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Paula Cristina Azevedo Rodrigues

Auxiliary Professor
Group: Socio-Ecological Systems
Phone: 273303332
ORCID: 0000-0002-3789-2730
Scopus Author ID: 7102639646


  • Since 2011: Auxiliary Professor, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Bragança, Portugal
  • 2000 - 2010: Assistant Professor, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Bragança, Portugal
  • 1999 - 2000: Equated to Assistant Professor, Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Bragança, Portugal


  • Since 2015: Program director of Master in Biotechnological Engineering
  • Since 2014: Member of Scientific Commission of Master in Biotechnological Engineering


  • 2011 - PhD. in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
  • 2004 - MSc. in Genetic Resources and Plant Breeding, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal
  • 1998 - First degree in Agronomic Engineering, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal


  • General aspects of mycology: fungal isolation and identification by polyphasic approach (cultural, physiological, molecular) from different matrices
  • Food Mycology and Mycotoxicology: ecophysiology of mycotoxigenic fungi; detection of mycotoxins in food matrices; strategies for mycotoxin mitigation
  • Food quality and safety: Detection and quantification of food microbiota in a food quality and safety perspective; technologies for microbial preservation of food


BEONNAT - Innovative value chains from tree & shrub species grown in marginal lands as a source of biomass for bio-based industries
Funding body: Horizon 2020
Reference: BBI-2019-SO1-R1 - 887917 – BEONNAT
Principal Investigator:Lillian Bouçada de Barros
Start: 2020-07-01
End: 2025-06-30
MYCOTOX-PALOP - Multi-actor partnership for the risk assessment of mycotoxins along the food chain in African Portuguese-speaking countries (PALOP)
Funding body: FCT-AKDN
Reference: FCT AGA-KHAN / 541590696 / 2019
Principal Investigator:Paula Cristina Azevedo Rodrigues
Start: 2022-01-17
End: 2025-01-16
PreVineGrape - Desenvolvimento de um biofungicida para combate a doenças da videira
Funding body: POCI-FEDER
Principal Investigator:Sandrina Alves Heleno
Start: 2021-01-01
End: 2023-06-29
BIOma - Soluções integradas de BIOeconomia para a Mobilização cadeia Agroalimentar
Funding body: Portugal 2020
Reference: POCI-1-0247-FEDER-046112
Principal Investigator:Lillian Bouçada de Barros
Start: 2020-07-01
End: 2023-06-03
MIRRI-PT-Pólo Norte - Consórcio do norte da infraestrutura portuguesa de investigação em recursos microbianos
Funding body: NORTE2020 - Programa Operacional Regional do Norte
Reference: NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-084445
Principal Investigator:Vitor Ramos
Start: 2021-03-01
End: 2023-02-28
ValorCast - Valorização da castanha e otimização da sua comercialização
Funding body: PDR 2020
Reference: PDR2020-101-032034
Principal Investigator:Arlindo Castro Ferreira de Almeida
Start: 2018-07-01
End: 2021-12-31
DivInA - DIVersificação e INovação na produção Apícola
Funding body: PDR 2020- 1.0.1- Grupos operacionais
Principal Investigator:Miguel José Rodrigues Vilas Boas
Start: 2017-10-01
End: 2021-09-30
ValNuts - Valorização dos frutos secos de casca rija (FSCR)
Funding body: PDR 2020- 1.0.1- Grupos operacionais
Principal Investigator:Elsa Cristina Dantas Ramalhosa
Start: 2017-11-01
End: 2021-07-31
BEEHEAL - Promoting the Bee Health for Sustainable Agriculture
Funding body: FCT-ERA-NET
Principal Investigator:Maria Alice da Silva Pinto
Start: 2017-09-27
End: 2020-03-27
AROMAP - Preservation of aromatic condiment plants
Funding body: PRODER - Medida 4.1
Principal Investigator:Isabel Cristina Fernandes Rodrigues Ferreira
Start: 2014-05-01
End: 2016-10-31
- 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
QTradiSaus - Integral assessment of risk-based intervention strategies to improve the microbial safety of Portuguese traditional sausages
Funding body: PTDC - Projectos em todos os domínios científicos
Reference: PTDC/AGR-TEC/3107/2012
Principal Investigator:Joaquina Teresa Gaudêncio Dias
Start: 2013-07-01
End: 2015-06-30
- Biological control of Chestnut Blight for maintenance of Castanea ecosystem
Funding body: PRODER - Medida 4.1
Principal Investigator:Maria Eugénia Madureira Gouveia
Start: 2012-05-01
End: 2015-04-05

