Marta Martins Lima

Phone: (603) 862-0669
Office: Agriculture, Nutrition, & Food Systems, Rudman Hall Room 189, Durham, NH 03824
Marta Lima

My research examines the impact of biotic and abiotic factors on plant physiology and biochemistry. I use an interdisciplinary approach with a heavy emphasis on metabolomics. I have been characterizing molecular and biochemical mechanisms of plant-pathogen interactions, plant responses to combined biotic and abiotic stresses, as well as processes involved in plant response to iron deficiency and the impact of legume iron composition on human nutrition. One major aim of my work is to elucidate changes induced by stress on overall plant metabolic pathways and translate that knowledge into practical applications. Recently, I started using metabolomics to study the relationship between nutrition and health using the neonate pig as a model. My current research focuses on the impact of external factors (biotic/abiotic stresses or management practices) on plant physiology and biochemistry, and addresses issues of crop productivity, plant health and nutrient/phytochemical composition of fresh fruit and legume species. The ultimate goal of my research program is to improve agricultural sustainability, crop quality and yield, food security, and human health and nutrition.


  • Ph.D., Biology, University of Minho
  • M.S., Epidemiology, University of Porto
  • B.S., Applied Biology, University of Minho

Research Interests

  • Malnutrition
  • Micronutrients
  • Nutrition/Dietetics
  • Plant Breeding
  • Plant Diseases/Pathology
  • Plant Nutrition
  • Plant Physiology/Morphology
  • Plant Sciences
  • Plant/Soil Nutrient Bioavailability

Selected Publications

Lima, M. R. M., Machado, A. F., & Gubler, W. D. (2017). Metabolomic Study of Chardonnay Grapevines Double Stressed with Esca-Associated Fungi and Drought. Phytopathology, 107(6), 669-680. doi:10.1094/phyto-11-16-0410-r

Lima, M. R. M., Felgueiras, M. L., Cunha, A., Chicau, G., Ferreres, F., & Dias, A. C. P. (2017). Differential phenolic production in leaves of Vitis vinifera cv. Alvarinho affected with esca disease. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 112, 45-52. doi:10.1016/j.plaphy.2016.12.020

Zas, R., Moreira, X., Ramos, M., Lima, M. R. M., Nunes da Silva, M., Solla, A., . . . Sampedro, L. (2015). Intraspecific variation of anatomical and chemical defensive traits in Maritime pine (Pinus pinaster) as factors in susceptibility to the pinewood nematode (Bursaphelenchus xylophilus). Trees, 29(3), 663-673. doi:10.1007/s00468-014-1143-6

Lima, M. R. M., Diaz, S. O., Lamego, I., Grusak, M. A., Vasconcelos, M. W., & Gil, A. M. (2014). Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Metabolomics of Iron Deficiency in Soybean Leaves. Journal of Proteome Research, 13(6), 3075-3087. doi:10.1021/pr500279f

Nunes da Silva, M., Lima, M. R. M., & Vasconcelos, M. W. (2013). Susceptibility evaluation ofPicea abiesandCupressus lusitanicato the pine wood nematode (Bursaphelenchus xylophilus). Plant Pathology, 62(6), 1398-1406. doi:10.1111/ppa.12037

Lima, M. R. M., & Dias, A. C. P. (2012). Phaeomoniella chlamydospora-induced Oxidative Burst in Vitis vinifera Cell Suspensions: Role of NADPH Oxidase and Ca2+. Journal of Phytopathology, 160(3), 129-134. doi:10.1111/j.1439-0434.2011.01871.x

Lima, M. R. M., Ferreres, F., & Dias, A. C. P. (2012). Response of Vitis vinifera cell cultures to Phaeomoniella chlamydospora: changes in phenolic production, oxidative state and expression of defence-related genes. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 132(1), 133-146. doi:10.1007/s10658-011-9857-4

Franco, A. R., Santos, C., Roriz, M., Rodrigues, R., Lima, M. R. M., & Vasconcelos, M. W. (2011). Study of symptoms and gene expression in four Pinus species after pinewood nematode infection. Plant Genetic Resources, 9(02), 272-275. doi:10.1017/s1479262111000062

Lima, M. R. M., Felgueiras, M. L., Graca, G., Rodrigues, J. E. A., Barros, A., Gil, A. M., & Dias, A. C. P. (2010). NMR metabolomics of esca disease-affected Vitis vinifera cv. Alvarinho leaves. Journal of Experimental Botany, 61(14), 4033-4042. doi:10.1093/jxb/erq214

Most Cited Publications