Degree in Biology (2001), Master in Toxicology (2004) and PhD in Biology (2010) from Aveiro University.
Main research area - Environmental and Agricultural biotechnology. Research interests are mainly focused on: the use of bioinoculants (mycorrhiza fungi, rhizo/endophytic bacteria) to increase plant growth and resilience to biotic and abiotic stresses, the development of bioinoculant formulations and delivery systems, microbial assisted phytotechnological approaches, plant microbe interactions, and soil fertility.
Current position - Researcher scientist in Plant Science and Microbial Interactions at ESB-UCP in the frame of the project Bio-n2-value - Biological tools for adding and defending value in key agro-food chains. (NORTE-01-0145-FEDER000030), funded by Fundo Europeu de Desenvolvimento Regional (FEDER), under Programa Operacional Regional do Norte - Norte2020.
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.
Pereira, S.I.A., Moreira, H., Konstantinos, A., Castro, P.M.L., Marques, A., 2016. Promotion of sunflower growth under saline water irrigation by the inoculation of beneficial microorganisms. Applied Soil Ecology. 105: 36-47. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2016.03.015.
Moreira, H., Pereira, S.I.A., Marques, A.P.G.C., Rangel, A.O.S.S., Castro, P.M.L., 2016. Mine land valorization through energy maize production enhanced by the application of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 23: 6940-6950.
Pereira, S.I.A., Castro, P.M.L., 2014. Phosphate-solubilizing rhizobacteria enhance Zea mays growth in agricultural P-deficient soils. Ecological Engineering. 73: 526–535.
Pereira, S.I.A., Castro, P.M.L., 2014. Diversity and characterization of culturable bacterial endophytes from Zea mays and their potential as plant growth-promoting agents in metal-degraded soils. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 21: 14110–14123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11356-014-3309-6
Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF)