Porteur
Isabel Henriques
Session
2017
Co-porteur(s)
Cátia Fidalgo; Marta Tacão; Artur Alves
Titre
HELPBAC: Bacteria from metal-contaminated sites as helpers in bioremediation processes
Résumé
Metal pollution is a major risk to human health. Among the strategies available to solve this problem is phytoremediation. Bacteria contribute to phytoremediation by enhancing plants proliferation and health in polluted environments. Bacteria can also modify metals and thus facilitate absorption by the plant. In phytoremediation systems, inoculation of plants with beneficial bacteria in order to alter the plant microbiome allows to achieve optimal remediation efficiency. Due to the discharge of industrial effluents from the Estarreja industrial complex, ecosystems in this area remain highly contaminated with metals and other pollutants. The aim of this project is to establish a collection of bacterial strains from plants in contaminated sites to be used as adjuvants in phytoremediation processes. Strains will be characterized with respect to their antimicrobial activity, growth promoting effect and resistance/tolerance to metals. Their potential will be further confirmed in laboratory phytoremediation experiments.
Type
Projet OHMs
OHM(s) concerné(s)
  • Estarreja
Disciplines
Biologie, Écologie
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Porteur

Isabel
Henriques
Isabel Henriques is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra, where she is director of the PhD programme in Biosciences. She is a Microbiologist, member of the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), where she leads the “Microbial and Cell Biology Lab”. She earned her PhD in Biology in 2006 from the University of Aveiro. She was an Assistant Researcher at University of Aveiro (2013-2018) funded by the “FCT Investigator” program and acted as Special Visiting Researcher (2013-2016) at Federal University of Pará (Brazil) financed by the Brazilian government. Her research has been oriented to address the ecology of antibiotic resistance in the environment. She has been interested in the mechanisms of transfer and evolution of antibiotic resistance, and how environmental and anthropogenic factors affect these mechanisms. A main interest has also been the impact of global changes in the microbiome (including soil and water microbiome) and microbiomes’ role in adaptation of organisms (plants and animals) to stressors. She participated in several research projects funded by FCT (2 as PI and 9 as team member), by FCT through the Water JPI program (1 as PI at UA) and by CNRS-LAbex DRIIHM (2 as PI). She made important contributions to her field of research, which were published in more than 90 papers in WoS journals, cited more than 2000 times, corresponding to an H factor of 23. Supervises/co-supervises 6 PhD students (plus 5 concluded). Supervised more than 20 MSc students.

Participants

Alves
Artur
PhD in Biology, MsC in Molecular Microbiology and Degree in Biology;
More than 70 papers published in international journals, 2 book chapters, more than 100 oral and/or
poster presentations in both national and international congresses, 10 projects participation and/or
coordination; h index of 21.
Main interests: Environmental microbiology, environmental microbiomes, metal resistance, genetic
determinants of resistance, soil pollution, microbial communities, microbial ecology, molecular
methodologies.
Tacão
Marta
PhD in biology, MsC in molecular microbiology and Degree in Biology;
17 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, 1 book chapter, over 30 oral and/or poster
presentations in both national and international congresses, 11 projects participations; h-index: 8
Main interests: Environmental microbiology, environmental microbiomes, antibiotic resistance, genetic
determinants of resistance, aquatic systems and pollution, resistance and public health, microbial
communities, microbial ecology, molecular methodologies.
Fidalgo
Cátia
MsC in applied microbiology and Degree in Molecular biology and genetics;
3 papers in international journals, 1 book chapter, 6 oral and/or poster presentations in both national and international congresses, 1 projects
participation
Main interests: Environmental microbiology, environmental microbiomes, metal resistance, genetic
determinants of resistance, soil pollution, microbial communities, microbial ecology, molecular
methodologies.