Total results: 37
De Carli C.,Aylanc V.,Mouffok K.M.,Santamaria-Echart A.,Barreiro F.,Tomás A.,Pereira C.,Rodrigues P.,Vilas-Boas M.,Falcão S.I.
Production of chitosan-based biodegradable active films using bio-waste enriched with polyphenol propolis extract envisaging food packaging applications
International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 213, 486-497, 2022

Derbassi N.,C. Pedrosa M.,Heleno S.,Fernandes F.,Dias M.I.,Calhelha R.C.,Rodrigues P.,Carocho M.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.,Barros L.
Arbutus unedo leaf extracts as potential dairy preservatives: case study on quark cheese
Food and Function, , 2022

Vega E.N.,Molina A.K.,Pereira C.,Dias M.I.,Heleno S.A.,Rodrigues P.,Fernandes I.P.,Barreiro M.F.,Stojković D.,Soković M.,Carocho M.,Barreira J.C.M.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.,Barros L.
Anthocyanins from rubus fruticosus l. And morus nigra l. applied as food colorants: A natural alternative
Plants, 10, , 2021

Silva L.C.,de Souza Lago H.,Rocha M.O.T.,de Oliveira V.S.,Laureano-Melo R.,Stutz E.T.G.,de Paula B.P.,Martins J.F.P.,Luchese R.H.,Guerra A.F.,Rodrigues P.
Craft Beers Fermented by Potential Probiotic Yeast or Lacticaseibacilli Strains Promote Antidepressant-Like Behavior in Swiss Webster Mice
Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins, 13, 698-708, 2021

Oliveira W.A.,Rodrigues A.R.P.,Oliveira F.A.,Oliveira V.S.,Laureano-Melo R.,Stutz E.T.G.,Lemos Junior W.J.F.,Paula B.P.,Esmerino E.A.,Corich V.,Giacomini A.,Rodrigues P.,Luchese R.H.,Guerra A.F.
Potentially probiotic or postbiotic pre-converted nitrite from celery produced by an axenic culture system with probiotic lacticaseibacilli strain
Meat Science, 174, , 2021

Ueda J.M.,Pedrosa M.C.,Fernandes F.A.,Rodrigues P.,Melgar B.,Dias M.I.,Pinela J.,Calhelha R.C.,Ivanov M.,Soković M.,Heleno S.A.,Carocho M.,Ineu R.P.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.,Barros L.
Promising preserving agents from sage and basil: A case study with yogurts
Foods, 10, , 2021

Hamdi M.,Bejaoui H.,Sá-Morais J.,Rodrigues P.
Ecophysiology of Penicillium expansum and patulin production in synthetic and olive-based media
Fungal Biology, 125, 95-102, 2021

Vasconcelos R.A.M.,Kalschne D.L.,Wochner K.F.,Moreira M.C.C.,Becker-Algeri T.A.,Centenaro A.I.,Colla E.,Rodrigues P.C.A.,Drunkler D.A.
Feasibility of L. Plantarum and prebiotics on aflatoxin b1 detoxification in cow milk
Food Science and Technology (Brazil), 41, 627-632, 2021

Silva L.C.,Schmidt G.B.,Alves L.G.O.,Oliveira V.S.,Laureano-Melo R.,Stutz E.,Martins J.F.P.,Paula B.P.,Luchese R.H.,Guerra A.F.,Rodrigues P.
Use of probiotic strains to produce beers by axenic or semi-separated co-culture system
Food and Bioproducts Processing, 124, 408-418, 2020

Roriz C.L.,Heleno S.A.,Carocho M.,Rodrigues P.,Pinela J.,Dias M.I.,Fernandes I.P.,Barreiro M.F.,Morales P.,Barros L.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Betacyanins from Gomphrena globosa L. flowers: Incorporation in cookies as natural colouring agents
Food Chemistry, 329, , 2020

Carocho M.,Morales P.,Ciudad-Mulero M.,Fernández-Ruiz V.,Ferreira E.,Heleno S.,Rodrigues P.,Barros L.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Comparison of different bread types: Chemical and physical parameters
Food Chemistry, 310, , 2020

Fernandes F.A.,Carocho M.,Heleno S.A.,Rodrigues P.,Dias M.I.,Pinela J.,Prieto M.A.,Simal-Gandara J.,Barros L.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Effect of natural preservatives on the nutritional profile, chemical composition, bioactivity and stability of a nutraceutical preparation of aloe arborescens
Antioxidants, 9, , 2020

Vaz A.,Cabral Silva A.C.,Rodrigues P.,Venâncio A.
Detection methods for aflatoxin m1 in dairy products
Microorganisms, 8, , 2020

Rodrigues P.,Silva D.,Costa P.,Abrunhosa L.,Venâncio A.,Teixeira A.
Mycobiota and mycotoxins in Portuguese pork, goat and sheep dry-cured hams
Mycotoxin Research, 35, 405-412, 2019

