Team

Isabel Brito

Isabel Brito  (Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology)
For more than 20 years I have developed, research on arbuscular mycorrhiza in low input cropping systems, in Mediterranean region. My study has focused on how cultural practices (soil mobilization, weed control, use of cover crops) can enhance the benefits of mycorrhization with native fungi and their functional diversity, especially in the protection of plants against biotic and abiotic stresses.
ibrito@uevora.pt  | Link to CV

   

Luis Alho

Luís Alho  (Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology)
I have dedicated all my professional activity to the study of the symbiotic and associative relationships between soil microbes and host plants, with emphasis on symbiosis "rhizobia" x Legumes.
luisalho@uevora.pt  | Link to CV

   

Mario Carvalho

Mário Carvalho  (Full Professor in the Department of Fitotecnia)
For the last 38 years I have been I have developed research related with sustainable intensification of Mediterranean cropping systems integrating three main aspects: improvement of soil functions, the opportunity of application of inputs and the use of beneficial soil microbes (rhizobia and mychorriza). All the work has been carried out in relation with Conservation Agriculture.
mjc@uevora.pt  | Link to CV

   

Ana Alexandre

Ana Alexandre (Post-Doc Researcher)
Most of my research work was dedicated to study the diversity of rhizobia as well as their tolerance to different stresses. Besides my interest in the molecular bases of stress tolerance, I am also dedicated to investigate genes that may influence the symbiotic performance of rhizobia.
anaalex@uevora.pt  | Link to CV

   

Ana Paço

Ana Paço (Post-doc Researcher)
During my scientific career, I studied several areas of knowledge, namely the study of the importance of repetitive sequences in eukaryotic genomes, the evolution of holocentric chromosomes, the role of HOX proteins in the progression of breast cancer and the symbiotic relationship bacteria-legume. Currently, my work is focused on the study of plant growth-promoting mechanisms used by endophytic bacteria.
apaco@uevora.pt  | Link to CV

   

Clarisse Brígido

Clarisse Brígido  (Post-doc Researcher)
My research interest relies on the study of mutualistic plant-microbe interactions, in particularly interactions between leguminous plants and beneficial soil microbes. Currently, my research work is focused on the study of plant growth-promoting mechanisms used by beneficial microbes as well as on the study of the plant microbiomes, to ultimately, to develop new and effective ways to protect plants from biotic and abiotic stresses.
ccb@uevora.pt  | Link to CV

   

Esther Menéndez

Esther Menéndez (Post-doc Researcher)
My research is focused mainly on the molecular basis of mutualistic plant-microbe interactions, particularly on the bacterial side of the interaction and also, on the beneficial effects exerted by rhizobia and endophytic bacteria on different leguminous and non-leguminous crops. Moreover, I am interested on microbial diversity and taxonomy, in order to know who is who and which are the effects of bacterial communities on crops submitted to a diverse range of conditions..
esthermenendez@uevora.pt  | Link to CV

   

Rodrigo Silva

Rodrigo Silva  (MSc Researcher)
My research focuses mainly on the overexpression of genes that can positively influence the symbiotic performance of chickpea mesorhizobia strains. In addition, I also study the interaction between endophytic bacteria and rhizobia for the same purpose.
jrsilva@uevora.pt  | Link to CV

   

Taiana

Taiana Conceição  (PhD Student)

Graduation in Biological Sciences, line of research into biodiversity and antimicrobial activity of endophytic bacteria and fungi of cacao. Master’s in biotechnology, line of research into biotechnological potential of fungi ligninolytic enzymes from Bahia-Brazil. Biology technician at Federal University of Bahia’s Reconcavo. Currently a doctoral student in Biology at the University of Évora researching enzymatic activity and soil microbioma associated to the bioprotective effect of arbuscular mycorrhiza. 
d39466@alunos.uevora.pt  | Link to CV

   

Mariana Patanita

Mariana Patanita (Master’s Student)
My Master's Thesis focuses on the influence of the presence of intact mycelium of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) as the primary source of inoculum, in the development of a pathogenic fungus which attacks maize (Cephalosporium maydis). The goal is to understand the potential associated with arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM) and, through appropriate agricultural practices, maximize the benefits provided by mycorrhization in the control of this fungus in maize.
marianacpatanita@gmail.com  | Link to CV

   

Verônica Castro Leal

Verônica Castro Leal  (Master’s Student)
My Master’s Thesis focuses on the study of interactions between legumes-mycorrhiza-rhizobia, investigating the effect of the commercial inoculum of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) and the presence of intact extra-radicular mycelium on cowpea (Vigna unguiculata), grown under abiotic stress (saline soil). The aim is to compare the use of commercial AFM inoculum with intact extraradical mycelium developed before the crop planting.
veronicastroleal@gmail.com   | Link to CV

   

Gertrudes Mariano

Gertrudes Mariano (Technician)
As technician, I provide assistance to all the ongoing research lines, namely in the preparation of solutions and culture media as well as preparing all the lab material.
gavm@uevora.pt

   

Filipa Santos

Filipa Santos  (Technician)
Como técnica superior, participo na montagem e acompanhamento de ensaios de plantas, tanto em estufa como no campo. Dou também apoio no processamento das amostras resultantes dos ensaios.
fs@uevora.pt

   

Manuel Figo

Manuel Figo (Technician)
Como técnico superior, participo na montagem e acompanhamento de ensaios de plantas, tanto em estufa como no campo. Dou também apoio no processamento das amostras resultantes dos ensaios.
mepf@uevora.pt

   

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

  • Catarina d’Ávila
    Universidade de Évora, Licenciatura em Biologia
    l36361@alunos.uevora.pt
    Research line:  Relação entre Coeficientes Espetrais e Anatomia Foliar Comparativa entre Azinheira (Quercus rotundifolia  Lam.) e Sobreiro (Quercus suber  L.)
    Supervision: Esther Menéndez e Margarida Vaz
  • Carolina Anselmo
    Universidade de Évora, Licenciatura em Bioquímica
    l35489@alunos.uevora.pt
    Research line: Construção de mutantes em bactérias benéficas de plantas/ Knockout do gene qseG  (quorum sensing ) em MH5.
    Supervision: Ana Paço e Clarisse Brígido
  • Ana Margarida Silva
    Universidade de Évora, Licenciatura em Bioquímica
    anamargarida1611@gmail.com
    Research line: Influência da correção de solos na diversidade de rizóbios.
    Supervision: Esther Menéndez e Luís Alho
  • Francisca  Eusébio
    Universidade de Évora, Licenciatura em Bioquímica
    l35485@alunos.uevora.pt
    Research line: Efeito da presença de micélio extraradicular intacto de micorrizas na diversidade de rizóbios em nódulos de trevo subterrâneo.
    Supervision: Clarisse Brígido e Luís Alho