Maria Pereira

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Last name: 


Main field of expertise: 

Terrestrial Conservation

Specialized in: 

Habitat conservation/management
Wildlife conservation
selecting wild germplasm

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Name of organisation: 

Universidade dos Açores

Type of organisation: 

Governmental/public administration

Main project your organisation is involved with, in relation to (sub)tropical biodiversity: 

Germplasm Selection and Breeding by In Vitro Culture of Wild Grown Azorean Blueberry (Vaccinium cylindraceum)

In vitro propagation of Azorean endemic plant species

Germination of Azorean endemic species

Reproductive biology of Azorean endemic plant species

Good practices your organisation could share on tropical and subtropical sustainable biodiversity management: 


Identify and propagate key species


Biodiversity conservation by ex situ propagation, seed production, nurseries establishment, native landscape restoration, and finding partneres for local commercialization of plants and products.

Methodology implemented: 

1. Harvesting biodiversity (seeds and cuttings) 2. Propagating the species and collecting seeds in nursery 3. Prepare seed mix and potted plants for native landscape 4. Select germoplasam in order to produce cultivars 5. Native landscape restauration 6. Cultivars plantation and commercialization

Existing results: 

1. Ex situ production of seeds of azorean endemic species (e.g. Lotus azoricus, Bellis azorica, Spergularia azorica, Azorina vidalii) 2. Germplasm selection of azorean blueberry and Viburnum treleasei 3. In vito propagation of azorean endemic species (e.g. azorean blueberry, Viburnum treleasei, Prunus azorica) 4. Ex situ germination of azorean species (e.g. Picconia azorica, Morella faya, Calluna vulgaris, Luzula purpureosplendens, Leontodon fillii) 5. In vitro produced plants planted at São Miguel

Good practice & policies your organisation suggests/desires on (sub) tropical biodiversity management.: 

Indicate info on projects dealing with socio-econ. valuation of biodiversity your organisation has been involved in/aware of.: