About this research group...

The Environment and Resources Group aims at developing innovative approaches to environment and sustainability challenges, working towards specific national interests and internationally relevant topics in frame of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda goals. Research includes

i) identifying emerging chemical and biological hazards and associated risks in human impacted habitats and developing mitigating methods;

ii) developing strategies for wastewater and soil treatment contributing to foster opportunities to move towards a circular economy model;

iii) devising integrated strategies to plant production in face of new biotic and abiotic environmental challenges. The group is organized in 4 laboratories:

Group Leader

Paula Castro

Paula ML Castro obtained a degree in Food Engineering from ESB-UCP in 1989, and holds a PhD degree in Biochemical Engineering from University College London, 1994(...)


Automation and Miniturization

Environment and Resources


Whose goal is to develop novel sample processing and sensing methods for monitoring key environmental parameters and emerging pollutants with national priority and international relevance?


  • Raquel Beatriz Ribeiro de Mesquita
  • Maria da Graça Moura Teixeira 
PhD students
  • Joana Lopes Abreu Miranda
  • Tânia Cristina Ferreira Ribas Vaz Pedro
MSc students
  • Francisca Teixeira Soares da Mota Ferreira
  • Juliana Isabel Soares Aguiar
  • Carolina Fernandes Ferreira Alves da Costa
  • Karina da Cruz Acciainoli Catalão
  • Mafalda Teixeira dos Santos Silva 
Research fellow
  • Letícia Silva Mesquita


J. Paluch, R. B.R. Mesquita, V. Cerdà, J. Kozak, M. Wieczorek, A.O.S.S. Rangel, Sequential injection system with in-line solid phase extraction and soil mini-column for determination of zinc and copper in soil leachates, Talanta, 185, 316–323 (2018) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.talanta.2018.03.091

J. L. A. Miranda, R. B. R. Mesquita, A. Nunes, M. Rangel, A. O. S. S. Rangel, Use of an hexadentate 3,4-hydroxypiridinone chelator as a novel chromogenic agent for the sequential injection iron speciation in waters, Talanta, 148, 633-640 (2016) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.talanta.2015.05.062

C. Galvis-Sánchez, J. R. Santos, A. O. S. S. Rangel, A total analytical system featuring a novel solid–liquid extraction chamber for solid sample flow analysis, Anal. Bioanal. Chem., (2016). doi: 10.1007/s00216-016-9858-4.

R. Suárez, R. B. R. Mesquita, M. Rangel, V. Cerdà, A. O. S. S. Rangel, Iron speciation by micro sequential injection solid phase spectrometry using 3-hydroxy-1(H)-2-methyl-4-pyridinone as chromogenic reagent, Talanta, 133, 15–20 (2015). doi:10.1016/j.talanta.2014.03.059.

I. C. Santos, R. B. R. Mesquita, A. Machado, A. A. Bordalo, A. O. S. S. Rangel, Sequential injection methodology for carbon speciation in bathing waters, Anal. Chim. Acta, 778, 38-47 (2013). doi: 10.1016/j.aca.2013.03.043.

Bacterial Ecology

Environment and Resources


Aims to explore the interface humans-environment in an integrated perspective of environmental impacts caused by humans and the consequent risks for human health and wellbeing


Pos Doc
  • Catarina Ferreira
  • Ivone Vaz-Moreira
PhD students
  • Pompeyo Ferro
  • Carlos Narciso da Rocha
  • Jaqueline Rocha
  • Gianuário Fortunato
  • Nazareno Scaccia
Research fellow
  • Joana Silva


Manaia CM, Rocha J, Scaccia N, Marano R, Radu E, Biancullo F, Cerqueira F, Fortunato G, Iakovides IC, Zammit I, Kampouris I, Vaz-Moreira I, Nunes OC. 2018. Antibiotic resistance in wastewater treatment plants: Tackling the black box. Environment International 115:312-324. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.03.044.

Vaz-Moreira, I., Nunes, O. C., and Manaia, C. M. 2017. Ubiquitous and persistent Proteobacteria and other Gram-negative bacteria in drinking water. Science of the Total Environment, 586:1141-1149. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.02.104.

Sousa, J.M., Macedo, G., Ribeiro, Pedrosa, M., Becerra-Castro, C., Castro-Silva, S., Pereira, M.F., Silva, A.M.T., Nunes, O.C., Manaia, C.M. 2016. Ozonation and UV254 nm radiation for the removal of microorganisms and antibiotic resistance genes from urban wastewater. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 323(Pt A):434-441. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2016.03.096

Varela, A. R., Manageiro, V., Ferreira, E., Guimarães, M. A., da Costa, P. M., Caniça, M., Manaia, C. M. 2015. Molecular evidence of the close relatedness of clinical, gull and wastewater isolates of quinolone resistant Escherichia coli. Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance, 3:286-289. doi: 10.1016/j.jgar.2015.07.008.

Varela, AR, André, Nunes, O.C., Manaia, C.M. 2014. Insights into the relationship between antimicrobial residues and bacterial populations in a hospital-urban wastewater treatment plant system. Water Research, 54:327-36. doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2014.02.003.

