Carla Marisa Reis Varanda

Carla Marisa Reis Varanda

Plant protection, Integrated no MED
Plant protection
Integrated no MED

About

Carla Varanda graduated in Agricultural Engineering in University of Évora (UE), in 2003, obtained the Master's Degree in Plant Biology of Pests and Plant Diseases (UE) in 2005 and the PhD in Agricultural Sciences (UE) in 2011. C. Varanda is a researcher at the Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development (MED) and at the Global Change & Sustainability Institute (CHANGE), Associate Laboratory, in University of Évora. C. Varanda main research areas concern the study of viruses both as plant pathogens and as biotechnological tools. Other research lines include the study of plant diseases and the development of diagnostic techniques and biological control methods. During her career, C. Varanda has published 36 articles in indexed scientific journals, 14 of which as first author, 16 as corresponding author and 4 as senior author; in addition to other relevant scientific output including 2 edited books and 1 book chapter, several articles in 'Proceedings' and 8 articles in technical journals. C. Varanda's high research experience can also be demonstrated through the participation in 16 national and international projects. Her scientific independence and international recognition can also be seen through her role as Principal Investigator of two project grants in highly competitive calls from FCT (obtained in 2017 and 2018). C. Varanda professional commitment at her scientific area is also recognized by the academy through university teaching duties (in the UE and in the University Aberta), participation in 9 juries of academic degrees and project fellowships and supervision of students: 2 PhD students (1 concluded and 1 ongoing), 3 Post-docs (concluded), 7 Master's students (5 concluded and 2 ongoing), 2 Master's fellowships (concluded), 5 ungraduated students (3 concluded and 2 ongoing) and mentoring of several PhD, Master and ungraduated students. C. Varanda has also participated in the organization of national and international congresses and meetings, as well as in 'Ciência Viva' programs. She provides consultancy services to Municipalities, private sector and state agencies on optimization and execution of diagnostic tests for emerging phytopathogenic agents. C. Varanda ability to achieve original and high-quality performance has allowed her to develop 2 applications for European patents (EP20165419.1 and EP20165418.3), both based on the development of viral vectors, one to protect plants against Xylella fastidiosa and other against Colletotrichum spp. Her breadth of scientific record extends for the participation on evaluation of R&D projects grants (United States, Israel and Chile), as the Portuguese coordinator of the Cost action (COST FA1407) and as academic editor and reviewer of several papers in Q1 journals. C. Varanda internationalization can also be confirm through several scientific collaborations that resulted in published articles, internships, conference participations and financed research projects. During her career C. Varanda has received important recognition prizes, such as Innovative enterprise awards and competitive individual financing.

Present Research
  • Plant virology
  • Gene editing
  • Viral vectors
  • Plant pathology
  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular biology
Research Interests
  • Plant pathology
  • Gene editing
  • Plant Virology
  • Viral vectors
  • Molecular biology
  • Biotechnology

Personal Information

Institutional Emailcarlavaranda@uevora.pt
Personal Email Addresscarlavaranda@hotmail.com

Publications

CategoryPublication
Peer-Reviewed and Indexed Journals

Varanda CMR, Félix MDR, Campos MD, Patanita M, Materatski P. 2021. Plant Viruses: From Targets to Tools for CRISPR. Viruses 13:141. 10.3390/v13010141Research Group involved: Plant protection

Peer-Reviewed and Indexed Journals

Materatski P, Jones S, Patanita M, Campos M, Dias A, Félix M, Varanda C. 2021. A Bipartite Geminivirus with a Highly Divergent Genomic Organization Identified in Olive Trees May Represent a Novel Evolutionary Direction in the Family Geminiviridae. Viruses 13:2035. 10.3390/v13102035Research Groups involved: Farming Technology and Energy Efficiency Plant Genetics and Biotechnology Plant protection

Peer-Reviewed and Indexed Journals

Farias O, Cruz J, Veloso JS, Silva H, Oliveira M, Félix M, Varanda C, Materatski P, Podestá G, Nascimento L. 2021. First Report of Wilt of Syzygium malaccensis Caused by a Member of the Fusarium oxysporum Species Complex in Brazil. Plant DiseasePDIS-04-20-0708. 10.1094/pdis-04-20-0708-pdnResearch Groups involved: Animal Biosciencies Plant protection

Peer-Reviewed and Indexed Journals

Campos MD, Félix MDR, Patanita M, Materatski P, Varanda C. 2021. High throughput sequencing unravels tomato-pathogen interactions towards a sustainable plant breeding. Horticulture Research 8. 10.1038/s41438-021-00607-xResearch Groups involved: Plant Genetics and Biotechnology Plant protection

Peer-Reviewed and Indexed Journals

Campos M, Patanita M, Varanda C, Materatski P, Félix M. 2021. Plant-Pathogen Interaction. Biology 10:444. 10.3390/biology10050444Research Groups involved: Plant Genetics and Biotechnology Plant protection

Peer-Reviewed and Indexed Journals

Barreto, GG, Santos, ACDS, Porcino, MM, Materatski, P, Varanda, C, Félix, MDR, Nascimento, LCD. 2021. Antagonism of Trichoderma on the control of Fusarium spp. on Phaseolus lunatus L. Acta Brasiliensis 5:57. 10.22571/2526-4338516Research Group involved: Plant protection

Peer-Reviewed and Indexed Journals

Almeida ABD, Concas J, Campos MD, Materatski P, Varanda C, Patanita M, Murolo S, Romanazzi G, Félix MDR. 2020. Endophytic Fungi as Potential Biological Control Agents against Grapevine Trunk Diseases in Alentejo Region. Biology 9:420. 10.3390/biology9120420Research Groups involved: Plant Genetics and Biotechnology Plant protection

Peer-Reviewed and Indexed Journals

Billar de Almeida A., Concas J., Campos M.D.*, Materatski P., Varanda C.,Patanita M., Murolo S., Romanazzi G., Félix M.R. 2020. Endophytic Fungi as Potential Biological Control Agents against Grapevine Trunk Diseases in Alentejo Region. Biology, 9, 420. 10.3390/biology9120420Research Groups involved: Plant Genetics and Biotechnology Plant protection

Peer-Reviewed and Indexed Journals

Camilo-Alves C, Saraiva-Dias S, Dinis C, Felix R, Varanda C, Ribeiro N. 2020. Modeling diachronic cork oak dieback – Comparison of two case studies 19:1. DOI:10.15684/formath.19.001.Research Groups involved: Landscape Dynamics and Management Plant protection

Projects

Project Funding Lead Institution Role Start End Scope
TOMVIRPROTECT - Desenvolvimento de um vetor para proteção de plantas de tomate contra TSWV Portugal 2020 - Alentejo 2020 Universidade de Évora MED Representative 2018-10-15 2021-10-14 Nacional
Monitorização de vírus de oliveira na Tunísia e Portugal: identificação e caracterização de novos isolados FCT - Cooperação Internacional FCT/Tunísia concurso 2019/2020 Universidade de Évora MED Representative 2019-03-07 2021-03-06 Nacional