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  Sónia Marina Silva  
  Phone: 964788839  
  e-mail: soniasilva@ua.pt  
  Category: Post-Doctoral fellow  
  Department: Biology  
  Research group: Stress Biology
ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: ResearchID: M-5076-2013  
  Direct URL for this page: http://www.cesam.ua.pt/soniasilva  
  Title: Are nanoparticles emerging contaminants for crop plants?: a survey of uptake, partition and cytotoxicity
  Supervisor: Prof. Dra Conceição Santos
  Category: BO
  Grant type: BPD
  Funding entity: FCT
  Grant reference: SFRH/BPD/74299/2010
  Start date: 2011-07-01
  End date: 2018-04-30
Research Interest

-Nanoparticles toxicity

-Metal toxicity in plants

-Plant Physiology

-Stress biology


-Optical and Electronic Microscopy

Academic Degree

20/06/2011: PhD Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal.

2004: BSc Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Scientific Experience

2011-present: Post-Doc Fellow (SFRH/BPD/74299/2010) Project: Are nanoparticles emerging contaminants for crop plants?: a survey of uptake, partition and citotoxicity . Department of Biology & CESAM (2011-2016) and Department of Chemistry, QOPNA & CESAM (2016-present), University of Aveiro, Portugal

2006-2010- PhD student (SFRH/BD/32257/2006) Thesis: Aluminium Toxicity in wheat and rye. CESAM & Department of Biology, University of Aveiro, Portugal and UTAD. Project: Genetics and Physiology of tolerance to Aluminium in Triticeae; FCT, POCI/AGR/58174/2004

2005-Services to UA in electronical microscopy

2003-2004-Intern in StoraEnso-Celbi

Reviewer of Manuscripts

-EcoToxicology and Environmental Safety


-American Journal of Experimental Agriculture

-International Journal of plant & Soil Science  

-Journal of Plant Physiology

-African Journal of Agricultural Research

-Biologia Plantarum                                                           

-Caspian Journal of Applied Sciences Research

-Journal of Botany

-International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Research Projects


"Ecophysiolyptus: Physiological and gene expression profiles as indicators of climate change impact in Eucalyptus globulus and their use in early selection" (2009-2014). PTDC/AGR-CFL/112996/2009

"BIO.REM: Integrating multiple toxicological BIOmarkers in a phytoREMemediation assay of Pb and Cd contaminated sites" (2011-2014). PTDC/AAC-AMB/112804/2009 

Title: “Genetics and Physiology of tolerance to Aluminium in Triticeae”. MCT-FCT, POCI/AGR/58174/2004. 2005-2008

Title: “Embriogénese somática de Eucalyptus globulus L., controle genético e avaliação da estabilidade genética das plantas obtidas”. Collaboration Protocol StoraEnso – Celbi/UA. 2002-2005

Scientific Supervision
Master (Co-supervisor): Juliana Sousa
(ex-CESAM member)

Genetics and Biology degree (Main Supervisor): Alexandra Inês Pereira Fernandes
(not a CESAM member)
Research (Biology Degree) (Co-supervisor): Daniel Aleixo
(not a CESAM member)
Research (Biology Degree) (Co-supervisor): Maria João Cerqueira da Silva
(not a CESAM member)

PLATOX-In vitro and in vivo investigations to generate validated toxicity data of graphene nanoplatelets vs. a carbon black reference [see details]

Ecophysiolyptus: Physiological and gene expression profiles for early selection of Eucalyptus globulus in a climate change context [see details]

