Porteur
Nuno Ferreira
Session
2019
Co-porteur(s)
Peter Kille, Laura Guimarães, Miguel Oliveira
Titre
Holobionts: the role of terrestrial isopods and their microbiome in metal tolerance/resistance
Résumé
Species inhabiting contaminated environments possess important adaptations that enable them to survive in such environments. Agricultural and industry activities along with the effluents from the Estarreja Chemical Complex (ECC) have changed and shaped the local environment characterized by high amounts of metals and metalloids (i.e. As, Hg, Pb and Zn), nitrates and even PCBs, making it the perfect site to investigate the adaptation mechanisms of the inhabiting organisms. Terrestrial isopods and their microbiome may be considered holobionts that may provide useful information regarding survival mechanisms.
Complying with “Theme 3: Biodiversity Evolution”, the present project is divided into two phases. In the first phase, a cross transference between holobionts from contaminated and non-contaminated areas will allow determining the impact of the microbiome on isopod survival in such environments. In a second phase, a metagenome analysis will determine the species present in the microbiome, thus allowing future research based on the findings.
Type
Projet OHMs
OHM(s) concerné(s)
  • Estarreja
Disciplines
Biochimie, Biologie, Chimie, Transcriptomique, Zoologie
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Porteur

Nuno
Ferreira
Nuno Gonçalo de Carvalho Ferreira, completed his PhD in Biology - Specialization in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Biology in 2014, Master in Master in Toxicology and Ecotoxicology in 2009 and Bachelor in Biology in 2008, all awarded by the University of Aveiro. He is a Research Fellow at the Cardiff University - School of Biosciences. He has published 21 articles in specialized journals and received four awards and one honour. He works in the areas of Natural Sciences with emphasis on Earth Sciences and Environment, Biodiversity Conservation and Molecular Biology with emphasis on Environmental Sciences. In his professional activities, he interacted with more than 110 collaborators in co-authorship of scientific works.

Participants

Peter
Kille
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Laura
Guimaraes
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Miguel
Oliveira
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