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I received a Ph.D. in Ecology and Plant Systematics from the University of Lisbon in 1994 and I am currently leading the Plant - Soil Ecology (PSE) research group of cE3c. I am a Lecturer of Plant Biology at the University of Lisbon. My research focuses on the physiological ecology of nitrogen (N) acquisition and impacts of increased N availability in terrestrial plants, ecological succession, primary productivity, carbon-phosphorus-nitrogen interactions. Symbiotic networks are a central point of my research and are studied as a fine tuning mechanisms in the interactions between genotype, phenotype and environment.
My current research is driven by three overarching objectives: i) maintain long-term ecological experiments in order to collect data on the response of Mediterranean ecosystems to changes in resource availability in time and space; ii) to understand the role of soil ecology on plant productivity and eco- and agro-systems sustainability; iii) to engineer the rhizosphere of crop plants in order to obtain higher stress tolerant plants, with increased nutrient use efficiency, and nutritional value.
I currently collaborate with several overlapping groups of colleagues principally working on a range of plant ecophysiology, soil ecology, symbiosis, microbiology, and terrestrial nitrogen fluxes.
Santana, M.M., Gonzalez, J.M. & Cruz, C. (2018) Nitric oxide accumulation: the evolutionary trigger for phytopathogenesis.Frontiers in Microbiology, 8(1947), 1-13. DOI:10.3389/fmicb.2017.01947 (IF2016 4,076; Q1 Microbiology)
Ulm, F., Jacinto J., Cruz, C. & Máguas, C. (2017) How to outgrow your native neighbour? Belowground changes under native shrubs at an early stage of invasion.Land Degradation & Development, 28(8), 2380-2388. DOI:10.1002/ldr.2768 (IF ; Q1 Soil Sciences)
Ulm, F., Gouveia, C., Dias, T. & Cruz, C. (2017) N fertilization in a Mediterranean ecosystem alters N and P turnover in soil, roots and the ectomycorrhizal community.Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 113, 60-70. DOI:10.1016/j.soilbio.2017.05.028 (IF2016 4,857; Q1 Soil Science)