Tânia F. L. VicenteMARE-IPLeiria / CETEMARES
Tânia F. L. Vicente
PhD Student | Pharmaceutical Sciences, FFUP
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Macroalgae of the genera Fucus, Ulva, and Enteromorpha are typically abundant in estuaries. Endophytic fungi may have beneficial effects on the hosts affecting their ability to cope with stress. They are also a source of biologically active compounds. However, little is known about the endo-phytic fungi that colonize these macroalgae. Endophytic is...
Fungal communities associated with macroalgae remain largely unexplored. To characterize algicolous fungal communities using culture dependent methods, macroalgae were collected from different sampling sites in the Ria de Aveiro estuary, Portugal. From a collection of 486 isolates that were obtained, 213 representative isolates were selected throug...
The invasive macroalga Grateloupia turuturu is known to contain a diversity of bioactive compounds with different potentialities. Among them are compounds with relevant bioactivities for cosmetics. Considering this, this study aimed to screen bioactivities with cosmeceutical potential, namely, antioxidant, UV absorbance, anti-enzymatic, antimicrobi...
Fungal phytopathogens are a growing problem all over the world; their propagation causes significant crop losses, affecting the quality of fruits and vegetables, diminishing the availability of food, leading to the loss of billions of euros every year. To control fungal diseases, the use of synthetic chemical fungicides is widely applied; these sub...
Aurantiochytrium sp. is an emerging alternative source of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and squalene, playing an important role in the phasing out of traditional fish sources for these compounds. Novel lipid extraction techniques with a focus on sustainability and low environmental footprint are being developed fo...
A collection of fungi was isolated from macroalgae of the genera Gracilaria, Enteromorpha and Ulva in the estuary Ria de Aveiro in Portugal. These isolates were characterized through a multilocus phylogeny based on ITS region of the ribosomal DNA, beta-tubulin (tub2) and translation elongation factor 1 alpha (tef1-α) sequences, in conjunction with...
Neocamarosporium species are typically halotolerant, being commonly found in saline environments like saline water, hypersaline soils and especially in association with halophytes. Several isolates were obtained from saline water, dead leaves of the seaweed Zostera noltii and live tissues of the halophyte Halimione portulacoides. Phylogenetic analy...
During an extensive survey of marine fungi in coastal marine environments from Portugal, a collection of Penicillium isolates were obtained from sea water, macroalgae and driftwood. Sixteen distinct Penicillium species were identified with Penicillium terrigenum and Penicillium brevicompactum being the most frequent. A Penicillium species isolated...
ORCHESTRA’s main goal is to add-value to invasive seaweed through a circular economy biorefinery pipeline, applied to provide solutions to pear and apple cultivars, improving the value chain, with sustainable, eco-efficient, and socially responsible practices.
The main mission of the project is the identification and characterisation of bioactive compounds from the invasive seaweed Asparagopsis armata, located at Peniche coast and Natural Reserve of Berlengas. Ultimately, the formulation of a strategic line of cosmetic products containing compounds with relevant bioactivities with marine origin (as antioxidants and photoprotectors) will highlight all the operation and will demonstrate the potential of the project to generate a blue economic growth. This way, the valorization of an unexplored resource will contribute to a sustainable economy of the region that besides the added value of an invasive macroalgae with economic and ecologic impacts in the west zone ecosystems, their exploration will contribute to the restoration of the native macroalgae and animal communities by eliminating a considerable part of the invasive macroalgae.
SmartBioR focuses on promoting and adding value to endogenous resources, a strategic priority for the Central Region of Portugal. It aims to strengthen scientific research, technological development and innovation of the region by recruiting highly qualified human resources to reinforce existing skills. Leaning on the Ria de Aveiro and the Berlengas Natural Reserve, the project will promote the sustainable use of endogenous marine biological resources, their integrated monitoring and the development of different products, processes and adjusted services, in line with the Strategy of Intelligent Specialization defined for the Portuguese Economy of the Sea.