Polytechnic Institute
of Bragança



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Maria João de Almeida Coelho de Sousa

Auxiliary Professor
Group: Socio-Ecological Systems
Phone: 273303297
ORCID: 0000-0002-9946-4926
Scopus Author ID: 55230282700


  • Since 2010: Auxiliary Professor, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Portugal
  • 2006 - 2010: Equal to the assistant of the second triennium, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Portugal
  • 1999 - 2006: Assistant Professor, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Portugal
  • 1996 - 1997: Trainee assistant, Universidade da Madeira, Portugal


  • Since 2011: Program director Licenciatura in Fitofarmacia e PAM, Member of the Pedagogical council
  • Since 2011: Member of the Scientific council of the CIMO
  • Since 2007: Program director Licenciatura in Fitoquimica e fitofarmacologia, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Bragança, Portugal


  • 2006 - in Biotechnology, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
  • 1990 - in Biology, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal


  • Chemistry of Natural Products: Extraction, identification of volatile chemical compounds in natural plants, mushrooms and bee products
  • Functional compounds: development of compounds in innovative cosmetics formulations
  • Technology of Natural Products: technologies for development and physicochemical and biological studies of cosmetics formulations; genetics transformations, in vitro culture and physiological studies for production of secondary metabolites in plants and mushrooms


ApisCibus - Artificial food for honeybees: quality survey, digestibility and performance on the bee hive
Funding body: PAN - 2017-2019
Principal Investigator:Miguel José Rodrigues Vilas Boas
Start: 2017-03-01
End: 2020-08-30
- Portuguese Lavander Honey: a functional food and a source of nutraceuticals
Funding body: PAN - Programa Apícola Nacional
Principal Investigator:Miguel José Rodrigues Vilas Boas
Start: 2014-01-31
End: 2016-08-31
- Sustainable management of medicinal and aromatic plants production
Funding body: PRODER - Medida 4.1
Principal Investigator:Manuel Ângelo Rosa Rodrigues
Start: 2012-07-01
End: 2015-04-07
- Adaptation of Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) and Spearmint (Mentha spicata) to local climate and crop management
Funding body: PRODER – Medida 4.1.
Principal Investigator:Manuel Ângelo Rosa Rodrigues
Start: 2012-07-01
End: 2015-04-06
VarPhytoTrap - Phytochemical traps for bee health control
Funding body: PTDC - Projectos em todos os domínios científicos
Reference: PTDC/CVT-EPI/2473/2012
Principal Investigator:Miguel José Rodrigues Vilas Boas
Start: 2013-04-01
End: 2015-03-30
- Portuguese wild mushrooms: chemical characterization and functional study of antiproliferative and proapoptotic properties in cancer cell lines
Funding body: PTDC - Projectos em todos os domínios científicos
Reference: PTDC/AGR-ALI/110062/2009
Principal Investigator:Isabel Cristina Fernandes Rodrigues Ferreira
Start: 2010-12-24
End: 2013-12-24
VAPI - Valorização da Apicultura nas Regiões de Batatá e Gabu: Produção, Transformação e Comercialização
Funding body: EuropeAid
Principal Investigator:Albino Bento
Start: 2010-03-01
End: 2013-02-28
- Identification, characterization and role of molecular factors associated with the mechanisms of infection of Fagaceae species by Phytophthora cinnamomi
Funding body: PTDC - Projectos em todos os domínios científicos
Reference: PTDC/AGR-AAM/67628/2006
Start: 2007-01-01
End: 2010-01-01
- Study of defense mechanisms of Hypericum perforatum against Colletotrichum gloeosporioides infection (anthracnose)
Funding body: POCTI - Programa operacional Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação
Reference: POCTI/AGR/40283/2001
Start: 2002-01-01
End: 2006-12-31

Total results: 23
Pereira O.R.,Santos G.,Sousa M.J.
Hop By-Products: Pharmacological Activities and Potential Application as Cosmetics
Cosmetics, 9, , 2022

