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I received a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA)/ University of Lisbon (UL). I’m currently working in Tropical Plants and Systems Sub-Group of Environmental Stress & Functional Ecology (ESFE) Research group of cE3c, and I’m also a member of research center Linking Landscape, Environment, Agriculture and Food (LEAF)/ISA. In my Ph.D. thesis, I studied the characterization of the resistance mechanisms of coffee to Colletotrichum kahawae, by an innovated and integrated approach. My thesis was elaborated in collaboration with the Centro de Investigação das Ferrugens do Cafeeiro (CIFC)/ISA/UL. Most of my research activities have been carried out in the area of plant-microbe interactions, with emphasis on the cellular, biochemical and molecular events that condition coffee resistance and susceptibility to Hemileia vastatrix (Coffee orange rust) and Colletotrichum kahawae (Coffee berry disease - CBD). Previous research activities have been focused on the Cylindrocarpon spp. population dynamics in nursery and vineyard soils (project PTDC/AGR-AAM/099324/2008) and cellular events associated with the infection process of Fagaceae by Phytophthora cinnamomic (PTDC/AGR-AAM/67628/2006).
Presently, I’m working in the research project entitled: “PTDC/AGR-PRO/5727/2014, CajOmics - Characterizing and monitoring cashew economically important diseases in West Africa as a prospective measure for sustainable production: a case study on Guinea-Bissau”, funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portugal). In this research project, I’m focused on i) assessing the current phytosanitary status of cashew orchards, ii) identifying potential diseases threatening the culture, iii) determining mycobiome diversity through a metagenomics analysis.
Vieira, A., Diniz, I., Loureiro, A., Pereira, A.P., Silva, M.C., Várzea, V. & Batista, D. (2018) Aggressiveness profiling of the coffee pathogen Colletotrichum kahawae.Plant Pathology, Online early, . DOI:10.1111/ppa.12950 (IF2017 2,303; Q1 Agronomy)
Diniz, I., Azinheira, H., Figueiredo, A., Guichuru, E., Oliveira, H., Guerra-Guimarães, L. & Silva, M.C. (2018) Fungal penetration associated with recognition, signaling and defence-related genes and peroxidase activity during the resistance response of coffee to Colletotrichum kahawae.Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology, Online early, . DOI:10.1016/j.pmpp.2017.12.005 (IF2017 1,395; Q3 Plant Sciences) NON-cE3c affiliated
Diniz, I., Figueiredo, A., Loureiro, A., Batista, D., Azinheira, H., Varzea, V., Pereira, A.P., Gichuru, E., Moncada, P., Guerra-Guimaraes, L., Oliveira, H. & Silva, M.D. (2017) A first insight into the involvement of phytohormones pathways in coffee resistance and susceptibility to Colletotrichum kahawae.PLOS One, 12(5), e0178159. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0178159 (IF2017 2,766; Q1 Multidisciplinary Sciences)