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  • My research examines the impact of biotic and abiotic factors on plant physiology and biochemistry. I use an interdisciplinary approach with a heavy emphasis on metabolomics. I have been characterizing molecular and biochemical mechanisms of plant-pathogen interactions, plant responses to combined biotic and abiotic stresses, as well as processes involved in plant response to iron deficiency and the impact of legume iron composition on human nutrition. One major aim of my work is to elucidate changes induced by stress on overall plant metabolic pathways and translate that knowledge into practical applications. Recently, I started using metabolomics to study the relationship between nutrition and health using the neonate pig as a model. My current research focuses on the impact of external factors (biotic/abiotic stresses or management practices) on plant physiology and biochemistry, and addresses issues of crop productivity, plant health and nutrient/phytochemical composition of fresh fruit and legume species. The ultimate goal of my research program is to improve agricultural sustainability, crop quality and yield, food security, and human health and nutrition.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2019 Activities of the Early Career Members Committee: Highlights from 2018CSA News.  64:36-37. 2019
    2018 Professional Online Presence and Social MediaCSA News.  63:28-29. 2018
    2018 Highlights from 2017, Future ActivitiesCSA News.  63:32-33. 2018
    2017 Metabolomic Study of Chardonnay Grapevines Double Stressed with Esca-Associated Fungi and Drought.Phytopathology.  107:669-680. 2017
    2017 Differential phenolic production in leaves of Vitis vinifera cv. Alvarinho affected with esca disease.Plant Physiology and Biochemistry.  112:45-52. 2017
    2015 Intraspecific variation of anatomical and chemical defensive traits in Maritime pine (Pinus pinaster) as factors in susceptibility to the pinewood nematode (Bursaphelenchus xylophilus)Trees - Structure and Function.  29:663-673. 2015
    2014 Nuclear magnetic resonance metabolomics of iron deficiency in soybean leaves.Journal of Proteome Research.  13:3075-3087. 2014
    2013 Susceptibility evaluation of Picea abies and Cupressus lusitanica to the pine wood nematode (Bursaphelenchus xylophilus)Plant Pathology.  62:1398-1406. 2013
    2012 Phaeomoniella chlamydosporaÔÇÉinduced Oxidative Burst in Vitis vinifera Cell Suspensions: Role of NADPH Oxidase and Ca2+ Journal of Phytopathology.  160:129-134. 2012
    2012 Response of Vitis vinifera cell cultures to Phaeomoniella chlamydospora: changes in phenolic production, oxidative state and expression of defence-related genesEuropean Journal of Plant Pathology.  132:133-146. 2012
    2011 Study of symptoms and gene expression in four Pinus species after pinewood nematode infectionPlant Varieties and Seeds Plant Genetic Resources: Characterisation and Utilisation.  9:272-275. 2011
    2010 NMR metabolomics of esca disease-affected Vitis vinifera cv. Alvarinho leaves.Journal of Experimental Botany.  61:4033-4042. 2010


    Year Title
    2017 The Use of Genetic Engineering to Improve the Nutritional Profile of Traditional Plant Foods.  233-258. 2017
    2017 The Use of Genetic Engineering to Improve the Nutritional Profile of Traditional Plant Foods.  233-258. 2017

    Teaching Activities

  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2020
  • Plant Stress Physiology Taught course 2020
  • Senior Honors Thesis Taught course 2020
  • Independent Investigations Taught course 2019
  • Plant Physiology Taught course 2019
  • Plant Physiology Taught course 2019
  • Senior Honors Thesis Taught course 2019
  • Education And Training

  • B.S. Applied Biology, University of Minho
  • M.S. Epidemiology, University of Porto
  • Ph.D. Biology, University of Minho
  • Full Name

  • Marta Lima
  • Mailing Address

  • University of New Hampshire

    Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems

    46 College Road, 189 Rudman Hall

    Durham, NH  03824