Chemical Process Engineering and Forest Products Research Centre

Carla Maleita

Carla Maleita

Carla Maria Nobre Maleita

Post-doc Researcher

PhD in Biology-Ecology, University of Coimbra, 2012

MSc in Animal Biology, University of Coimbra, 2006

Diploma in Biology, University of Coimbra, 2003 

E-mail address
Research group
Particles, Polymers and Biomaterials Technology (PPB)
Research interests

Control of phytoparasitic nematodes

Bionematicide formulations

Resistance and host-response of horticultural crops to root-knot nematodes

Root-knot nematodes species - morphological, biochemical and molecular characterisation

Funded research projects

2010-2014, Molecular analysis of secretions of the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne hispanica, Coordinator – Professor Dr. Isabel M. de O. Abrantes, Funded by FCT (PTDC/AGR – AAM/103873/2008), Participating institution: IMAR-CMA, University of Coimbra.

2010-2014, RESCOE - Risk assessment and ecological sustainability of cork oak in montado ecosystems, Coordinator – Dr. Sofia Costa, Funded by FCT (PTDC/BIA – BEC/102834/2008, Participating institutions: CFE, FCTUC; IMAR-CMA, University of Coimbra; University of Minho; University of Algarve.

2013-2015, BIONEM - Biomanagement strategy to control phytoparasitic nematodes of emerging importance on potato – a new threat to Europe, Coordinator – Engª Maria José Cunha, Funded by FCT (PTDC/AGR-PRO/2510/2012), Participating institutions: CERNAS, Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra, IPC; IMAR-CMA and CIEPQPF,  University of Coimbra.

Key publications

Maleita, C.M., de Almeida, A.M.S.F., Vovlas, N. and Abrantes, I. (2016) Morphological, biometrical, biochemical, and molecular characterization of the coffee root-knot nematode Meloidogyne megadora. Plant Disease 100, 1725-1734.

Faria, J.M.S., Sena, I., Ribeiro, B., Rodrigues, A.M., Maleita, C.M.N., Abrantes, I., Bennett, R., Mota, M., Figueiredo, A.C. da S. (2015) First report on Meloidogyne chitwoodi hatching inhibition activity of essential oils and essential oils fractions. Journal of Pest Science 89, 207-217.

Duarte, Maleita, Abrantes and Curtis (2015) Tomato root exudates induce transcriptional changes of Meloidogyne hispanica genes. Phytopathologia Mediterranea 54, 104−108, DOI: 10.14601/Phytopathol_Mediterr-14595.

Esteves, Maleita and Abrantes (2014) Root-lesion and root-knot nematodes parasitizing potato. European Journal of Plant Pathology 141, 397-406, DOI: 10.1007/s10658-014-0551-1.

Duarte, Maleita, Tiago, Curtis and Abrantes (2014) Molecular characterization of putative parasitism genes in the plant-parasitic nematode Meloidogyne hispanica. Journal of Helminthology, doi:10.1017/S0022149X1400073X.

Faria, J.M.S., Sena, I., Maleita, C.M., Vieira da Silva, I., Ascensão, L., Abrantes, I., Bennett, R.N., Mota, M. and Figueiredo, A.C. (2014) In vitro co-culture of Solanum tuberosum hairy roots with Meloidogyne chitwoodi: structure, growth and production of volatiles. Plant Cell Tiss Organ Culture 118, 519–530.

Duarte, A., Curtis, R., Maleita, C., Tiago, I. and Abrantes, I. (2014) Characterization of the venom allergen- like protein (vap-1) and the fatty acid and retirnol binding protein (far-1) genes in Meloidogyne hispanica. European Journal of Plant Pathology 139, 825-836.

Maleita, C., Costa, S.R. and Abrantes, I. (2013) First report of Laimaphelenchus heidelbergi (Nematoda: Aphelenchoididae) in Europe. Forest Pathology 45, 76–81.

Maleita, C.M., Curtis, R.H.C., Powers, S.J. and Abrantes, I.M. de O. (2012) Effects of inoculum levels of Meloidogyne hispanica and M. javanica on the nematode reproduction and growth of tomato genotypes. Phytopathologia Mediterranea 51, 566-576.

Maleita, C.M., Curtis, R.H.C. and Abrantes, I.M. de O. (2012). Thermal requirements for the embryonic development and life cycle of Meloidogyne hispanica. Plant Pathology 61, 1002-1010.

Other information

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-1616-3632

Award: Best Poster Prize, 2nd Honorable Mention, 9th Conference of the European Foundation for Plant Pathology & 6th Congress of the Sociedade Portuguesa de Fitopatologia, Évora, Portugal, 15-18 November. Martins, F., Costa, M., Silva, A., Vieira Santos, M.C., Maleita, C.M.N. and Galhano, C.I.C. (2010). Nematicidal activity of Carvone against the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne javanica.

Award: Second Prize in the Best Student Poster Competition, 31st International symposium of the European Society of Nematologists, Adana, Turkey, 23-27 September. Maleita, C.M.N., Martins, A.F., Costa, S.R. and Abrantes, I. (2012). Identification and molecular characterisation of Laimaphelenchus spp. associated with coark oak.