Sónia Duarte is conducting a Ph.D. in Animal Physiology by the University of Azores starting in 2013 within the Island Environmental Risks and Society of cE3c. She is conducting the project Symbiotic flagellate protists as a target for subterranean termites control strategies, under the supervision of Lina Nunes (LNEC), Paulo Borges (cE3c) and Carl Gunnar Fossdal (Skogoglandskap).
Sónia Duarte Ph.D. project aims are: i) to characterize the symbiotic flagellate protist communities living inside the lower termite Reticulitermes grassei Clément; ii) to evaluate the responses of these symbionts under varying conditions; iii) evaluate possible candidate termiticidal products with protozoicidal effects.
Duarte, S., Duarte, M., Borges, P.A.V. & Nunes, L. (2017) Dietary-driven variation effects on the symbiotic flagellate protist communities of the subterranean termite Reticulitermes grassei Clement.Journal of Applied Entomology, 141, 300-307. DOI:10.1111/jen.12331 (IF2015 1,517; Q1 Entomology)
Duarte, S., Taylor, A.M., Lloyd, J.D., Duarte, M. & Nunes, L. (2016) Optimization of termite in-ground monitoring stations: an evaluation trial.Maderas Ciencia y Tecnologia, 18, 191-206. DOI:10.4067/S0718-221X2016005000019 (IF2015 0,914; Q2 Materials Science, Paper & Wood)
Duarte, S., Nobre, T., Duarte, M., Borges, P.A.V. & Nunes, L. (2016) Diversity of hindgut symbiotic flagellate protists communities of the European subterranean termite in Portugal. Proceedings of the 47th IRG Annual Meeting. Lisbon, Portugal, IRG/WP 16-10875, 1-10.