Environmental Biotechnology And Resources

Environment and Resources


Focusing on microbial based processes for environmental protection and restoration, including pollutants degradation and wastewater treatment and valorisation and microbial assisted plant production in stressed scenarios;


  • Ana Maria da Silva Paulo
  • Sofia Isabel Almeida Pereira
  • Ana Maria da Silva Paulo
  • Ana Paula Guimarães Correia Marques
  • Catarina Raquel Leite Amorim
  • Cristina Maria Carvalho Monteiro
  • Helena Maria Gomes Moreira
  • Irina Susana Sousa Moreira
PhD students
  • Ana Isabel Novo de Figueiredo
  • Ana Sofia Teixeira Oliveira
  • Giovânia Carvalho Araujo
  • Marta Sofia de Almeida Mendes
  • Miguel António Marcos Ramos
  • Vânia Sofia de Sousa Bessa
  • Alexandra Sofia Moreira Amendolia da Costa Maia
Research fellows
  • Alberto López Vega
  • Ana Teixeira Couto
  • Cindy Marlène Mesquita Serafim
  • Joaquim Fernando Almeida da Cunha
MsC students
  • Mariana Godinho


Moreira, I.S., Bessa, V.S., Murgolo, S., Piccirillo, C., Mascolo, G., Castro, P.M.L., 2018. Biodegradation of Diclofenac by the bacterial strain Labrys portucalensis F11. Ecotoxicology Environmrental Safety 152, 104–113.

Araújo GC, Sousa NR, Ramos M, Vega A, Castro PML (2018) Performance of Quercus suber L. at nursery stage - Application of two bio-inoculants under two distinct environments. Annals of Forest Science. 75: 29.

Ramos C., Amorim C.L., Mesquita D.P., Ferreira E.C., Carrera J., Castro P.M.L. 2017 Simultaneous partial nitrification and 2-fluorophenol biodegradation with aerobic granular biomass: reactor performance and microbial communities. Bioresource Technology 238: 232–240.

Calheiros C.S.C., Pereira S.I.A., Brix H., Rangel A.O.S.S., Castro P.M.L. 2017. Assessment of culturable bacterial endophytic communities colonizing Canna flaccida inhabiting a wastewater treatment constructed wetland. Ecological Engineering 98:418–426.

Moreira, H., Pereira, S.I.A., Marques, A.P.G.C., Rangel, A.O.S.S., Castro, P.M.L., 2016. Selection of metal resistant plant growth promoting rhizobacteria for the growth and metal accumulation of energy maize in a mine soil – effect of the inoculum size. Geoderma. 278: 1-16.

Plant Biotechnology and Sustainability

Environment and Resources


Working in the area of plant nutrition and biotic stress, understanding the mechanisms that control nutrient uptake, transport and storage, simulating current and future climate change scenarios;


  • Carla Santos
  • Pablo Diaz
PhD students
  • Mariana Roriz
  • José Soares
  • Evla Vieira
  • Manuel Oliveira (co-supervision)
  • Joana Machado (co-supervision)
  • Marta Nunes (co-supervision)
Research fellows
  • Teresa Deuchande (PhD holder)
MsC students
  • Ana Isabel Cruz
  • Elsa Rodrigues
  • Fábio Nunes
  • Filipa Pereira
  • Jazmin Osorio
  • Marta Barros
  • Miguel Gaspar (co-supervision)
  • Patrícia Gonçalves (co-supervision)
  • Vítor Pinto (co-supervision)


Vasconcelos, M.W.; Gruissem, W.; Bhullar, N.K. (2016) Iron biofortification in the 21st century: setting realistic targets, overcoming obstacles, and new strategies for healthy nutrition. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 44, 8-15. DOI: 10.1016/j.copbio.2016.10.001

Santos, C.S.; Carvalho, S.M.P.; Leite, A.; Moniz, T.; Roriz, M.; Rangel, A.O.S.S.; Rangel, M.; Vasconcelos, M.W. (2016) Effect of tris(3-hydroxy-4-pyridinonate) iron(III) complexes on iron uptake and storage in soybean (Glycine max L.). Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 106, 91-100. DOI: 10.1016/j.plaphy.2016.04.050

Deuchande, T.; Carvalho, S.M.P.; Giné-Bordonaba, J; Vasconcelos, M.W; Larrigaudière, C. (2017) Transcriptional and biochemical regulation of internal browning disorder in ‘Rocha’ pear as affected by O2 and CO2 partial pressures. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 132. DOI: 10.1002/jsfa.8219

Lima, M.; Diaz, S.O.; Lamego, I.; Grusak, M.A.; Vasconcelos, M.W.; Gil, A.M. (2014) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Metabolomics of Iron Deficiency in Soybean Leaves. Journal of Proteome Research, 13, 3075−3087. DOI: 10.1021/pr500279f

Nunes da Silva, M., Solla, A., Sampedro, L., Zas, R., Vasconcelos, M. (2015) Susceptibility to the pinewood nematode (PWN) of four pine species involved in potential range expansion across Europe. Tree Physiology, 35, 987-999, DOI: 10.1093/treephys/tpv046.