Sónia Duarte is conducting a Ph.D. in Animal Physiology by the University of Azores starting in 2013 within the Island Environmental Risks and Society of cE3c. She is conducting the project Symbiotic flagellate protists as a target for subterranean termites control strategies, under the supervision of Lina Nunes (LNEC), Paulo Borges (cE3c) and Carl Gunnar Fossdal (Skogoglandskap).
Sónia Duarte Ph.D. project aims are: i) to characterize the symbiotic flagellate protist communities living inside the lower termite Reticulitermes grassei Clément; ii) to evaluate the responses of these symbionts under varying conditions; iii) evaluate possible candidate termiticidal products with protozoicidal effects.
Duarte, S., Nunes, L., Borges, P.A.V. & Nobre, T. (2018) A bridge too far? An integrative framework linking classical protist taxonomy and metabarcoding in lower termites.Frontiers in Microbiology, 9, 2620. DOI:10.3389/fmicb.2018.02620 (IF2017 4,019; Q1 Microbiology)
Duarte, S., Nobre. T., Borges, P.A.V. & Nunes, L. (2018) Symbiotic flagellate protists as cryptic drivers of adaptation and invasiveness of the subterranean termite Reticulitermes grassei Clément.Ecology and Evolution, 8, 5242–5253. DOI:10.1002/ece3.3819 (IF2017 2,340; Q2 Ecology)
Esteves, B., Ribeiro, F., Cruz-Lopes, L., Ferreira, J., Domingos, I., Duarte, M., Duarte, S. & Nunes, L. (2017) Densification and heat treatment of maritime pine wood.Wood Research, 62(3), 373-388. DOI: (IF2017 0,642; Q3 Materials Science, Paper & Wood)