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Sara Peixoto is a Junior Researcher at the University of Aveiro, since August of 2023 (financially supported by FCT through a contract under the Scientific Employment Stimulus Individual Call - ref. 2022.08041.CEECIND). Her academic pathway started with her graduation in Biotechnology (2013) at the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, and MSc degree in Microbiology (2015) at the University of Aveiro. In 2022, she finished her PhD degree in Biology and Ecology of Global Changes at the University of Aveiro, financially supported by a 4-year FCT grant. After their PhD, she was a fellow researcher in the R&D project ECOCENE: Efeitos ecológicos de (nano)agro-produtos em ecosistemas do solo at the University of Aveiro (Jan 2022 to Jul 2022), and a post-doc researcher at the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (Jan 2023 to Jul 2023) under the project DrosuGreen: Controlling the quarantine pest Drosophila suzukii through epidemiological studies and new green biocontrol techniques. Her main research line is microbial ecotoxicology with a special focus on the responses of soil microbiome to distinct agro-products exposure, such as conventional pesticides/fungicides, copper and silver based-nanomaterials, and nanoparticles, mycoinsecticides (entomopathogenic fungi - Metharizium spp. and Beauveria spp.), microbial based-plant biostimulants), under distinct exposure scenarios (in vitro studies, microcosm, mesocosm, and field experiments). Most of her microbiological research focused on the responses of microbial communities to agro-products using classical and molecular microbiology techniques: microbial composition, functioning, and susceptibility/tolerance. Currently, her scientific research interest is focused on the interactions between microbial-based-plant biostimulants and soil rhizosphere microbiomes, with particular emphasis on recovering the functionality of degraded areas affected by anthropogenic stresses (intensive agriculture and burned soils). She is (co)author of seven publications in international peer-reviewed journals (four as first author), and 31 communications to (inter)national conferences (eight as oral presentations). She participated in three international and two national research projects as a team member or collaborator. She participated in several outreach activities by disseminating scientific knowledge for (un)specialized audiences (e.g., school visits - summer academy at the University of Aveiro and presenting her research work in an MSc class in UTAD). She has received 5 awards: two best-poster presentations (one as the first author), two FEMS grants to attend (inter)national meetings, and one Medalhas de Honra L'Oréal Portugal para as Mulheres na Ciência - edition 19 . Currently, she is the supervisor of one master's student. In her curriculum, the most frequent terms in the context of scientific and technological output are: Terrestrial ecosystem, microbial ecotoxicology, metal-based nanoparticles; nanomaterials; nature-based products; microbiome, culture- (in)dependent methods.
Identification

Personal identification

Full name
Sara Peixoto

Citation names

  • Peixoto, Sara
  • Peixoto, S.

Author identifiers

Ciência ID
1F19-F15F-C143
ORCID iD
0000-0002-3005-7492
Google Scholar ID
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sara-Peixoto-2

Knowledge fields

  • Natural sciences - Biological Sciences - Microbiology

Languages

Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
English Upper intermediate (B2) Upper intermediate (B2) Upper intermediate (B2) Upper intermediate (B2)
Portuguese (Mother tongue)
Education
Degree Classification
2022/01/14 - 2022/06
Ongoing
Advanced course in Scientific Research (Outros)
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2017/04/01 - 2022/01/10
Concluded
Biology and Ecology of Global Changes (Doutoramento)
Major in Environmental Biology and Health
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
"Effects of nanomaterials on soil microbiome: nano-agrochemicals and biosolids applications" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
Approved (with distinction)
2019/07/01 - 2019/07/05
Concluded
Advanced course on Modelling approaches in ecotoxicology (Outros)
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2018/06/23 - 2018/06/27
Concluded
Advanced curse on Microbial diversity. (Outros)
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2018/06/09 - 2018/06/13
Concluded
Advanced curse on Bioinformatics for Microbiologists. (Outros)
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2018/01/29 - 2018/02/02
Concluded
Advanced curse on Experimental Design and Analysis of Multivariate Data. (Outros)
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2017/09/11 - 2017/09/15
Concluded
Advanced course on Fundamentals of Animal Cell Culture. 1st edition. (Outros)
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2017/05/22 - 2017/05/26
Concluded
Advanced course in Ecosystem services provided by wetlands: Anthropogenic impacts and Environmental chemistry. (Outros)
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2013/10/01 - 2015/12/18
Concluded
Microbiologia (Mestrado)
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
"Changes of the microbial communities as a mean to evaluate the impact of soil contamination by nanoparticles." (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
17
2015/06/22 - 2015/06/26
Concluded
Advanced course on Scientific writing and communication. 3ª edition. (Outros)
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
17
2009/09/16 - 2013/02/14
Concluded
Biotecnologia (Licenciatura)
Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Portugal
"Avaliação do impacto dos genes rpoS e bolA na capacidade de formação de biofilme de E. coli e na resposta a fatores de stress." (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
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Affiliation

