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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.
Rai, A., Cherif, A., Cruz, C. & Nabti, E. (2018) Extracts from marine macroalgae and Opuntia ficus-indica cladodes enhance halotolerance and enzymatic potential of diazotrophic rhizobacteria and their impact on wheat germination under salt stress.Pedosphere, 28(2), 241–254. DOI:10.1016/S1002-0160(17)60333-3 (IF2017 2,430; Q2 Soil Science)
Dias, T., Correia, P., Carvalho, L., Melo, J., de Varennes, A. & Cruz, C. (2018) Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal species differ in their capacity to overrule the soil’s legacy from maize monocropping.Applied Soil Ecology, 125, 177-183. DOI:10.1016/j.apsoil.2017.12.025 (IF2017 2,916; Q1 Soil Science)
Ariz, I., Boeckstaens, M., Gouveia, C., Martins, A.P., Sanz-Luque, E., Fernández, E., Soveral, G., Wirén, von N., Marini, A.M., Aparicio-Tejo, P.M. & Cruz, C. (2018) Nitrogen isotope signature evidences ammonium deprotonation as a common transport mechanism for the AMT-Mep-Rh protein superfamily.Science Advances, 4(9), eaar3599. DOI:10.1126/sciadv.aar3599 (IF2017 11,511; Q1 Multidisciplinary Sciences)