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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.
Lo Cascio, M., Morillas L., Ochoa-Hueso, R., Delgado Baquerizo, M., Munzi, S., Roales, J., Spano, D., Cruz, C., Gallardo, A., Manrique, E., Perez-Corona, M.E., Dias, T., Sirca, C. & Mereu, S. (2021) Nitrogen deposition effects on soil properties, microbial abundance, and litter decomposition across three shrublands Ecosystems from the Mediterranean basin.Frontiers in Environmental Science, 9, 709391. DOI:10.3389/fenvs.2021.709391 (IF2020 4,581; Q2 Environmental Sciences)
Morillas, L., Roales, J., Cruz, C. & Munzi, S. (2021) Resilience of epiphytic lichens to combined effects of increasing nitrogen and solar radiation.Journal of Fungi, 7(5), 1-13. DOI:10.3390/jof7050333 (IF2020 5,816; Q1 Mycology)
Besharat, S., Barão, L. & Cruz, C. (2020) New strategies to overcome water limitation in cultivated maize: results from sub12 surface irrigation and silicon fertilization.Journal of Environmental Management, 263, 110398. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.110398 (IF2020 6,789; Q1 Environmental Sciences)
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