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.
Bajraktari, A., Nunes, L., Knapic, S., Pimenta, R., Pinto, T., Duarte, S., Miranda. & Pereira, H. (2018) Chemical characterization, hardness and termite resistance of Quercus cerris heartwood from Kosovo.Maderas Ciencia y Tecnologia, 20(3), 305-314. DOI:10.4067/S0718-221X2018005003101 (IF2016 1,100; Q2 Materials Science, Paper & Wood)
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)