Maria Margarida Saial Santos Guiomar Espada

Maria Margarida Saial Santos Guiomar Espada

Plant protection, Integrated in MED
Plant protection
Integrated in MED


My research focus on plant-parasitic nematodes due to the tremendous damages caused in agriculture crops and forestry systems worldwide, being a threat to food security. The theme of my research are host-parasite biology using genomic and transcriptomic approaches to identify and functional characterize new parasitism proteins (effectors) and understand their roles in the host-parasite interaction.  I am currently interested in how the parasitism genes are regulated and also find new solutions to the biocontrol of plant pathogens.  

Present Research
  • gene regulation
  • molecular plant-host interactions
  • plant-parasitic nematodes
  • reverse genetics
  • parasitism
Research Interests
  • Parasitism
  • Transcriptomics
  • Molecular biology
  • Genomics
  • Molecular plant-microbe interaction
  • Plant Pathology

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Thematic lines to which I contribute:
Agro-silvo-pastoral System - Montado

Publications & Patents



Project Funding Lead Institution Role Start End Scope
NemaWAARS - O motif para desvendar os mecanismos de regulação de genes de parasitismo no nemátode da madeira do pinheiro para o controlo da doença e desenvolvimento de plantas resistentes. FCT - Projetos de IC&DT em todos os Domínios Científicos - 2021 Universidade de Évora MED Representative 0000-00-00 0000-00-00 Nacional
Pratyomics - Metabolómica da planta para o controlo do nemátode das lesões radiculares Pratylenchus penetrans FCT - Projetos de IC&DT em todos os Domínios Científicos - 2020 INIAV - Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária Participant 2021-03-01 2024-02-29 Nacional