The Biotechnology Center (CB-UEM), the Natural History Museum and the BioForMoz Project (Italian Development Cooperation Agency – AICS) promoted on February 15, 2024, in Maputo, a Seminar to present the Biobank of Animal Biodiversity (BBA) to the academic community and society.

The Seminar was attended by the Magnificent Rector of Eduardo Mondlane University, Doctor Manuel Guilherme Júnior and the Deputy Director of AICS, Dr. Maria Cristina Pescante and more than 80 participants including representatives from the Government, Academia, non-governmental organizations, and private sector with an interest in Biodiversity Conservation. Nine presentations were made by national and foreign partners and analogous biobanks. The presentations focused on the role of Biobanks for Conservation, their operation, and the importance of cooperation between institutions for the development of scientific and environmental policies in the country and the world.

The Animal Biodiversity Biobank, which is a structure created for the purpose of long-term storage of wild fauna samples, the first of its kind in the country, was founded by the Biotechnology Center (CB-UEM) and the Natural History Museum (MHN) and funded by AICS through the BioForMoz Project. These two twin laboratories will fill a national gap and operate as a support infrastructure for scientific research in biodiversity, public health, and forensics by meeting the needs of conservation areas, national and foreign researchers and scientists, and institutions that control poaching and illegal fishing, as well as other environmental crimes.

This Seminar made it possible to promote the BBA, encourage its use by the community (sample deposit & request) and mobilize more partners and resources for operation and sustainability of the BBA.

Dr. Anna Barra Caracciolo

Dr. Paola Grenni

As part of BioForMoz’s activities to implement studies for the control of water for human consumption, two researchers from the CNR Water Research Institute of Italy, came on a mission to Maputo on October 20th, to collaborate with the Molecular Toxicology department of the Biotechnology Center: the researchers Dr. Anna Barra Caracciolo and Dr. Paola Grenni.

In addition to collaborating on two ongoing projects: “Assessment of emerging contaminants in the Umbeluzi River: their presence and effects on fish” and “Using biomarkers as a biomonitoring tool for environmental pesticide pollution: case study of the Umbeluzi River”, with laboratory and field activities, two public seminars will be held:

Assessment of the effects of legacy and emerging contaminants in soil and water ecosystems, speaker Dr. Anna Barra Caracciolo;

Application of ecotoxicological tests for evaluating single, mixture and contaminated matrix effects on ecosystems, speaker Dr. Paola Grenni.

The seminars were held at the UEM Complexo Pedagogico on October 26th.