Barroso M.,Martins N.,Barros L.,Antonio A.,Rodrigues M.,Sousa M.,Santos-Buelga C.,Ferreira I.
Assessment of the nitrogen fertilization effect on bioactive compounds of frozen fresh and dried samples of Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni
Food Chemistry, 243, 208-213, 2018

Dias M.I.,Barros L.,Sousa M.J.,Oliveira M.B.P.P.,Santos-Buelga C.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Enhancement of nutritional and bioactive compounds by in vitro culture of wild Fragaria vesca L. vegetative parts
Food Chemistry, 235, 212-219, 2017

Barroso M.,Barros L.,Rodrigues M.,Sousa M.,Santos-Buelga C.,Ferreira I.
Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni cultivated in Portugal: A prospective study of its antioxidant potential in different conservation conditions
Industrial Crops and Products, 90, 49-55, 2016

Dias M.I.,Sousa M.J.,Alves R.C.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Exploring plant tissue culture to improve the production of phenolic compounds: A review
Industrial Crops and Products, 82, 9-22, 2016

Leal A.,Barros L.,Barreira J.,Sousa M.,Martins A.,Santos-Buelga C.,Ferreira I.
Portuguese wild mushrooms at the "pharma-nutrition" interface: Nutritional characterization and antioxidant properties
Food Research International, 50, 1-9, 2013

Barros L.,Dueñas M.,Dias M.,Sousa M.,Santos-Buelga C.,Ferreira I.
Phenolic profiles of cultivated, in vitro cultured and commercial samples of Melissa officinalis L. infusions
Food Chemistry, 136, 1-8, 2013

Cardoso S.,Dias M.I.,Sousa M.J.,Figueiredo A.C.,Barroso J.G.,Pedro L.G.
Volatiles from Coriandrum sativum: Comparison of in vitro and in vivo grown plants
Acta Horticulturae, 925, 77-82, 2011

Reis F.,Heleno S.,Barros L.,Sousa M.,Martins A.,Santos-Buelga C.,Ferreira I.
Toward the Antioxidant and Chemical Characterization of Mycorrhizal Mushrooms from Northeast Portugal
Journal of Food Science, 76, , 2011

Dias M.,Barros L.,Sousa M.,Ferreira I.
Comparative Study of Lipophilic and Hydrophilic Antioxidants from In vivo and In vitro Grown Coriandrum sativum
Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, 66, 181-186, 2011

Reis F.,Pereira E.,Barros L.,Sousa M.,Martins A.,Ferreira I.
Biomolecule profiles in inedible wild mushrooms with antioxidant value
Molecules, 16, 4328-4338, 2011

Dandlen S.A.,Lima A.S.,Mendes M.D.,Miguel M.G.,Faleiro M.L.,Sousa M.J.,Pedro L.G.,Barroso J.G.,Figueiredo A.C.
Antimicrobial activity, cytotoxicity and intracellular growth inhibition of Portuguese Thymus essential oils
Revista Brasileira de Farmacognosia, 21, 1012-1024, 2011

Heleno S.A.,Barros L.,Sousa M.J.,Martins A.,Santos-Buelga C.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Targeted metabolites analysis in wild Boletus species
LWT, 44, 1343-1348, 2011

Guimarães R.,Sousa M.,Ferreira I.
Contribution of essential oils and phenolics to the antioxidant properties of aromatic plants
Industrial Crops and Products, 32, 152-156, 2010

Heleno S.,Barros L.,Sousa M.,Martins A.,Ferreira I.
Tocopherols composition of Portuguese wild mushrooms with antioxidant capacity
Food Chemistry, 119, 1443-1450, 2010

Guimarães R.,Barros L.,Carvalho A.,Sousa M.,Morais J.,Ferreira I.
Aromatic plants as a source of important phytochemicals: Vitamins, sugars and fatty acids in Cistus ladanifer, Cupressus lusitanica and Eucalyptus gunnii leaves
Industrial Crops and Products, 30, 427-430, 2009

Pedro L.,Sousa M.J.,Novais J.M.,Pais M.S.S.
Callus and suspension cultures from Geranium robertianum L (Geraniaceae)
Biotechnology Letters, 12, 439-442, 1990