  1. S. Silva, S. Craveiro, H. Oliveira, A.J. Calado, R.J.B. Pinto, A.M.S. Silva, C. Santos (In press) Wheat chronic exposure to TiO2-nanoparticles: cyto- and genotoxic approach . Plant Physiology And Biochemistry. (see details) ISI paper
  2. Silva S, Oliveira H, Silva A, Santos C (Accepted) The cytotoxic targets of anatase or rutile+anatase depend on the plant species. Biologia Plantarum. (see details) ISI paper
  3. Silva S., Pinto G., Santos C. (2017) Low doses of Pb affected Lactuca sativa photosynthetic performance. Photosynthetica. 55, 1, 50-57. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11099-016-0220-z
  4. Silva S., Silva P., Oliveira H., Gaivao I., Matos M., Pinto-Carnide O., Santos C. (2017) Pb low doses induced genotoxicity in Lactuca sativa plants. Plant Physiology And Biochemistry. 112, 109-116. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1UKm33VH9WmMyc
  5. Silva S., Oliveira H., Craveiro S.C., Calado A.J., Santos C. (2016) Pure anatase and rutile plus anatase nanoparticles differently affect wheat seedlings. Chemosphere. 151, 68-75. (see details) ISI paper
  6. Dias M.C., Pinto G., Correia C., Moutinho-Pereira J., Silva S., Santos C. (2013) Photosynthetic parameters of Ulmus minor plantlets affected by irradiance during acclimatization. Biologia Plantarum. 57, 1, 33-40. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10535-012-0234-8
  7. Silva S., Pinto G., Correia B., Pinto-Carnide O., Santos C. (2013) Rye oxidative stress under long term Al exposure. Journal Of Plant Physiology. 170, 10, 879-889. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0176161713000734
  8. Santos S., Santos C., Silva S., Pinto G., Torres L., Nogueira A.J.A. (2013) The effect of sooty mold on fluorescence and gas exchange properties of olive tree. Turkish Journal Of Biology. 37, 5, 620-628. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/biology/issues/biy-13-37-5/biy-37-5-14-13...
  9. Silva S., Pinto G., Dias M.C., Correia C., Moutinho- Pereira J., Pinto.Carnide O., Santos C. (2012) Aluminium long-term stress differently affects photosynthesis in rye genotypes. Plant Physiology And Biochemistry. 54, 105-112. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.plaphy.2012.02.004
  10. Silva S., Rodriguez E., Pinto-Carnide O., Martins-Lopes P., Matos M., Guedes-Pinto H., Santos C. (2012) Zonal responses of sensitive vs. Tolerant wheat roots during Al exposure and recovery. Journal Of Plant Physiology. 169, 8, 760-769. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jplph.2019.01.011
  11. Silva S., Santos C., Matos M., Pinto-Carnide O. (2012) Al toxicity mechanism in tolerant and sensitive rye genotypes. Environmental And Experimental Botany. 75, 89-97. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envexpbot.2011.08.017
  12. Pinto G., Silva S, Loureiro J., Costa A., Dias M.C., Araujo C., Neves L., Santos C. (2011) Acclimatization of secondary somatic embryos derived plants of Eucalyptus globulus Labill.: an ultrastructural approach. Trees-structure And Function. 25, 3, 383-392. (see details) ISI paper
  13. Silva S., Pinto-Carnide O., Martins-Lopes Paula. Matos M, , Guedes-Pinto H., Santos C. (2010) Differential aluminium changes on nutrient accumulation and root differentiation in an AL sensitive vs. tolerant wheat. Environmental And Experimental Botany. 68, 1, 91-98. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envexpbot.2009.10.005
  14. Pinto G., Silva S., Araujo C., Neves L., Santos C. (2010) Histocytological changes and reserves accumulation during somatic embryogenesis in Eucalyptus globulus. Trees-structure And Function. 24, 4, 763-769. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00468-010-0446-5
  15. Capelo A. M., Silva S., Brito G., Santos C. (2010) Somatic embryogenesis induction in leaves and petioles of a mature wild olive. Plant Cell Tissue And Organ Culture. 103, 2, 237-242. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://www.springerlink.com/content/88141050x4l76725/
  16. Nunes C., Santos C., Pinto G., Silva S., Lopes-da-Silva J.A., Saraiva J., Coimbra M.A. (2009) Effect of ripening on microstructure and texture of “Ameixa d’Elvas” candied plums. Food Chemistry . 115, 3, 1094-1101. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2008.12.089
  17. Castro S., Silva S., Stanescu I., Silveira P., Santos C., Navarro L. (2009) Pistil anatomy and pollen tube development in Polygala vayredae. Plant Biology. 24, 1, 1 (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1438-8677.2008.00126.x
