Jorge Miguel Silva Faria

Jorge Miguel Silva Faria

Plant protection, Integrated no MED
Plant protection
Integrated no MED


Born in 1983, graduated in Cell Biology and Biotechnology (15/20) in 2006, with a MSc in Cell Biology and Biotechnology, in 2008 (19/20), and PhD in Biology, with specialization in Biotechnology obtained with the highest honour (summa cum laude) in 2015, at the University of Lisbon. I have developed a consistent research line focused on the biochemical and physiological study of crop biotic and abiotic stress, aimed at the improvement of sustainable practices in forestry and agriculture. In forestry, I am focused on screening highly active phytochemicals against crop and forest tree plant parasitic nematodes, establishment of in vitro co-cultures as innovative biotechnological tools to study the nematode infection biology, and the metabolomic and transcriptomic understanding of the mode of action of these active phytochemicals. In the field of agriculture, I focus on developing sustainable approaches for the design of management strategies against plant parasitic nematodes and strategies to improve crop productivity under soil acidity, drought and heavy metal stress. I am specialized in Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biological Engineering, Biotechnology, Botany, Cell Biology, Metabolomics, Microbiology, Microscopy, Molecular Biology, Mycology, Nematology, Physiology and Spectrometry. I have mastered a wide range of advanced techniques and methodologies throughout my scientific career, in laboratory and field work, e.g., Gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC-MS), High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), Histochemistry, In vitro culture, Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), Infra-red gas analyser (IRGA), Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS), Molecular marker sequencing, Oxygen electrode polarography, Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and RT-PCR, Protein immunodetection (Western blotting), Pulse-amplitude modulation (PAM), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Scintillation spectrometry, Uv-Vis. spectrophotometry, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF). Engaging with the scientific community is an aspect I value; I have established ca. 40 collaborations with national and international research institutes/centers and industries, having developed important work with over 80 researchers from Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Italy, Morocco, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, Tunisia, United Kingdom and United States.

Research Interests
  • Biological activity
  • In vitro culture
  • Biochemistry
  • Metabolomics
  • Ionomics
  • Nematology

Personal Information



Peer-Reviewed and Indexed Journals

Faria JMS, Rodrigues AM, Barbosa P, Mota M. 2020. In Silico Screening of Agonist and Antagonist Natural Compounds from Reported Essential Oils against Bursaphelenchus xylophilus. Chemistry Proceedings 3:31. 10.3390/ecsoc-24-08386Research Group involved: Plant protection

Peer-Reviewed and Indexed Journals

Faria JM, Teixeira DM, Pinto AP, Brito I, Barrulas P, Alho L, Carvalho M. 2020. Toxic levels of manganese in an acidic Cambisol alters antioxidant enzymes activity, element uptake and subcellular distribution in Triticum aestivum. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 193:110355. 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2020.110355Research Group involved: Plant protection

Peer-Reviewed and Indexed Journals

Faria J, Teixeira D, Pinto A, Brito I, Barrulas P, Carvalho M. 2021. The Protective Biochemical Properties of Arbuscular Mycorrhiza Extraradical Mycelium in Acidic Soils Are Maintained throughout the Mediterranean Summer Conditions. Agronomy 11:748. 10.3390/agronomy11040748Research Group involved: Plant protection

Peer-Reviewed and Indexed Journals

Faria J, Pinto A, Teixeira D, Brito I, Carvalho M. 2021. Diversity of Native Arbuscular Mycorrhiza Extraradical Mycelium Influences Antioxidant Enzyme Activity in Wheat Grown Under Mn Toxicity. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 10.1007/s00128-021-03240-5Research Group involved: Plant protection