Others

Category
Host institution
Employer
2023/08/16 - 2029/08/15 Junior Researcher Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Universidade de Aveiro Centro de Estudos do Ambiente e do Mar, Portugal
2023/01/09 - 2023/07/08 Post-doc Researcher Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
2022/01/15 - 2022/07/14 Research grant holder (under the project: Ecological Effects of Nanopesticides to Soil Ecosystems) Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2017/04/01 - 2022/01/10 PhD student Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Projects

Grant

Designation Funders
2023/01/09 - 2023/07/09 DrosuGreen - Controlo da praga de quarentena Drosophila suzuki através de estudos epidemiológicos e novas técnicas de biocontrolo verdes.
BIPD/UTAD/10/2022
Integration into Research Grant Fellow
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Ongoing
2022/01/15 - 2022/07/14 ECOCENE - Ecological Effects of Nanopesticides to Soil Ecosystems
POCI-01-0145-FEDER-032471
Integration into Research Grant Fellow
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Ongoing

Other

Designation Funders
2023/01/01 - Current RESCLICONT - Functionality and resilience of soils polluted by mining wastes under climate change conditions in Mediterranean environments: ecotoxicological aspects and the use of biochar for remediation (CGL2016-80981-R).
CGL2016-80981-R
Collaborator
2023/01/01 - 2025/12/31 TAILING - Response of mine tailing soils from La Unión-Sierra de Cartagena to climate change: an experimental approach under field and climate chambers conditions (Ref. 21994/PI/22)
21994/PI/22
Team member
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

Amsterdam UMC Locatie VUmc, Netherlands

Technical University of Cartagena, Spain
Ongoing
2023/09/01 - 2024/12/01 MicroStimulus - The ecological role of microbial-based plant biostimulants in the resident rhizosphere microbiome from degraded agricultural and forest soils.
Other
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Fondation L'Oréal

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Ongoing
2020/04 - 2022/01/14 ECOCENE - Ecological Effects of Nanopesticides to Soil Ecosystems
POCI-01-0145-FEDER-032471
Researcher - Team member
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Ongoing
Outputs

