The present project aims to understand the effects of the NIS A. armata on the Azorean littoral communities, and predict how the species abundance will influence the islands’ coastal biodiversity under future climate change scenarios. In addition, this project evaluates Asparagopsis potential as an alternative resource for commercial exploitation. A major outcome will be to provide advice towards the establishment of innovative and profitable investments in sectors with economic and societal benefits to the Azorean population, while mitigating the species negative impact in coastal communities.
Articles in SCI Journals already published within this project:
Ponte, J.M.S., Seca, A.M.L. & Barreto, M.C. (2022) Asparagopsis genus: what we really know about Its biological activities and chemical composition. Molecules, 27(6), 1787. DOI:10.3390/molecules27061787 (IF2020 4,411; Q2 Qhemistry, Multidisciplinary)
Casas, E., Fernandez, M., Gil, A., Yesson, Chris., Prestes, A., Moreu-Badia. I., Neto, A.I. & Arbelo, M. (2021) Macroalgae niche modelling: a two-step approach using remote sensing and in situ observations of a native and an invasive Asparagopsis. Biological Invasions, 23, 3215-3230. DOI:10.1007/s10530-021-02554-z (IF2020 3,087; Q1 Biodiversity Conservation)
Martins, G.M., Cacabelos, E., Faria, J., Álvaro, N.M., Prestes, A.C.L. & Neto, A.I. (2019) Patterns of distribution of the invasive alga Asparagopsis armata Harvey: a multi-scaled approach. Aquatic Invasions, 14(4), 582-593. DOI:10.3391/ai.2019.14.4.02 (IF2018 1,705; Q2 Marine & Freshwater Biology)
Kellaris, A., Gil, A., Faria, J., Amaral, R., Moreu, I., Neto, A.I. & Yesson, C. (2019) Using low‐cost drones to monitor heterogeneous submerged seaweed habitats: A case study in the Azores. Aquatic Conservation-Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 29, 1909-1922. DOI:10.1002/aqc.3189 (IF2018 2,935; Q1 Marine & Freshwater Biology)
European Regional Development Fund, Regional Fund for Science and Technology of the Azorean Government.
Afonso Costa Lucas PrestesIsland Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC
Ana Maria Loureiro da SecaIsland Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC
Artur GilIsland Environmental Risks & Society - IERS
Artur GilIsland Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC
Eva Cacabelos ReyesIsland Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC
Gustavo Oliveira de Meneses MartinsIsland Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC
João Faria de Oliveira SantosIsland Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC
Marc Fernandez MorronIsland Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC
Maria do Carmo BarretoIsland Environmental Risks & Society - IERS