Molina A.K.,Vega E.N.,Pereira C.,Dias M.I.,Heleno S.A.,Rodrigues P.,Fernandes I.P.,Barreiro M.F.,Kostić M.,Soković M.,Barreira J.C.M.,Barros L.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Promising antioxidant and antimicrobial food colourants from Lonicera caerulea L. var. Kamtschatica
Antioxidants, 8, , 2019

Cardoso R.V.C.,Fernandes Â.,Heleno S.A.,Rodrigues P.,Gonzaléz-Paramás A.M.,Barros L.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
Physicochemical characterization and microbiology of wheat and rye flours
Food Chemistry, 280, 123-129, 2019

Carocho M.,Heleno S.,Rodrigues P.,Barreiro M.F.,Barros L.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.
A novel natural coating for food preservation: Effectiveness on microbial growth and physicochemical parameters
LWT, 104, 76-83, 2019

Santos A.O.,Vaz A.,Rodrigues P.,Veloso A.C.A.,Venâncio A.,Peres A.M.
Thin films sensor devices for mycotoxins detection in foods: Applications and challenges
Chemosensors, 7, , 2019

Rodrigues P.,Venâncio A.
Biological Techniques
Food Chemistry, Function and Analysis, 2018-January, 314-336, 2018

Rodrigues P.,Venâncio A.,Lima N.
Toxic reagents and expensive equipment: are they really necessary for the extraction of good quality fungal DNA?
Letters in Applied Microbiology, 66, 32-37, 2018

Pereira E.,Barros L.,Antonio A.L.,Verde S.C.,Santos-Buelga C.,Ferreira I.C.F.R.,Rodrigues P.
Is gamma radiation suitable to preserve phenolic compounds and to decontaminate mycotoxins in aromatic plants? A case-study with aloysia citrodora paláu
Molecules, 22, , 2017

Vipotnik Z.,Rodríguez A.,Rodrigues P.
Aspergillus westerdijkiae as a major ochratoxin A risk in dry-cured ham based-media
International Journal of Food Microbiology, 241, 244-251, 2017

Rodrigues P.C.A.,Gil-Serna J.,González-Jaén M.T.
Evaluating aflatoxin gene expression in aspergillus section flavi
Methods in Molecular Biology, 1542, 237-247, 2017

Cadavez V.,Gonzales-Barron U.,Pires P.,Fernandes E.,Pereira A.P.,Gomes A.,Araújo J.P.,Lopes-da-Silva F.,Rodrigues P.,Fernandes C.,Saavedra M.J.,Butler F.,Dias T.
An assessment of the processing and physicochemical factors contributing to the microbial contamination of salpicão, a naturally-fermented Portuguese sausage
LWT - Food Science and Technology, 72, 107-116, 2016

Rodrigues P.,Venâncio A.,Lima N.
Incidence and diversity of the fungal genera Aspergillus and Penicillium in Portuguese almonds and chestnuts
European Journal of Plant Pathology, 137, 197-209, 2013

Rodrigues P.,Venâncio A.,Lima N.
Mycobiota and mycotoxins of almonds and chestnuts with special reference to aflatoxins
Food Research International, 48, 76-90, 2012

Rodrigues P.,Venâncio A.,Lima N.
Aflatoxigenic fungi and aflatoxins in portuguese almonds
The Scientific World Journal, 2012, , 2012

Soares C.,Rodrigues P.,Peterson S.W.,Lima N.,Venâncio A.
Three new species of Aspergillus section Flavi isolated from almonds and maize in Portugal
Mycologia, 104, 682-697, 2012

Soares C.,Rodrigues P.,Freitas-Silva O.,Abrunhosa L.,Venâncio A.
HPLC method for simultaneous detection of aflatoxins and cyclopiazonic acid
World Mycotoxin Journal, 3, 225-231, 2010

Gomes S.,Dias L.,Moreira L.,Rodrigues P.,Estevinho L.
Physicochemical, microbiological and antimicrobial properties of commercial honeys from Portugal
Food and Chemical Toxicology, 48, 544-548, 2010

Rodrigues P.,Venâncio A.,Kozakiewicz Z.,Lima N.
A polyphasic approach to the identification of aflatoxigenic and non-aflatoxigenic strains of Aspergillus Section Flavi isolated from Portuguese almonds
International Journal of Food Microbiology, 129, 187-193, 2009

Rodrigues P.,Garrood J.M.,Shen Q.H.,Smith P.H.,Boyd L.A.
The genetics of non-host disease resistance in wheat to barley yellow rust
Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 109, 425-432, 2004