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Experimental Evolution

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Luís Miguel Carvalho

Main Research Interests

My main research interests are Microbial Ecology and Evolution with focus on cooperation and competition among bacteria, mutualisms between plants and soil microorganisms (e.g. mycorrhizas), biological invasions. 


Academic Qualifications

- 2004 PhD in Biology (Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon)

- 1992 5-year college graduation in Biology (Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon)

Recent Publications

Silva R.F., Mendonça S.C.M., Carvalho L.M., Reis A.M., Gordo I., Trindade S. & Dionisio F. 2011. Pervasive sign epistasis between conjugative plasmids and drug-resistance chromosomal mutations. Plos Genetics 7(7):e1002181.

Carvalho L.M., Antunes P.M., Martins-Loução M.A. & Klironomos J.N. 2010. Disturbance influences the outcome of plant-soil biota interactions in the invasive Acacia longifolia and in native species. Oikos 119:1172-1180.

Antunes P.M., Miller J., Carvalho L.M., Klironomos J.N. & Newman J.A. 2008. Even after death the endophytic fungus of Schedonorus phoenix reduces the arbuscular mycorrhizas of other plants. Functional Ecology 22(5):912-918.

Carvalho L.M., Caçador L. & Martins-Loução M.A. 2006. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi enhance root cadmium and copper accumulation in the roots of the salt marsh plant Aster tripolium L. Plant and Soil 285:161-169.

Neto D., Carvalho L.M., Cruz C. & Martins-Loução M.A. 2006. How do mycorrhizas affect C and N relationships in flooded Aster tripolium plants? Plant and Soil 279 51-63.

Carvalho L.M., Correia P.M. & Martins-Loução M.A. 2004. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal propagules in a salt marsh. Mycorrhiza 14:165-170.

Correia P., Carvalho L.M., Tavares A., Martins-Loução M.A. & Klironomos J. 2004. Using native plants to assess arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi when restoring quarries to maquis ecosystems (Portugal). Ecological Restoration 22:233-234.

Carvalho L.M., Correia P.M., Caçador I. & Martins-Loução M.A. 2003. Effects of salinity and flooding on the infectivity of salt marsh arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in Aster tripolium L. Biology and Fertility of Soils 38:137-143.

Carvalho L.M., Correia P.M., Ryel R.J. & Martins-Loução M.A. 2003. Spatial variability of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal spores in two natural plant communities. Plant and Soil 251:227-236.

Carvalho L.M., Caçador I. & Martins-Loução M.A. 2001. Temporal and spatial variation of arbuscular mycorrhizas in salt marsh plants of the Tagus estuary (Portugal). Mycorrhiza 11:303-309.

Ongoing Projects

  • In-nitro: conceptualizing the effects of increased nitrogen availability in a Mediterranean ecosystem. (FCT - PTDC/BIA-ECS/122214/2010)
  • Rhizospheric microbial consortia to increase nutrient use efficiency. A tool to be used in intensive farm systems. (FCT - PTDC/AGR-PRO/115888/2009)

  • Spheres of ecosystem response to nitrogen: a case study in a Mediterranean-type ecosystem in the southern of Portugal (SERN). (FCT - PTDC/BIA-BEC/099323/2008)


Other Information

Reviewer of International Journals including: Diversity and Distributions, Environmental Pollution, Journal of Biogeography, Mycorrhiza, Plant and Soil, Plant Ecology and Evolution, Symbiosis, etc.