Sílvia Cristina Xavier Bettencourt


Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

University of the Azores

Rua Capitão João D'Avila

9700-042 Angra do Heroísmo

Terceira, Azores, Portugal



Sílvia Cristina Xavier Bettencourt

I received a degree on Agricultural Engineering in 2002, a Ph.D. in Plant Protection from the University of Azores in 2011 and currently am a member of the Biotechnology Centre of Azores (CBA).

Presently I work on the study, using landscape genetics methodologies, of ecological corridors for Azorean endemic plant species as a mean for biodiversity conservation.

My overall research interests include next generation sequencing technologies, genetics, landscape genetics and plant conservation, for both endemic plants and agronomic cultures.

My research intends to improve the insular ecosystems (natural and agricultural) namely by understanding the plants phylogeography, species distribution and barriers to its conservation in case of endemics and barriers to widen its distribution in case of cultures with agronomical interest.


Valorization and recovery of the Azorean native flora
AzNativePlantVirus – Insights on the diversity and prevalence of viruses on Azorean native plants by metagenomics: implications on plant biodiversity conservation and crop production
CONNECT.GENE – A genetic landscape approach to sustain rare species connectivity for small islands biodiversity
Supply of endemic plants for landscaping of the thermal treatment and waste valuation center of Terceira Island

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