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Rhizobacteria Interactions Laboratory: Rhizolab

Etelvina Figueira (IP)

Assistant Professor




+351-234-370-782 (office) / +351-234-247-200 (lab)

Other group members

Paulo Cardoso


Carina Sá

PhD Student

Diana Matos

PhD Student

Ricardo Pinto

PhD Student

Ricardo Rocha

Master Student

Tiago Lopes

Master Student

Bruno Duque

Master Student

Beatriz Santos

Master Student

Research lines

  • Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria
  • Rhizobacteria promoting biotic and abiotic plant tolerance
  • Bacterial volatile metabolomics
  • Rhizobacteria interactions

Representative publications

  • Sá C, Matos D, Cardoso P, Pires A, Figueira E (2020) Airnborne exposure of Rhizobium leguminosarum strain E20-8 to volatile monoterpenes: effects on cells challenged by cadmium. J Hazard Mater 388: 121783 (doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2019.121783).
  • Matos D, Sá C, Cardoso P, Pires A, Figueira E (2020) Rhizobium sensing of airborne saturated aldehydes of different sizes modulates the response to Cd exposure. J Hazard Mater 395: 122629 (doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2020.122629).
  • Sá C, Cardoso P, Figueira E (2019) Alginate as a feature of osmotolerance differentitation among soil bacteria isolated from wild legumes growing in Portugal. Sci Total Environ 681: 312-319.
  • Cardoso P, Alves A, Silveira P, Sá C, Fidalgo C, Freitas R, Figueira E (2018) Bacteria from nodules of wild legume species: Phylogenetic diversity, plant growth promotion abilities and osmotolerance. Sci Total Environ 645: 1094-1102.
  • Cardoso P, Santos M, Freitas R, Rocha SM, Figueira E (2017) Response of Rhizobium to Cd exposure: A volatile perspective. Environ Pollut 231: 802-811.

Relevant methods

  • Stress biochemistry
  • Bacterial volatiles extraction
  • One and two-dimensional gas chromatography-mass spectrometry
  • Plant growth promoting and tolerance traits