Leandro Lopes Loguercio

Full Professor

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

(+55 73) 3680 5285 / 5226 (fax)

Agronomist Engineer (1988), and M.Sc. in Zootechny/Forage Plants by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS); Ph.D. in Plant Biology by the University of California – Davis, USA (1997); post-doctoral position in Physiology and Molecular Genetics of Bacillus thuringiensis at EMBRAPA Maize and Sorghum (2000), and Visiting Researcher in Genetics and Biology of Trichoderma spp at the BioProtection Research Centre – Lincoln University, New Zealand (2009). Lectures courses in Classic Genetics (graduate) and Molecular Genetics (post-graduate), as well as Philosophy and Methodology of Science in Biology, and Techniques for Scientific Writing of manuscripts for publication (post-graduate).

Interest in Research

As a member of the supervising core nucleus (NP) of this Post-graduation Program, employs a multidisciplinary approach in research, involving areas of knowledge related to Molecular Genetics (plants and microbes) and Applied Microbiology and Microbial Ecology. The studies focus on environmental aspects, including bioprospection and characterization of microbial communities or collections for diverse applications, as well as understanding of their function in ecosystems. Dr. Leandro’s research expertise has been related to beneficial effects of host-associated microbes, including plant growth promotion and stress tolerance; among these, the biological control of insects and phytopathogens involving bacterial and fungal biocontrol agents is highlighted, in the following model systems: (i) Bacillus thuringiensis – maize pests, (ii) Trichoderma spp – cacao tree diseases, and (iii) endophytic microbial communities associated with cacao and passion-fruit trees.


The current research lines that he coordinates are related to a hologenomic approach on bushes and tree plants of economic and conservation interests, focusing on the functional diversity of microbes and their interaction with plants and the environment. Recently, studies on host-microbial interactions have been initiated on lobster, a new experimental system with economic relevance.

Most Relevant Articles


LOGUERCIO, Leandro Lopes; ArgÔlo Filho, Ronaldo Costa. Anthropogenic action shapes the evolutionary ecology of Bacillus thuringiensis: response to Ruan et al. Trends in Microbiology, 23: 519-520, 2015.


Argôlo Filho, Ronaldo Costa; COSTA, Robson Luz; PINHEIRO, Daniele Heloisa; Valicente, Fernando Hercos; Pomella, Alan W.V.; LOGUERCIO, Leandro Lopes. Requirement of simultaneous assessment of crystal- and supernatant-related entomotoxic activities of B. thuringiensis strains for proper biocontrol-product development. Toxins, 6: 1598-1614, 2014.


ArgÔlo Filho, Ronaldo Costa; LOGUERCIO, Leandro Lopes. Bacillus thuringiensis is an environmental pathogen and host-specificity has developed as an adaptation to human-generated ecological
niches. Insects, 5: 62-91, 2014.


Buzanello, Elizandra Bruschi; Rezende, Rachel Passos; SOUSA, Fernanda M. Oliveira; MARQUES, Eric de Lima S.; LOGUERCIO, Leandro Lopes. A novel Bacillus pumilus-related strain from tropical landfarm soil is capable of rapid dibenzothiophene degradation and biodesulfurization. BMC Microbiology, 14: 257, 2014.


LEITE, H.A.C.; SILVA, A.B; GOMES, F.P.; GRAMACHO, K.P.; FARIA, J.C; de SOUZA, J.T.; LOGUERCIO, L.L. Bacillus subtilis and Enterobacter cloacae endophytes from healthy Theobroma cacao L. trees can systemically colonize and promote growth on seedlings. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 97: 2639-2651, 2013.

ARGÔLO FILHO, R.C.; GOMES Jr, R.A., BARRETO, M.R., LANA, U.G.P.; VALICENTE, F.H.; LOGUERCIO, L.L. Growth variation among Bacillus thuringiensisstrains can affect screening procedures for supernatant-secreted toxins against insect pests. Pest Management Science, 67: 1184-1192, 2011.

HANADA, R.E.; POMELLA, A.W.V.; COSTA, H.S.; BEZERRA, J.L.; LOGUERCIO, L.L.; PEREIRA, J.O. Endophytic fungal diversity in Theobroma cacao (cacao) andT. grandiflorum (cupuaçu) trees and their potential for growth promotion and biocontrol of black-pod disease. Fungal Biology, 114: 901-910, 2010.  

LOGUERCIO, L.L; SANTOS, L.S.; NIELLA, G.R.; MIRANDA, R.A.C; de SOUZA, J.T.; COLLINS, R.T.; POMELLA, A.W.V. Canopy-microclimate effects on the antagonism between Trichoderma stromaticum and Moniliophthora perniciosa in shaded cacao. Plant Pathology, 58: 1104-1115, 2009.

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