Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology


Assistant professor

CBA research group(s):

Plant Diversity and Conservation


Personal webpage

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Generosa Teixeira

Main Research Interests

My main research interests are micromorphology and phytochemistry of Portuguese and Macaronesian flora. Plant secretory structures, secondary metabolites and biological activities. Aquatic plants, morphology and development. 


Academic Qualifications

- 1999 PhD in Biology - Ecology and Biosystematics (Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon).

- 1981 5-year college graduation in Biology (Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon)


Recent Publications

Rodrigues L., Póvoa O., Teixeira G., Figueiredo A.C., Moldão M. & Monteiro A. 2013. Trichomes micromorphology and essential oil variation at different developmental stages of cultivated and wild growing Mentha pulegium L. populations from Portugal. Industrial Crops and Products 43(1):692-700.

Rosalino L.M., Nóbrega F., Santos-Reis M., Teixeira G. & Rebelo R. 2013. Acorn selection by the wood mouse Apodemus sylvaticus: a semi-controlledeExperiment in a Mediterranean environment. Zoological Science 30(9):724-730.

Madureira A.M., Duarte A. & Teixeira G. 2012. Antimicrobial activity of selected extracts from Hakea salicifolia and H. sericeae (Proteaceae) against Staphylococcus aureus multiresistant strains. South African Journal of Botany 81:40-43.

Rodrigues L., Duarte A., Figueiredo A.C., Brito L., Teixeira G., Moldão M. & Monteiro A. 2012. Chemical composition and antibacterial activity of the essential oils from the medicinal plant Mentha cervina L. grown in Portugal. Medicinal Chemichal Research 21(11):3485-3490.

Róis A.S., Teixeira G., Sharbel T.F., Fuchs J., Martins S., Espírito-Santo D. & Caperta A.D. 2012. Male fertility versus sterility, cytotype and DNA quantitative variation in seed production in diploid and tetraploid sea lavenders (Limonium sp., Plumbaginaceae) reveal diversity in reproduction modes. Sexual Plant Reproduction 25:305-318.

Teixeira G., Correia A.I., Vasconcelos T., Duarte A., Oliveira N. & Madureira A.M. 2012. Lavandula stoechas subsp. luisieri and L. pedunculata: comparative antibacterial activity. Journal of Phytotherapy and Pharmacology 6:11‐15.

Grosso A.C., Teixeira G., Gomes I., Martins E.S., Barroso J.G., Pedro L.G. & Figueiredo A.C. 2009. Assessment of the essential oil composition of Tornabenea annua, T. insularis and T. tenuissima fruits from Cape Verde islands. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 37:474-478.

Grosso A.C., Rodrigues L., Gomes I., Martins E.S. & Teixeira G. 2008. Preliminary data on microcharacters and chromosome number in Tornabenea species (Apiaceae) from Cape Verde Islands. Plant Biosystems 142(1):87-93.

Rodrigues L., Monteiro P., Póvoa O., Teixeira G., Moldão M., Figueiredo A.C. & Monteiro A. 2008. Morphology of secretory structures and essential oil composition in Mentha cervina L. from Portugal. Flavour and Fragrance Journal 23(5):340-347.

Teixeira G., Monteiro A. & Pepo C. 2008. Leaf Morphoanatomy in Hakea sericeae and H. salicifolia. Microscopy and Microanalysis 14(Suppl. 3):109-110.

Grosso A.C., Costa M.M., Ganço L., Pereira A.L., Teixeira G., Lavado J.M.G., Figueiredo A.C., Barroso J.G. & Pedro L.G. 2007. Essential oil composition of Pterospartum tridentatum grown in Portugal. Food Chemistry 102:1083-1088.

Teixeira G. & Pereira A. L. 2004. Winged stems in Pterospartum tridentatum W. K. & Lge. Acta Botanica Gallica 151(1):103-109.

Vitor R., Mota-Filipe H., Teixeira G., Borges C., Rodrigues A.I., Teixeira A. & Paulo A. 2004. Flavonoids from an extract of flowers of Pterospartum tridentatum showing endothelial protective effect against oxidative injury. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 93:363-370.

Teixeira G. & Diniz M.A. 2003. Contribution of micromorphology to the taxonomy of Abrus (Leguminosae). Blumea 48:153-162.

Teixeira G., Gomes E. & Carrapiço F. 2001. C-Glycosilflavones in the genus Azolla Lam. Plant Biosystems 135(2):233-237.

Pereira A. L., Teixeira G., Sevinate-Pinto I., Antunes T. & Carrapiço F. 2001. Taxonomic re-evaluation of the Azolla genus in Portugal. Plant Biosystems 135(3):285-294.


Ongoing Projects

  • Micromorphological and phytochemical studies on Lavandula  species.

  • Studies on the micromorphology, phytochemistry and biological activity of species from the  “Montado” ecosystem.

  • Cape Verde medicinal and aromatic flora: Tornabenea genus.


Other Information

Referee in the following scientific publications:  Nordic Journal of Botany;  Australian Journal of Botany; Hydrobiology; Indian National Science Academy; Revista Portuguesa de Farmácia.

Collaborations: Escola Superior Agrária de Elvas; Estação Florestal Nacional; Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical; Instituto Superior de Agronomia; Instituto Nacional de Investigação e Desenvolvimento Agrário, Cape Verde.