC courses have become reference for laboratories to be approved for carrying out regulatory monitoring for harmful microalgae.

The aim is to improve the standards in harmful algae monitoring in IOC Member States by awarding certificates of competence in identification and enumeration to scientists and technicians.

The training framework offer

A) Training course including an examination which gives accreditation.

B) Examination which gives accreditation.
Qualification by examination and the awarding body of the accreditation is the competent IOC partner institution. The pass mark is high (90%) but analyses based on data that is less accurate are of little value.

IOC Training Course and Identification Qualification in Harmful Marine Microalgae 2015 – with optional workshops on enumration and/or culture techniques:
During the past nineteen years, the IOC Science and Communication Centre on Harmful Algae, University of Copenhagen, Denmark organized more than 60 training courses in taxonomy and biology of harmful microalgae. A significant number of courses on identification have also been organized in cooperation between IOC and University of Tokyo.
The present training course is a further development of these courses, and it includes now an examination at the end of the course with an IOC Certificate of Proficiency in Identification of Harmful Algae issued to participants who pass the examination.
The course includes 90 hours of teaching and is divided into two parts, each consisting of 45 hours of teaching. The first part of the course is an internet teaching programme, while the second part is a practical workshop in species identification. The course is organised by the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

If there are more applicants than available seats, priority will be given to applicants who have direct research or management responsibilities with regard to the occurrence of harmful algae.
Mandatory E-learning part: Over 4-5 weeks in the period May-July.
Practical course at University of Copenhagen: 9-19 August 2015. Optional workshops on enumeration/culture techniques from 19-22 August.
IOC Science and Communication Centre on Harmful Algae, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark c/o Danhostel, Hillerød.
Part I – Distant learning: The distant learning programme consists of 8 modules including an introduction to the teaching platform. The distant learning is offered in the IOC OceanTeacher platform. There is a short introductory text to each module, and at the beginning of this text is given a list of suggested reading, which will usually include selected articles or chapters of general text books. All exercises are mandatory. This part of the course includes 45 hours of teaching or a work load of about one working day per week for six weeks.
Part II – Practical course on species identification: The course will focus on identification of harmful algal species, with particular reference to the ‘IOC Taxonomic Reference List on Toxic Plankton Algae’. During the course, the following species will be demonstrated either as cultures (*subject to the availability of cultures at the Scandinavian Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa) or as preserved material. Focus will be on light microscopy. All participants will be urged to bring material for the Course.See preliminary programme.
Haptophyceae*: Chrysochromulina spp. Prymnesium spp.
Raphidophyceae*: Chattonella antiqua, C. subsalsa, Fibrocapsa japonica, Haramonas dimorpha, Heterosigma akashiwo, Olisthodiscus luteus.
Dinophyceae: Prorocentrum concavum*, P. cordatum, P. emarginatum*, P. gracile, P. lima, P. micans, P. rhathymum.
Dinophysis acuta, D. acuminata, D. caudata, D. fortii, D. miles, D. mitra, D. norvegica, D. rotundata, D. tripos.
Alexandrium affine, A. minutum, A. catenella*, A. ostenfeldii, A. pseudogonyaulax, A. tamarense, A. taylori,
Pyrodinium bahamense var. compressum, Lingulodinium polyedrum, Protoceratium reticulatum, Gonyaulax spinifera, Gambierdiscus toxicus, Coolia monotis, Ostreopsis spp.
Akashiwo sanguinea*, Amphidinium carterii*, A. operculatum*, Gymnodinium catenatum*, G. impudicum*, Karenia mikimotoi*, K. selliformis*, Karlodinium micrum*, Noctiluca scintillans.
Bacillariophyceae: Pseudo-nitzschia australis, P. calliantha*, P. delicatissima, P. fraudulenta, P. multiseries, P. pungens*, P. seriata, Nitzschia navis-varingica*.
Cyanobacteria: Anabaena spp, Anabaenopsis spp, Aphanizomenon sp., Cylindrospermopsis spp., Microcystis spp, Nodularia spumigena, Trichodesmium sp.
All participants will be urged to bring material/samples.
The Course is aimed at participants who have some background and experience in identifying microalgae.
IOC Science and Communication Centre on Harmful Algae, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Course lecturers:
Dr. Heléne Annadotter, Dr. Santiago Fraga, Dr. Jacob Larsen, Dr. Nina Lundholm, Professor Øjvind Moestrup
Up to 16.
The Course will be held in the English language.
Qualification by examination will take place on the last day of the training course.
Mandatory theoretical part: Over 3 weeks, to be arranged when applicants have signed up.
Practical course at University of Copenhagen in conjunction with the course in species identification in August.
Optional workshops on ennumration and/or culture techniques:
Further improvement of the skills of the participants in enumeration/culturing of harmful microalgae.
The workshops will consist of:
1. Counting techniques, statistics, comparison and interpretation of data, and data presentation.
2. Practical exercises in isolation techniques and maintenace of cultures.
Deadline for applications: 1 April 2015.
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Course fee detailes and payment instructions