Invasive seaweeds as a source of natural compounds to fight orchards phytopathogens

Invasive seaweeds as a source of natural compounds to fight orchards phytopathogens

Abstract/Aim
Agriculture sector is an important part of the Portuguese culture, fruits and vegetables being the key crops. Among the most economically relevant crops for Portugal are the Rocha pear and the Alcobaça apple trees.

However, diseases caused by phytopathogenic fungi are responsible for significant losses in this area. Different solutions are available, but are not always effective and some of them are responsible for the contamination of soils, plants and fruits with chemical products. Thus, the main goal of the project is the identification and characterization of bioactive compounds from invasive seaweeds with antifungal activity against orchards phytopathogenic fungi.

Keywords
Fruits; Vegetables; Bioactive compounds; Seaweeds; Antifungals

Partners
Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon

Coordinator
MARE-Polytechnic of Leiria: Carina Félix – carina.r.felix@ipleiria.pt

Funding
4.000,00 € (MARE-Polytechnic of Leiria)| FCT, MARE Mini-Grants // Duration 2020-2021