Publications

Conference poster
  1. Peixoto, Sara; Maria de Fátima Gonçalves; Marques, Guilhermina . Corresponding author: Peixoto, Sara. "Entomopathogenic fungi as a potential biocontrol agent of spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura), in blueberry production.". Paper presented in Microbiotec 2023, Covilhã, Portugal., 2023.
  2. Peixoto, Sara; Maria de Fátima Gonçalves; Marques, Guilhermina . Corresponding author: Marques, Guilhermina. "Entomopathogenic fungi as a potential biocontrol agent of Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) in blueberry production.". Paper presented in 12º Encontro Nacional de Proteção Integrada, Portalegre, Portugal., 2023.
  3. Peixoto, Sara; Maria de Fátima Gonçalves; Marques, Guilhermina . Corresponding author: Marques, Guilhermina. "The combined effect of entomopathogenic fungi and bacterial-based bioinsecticide as a potential tool to control the spotted-wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii Matsumura).". Paper presented in 12º Encontro Nacional de Proteção Integrada, Portalegre, Portugal., 2023.
  4. Damasceno, E.P.; OLIVEIRA, JMM; Peixoto, Sara; Henriques, Isabel; Lotufo, Leticia; Soares, Amadeu M.V.M. ; Loureiro, Susana. "Effect of trabectedin in the bacterial community of Danio rerio larvae". Paper presented in SETAC Europe 31st Annual Meeting, 2021.
  5. Peixoto, Sara; Oliveira, Jacinta M. M.; Henriques, Isabel; Morgado, Rui; Soares; Amadeu; Loureiro, Susana. "Long-term effects of AgNPs on soil bacterial community: a single species microcosm approach". Paper presented in SETAC Europe 31st Annual Meeting, 2021.
  6. Morgado, Rui; Prodana, Marija; Cardoso, Diogo; Malheiro, Catarina; Peixoto, Sara; Neves, Joana; Santos, Cátia; et al. "Effects of nano and non-nano copper formulations to soil organisms: a mesocosm approach". Paper presented in SETAC Europe 31st Annual Meeting, 2021.
  7. Peixoto, Sara; Morgado, Rui; Prodana, Marija; Cardoso, Diogo; Malheiro, Catarina; Neves, Joana; Santos, Cátia; et al. "Copper-based nanomaterials alter the soil microbiome at the functional and structural level – a mesocosm study". Paper presented in SETAC Europe 31st Annual Meeting, 2021.
  8. Peixoto, S.; Morgado, Rui; Prodana, Marija; Cardoso, Diogo; Malheiro, Catarina; Henriques, Isabel; Loureiro, Susana. "Impact of different copper-based nanomaterials on the soil microbiome". Paper presented in One Health Day, 2020.
  9. Peixoto, S.; Jacinta Oliveira; Rui G. Morgado; Susana Loureiro; Isabel Henriques. "Soil bacterial community responses to AgNPs .". Paper presented in SETAC Europe 30th Annual Meeting - SETAC SciCon - virtual meeting, 2020.
  10. Oliveira, J. M. M.; Henriques, Isabel; Read, D. S.; Gweon, Hyun S.; Morgado, Rui G.; Peixoto, S.; Correia, António; Soares, Amadeu M.V.M. ; Loureiro, Susana. Corresponding author: Henriques, Isabel. "Gut and faecal microbiota of the terrestrial isopod Porcellionides pruinosus: potential use for monitoring exposure". Paper presented in Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (Ed.), SETAC Europe 30th Annual Meeting, 2020.
  11. Peixoto, S.; Khodaparast, Z.; Loureiro, Susana; Henriques, Isabel. "The impact of Ag2S-NP exposure in soil microbiome: a 16S rRNA gene-based metagenomic analysis". Paper presented in 4th Thünen Symposium on Soil Metagenomics, 2019.
  12. Peixoto, Sara; Henriques, Isabel; Loureiro, Susana. "Impact of copper-based nanopesticide on the microbiome of agricultural soils". Paper presented in One Health Day, 2019.
  13. Peixoto, S.; Khodaparast, Z.; Henriques, I.; Loureiro, S.. "Impact of Ag2S NPs on soil bacterial community – a terrestrial mesocosm approach". Paper presented in 1st PhD student Meeting -Biology and Ecology of Global changes, 25th October 2019, FCUL - Lisbon, 2019.
  14. Peixoto, S.; Khodaparast, Z.; Henriques, I.; Loureiro, S.. "Impact of Ag2S NPs on soil bacterial community – a terrestrial mesocosm approach". Paper presented in 15th Symposium on Bacterial Genetics and Ecology, 2019.
  15. Santos, M.; Oliveira, H.; Peixoto, S.; Pereira, J.; Luis A. T.; Gonçalves F. J.; Henriques, I.; Vidal, T.. "Using flow cytometry for bacterioplankton community analysis as a fast assessment tool complementary to Water Framework Directive in prioritization of impacted sites.". Paper presented in SETAC Europe 29th Annual Meeting, 2019.
Journal article
  1. Peixoto, Sara; Loureiro, Susana; Henriques, Isabel. Corresponding author: Loureiro, Susana. "The impact of silver sulfide nanoparticles and silver ions in soil microbiome". Journal of Hazardous Materials 422 (2022): 126793. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2021.126793.
    10.1016/j.jhazmat.2021.126793
  2. Peixoto, Sara; Oliveira, Jacinta M.M.; Henriques, Isabel; Morgado, Rui G.; Soares, Amadeu M.V.M.; Loureiro, Susana. Corresponding author: Oliveira, Jacinta M.M.. "Pollution- induced community tolerance framework - disc diffusion method to assess the impact of silver nanoparticles in soils: Potential relevance for risk assessment". Applied Soil Ecology 169 (2022): 104185. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2021.104185.
    10.1016/j.apsoil.2021.104185
  3. Peñalver-Alcalá, Antonio; Álvarez-Rogel, José; Peixoto, Sara; Silva, Isabel; Silva, Ana Rita R.; González-Alcaraz, M. Nazaret. Corresponding author: González-Alcaraz, M. Nazaret. "The relationships between functional and physicochemical soil parameters in metal(loid) mine tailings from Mediterranean semiarid areas support the value of spontaneous vegetation colonization for phytomanagement". Ecological Engineering 168 (2021): 106293. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2021.106293.
    10.1016/j.ecoleng.2021.106293
  4. Oliveira, Jacinta M. M.; Henriques, Isabel; Read, Daniel S.; Gweon, Hyun S.; Morgado, Rui G.; Peixoto, Sara; Correia, António; Soares, Amadeu M. V. M.; Loureiro, Susana. "Gut and faecal bacterial community of the terrestrial isopod Porcellionides pruinosus: potential use for monitoring exposure scenarios". Ecotoxicology (2021): http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10646-021-02477-4.
    10.1007/s10646-021-02477-4
  5. Peixoto, Sara; Henriques, Isabel; Loureiro, Susana. "Long-term effects of Cu(OH)2 nanopesticide exposure on soil microbial communities". Environmental Pollution 269 (2021): 116113. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2020.116113.
    10.1016/j.envpol.2020.116113
  6. Peixoto, S.; Khodaparast, Z.; Cornelis, G.; Lahive, E.; Green Etxabe, A.; Baccaro, M.; Papadiamantis, A.G.; et al. "Impact of Ag2S NPs on soil bacterial community – A terrestrial mesocosm approach". Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 206 (2020): 111405. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoenv.2020.111405.
    Open access • 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2020.111405
  7. Santos, Martha; Peixoto, Sara; Pereira, Joana L.; Luís, Ana T.; Henriques, Isabel; Gonçalves, Fernando J.M.; Pereira, Mário J.; Oliveira, Helena; Vidal, Tânia. Corresponding author: Vidal, Tânia. "Using flow cytometry for bacterioplankton community analysis as a complementary tool to Water Framework Directive to signal putatively impacted sites". Science of The Total Environment 695 (2019): 133754. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.133754.
    10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.133754
Magazine article
  1. Peixoto, S.; Oliveira, Jacinta; Henriques, Isabel; Morgado, Rui G.; Soares, Amadeu M.V.M. ; Loureiro, Susana. "Suscetibilidade bacteriana às nanopartículas de prata", Captar, 2016
Thesis / Dissertation
  1. "Effects of nanomaterials on soil microbiome: nano-agrochemicals and biosolids applications". PhD, Universidade de Aveiro, 2022.
  2. Peixoto, S.. "Changes of the microbial communities as a mean to evaluate the impact of soil contamination by nanoparticles". Master, Universidade de Aveiro, 2015.
  3. Peixoto, S.. "Avaliação do impacto dos genes rpoS e bolA na capacidade de formação de biofilme de E. coli e na resposta a fatores de stress". Degree, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, 2013.
Activities

