Bliss Ursula Furtado

Bliss Ursula Furtado
Nicolaus Copernicus University | umk · Department of Microbiology

PhD in Biological Sciences
https://www.bio.umk.pl/en/department-of-microbiology/staff/bliss_furtado

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Introduction
Bliss Furtado holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from the Department of Microbiology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun Poland. Her research expertise lies in understanding the molecular aspects of plant-microbe interactions and the interplay of different environmental factors in shaping their community structure.
Additional affiliations
August 2021 - January 2022
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Position
  • PostDoc Position
August 2021 - January 2022
Imperial College London
Position
  • Visiting researcher
October 2020 - present
Nicolaus Copernicus University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Education
August 2010 - August 2012
Bangalore University
Field of study
  • Biotechnology

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Publications (18)
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Phosphorus (P) is an essential plant nutrient that can limit plant growth due to low availability in the soil. P-solubilizing bacteria in the roots and rhizosphere increase the P use efficiency of plants. This study addressed the impact of plant species, the level of plant association with bacteria (rhizosphere or root endophyte) and environmental...
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This study aimed to develop and characterize gelatin/polyvinyl alcohol (G/PVA) films loaded with black cumin cake extract (BCCE) and zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnONPs). The BCCE was also applied for the green synthesis of ZnONPs with an average size of less than 100 nm. The active films were produced by a solvent-casting technique, and their physico...
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Fast-growing willows (Salix spp.) provide alternative sources of renewable energy generation, but need an adequate nutrient availability in the soil for high biomass production. In general, species mixtures can be more nutrient-efficient than pure cultures, but this is scarcely known for Salix spp. Therefore, this study evaluates the nutrient avail...
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Phosphorus (P) is an essential plant nutrient. Low availability of P in soil is mainly caused by high content of Fe 2 O 3 in the clay fraction that binds to P making it unavailable. Beneficial microbes, such as P solubilizing microorganisms can increase the available P in soil and improve plant growth and productivity. In this study, we evaluated t...
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The use of industrial waste as a material for the development of natural innovative and active packaging is economically and environmentally appealing. The aim of this study was to develop and characterize active gelatin films incorporating rapeseed oil industry waste. Water (RM-WE) and methanolic (RM-MWE) extracts of rapeseed meal (RM) were used a...
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Many plants are unable to adapt to rapid environmental changes (e.g., salinity, drought, or limited nutrients) and may acquire assistance from microbes that have the capacity to increase tolerance of host-plants in stress conditions. By having the right microbes, the plants are more resilient! Such microbes include endophytes that inhabit inner tis...
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Microbially assisted phytoremediation is considered as the most promising eco-friendly solution for recultivation of heavy metal polluted soils. In vitro experiments can be favorable systems that allow assessing compatibility and efficiency of both partners (e.g. plant-microorganism) which reduces time and space in the initial stages of this techno...
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Aim Plant-endophytic associations exist only when equilibrium is maintained between both partners. This study analyses the properties of endophytic fungi inhabiting a halophyte growing in high soil salinity and tests whether these fungi are beneficial or detrimental when non-host plants are inoculated. Method Fungi were isolated from Salicornia eu...
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Background Salicornia europaea, a succulent obligatory halophyte is the most salt-tolerant plant species in the world. It survives salt concentrations of more than 1 M. Therefore, it is a suitable model plant to identify genes involved in salt tolerance mechanisms that can be used for the improvement of crops. The changes in a plant’s gene expressi...
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We examined Salicornia europaea, a non-mycorrhizal halophyte associated with specific and unique endophytic bacteria and fungi. Microbial community structure was analyzed at two sites differing in salinization history (anthropogenic and naturally saline site), in contrasting seasons (spring and fall) and in two plant organs (shoots and roots) via 1...
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Liquid Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry-Quadrupole Time of Flight (LC/MS QToF) protein profiling of marine-derived Staphyloccous gallinarum NIOMR8 was carried out to evaluate proteins conferring chromate (Cr⁶⁺) resistance and possible metabolic pathways that were altered as a result. Expressional (up or down-regulation) responses to varying Cr⁶⁺ (0...
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The halophytes have evolved several strategies to survive in saline environments; however, an additional support from their associated microbiota helps combat adverse conditions. Hence, our driving interests to investigate the endophytic bacterial community richness, diversity, and composition associated to roots of Salicornia europaea from two tes...
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Background Microbial remediation is an ecologically safe alternative to controlling environmental pollution caused by toxic aromatic compounds including azo dyes. Marine bacteria show excellent potential as agents of bioremediation. However, a lack of understanding of the entailing mechanisms of microbial degradation often restricts its wide-scale...
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Background: Several bacteria tolerate chromate with this attribute important in bacteria intended for biotechnological applications on chromate clean-up. Marine bacteria are beginning to show promise in this field due to their range and novelty. However, the general mechanisms of chromate tolerance employed by marine bacteria remain unknown. Object...

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Decipher the microbiome in willows and identify phosphate solubilizing microbes.
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Proteomics is a useful tool to study organism responses under abiotic stresses and is widely applied to study cellular responses of plants and microbes under stress. Hence, this study will decode the endophytic fungus proteome and delineate mechanisms involved in their increased resistance and adaptation to salinity.