Postdoctoral Fellow


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Research Profiles

My current research focuses to elucidate whether maternal environments strongly differing in abiotic characteristics have any influence on early resistance of Eucalyptus spp. seedlings to the Botryosphaeriaceae and the extent to which differences in seedling performance and resistance between maternal environments are mediated by seed provisioning. Moreover, we will characterize the whole fungal endophytic community of the seedlings to characterize possible differences between seedlings from different maternal environments.

The specific aims of this project are to:

1. Quantify seed mass, germination, early performance and resistance to Botryosphaeriaceae, of Eucalyptus seedlings from contrasting maternal environments.

2. Compare fungal endophytic communities of Eucalyptus seedlings from different genetic backgrounds.

3. Compare fungal endophytic communities of Eucalyptus seedlings from different maternal environments.

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Book Chapters
Vivas M, Cubera E, Moreno G, Solla A. 2008. The decline of Quercus ilex and Q. suber in the Iberian Peninsula. In: Agroforestry systems as a technique for sustainable land management. Mosquera-losada MR, Rigueiro-Rodriguez A. (eds). Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional, pp 225-233.
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Tchotet Tchoumi JM, Coetzee MPA, Vivas M, Rajchenberg M, Roux J. (2017) Wood-rotting basidiomycetes associated with declining native trees in timber-harvesting compartments of the Garden Route National Park of South Africa. Austral Ecology 10.1111/aec.12524
Vivas M, Kemler M, Mphahlele MM, Wingfield MJ, Slippers B. (2017) Maternal effects on phenotype, resistance and the structuring of fungal communities in Eucalyptus grandis. Environmental and Experimental Botany 140:120-127. 10.1016/j.envexpbot.2017.06.002
Vivas M, Kemler M, Slippers B. (2015) Maternal effects on tree phenotypes: considering the microbiome. Trends in Plant Science 20(9):541–544. 10.1016/j.tplants.2015.06.002
Corcobado T, Vivas M, Moreno G, Solla A. (2014) Ectomycorrhizal symbiosis in declining and non-declining Quercus ilex. Forest Ecology and Management 324:72-80. 10.1016/j.foreco.2014.03.040
Vivas M, Nunes C, Coimbra MA, Solla A. (2014) Maternal effects and carbohydrate changes of Pinus pinaster after inoculation with Fusarium circinatum. Trees 28(2):373-379. 10.1007/s00468-013-0955-0
Vivas M, Nunes C, Coimbra MA, Solla A. (2014) Antioxidant activity of Pinus pinaster infected with Fusarium circinatum is influenced by maternal effects. Forest Pathology 44(4):337-340. 10.1111/efp.12111
Vivas M, Zas R, Sampedro L, Solla A. (2013) Environmental Maternal Effects Mediate the Resistance of Maritime Pine to Biotic Stress. PLoS ONE 8(7):e70148. 10.1371/journal.pone.0070148 PDF
Vivas M, Martin JA, Gil L, Solla A. (2012) Evaluating methyl jasmonate for induction of resistance to Fusarium oxysporum, F. circinatum and Ophiostoma novo-ulmi. Forest Systems 21(2):289-299. 10.5424/fs/2012212-02172
Vivas M, Zas R, Solla A. (2012) Screening of Maritime pine (Pinus pinaster) for resistance to Fusarium circinatum, the causal agent of Pitch Canker disease. Forestry 85(2):185-192. 10.1093/forestry/cpr055
Vivas M, Solla A. (2012) Aplicaciones de BABA y BTH en brinzales de Pinus pinaster para la inducción de resistencia ante Fusarium circinatum. Cuadernos de la Sociedad Española de Ciencias Forestales 36:55-60. PDF