Ana Cristina da Silva Figueiredo

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Thymus caespititius Brot. is an important aromatic species, due to synthesis and production of essential oils for the pharmaceutical and food industries. In the present study, levels of essential oils from two chemotypes, including carvacrol/thymol (CT) and sabinene/carvacrol (SC), were evaluated in proliferating shoot cultures (6–12 subcultures following(More)
Acetone was investigated and found to be an appropriate alternative to Triton X-100 as a solvent of essential oils in bioassays aimed to investigate their effects on pinewood nematode (Bursaphelenchus xylophilus) mortality. Therefore it was used as dilution agent to screen the effectiveness of fifty two essential oils against this pest. Thirteen essential(More)
The objectives of this study were to chemically characterize and evaluate the antioxidant activity of essential oils Cinnamodendron dinisii Schwacke (pepper) and Siparuna guianensis Aublet (negramina). The essential oil was isolated by hydrodistillation using a Clevenger modified apparatus, and the identification and quantification of constituents, through(More)
The Columbia root-knot nematode (CRKN), Meloidogyne chitwoodi, is an EPPO A2 type quarantine pest since 1998. This nematode causes severe damage in economically important crops such as potato and tomato, making agricultural products unacceptable for the fresh market and food processing. Commonly used nematicidal synthetic chemicals are often environmentally(More)
This study had analyzed the antibacterial, antifungal and trypanocidal activity of the essential oils from Cinnamodendron dinisii Schwacke (Canellaceae) and Siparuna guianensis Aublet (Siparunaceae). The essential oils were obtained from fresh leaves by hydrodistillation, using a modified Clevenger apparatus. Chemical analysis by gas-liquid chromatography(More)
Meloidogyne spp., commonly known as root-knot nematodes (RKNs), are economically important plant sedentary endoparasites that cause galls on susceptible hosts. The Columbia root-knot nematode (CRKN), M. chitwoodi, is a quarantine A2 type pest by the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization since 1998. This nematode has been found associated(More)
Co-cultures of Pinus pinaster with Bursaphelenchus xylophilus were established as a biotechnological tool to evaluate the effect of nematotoxics addition in a host/parasite culture system. The pinewood nematode (PWN), Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, the causal agent of pine wilt disease (PWD), was detected for the first time in Europe in 1999 spreading(More)
The identification, isolation and functional characterization of two genes encoding two monoterpene synthases—γ-terpinene synthase (Tctps2) and α-terpineol synthase (Tctps5)—from three chemically distinct Thymus caespititius (Lamiaceae) genotypes were performed. Genomic exon–intron structure was also determined for both terpene synthase genes, revealing an(More)
Pinus pinaster and P. pinea are two important pine species in Portugal. These two pine species show different susceptibility to Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, the nematode causing pine wilt disease, as well as a diverse volatile composition. To clarify the role of terpenes in plant–nematode interactions, the α-pinene synthase gene expression was studied, using(More)
The antioxidant and antiproliferative activities of the essential oils from Thymbra capitata and Thymus species grown in Portugal were evaluated. Thymbra and Thymus essential oils were grouped into two clusters: Cluster I in which carvacrol, thymol, p-cymene, α-terpineol, and γ-terpinene dominated and Cluster II in which thymol and carvacrol were absent and(More)