Research Groups

ANIMAL BIOSCIENCES (ABG)
FOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (FST)
PLANT PROTECTION (PP)
PLANT GENETICS AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
APPLIED ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
SOIL, WATER AND CLIMATE (SWC)
FARMING TECHNOLOGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY (FTE)
LANDSCAPE DYNAMICS AND MANAGEMENT
BIODIVERSITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Elsa Leclerc Duarte

Elsa Leclerc Duarte

Head of Group

Elvira Sales-Baptista

Elvira Sales-Baptista

Vice-Head

INTEGRATED MEMBERS

PhD STUDENTS

KEYWORDS: Biomarkers of health and disease| Autochthonous animal breeds | One Health | Animal welfare

Multidisciplinary Group that comprehensively covers all aspects of animal bioscience, from fundamental research in biochemistry, physiology and genomics, to problem-based applied research on veterinary sciences and animal production.

Researchers have disciplinary-based competences allowing in vitro, ex-vivo or in-vivo research related to farm or companion animals, wildlife and One Health.

Maria João Lança

Maria João Lança

Head of Group

Cristina Conceição

Cristina Conceição

Vice-Head

INTEGRATED MEMBERS

PhD STUDENTS

KEYWORDS: Food science | Food technology | Food safety and quality | Mediterranean diet | Nutritional value | Food composition | Sensory evaluation | Microbial quality
The Food Science and Technology group has competencies in very varied set of matrices such as meat and meat products, fish, cheese, fresh and dry fruits, olives and olive oil, grapes, and wine. These matrices, produced either by traditional or alternative methodologies, are analyzed from the point of view of their composition, microbial quality, nutritional value, evaluation, and sensory analysis to guarantee food quality and safety.

The group has competencies in a wide range of laboratory analyzes, namely microbiological, physical-chemical, spectrophotometric determinations, gas chromatography (GC) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and sensory analysis.

Maria do Rosário Félix

Maria do Rosário Félix

Head of Group

Ana Alexandre

Ana Alexandre

Vice-Head

INTEGRATED MEMBERS

PhD STUDENTS

KEYWORDS: Beneficial soil microbes | Abiotic and biotic stresses | Low input strategies | Economic and environmental

The “Plant Protection” Group is focused on studying the main pests and diseases that cause important damages in Mediterranean crops and forests, and also the beneficial microorganisms that may help to solve these problems. The Group research covers the most important plant-associated virus, bacteria, fungi, nematodes and arthropods, their biodiversity and characterization at molecular level, and the design of tools for the prevention, diagnosis and control of pests and diseases. In addition, the importance of autochthonous flora on pest control and the roll of plant specific gene involved on responses to pathogens are also studied. In another research line, plant-microbe interactions involving mycorrhiza, rhizobia and other plant growth-promoting bacteria are investigated with the perspective of improving plant growth and tolerance to stress. These research lines will be used for the development of new strategies for plant protection in an agronomic context, aiming at sustainability.

2020 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF PLANT HEALTH

Anabela Romano

Anabela Romano

Head of Group

Augusto Peixe

Augusto Peixe

Vice-Head

INTEGRATED MEMBERS

PhD STUDENTS

KEYWORDS: Plant biotechnology | Molecular markers and diagnostics | Oxidative stress markers | Phenotype-genotype associations| Gene functional analysis | Germplasm preservation

We conduct research on the use of biotechnological approaches towards the sustainable use and conservation of plant genetic resources.

The group focuses on integrated studies of Mediterranean plant species towards a basic understanding of the mechanisms underlying growth, development, metabolism, responses to abiotic and biotic stress, biology, and breeding for enhanced performance and valorization in a resource-limited environment.

Carla Pinto-Cruz

Carla Pinto-Cruz

Head of Group

Carlos Godinho

Carlos Godinho

Vice-Head

INTEGRATED MEMBERS

PhD STUDENTS

KEYWORDS: Biodiversity monitoring and conservation | Ecosystem processes and services | Habitat recovery | Landscape fragmentation and connectivity

With a strong ecological background, supported by evidence-based field studies, this group has an applied approach to the ecosystems and nature conservation, based on their functionality, ecological balance and sustainability. Our group works has an integrative perspective, aiming to find solutions to develop robust management guidelines and indicators to monitor human effects on biodiversity at different territorial scales. We also focus on the development of applied tools to rehabilitation and management of natural habitats.

Gottlieb Basch

Gottlieb Basch

Head of Group

Carlos Alexandre

Carlos Alexandre

Vice-Head

INTEGRATED MEMBERS

PhD STUDENTS

KEYWORDS: Soil science and soil and water conservation | Climate and agricultural change | Mediterranean Irrigated agriculture | Water resources planning and management

Soil and water resources and their management, profoundly impacted by climate and climate change are among the core scientific domains of MED, as they constitute key subjects for other scientific domains and are transversal to all thematic research lines, and interlink strongly with other research groups of MED.

This group brings together fundamental knowledge and practical expertise in the fields of Soil Science and its applications, Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering, and Climate.

José Rafael Marques da Silva

José Rafael Marques da Silva

Head of Group

Fátima Baptista

Fátima Baptista

Vice-Head

INTEGRATED MEMBERS

PhD STUDENTS

KEYWORDS: Farm mechanization and automation | Precision agriculture and Livestock Precision Farming | Energy efficiency in agro-production and industry | Material and energetic use of biomass | Process Engineering |Circular Economy |Sustainable agriculture

Group interested in:

  1. The development and efficient use of farm machinery;
  2. Precision agriculture and livestock precision farming technologies;
  3. Energy efficiency and waste management in relevant agriculture and agro-industrial sectors;
  4. Bio-refineries;
  5. Sustainable agriculture; and
  6. Circular economy.
José Muñoz-Rojas

José Muñoz-Rojas

Head of Group

Constança Camilo-Alves

Constança Camilo-Alves

Vice-Head

INTEGRATED MEMBERS

PhD STUDENTS

KEYWORDS: Land use systems | Spatial analysis and modelling | Monitoring mechanisms | Public policies and planning | Adaptive management and governance | Co-construction of knowledge | Landscape functions.

This group brings together spatial, functional, modelling, field-experimental and participatory methods and approaches to help unravel the multi-functional and complex set of services and benefits delivered by Mediterranean landscapes and related land-use systems.

The team is ultimately aimed at delivering advice and co-constructing knowledge that is useful for informing better land governance and management options that can contribute towards the sustainability and resilience of Mediterranean rural landscapes.

José Herrera

José Herrera

Head of Group

Diogo Alagador

Diogo Alagador

Vice-Head

INTEGRATED MEMBERS

PhD STUDENTS

KEYWORDS: Biogeography, Ecosystem Services, Ecosystem Resilience and Resistance, Global Environmental Change, Modelling

The Biodiversity & Climate Change Group is at the forefront of research on global change biology. Studies therein are framed around the understanding of the biotic, abiotic and anthropic drivers behind species range shifts along space and time in the face of global environmental change, and their concomitant consequences over ecosystem processes and services.