Dora Batista

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Ecological speciation through host-shift has been proposed as a major route for the appearance of novel fungal pathogens. The growing awareness of their negative impact on global economies and public health created an enormous interest in identifying the factors that are most likely to promote their emergence in nature. In this work, a combination of(More)
Populus euphratica Oliv. is a deciduous poplar species, occurring mainly in riparian areas of China and Middle Eastern countries, and presenting high tolerance to extreme temperatures and high soil salinity. In this study, an optimized protocol for development and propagation of P. euphratica from leaf explants is reported, based on a morphogenic process(More)
To the best of our knowledge, this is the first accurate and reliable protocol for hop (Humulus lupulus L.) genetic transformation using particle bombardment. Based on the highly productive regeneration system previously developed by us for hop var. Eroica, two efficient transformation protocols were established using petioles and green organogenic nodular(More)
BACKGROUND The first detailed chemical characterisation of Portuguese pine nut (Pinus pinea L.) is reported concerning proximate composition, fatty acid, mineral and vitamin contents. RESULTS Based on the analysis of 27 different populations, pine nuts were characterised by high contents of fat (47.7 g per 100 g dry matter (DM)), protein (33.8 g per 100 g(More)
To improve phylogenetic resolution of the Colletotrichum gloeosporioides species complex we developed and tested the performance of a new set of primers for the Apn2/MAT locus with a case study of 22 isolates. These were isolated mainly from coffee plants and represent six divergent and well characterized species within the C. gloeosporioides complex.(More)
Plant regeneration was achieved from both a spontaneous clone (Bragança) and Brewer's Gold variety ofHumulus lupulus. The results obtained for these two different genotypes were compared. The organogenic ability of petiole and stem segments was tested on three different basal media supplemented with 0.025 mg (0.14 μM) indole-3-acetic acid/L and 2 mg (8.87(More)
Macroalgae are an important source of antimicrobial compounds. However, it is unclear if these compounds are produced by the algae themselves, by their associated bacteria, or by both. The main aim of this study was to investigate the potential of macroalgae and their associated microorganisms to inhibit bacterial quorum sensing (QS) and growth. Before(More)
Cork oak (Quercus suber) is one of the rare trees with the ability to produce cork, a material widely used to make wine bottle stoppers, flooring and insulation materials, among many other uses. The molecular mechanisms of cork formation are still poorly understood, in great part due to the difficulty in studying a species with a long life-cycle and for(More)
Cork oak (Quercus suber L.) is an evergreen tree species endemic to the western Mediterranean Basin with a major economical, social and ecological relevance, associated with cork extraction and exploitation. In the last years, cork oak stands have been facing a significant decline, which may be aggravated by the climate changes that are predicted to occur(More)
Coffee production in Africa represents a significant share of the total export revenues and influences the lives of millions of people, yet severe socio-economic repercussions are annually felt in result of the overall losses caused by the coffee berry disease (CBD). This quarantine disease is caused by the fungus Colletotrichum kahawae Waller and Bridge,(More)