Assistant Professor FCT/UNL

ResearcherID (WoK): A-4053-2008 (> 4100 citations; h-index 18)

Scopus author ID: 54402224100 (> 4600 citations; h-index 19)

Research Area of Interest

Profiling value-added bioactive compounds from plant-derived resources for biotechnological and therapeutical applications.

Characterization of the genetic diversity of species of forest and agricultural of interest in relation to nutritional value and yield as well as technological, biotechnological and biomedical applications.

Evaluation of seed development, yield and nutritional quality as affected by multiple stressors by phenotyping and biochemical tools.

Evaluation of carbon metabolism in plants (photosynthesis, primary metabolism, cellular distribution) affected by multiple stressors.

Multiscale approach to plant growth and productivity making use of physiological, biochemical and omicĀ“s tools.

In recent years CPinheiro is contributing to the use of Portuguese germplasm as a source of useful traits for agriculture and forestry. In Portugal, it is possible to find local genotypes and wild relatives displaying high phenotypic plasticity. The phenotype of interest is controlled by the molecular traits that, when identified, are incorporated in breeding programs. The screening of genetic diversity is an initial goal in agricultural biotechnology and also allows for knowledge acquisition.

The phenotypic plasticity has been evaluated for: resilience, i.e. some genotypes cope successfully in a given environment while others perish; productivity, i.e. only a few genotypes are able to produce high yields in contrasting environments; technological abilities, i.e. others uses than food and feed.