  18. Pinto G., Park Y.-S., Silva S., Araújo C., Neves L., Santos C. (2008) Factors affecting maintenance, proliferation, and germination of secondary somatic embryos of Eucalyptus globulus Labill. Plant Cell Tissue And Organ Culture. 95, 69-78. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11240-008-9417-6
  19. Pinto G., Silva S., Araújo C., Neves L., Park Y.-S., Santos C. (2008) Factors influencing somatic embryogenesis induction in Eucalyptus globulus Labill.: basal medium and anti-browning agents. Plant Cell Tissue And Organ Culture. 95, 79-88. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11240-008-9418-5
  20. Heredia A., Silva S., Santos C., Delgadillo I., Vrieling EG. (2008) Analysis of Cross-Sections of Ditylum Brightwelli Biosilica by Tapping Mode Atomic Force Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy. Journal Of Scanning Probe Microscopy . 3, 19-24. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/asp/jspm/2008/00000003/f0020001/ar...
  21. Loureiro J., Capelo A., Brito G., Rodriguez E., Silva S., Pinto G., Santos C. (2007) Micropropagationa of Juniperus phoenicea L. adult plants and ploidy stability analyses in micropropagated plants using flow cytometry. Biologia Plantarum . 51, (1), 7-14. (see details) ISI paper
    Link: http://www.springerlink.com/content/1v131q33j82676g4/
  1. Silva S. (2012) Aluminium Toxicity Targets in Plants. Journal Of Botany. (see details)
    Link: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jb/2012/219462/
  1. C. Santos, S. Silva, Olinda-Pinto Carnide (2014) Aluminum phytotoxicity: Physiological approaches and tolerance. In: James Fishbeing & Jacqueline Heilman. (EDS.), Advances in Molecular Toxicology. Oxford. Elsevier. 8, 203-236. 978-0-444-63406-1. (see details)
    Link: https://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=pt-PT&id=0xV0AwAAQBAJ&q=208#v=snippe...
  2. Pinto G, Park Y- S, Loureiro J, Neves L, Silva S, Araujo C, Santos C (2010) Somatic embryogenesis in Eucalyptus- an update to 2009. In: Aplications of plant biotechnology: In vitro propagation, plant transformation and secondary metabolite production. India. www.ikbooks.com publishers. 24, (see details)
  1. Silva S. (2011) Thesis: Aluminium Toxicity in wheat and rye. PhD Thesis. (see details)
  1. Silva P, Matos M, Silva S, Santos C, Pinto-Carnide O (2013) Detection of lead toxicity by morphological parameters and ISSR markers in Lactuca sativa L. . (see details)
  2. Silva P, Gaivão I, Matos M, Silva S, Santos C, Pinto-Carnide O. (2013) Genotoxicity of lead in Lactuca sativa L. root cells measured by the comet assay. (see details)
  3. Silva S., Oliveira H., Santos C. (2012) Effect of TiO2 NPs on Lactuca sativa germination and seedling root growth. (see details)
  4. Pinto G., Silva S., Dias M. C., Costa A., Correia B., Branco J., Gonçalves P., Correia C., Moutinho-Pereira J., Macedo B., Santos C. (2010) Impact of high temperature on photosynthesis, carbon metabolism and lipid peroxidation of Cork Oak plants. (see details)
  5. Pinto G., Silva S., Dias M. C., Costa A., Correia B., Branco J., Gonçalves P., Correia C., Moutinho J., Macedo B., Santos C. (2010) Analysing the impact of high temperature in ecophysiological parameters of two Eucalyptus globulus clones. (see details)
  6. Rodriguez E, Silva S, Azevedo R, Costa A, Mundy J, Santos C (2008) Chloroplast functionality assessment by FCM. (see details)
  7. Silva S., Rodriguez E., Loureiro J., Costa A., Santos C., Lopes P., Pinto-Carnide O., Guedes-Pinto H. (2007) Histological changes and flow cytometry analyses of aluminum genotoxicity in Triticum aestivum. (see details)
  8. Pinto G., Coutinho J., Araujo C., Neves L., Santos C. (2006) Importance of media mineral composition on the induction of somatic embryogenesis in Eucalyptus globulus Labill. (see details)
  9. Pinto G., Silva S., Neves L., Araújo C., Santos C. (2005) Ultrastructural changes during somatic embryogenesis in cotyledons of Eucalyptus globulus Labill.: induction and secondary somatic embryogenesis. (see details)
  10. Loureiro J., Lopes T., Pinto G., Santos R., Silva S., Santos C. (2004) Analysis of genetic stability of Eucalyptus globulus Labill. Somatic embryos by flow cytometry and microsatellites. (see details)
  11. Silva S., Oliveira H., Santos C Impacto de NPs de TiO2 na germinação de diferentes espécies vegetais. Encontro nacional de nanotoxicologia. (see details)