Azorean Biodiversity Group, Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of the Azores
Rua Capitão João D'Avila 9700-042 Angra do Heroísmo
Terceira, Azores, Portugal
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I received a PhD in Ecology of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) from the University of Coimbra and I am currently working in the IBBC group of cE3c. In the last 10 years I have developed a pioneering work on diversity of AMF community in different ecosystems of Azores (forest, grassland, agriculture). I am currently collaborating with some overlapping groups of colleagues specially working on AMF ecology, evolution and conservation - Centre for Functional Ecology (CFE), University of Coimbra (Helena Freitas and Susana Rodríguez-Echeverría), Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (Christopher Walker), Institute of Botany ASCR – Department of Mycorrhizal Symbioses (Claudia Kruger) and Canarian Institute of Agricultural Research (ICIA) (Maria del Carmeo Jaizme-Vega). These collaboration are part of the research project (PTDC /AGR-ALI/122152/2010) funded by FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia).
My current research is driven by the following objectives: 1) Overcome one of the most important constraints in decision-making on biodiversity conservation related to the large number of AMF undescribed species, i.e., the so-called “Linnean shortfall”; 2) establish patterns of AMF diversity, abundance, and distribution at different spacial scales; 3) given the ecological role of AMF in many ecosystem, try to understand the ecosystems service provides by these symbionts, and linking them to human well-being.
Melo, C.D., Sara, L., Krüger, C., Walker, C., Mendonça, D., Fonseca, M.A.C.H., Jaizme-Vega, M., Câmara Machado, A. (2017) Communities of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi under Picconia azorica in native forests of Azores.Symbiosis, Online early, . DOI:10.1007/s13199-017-0487-2 (IF2015 1,284; Q4 Microbiology)
Melo, C.D., Luna, S.D., Krüger, C., Walker, C., Mendonça, D., Fonseca, H.M.A.C., Jaizme-Veja, M.C. & Câmara Machado, A. (2017) Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal community composition associated with Juniperus brevifolia in native Azorean forest.Acta Oecologica-International Journal of Ecology, 79, 48-51. DOI:10.1016/j.actao.2016.12.006 (IF2015 1,420; Q3 Ecology)
Borges, P.A.V., Gaspar, C., Crespo, L., Rigal, F., Cardoso, P., Pereira, F., Rego, C., Amorim, I.R., Melo, C., Aguiar, C., André, G., Mendonça, E., Ribeiro, S.P., Hortal, J., Santos, A.M., Barcelos, L., Enghoff, H., Mahnert, V., Pita, M.T., Ribes, J., Baz, A., Sousa, A.B., Vieira, V., Wunderlich, J., Parmakelis, A., Whittaker, R.A., Quartau, J.A., Serrano, A.R.M. & Triantis, K.A.(2016). New records and detailed distribution and abundance of selected arthropod species collected between 1999 and 2011 in Azorean native forests. Biodiversity Data Journal, 4, e10948. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.4.e10948.