Contacts Centre for Environmental Biology


PhD, BI Grant Holder

CBA research group(s):

Biotic-Abiotic Interactions

Personal webpage

Team webpage

Patrícia Correia

Main Research Interests

My main research subject are soil microbial ecology, particularly the interactions of mycorrhiza fungi with soil bacteria and other root endophytes, and the interaction of rhizosferic soil microorganisms with plant roots to increase plant growth and productivity. Currently, I do applied studies in sustainable agriculture and forestry, testing different commercial mycorrhizal and microbial products.


Academic Qualifications

- 2006: PhD in Plant Ecology by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Portugal, with the work ‘The role of mycorrhizae in Mediterranean ecosystem revegetation’, supervised by Prof. Dr. Maria Amélia Martins-Loução and Jonh Klironomos (University of Guelph, Canada).

- 1992: Biology degree by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Recent Publications

Cruz C. Correia P., Carvalho L., Carolino M., Barata M. & Martins-Loução M.A. 2009. Relações bióticas do solo: efeito na produtividade e na sustentabilidade. Actas do Encontro Anual da Sociedade Portuguesa de Ciência do Solo. Faro, Portugal, 28-132.

Cruz C., Correia P., Ramos A., Carvalho L., Bago A. & Martins-Loução M.A. 2008. Arbuscular mycorrhiza in physiological and morphological adaptations of Mediterranean plants. In Ajit Varma (eds) "Mycorrhiza: State of the Art, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Eco-Function, Biotechnology, Eco-Physiology, Structure and Systematics". Springer Publishers, pp: 733-752.

Carvalho L.M., Correia P. & Martins-Loução M.A. 2004. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal propagules in a salt marsh: the importance of spores to infectivity. Mycorrhiza 14(3):165-170.

Correia P.M., 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(3):233-234.

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

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(3):137-143.

Ongoing Projects

  • 2012–2014: "Rhizospheric microbial consortia to increase nutrient use efficiency. A tool to be used in intensive farm systems" (PTDC/AGRO-PRO/115888/2009).


Other Information

- Referee: Ecological Engineering