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2023/12/06 The ecological role of plant-biostimulants in the resident rhizosphere microbiome from degraded soils Talks: Toxicology and Ecotoxicology
University of Aveiro (Aveiro, Portugal)
2023/05 Upcycling agricultural wastes to improve soil quality and ecosystem services in sustainable agriculture. Oral presentation at SETAC Europe 33rd Annual Meeting. Dublin, Ireland ETAC Europe 33rd Annual Meeting.
Dublin, Ireland (Dublin, Ireland)
2023/05 Bioconversion of olive pomace by Hermetia illucens larvae to an organic fertilizer - The soil health and safety perspective. SETAC Europe 33rd Annual Meeting
SETAC (Dublin, Ireland)
2023 Olive pomace valorization: from an environmental issue to an environmentally friendly solution. Applied Agro-Biotechnology International Meeting (AABIM)
Beja, Portugal (Beja, Portugal)
2021/07/07 Effects of Ag2S NPs and AgNO3 on the soil bacterial community related to the nitrogen cycle Research Summit
University of Aveiro
2020/06/25 Effects of nanomaterials on the soil bacterial community Research Summit
University of Aveiro
2020/05/04 Long-term effect of Cu(OH)2 nanopesticide on soil microbiome SETAC Europe 30th Annual Meeting - SETAC SciCon - virtual meeting
SETAC
2019/07/04 Assessment of Cu(OH)2 nanopesticide applications on soil microbiota - an agroecosystem perspective Research Summit
University of Aveiro and CESAM (Aveiro, Portugal)
2015/04/29 Avaliação do impacto dos genes rpoS e bolA na capacidade de formação de biofilme de E. coli e na resposta a fatores de stress. III Jornadas de biotecnologia
Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo (Viana do Castelo, Portugal)
2015/03/30 Suscetibilidade bacteriana às nanopartículas de prata IV Encontro Nacional de Pós-graduação em Ciências Biológicas (IV ENPGCB)
University of Aveiro (Aveiro, Portugal)

