Marta Wilton Pereira Leite de Vasconcelos

Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF)

Marta Wilton Pereira Leite de Vasconcelos

M Vasconcelos holds a PhD from Universidade Nova de Lisboa and IRRI (Philippines) on rice iron biofortification for Mozambique (2003). She worked for 8 years at the Children´s Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine (USA). She is member of the Direction Board of CBQF and head of the PlanTech lab ( She is member of the International Plant Nutrition Council and former member of the Young Academy of Sciences (Lisbon). She has co-authored +70 papers in international journals and has a long and successful track record in coordination and participation in projects dealing with crop diversification, value chains, plant nutrition, and food systems.




Vasconcelos, M., Gomes, A., Pinto, E., Ferreira, H., Vieira, E.,  Pimenta, A., Santos, C.S., Balázs, B., Kelemen, E., Hamann, K., Williams, M., Iannetta, P. (2020) The push-, pull- and enabling – capacities necessary for legume grain inclusion into sustainable agri-food systems and healthy diets. World Reviews in Nutrition DOI: 10.1159/000507498

Soares, J., Deuchande, T., Valente, L., Pintado, M., Vasconcelos, M.W. (2019) Growth and Nutritional Responses of Bean and Soybean Genotypes to Elevated CO2 in a Controlled Environment. Plants  8, 465; doi:10.3390/plants8110465 

Soares, J., Santos, C.S., Carvalho, S.M.P., Pintado, M., Vasconcelos, M.W. (2019) Preserving the nutritional quality of crop plants under a changing climate: importance and strategies. Marschner Rev, Plant and Soil 1–26. DOI: 10.1007/s11104-019-04229-0

Vasconcelos, M.W., Gruissen, W., Buhllar, N. (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.

S.M.P. Carvalho, M.W. Vasconcelos (2013) Producing more with less: strategies and novel technologies for plant-based food biofortification. Food Research International 54 (1), 961-971

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