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Nitrogen biotransformations Plant physiology Plant nutrition Plant microbiome Soil ecology Soil ecosystem services Biotecnology
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.
Fedeli R., Vannini A., Celletti S., Maresca V., Munzi S., Cruz C., Alexandrov D., Guarnieri M. & Loppi S. (2022) Foliar application of wood distillate boosts plant yield and nutritional parameters of chickpea.Annals of Applied Biology, 182(1), 57-64. DOI:10.1111/aab.12794 (IF2021 2,766; Q2 Agriculture, Multidisciplinary)
Ulm, F., Estorninho, M., Jesus, J.G., Prado, M.G.S., Cruz, C. & Máguas, C. (2022) From a lose–lose to a win–win situation: user-friendly biomass models for Acacia longifolia to aid research, management and valorisation.Plants-Basel, 11(21), 2865. DOI:10.3390/plants11212865 (IF2021 4,658; Q2 Plant Sciences)
Morillas, L., Roales, J., Cruz, C. & Munzi, S. (2022) Non-toxic increases in nitrogen availability can improve the ability of the soil lichen Cladonia rangiferina to cope with environmental changes.Journal of Fungi, 8(4), 333. DOI:10.3390/jof8040333 (IF2021 5,724; Q1 Mycology)
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