Supervision

Thesis Title
Role
Degree Subject (Type)
Institution / Organization
2023/11/05 - 2024/12 Microbial-based plant biostimulants as a potential strategy for the functional recovery of degraded soils
Supervisor
Master in microbiology (Master)
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

Event participation

Activity description
Type of event
Event name
Institution / Organization
2024/03/01 - 2024/03/01 Science communication to school - Homem Homem Cristo (Aveiro)
Workshop
Science communication to schools - Homem Homem Cristo (Aveiro)
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2019/07/08 - 2019/07/16 Summer academy
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2018/10/03 - 2018/10/05 Science festival
Oliveira do Bairro Municipe, Portugal
2018/07/08 - 2018/07/20 Summer academy
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal

Ad Hoc journal article review

Journal title (ISSN) Publisher
2023/12 - Current International Agrophysics Journal (0236-8722) Institute of Agrophysics PAS
2023/01/01 - Current Environmental Science: Nano (2051-8161) Royal Society of Chemistry

Association member

Society Organization name Role
2020 - Current Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Europe (SETAC)
2019 - Current Portuguese Society of Microbiology (SPM)

Course / Discipline taught

Academic session Degree Subject (Type) Institution / Organization
2023/05/02 - 2023/05/02 Agricultura biológica: Bioprodutos e Bioestimulantes Agricultura biológica (Mestrado) Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Distinctions

Award

2023 Medalhas de Honra L’Oréal Portugal para as Mulheres na Ciência
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal

L’Oréal Portugal, Portugal
2023 Meeting attendance grant to Congress: "Microbiotec 2023"
Federation Of European Microbiological Societies, Netherlands

Sociedade Portuguesa de Microbiologia, Portugal
2022 Best poster presentation (collaborator): Agricultural waste recycling, sustainable food production and ecosystem services: circularity in a case study of tomato production.
2020 Best poster presentation (first and presenting author): Impact of different copper-based nanomaterials on the soil microbiome
Universidade de Aveiro Centro de Estudos do Ambiente e do Mar, Portugal
2019 FEMS Early Career Scientist grant - Travel and meeting attendance grant to Congress: "4th Thünen Symposium on Soil Metagenomics"
Federation Of European Microbiological Societies, United Kingdom