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Duarte Manuel da Silva Mendonça

Post-Doc Researcher

Contacts:

Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

University of the Azores

Rua Capitão João D'Avila

9700-042 Angra do Heroísmo

Terceira, Azores, Portugal

Email: duarte.ms.mendonca@uac.pt

CBA

Duarte Manuel da Silva Mendonça

Post-Doc Researcher

Duarte Mendonça obtained his Degree in Agricultural Engineering (1997) and received his PhD in Agricultural Sciences, specialization in Genetics and Breeding, by the University of Azores (2005). He started his research as an ERASMUS student (1996) at the Plant Biotechnology Unit (PBU), IAM, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. There, he also conducted most of the research work for its PhD thesis on the “Evaluation of different pathogen-derived resistance to Plum pox virus (PPV)”.

His main research areas are in the field of Plant Biotechnology, with especial interest in Molecular Phytopathology, Plant Virology, Plant Tissue Culture and Molecular Characterization of Genetic Resources.

Currently, he is interested on using classical molecular tools and metagenomics-based approaches combined with Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) to search the virus diversity existing in Azorean traditional crops, as well as in the Azorean native plant communities, as a mean to control plant virus diseases, to study the role of viruses on natural ecosystems, and for risk analysis at the agro-ecological interface. He also, involved in the preservation and revitalization Azorean plant resources (traditional cultivars and endangered native plants) through in vitro culture, including eradication of virus from crops (e.g. grapevines) by in vitro thermotherapy and meristem preparations.

Publications

Drumonde Melo C, Walker C, Krüger C, Borges, PAV, Luna S, Mendonça D, Fonseca HMAC, da Câmara Machado A (2019). Environmental factors driving arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities associated with endemic woody plant Picconia azorica on native forest of Azores. Annals of Microbiology 69: 1309-1327. DOI: 10.1007/s13213-019-01535-x.

Articles in SCI Journals


Drumonde Melo C, Luna S, Krüger C, Walker C, Mendonça D, Fonseca HMAC, Jaizme-Vega M, da Câmara Machado A (2018). Communities of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi under Picconia azorica in native forests of Azores. Symbiosis 74: 43-54. DOI: 10.1007/s13199-017-0487-2

Articles in SCI Journals


Drumonde Melo C, Luna S, Krüger C, Walker C, Mendonça D, Fonseca HMAC, Jaizme-Vega M, da Câmara Machado A (2017). Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal community composition associated with Juniperus brevifolia in native Azorean forest. Acta Oecologica 79: 48-61, DOI: 10.1016/j.actao.2016.12.006

Articles in SCI Journals


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Projects

Valorization and recovery of the Azorean native flora
CONNECT.GENE – A genetic landscape approach to sustain rare species connectivity for small islands biodiversity
SafePGR - Towards Safer Plant Genetic Resources through improved viral diagnostics
Diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in native forest of Azores and their biotechological application
Supply of endemic plants for landscaping of the thermal treatment and waste valuation center of Terceira Island

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