Azorean Biodiversity Group, University of the Azores
Rua Capitão João D'Avila 9700-042 Angra do Heroísmo
Terceira, Azores, Portugal
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Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Biodiversity Agriculture Native Forest Azores
I received a PhD in Ecology of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) from the University of Coimbra and I am currently working in the IBBC group of cE3c. In the last 10 years I have developed a pioneering work on diversity of AMF community in different ecosystems of Azores (forest, grassland, agriculture). I am currently collaborating with some overlapping groups of colleagues specially working on AMF ecology, evolution and conservation - Centre for Functional Ecology (CFE), University of Coimbra (Helena Freitas and Susana Rodríguez-Echeverría), Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (Christopher Walker), Institute of Botany ASCR – Department of Mycorrhizal Symbioses (Claudia Kruger) and Canarian Institute of Agricultural Research (ICIA) (Maria del Carmeo Jaizme-Vega). These collaboration are part of the research project (M3.1a/F/059/2016) funded by FRCT (Fundo Regional para a Ciência e a Tecnologia).
My current research is driven by the following objectives: 1) Overcome one of the most important constraints in decision-making on biodiversity conservation related to the large number of AMF undescribed species, i.e., the so-called “Linnean shortfall”; 2) establish patterns of AMF diversity, abundance, and distribution at different spacial scales; 3) given the ecological role of AMF in many ecosystem, try to understand the ecosystems service provides by these symbionts, and linking them to human well-being.
Melo, C.D., Maduro Dias, C.S.A.M., Wallon, S., Borba, A.E.S., Madruga, J., Borges, P.A.V., Ferreira, M.T. & Elias, R.B. (2022) Influence of climate variability and soil fertility on the forage quality and productivity in Azorean pastures.Agriculture, 12(3), 358. DOI:10.3390/agriculture12030358 (IF2021 3,408; Q1 Agronomy)
Melo, C.D., Pimentel, R., Walker, C., Rodriguez-Echeverria, S., Freitas, H. & Borges, P.A.V. (2020) Diversity and distribution of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi along a land use gradient in Terceira Island (Azores).Mycological Progress, 19, 643–656. DOI:10.1007/s11557-020-01582-8 (IF2020 2,847; Q3 Mycology)
Melo, C., Walker, C., Freitas., H., Machado., A. & Borges, P.A.V. (2020) Distribution of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in Terceira and S. Miguel (Azores, Portugal).Biodiversity Data Journal, 8, e49759. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.8.e49759 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)
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