Maria Ventura

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Main field of expertise: 

Terrestrial Conservation

Specialized in: 

Impact of tourism activities
Sustainable development

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University of the Azores

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

"Application of a model of sustainable tourism to areas of Natura 2000 network in the Azores (MOST)". This project aims to identify and quantify possible impacts that result from the tourist activity, in both terrestrial and coastal protected areas. The relation and framing of ecotourism within the frame of outermost regions in Europe, is essential to the goals of the project. Ecotourism is growing fast and this growth tends to deviate from the modality and context of sustainability. Thus it is of great relevance the study of sustainability dimensions present in the ecotourism offer. The results obtained contribute to amplify the existing knowledge on diversity and ecology of these areas, and their present state of conservation, but also to the generation of surplus economic income essential to adopt measures for local conservation and management.

"Pollinic inventory of the phanerogams’ species of the Azores archipelago (Portugal), and implications for the conservation of the auxiliary entomofauna". The inventory of plant species associated with palynology, supports taxonomic, ecological and behavioral studies, on consumers of floral resources. However, and because research on this subject is scarce in Portugal, the knowledge on this important food resource for many auxiliary insects, is also scarce. Thus, this study aims to collect and identify pollen from phanerogams’ species of the Azores, for mounting a slide collection and prepare the reference catalog of pollen of these species. A floristic survey will be conducted at several locations on the islands of São Miguel (eastern group), Terceira (central group) and Flores (western group). In the field, flowering species will be collected for identification and flower buds pre-anthesis removed for pollen analysis; in the laboratory, and depending on the fragility of the grain, two methods will be used - standard acetolysis and lactic acetolysis for pollen analysis and assembly of the lamina collection of reference. The pollen grains of each species will be photographed (photomicrographs and electron micrographs) for the preparation of a pollen catalog of the Azores and support for studies of insect-plant interaction.