Alex-Alan Furtado de Almeida
Fellow Research Productivity of CNPq – Level 1B

Full Professor

Campus Soane Nazaré de Andrade, Rodovia Jorge Amado, Km 16, Bairro Salobrinho CEP 45662-900. - Ilhéus/BA

(+55 - 73) 3680 - 5181/5226 (fax)

Academic background

Alex-Alan Furtado de Almeida graduate in Agronomy (1982), Master (1984) and PhD (1992) in Plant Physiology by the Federal University of Viçosa, MG, Brazil.


Teaching experience

Undergraduate: CIB 039 and CIB 115 - Plant Physiology.

Graduate programs: CIB 024 - Environment Stress in Plants and CAA 046 - Crop Physiology.

Interest in Research

Research interests


As teacher of the permanent nucleus of two graduate programs, works in multidisciplinary research involving areas related to the Environmental Stress in Plants and Crop Physiology. The focus of the studies includes aspects related to abiotic stresses (water stress, nutritional stress, mechanical stress, irradiance stress and heavy metals stress) and biotic (induction of systemic resistance acquired to Moniliophthora perniciosa and Phytophthora sp and the interaction between scion and rootstock and resistance to M. perniciosa and Phytophthora sp) in plants of Theobroma cacao L. In addition, it develops research aimed at bioprospecting of hyperaccumulating/phytoremediator plants of trace/heavy metals in aquatic and terrestrial environments. In evaluations of plant responses to different types of stresses, it addresses physiological, biochemical, genetic, molecular, anatomical and ultrastructural aspects. His most recent research experience has emphasized the selection of drought-resistant T. cacao genotypes, soil flooding, mechanical stress (soil physical resistance and wind) and irradiance stress, as well as the selection of woody plants with phytoremediation potential of Cd, Cr, Pb, Ni and Cu. It also collaborates in research on the ecophysiological aspects of cultivated plants and the Atlantic Forest with tolerance to abiotic stresses, with emphasis in water stress and irradiance.


Student supervision


He has supervised 11 PhD students and 36 Masters Research students. Currently, he supervises 12 PhD students and 3 Master research students.

Most Relevant Articles

REIS, G.S.M.; ALMEIDA, A.-A.F.; SANTOS, N.A.; SANTANA, J.O.; ARAÚJO, D.M.S.; MORA-OCAMPO, I.Y.; AHNERT, D.; PIROVANI, C.P. Proteomic profiles of young and mature cocoa leaves subjected to mechanical stress caused by wind. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 155: 851–867, 2020.


SANTOS, M.L.S.; ALMEIDA, A.-A.F.; SILVA, N.M.; OLIVEIRA, B.R.M.; SILVA, J.V.S.; SOUZA JUNIOR, J.O.; AHNERT, D.; BALIGAR, V.C. Mitigation of cadmium toxicity by zinc in juvenile cacao: Physiological, biochemical, molecular and micromorphological responses. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 179: 104201, 2020.


FERNANDES, L.S.; CORREA, F.M.; INGRAN, K.T.; ALMEIDA, A.-A.F.; ROYAERT, S. QTL mapping and identification of SNP-haplotypes affecting yield components of Theobroma cacao L. Horticulture Research, 7(26), 2020.


 OLIVEIRA, B.R.M.; ALMEIDA, A.-A.F.; PIROVANI, C.P.; BARROSO, J.P.;  NETO, C.H.C.; SANTOS, N.A.;  AHNERT, D.; BALIGAR, V.C.; MANGABEIRA, P.A.O. Mitigation of Cd toxicity by Mn in young plants of cacao, evaluated by the proteomic profiles of leaves and roots. Ecotoxicology, 29: 40–358, 2020.


SANTOS, I.C.; ALMEIDA, A.-A.F.; PIROVANI, C.P.; COSTA, M.G.C.; CONCEIÇÃO, A.S.; FILHO, W.S.S.; FILHO, M.A.C.; GESTEIRA, A.S. Physiological, biochemical and molecular responses to drought conditions in field-grown grafted and ungrafted citrus plants. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 162: 406-420, 2019.


GARCIA, C.; ALMEIDA, A.-A.F.; COSTA, M.; BRITTO, D.; VALLE, R.; ROYAERT, S.; MARELLI, J.-P. Abnormalities in somatic embryogenesis caused by 2,4-D: an overview. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture, pp. 1-20, 2019.


REIS,  G.S.M.; ALMEIDA, A.-A.F.; MANGABEIRA, P.A.O.; SANTOS, I.C.;  PIROVANI, C.P.; AHNERT ,D. Mechanical stress caused by wind on leaves of Theobroma cacao: Photosynthetic, molecular, antioxidative and ultrastructural responses. PLoS ONE 13 (6): e0198274. 2018.


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