Viviana Martins

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Address : CBMA, Department of Biology, University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal

Research Area : Molecular targets

Position : Integrated members


Junior Researcher, PhD in Plant Biology


Currently working on an integrative approach that combines physiological, biochemical, and high-throughput analytical assays to allow a vast understanding of core mechanisms regulating calcium distribution and partitioning in the grape berry (Vitis vinifera L.), the effects in hormonal balance and the implications in grape and wine quality.

Ongoing Projects

Improvement of grape berry (Vitis vinifera L.) nutritive quality and stress resistance
through the application of calcium supplements.

Concluded Projects

Copper impacts in grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) - molecular, biochemical and biotechnological approaches


Supervisor of BSc and MSc students


Barbosa C, Santos-Pereira C, Soares I, Martins V, Terra-Matos J, Côrte-Real M, Lúcio M, Oliveira MECDR, Gerós H (2019) Resveratrol-loaded lipid nanocarriers are internalized by endocytosis in yeast. Journal of Natural Products, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.8b01003.

Martins V, Garcia A, Costa C, Sottomayor M, Gerós H (2018) Calcium- and hormone-driven regulation of secondary metabolism and of cell wall enzymes in grape berry cells. Journal of Plant Physiology 231: 57-67, DOI: 10.1016/j.jplph.2018.08.011.

Branco-Neves S, Soares C, Sousa A, Martins V, Azenha M, Gerós H, Fernanda F (2017) An efficient antioxidant system and heavy metal exclusion from leaves make Solanum cheesmaniae more tolerant to Cu than its cultivated counterpart. Food and Energy Security 6: 123–133, DOI: 10.1002/fes3.114.

Martins V, Carneiro F, Conde C, Sottomayor M, Gerós H (2017) The grapevine VvCAX3 is a cation/H+ exchanger involved in vacuolar Ca2+ homeostasis. Planta, 246: 1083-1096, DOI: 10.1007/s00425-017-2754-0.

Carqueijeiro I, Martins V, Noronha H, Gerós H, Sottomayor M (2016) Analytical and fluorimetric methods for the characterization of the transmembrane transport of specialized metabolites in plants – Chapter 12. In: Biotechnology of Plant Secondary Metabolism - Methods for Field and Laboratory, Ed. Fett-Netto A, Methods in Molecular Biology 1405: 121-35. Springer Protocols, Humana Press, ISBN:978-1-4939-3391-4, doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-3393-8_12.

Martins V, Teixeira A, Hanana M, Blumwald E, Gerós H (2015) Copper stress in grapevine – Chapter 13. In: Grapevine in a changing environment - a molecular and ecophysiological perspective, Ed. Gerós H, Chaves M-M, Medrano-Gil H, Delrot S. Wiley Blackwell, p. 400. ISBN: 978-1-118-73605-0.

Martins V, Teixeira A, Gerós H (2015) Changes in the volatile composition of wine from grapes treated with Bordeaux Mixture – a laboratory scale study. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research 21: 425-429, DOI: 10.1111/ajgw.12150.

Martins V, Bassil E, Hanana M, Blumwald E, Gerós H (2014a) Copper homeostasis in grapevine: Functional characterization of the Vitis vinifera copper transporter 1. Planta 240: 91-101, DOI: 10.1007/s00425-014-2067-5.

Martins V, Teixeira A, Bassil E, Blumwald E, Gerós H (2014b) Metabolic changes of Vitis vinifera berries and leaves exposed to Bordeaux mixture. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 82: 270-278, DOI: 10.1016/j.plaphy.2014.06.016.

Martins V, Teixeira A, Bassil E, Hanana M, Blumwald E, Gerós H (2014c) Copper-based fungicide Bordeaux mixture regulates the expression of Vitis vinifera copper transporters (VvCTrs). Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research 20(3): 451–458, DOI: 10.1111/ajgw.12096.

Teixeira A, Martins V, Noronha H, Eiras-Dias J, Gerós H (2014) The first insight into the metabolite profiling of grapes from three Vitis vinifera L. cultivars of two Controlled Appellation (DOC) regions. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 15: 4237-4254, DOI: 10.3390/ijms15034237.

Martins V, Hanana M, Blumwald E, Gerós H (2012) Copper transport and compartmentation in grape cells. Plant and Cell Physiology 53(11): 1866–1880, DOI: 10.1093/pcp/pcs125.

Martins V, Cunha A, Gerós H, Hanana M, Blumwald E (2012) Mineral compounds in grape berry. In: The Biochemistry of the Grape Berry, Ed. Gerós H, Chaves M-M, Delrot S. Bentham Science Publishers, pp 23-43.

Conde A, Martins V, Noronha H, Conde C, Fontes N and Gerós H (2011) Solute transport across plant cell membranes. Canal BQ 8: 20-34.