Azorean Biodiversity Group, 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 in 2011. I am Senior researcher of the Island Biodiversity, Biogeography and Conservation Research Group (IBBC).
For many years I have developed a pioneering work on the structure of AMF community in different ecosystems of Azores (forest, grassland, agriculture).
I am a professor of Agronomy at the University of Azores. My research focuses on AMF ecosystems services on island ecosystems.
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).
Given the ecological role of AMF in many ecosystems, my current research is driven by the following objectives: i) explore their biotech potential in sustainable agriculture and ii) their contribution to soil bioremediation and link them to human well-being.
Wallon, S., Melo, C., Tsafack, N., Elias, R.B. & Borges, P.A.V. (2023) Assessing the effects of climate change on arthropod abundance in Azorean pastures: PASTURCLIM project's baseline monitoring data.Biodiversity Data Journal, 11, e103723. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.11. e103723 (IF2021 1,550; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)
Melo, C.D., Maduro Dias, C.S.A.M., Wallon, S., Borba, A.E.S., Madruga, J., Borges, P.A.V., Ferreira, M.T. & Elias, R.B. (2022) Influence of climate variability and soil fertility on the forage quality and productivity in Azorean pastures.Agriculture, 12(3), 358. DOI:10.3390/agriculture12030358 (IF2021 3,408; Q1 Agronomy)
Melo, C.D., Pimentel, R., Walker, C., Rodriguez-Echeverria, S., Freitas, H. & Borges, P.A.V. (2020) Diversity and distribution of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi along a land use gradient in Terceira Island (Azores).Mycological Progress, 19, 643–656. DOI:10.1007/s11557-020-01582-8 (IF2020 2,847; Q3 Mycology)