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I received a Ph.D. in Agronomic Engineering, from the Agronomy Institute, University of Lisbon in 2004 and I am currently working in the Environmental Stress & Functional Ecology - ESFE and Natural History & Systematics - NHS Subgroups of cE3c.
I am a researcher in tropical flora and vegetation at the University of Lisbon. My research focuses on vegetation ecology and flora of Tropical Africa; African ethnobotany and ethnoecology, and management of protected areas.
For many years I have been involved in the study of vegetation ecology, flora, and natural resources assessment of Tropical Africa, particularly in Guinea-Bissau and Angola, working in subjects such as carbon stocks assessment, vegetation mapping, inventory of traditional medicine practices, databasing herbarium collections and monitoring systems for protected areas.
My current research is driven by three overarching objectives concerning African ecosystems and natural resources: i) Vegetation ecology and land cover changes; ii) Ethnobotany and sustainable use of natural resources; iii) Protected areas management and monitoring.
Malú, Q., Lima, K., Malmir, M., Pinto, R., Da Silva, I. M., Catarino, L., Duarte, M. P., Serrano, R., Rocha, J. A., Lima, B. S. & Silva, O. (2023) Contribution to the preclinical safety sssessment of Lannea velutina and Sorindeia juglandifolia leaves.Plants-Basel, 12(1), 130. DOI:10.3390/plants12010130 (IF2021 4,658; Q2 Plant Sciences)
Fernandes, A., Bancessi, A., Pinela, J., Dias, M.I., Liberal, A., Calhelha, R.C., Ćirić, A., Soković, M., Catarino, L., Ferreira, I.C.F.R.&Barros, L. (2021) Nutritional and phytochemical profiles and biological activities of Moringa oleifera Lam. edible parts from Guinea-Bissau (West Africa).Food Chemistry, 341, 128229. DOI:10.1016/j.foodchem.2020.128229 (IF2021 9,231; Q1 Chemistry, Applied)
Bancessi, A., Bancessi, Q., Baldé, A. & Catarino, L. (2020) Present and potential uses of Moringa oleifera as a multipurpose plant in Guinea-Bissau.South African Journal of Botany, 129, 206-208. DOI:10.1016/j.sajb.2019.06.013 (IF2020 2,315; Q2 Plant Sciences)
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