Laboratory of Plant Virology

The Plant virology laboratory develops its research in the epidemiological and molecular study of viruses, the development of rapid and sensitive techniques for its diagnosis and the development of plant protection techniques. The plant virology laboratory has been involved, for several decades, in clonal Olive Tree selection programs, performing screening of the main viruses that affect this culture.
The laboratory also provides diagnostic services for pathogens as well as support to farmers in the area of plant pathology.

Responsável: Ivone Clara [iclara@uevora.pt]

Equipa

  • Maria Ivone Clara, Coordinator, Professor, Crop Department
  • Maria do Rosário Félix, Auxiliary Professor, Crop Department
  • Carla Varanda, pHD Research
  • Doroteia Campos, pHD Research
  • Patrick Materatski,Phd Researcher

Contactos e Horário

Universidade de Évora – Pólo da Mitra
Apartado 94
7006-554 Évora

Telefone: +351 266 760 851

The laboratory also provides diagnostic services for pathogens as well as support to farmers in the area of plant pathology.

Research Lines

  • Detection and characterization of the main viruses vineyards of the Alentejo and in various varieties, using serological and molecular techniques.
  • Testing of virus transmission by fungi of the genus Olpidium sp.
  • Development of rapid and sensitive tests for simultaneous virus diagnosis in various cultures.
  • Study and characterization of olive tree viral isolates
  • Transformation of viruses to use as vectors of expression of proteins in plants.
  • Genetic manipulation of viruses to be used as vectors of silencing induction in plants (VIGS) and consequent protection against disease.
  • Researching suppressor genes in Alpha-e Betanecrovirus.
  • Construction of Infectious viral clones and protein function tests.
  • Study and characterization of RNAs satellites and their potential in the control of diseases caused by viruses

The laboratory supports the agronomic component of disciplines of the degree in agronomy, of the master degree in engineering, of the master in Olive and olive oil, of the Masters in Viticulture and Oenology, of the PhD in biochemistry, and internships of bachelors and Masters and Doctorates.