Doctor Bruna Batista

Bruna BatistaDr Bruna Batista joined the HIE in September 2019 as a research fellow within the Soil Biology & Genomics research theme. Bruna has a BSc (2011) in Biotechnology from The Federal University of Alfenas (UNIFAL-MG), Brazil. She obtained her MSc (2013) and PhD (2017) in Sciences from the Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, University of São Paulo (ESALQ/USP), Brazil. At USP, she was involved in a project that accessed, for the first time, the microbiome associated with guaraná plants, a typical Amazonian crop. Bruna has experience working on microbial genetics, using culture-independent and -dependent methods to investigate the biotechnological potential to agriculture of plant and soil microbial communities. She also worked on screening biological products for agriculture at BASF-Agro, Brazil.

In 2018, she received an Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Australian Government to work as a visiting postdoc in microbial ecology at The University of Queensland (UQ) for 6 months. At UQ, Bruna worked with Dr Paul Dennis’ team, testing microbiome response to induced stress, with a focus on the response of soil microbiomes attracted to phosphorus-deficient plants. The aim of the project was to understand the language that mediates the interaction and how roots from plants in different physiological conditions influence the attracted rhizosphere microbiome.

Currently, Bruna is working on a CRDC project under the supervision of Prof. Brajesh Singh. The project aims to develop biological-based products for improved cotton production.

Areas of research/teaching expertise

Microbiology applied to agriculture, plant and soil microbiome, plant growth-promoting microbes, biological control, plant-microbe interactions and production of biological inoculants.

Awards and recognition
  • 2018: Endeavour Research Fellowship, Endeavour Leadership Program (ELP) – Australian Government. Visiting postdoc at The University of Queensland, Brisbane. Australia.
  • 2016: Australia - Brazil PhD exchange Award – Australian Academy of Science. 2-months PhD exchange at The University of Queensland, Brisbane. Australia.
  • 2014: New talent for sustainable agriculture Award - Instituto Fórum do Futuro e Rede de Fomento para a Integração Lavoura, Pecuária e Floresta (ILPF), Brazil.
  • 2013: Dow-USP Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award, Honorable mention - Dow Agrosciences and University of São Paulo, Brazil.
Selected publications

Book Chapters

Batista BD, Quecine MC, Lacava PT, (2018) 'Mecanismos de promoção de crescimento vegetal por endófitos e rizobactérias [Plant growth-promoting mechanisms by endophytes and rhizobacteria]'. In: Costa SOP (ed). Biotecnologia microbiana ambiental [Environmental Microbial Biotechnology]. EDUEM, Maringa, p. 105-124. ISBN: 9788576287346

Batista BD, Almeida JR, Bezzera TE, Azevedo JL, Quecine MC, (2017) 'Describing the unexplored microorganisms associated with Guarana: a typical tropical plant', In: Azevedo JL, Quecine MC (eds). Diversity and Benefits of Microorganisms from the Tropics, Springer International Publishing, p. 293-312. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-55804-2_13

Dumaresq ASR, Franco HCJ, Borges BMMN, Batista BD, Quecine MC, (2017) 'Beneficial microorganisms associated with sugarcane crops: The green gold for clean energy', In: Azevedo JL, Quecine MC (eds). Diversity and Benefits of Microorganisms from the Tropics, Springer International Publishing, p. 313-339. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-55804-2_14

Quecine MC, Batista BD, Lacava PT, (2014) 'Diversity and biotechnological potential of plantassociated endophytic bacteria', In: Kumar AP, Govil JN (eds) Biotechnology: plant biotechnology, vol 2. Studium Press LLC, Houston, p. 377–423. ISBN: 1-626990-17-4


Ferrarezi JA, Carvalho-Estrada PD, Batista BD, Aniceto RM, Tschoeke BAP, Andrade PAD, Lopes BD, Bonatelli ML, Odisi EJ, Azevedo JL, Quecine MC, (2022) 'Effects of inoculation with plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria from the Brazilian Amazon on the bacterial community associated with maize in field', Applied Soil Ecology, vol.170, Article no.104297

May A, da Silva EHFM, Vieira Junior NA, Vilela ESD, Dos Santos MS, Coelho LF, Pedrinho A, Batista BD, Viana RDS, (2022) 'Soybean extracts can improve plant development', Scientia Agricola, vol.80, Article no.e20210102

Bonatelli ML, Tsui S, Batista BD, Dourado MN, Kitajima EW, Andreote FD, Pylro VS, Pereira, JO, Azevedo JL, Quecine MC, (2019) 'Bacterial communities associated with anthracnose symptomatic and asymptomatic leaves of guarana, an endogenous tropical crop, and their pathogen antagonistic effects', Archives of Microbiology, vol.201. no.8, pp 1061–1073

Batista BD, Lacava PT, Ferrari A, Teixeira-Silva NS, Bonatelli ML, Tsui S, Mondin M, Kitajima EW, Pereira JO, Azevedo JL, Quecine MC, (2018) 'Screening of tropically derived, multi-trait plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria and evaluation of corn and soybean colonization ability', Microbiological Research, vol.206, pp 33-42

Batista BD, Taniguti LM, Almeida JR, Azevedo JL, Quecine MC, (2016) 'Draft genome sequence of multitrait Plant Growth-promoting Bacillus sp. strain RZ2MS9', Genome Announcements, vol.4, no.6, e01402-16

Bonatelli ML, Tsui S, Marcon J, Batista BD, Kitajima EW, Pereira JO, Azevedo JL, Quecine MC, (2016) 'Antagonistic activity of fungi from anthracnose lesions on Paullinia cupana against Colletotrichum sp', Journal of Plant Pathology, vol.98, no.2, pp 197-205

Batista BD, Taniguti LM, Monteiro-Vitorello CB, Azevedo JL, Quecine MC, (2016) 'Draft genome sequence of Burkholderia ambifaria RZ2MS16, a plant growth-promoting rhizobacterium isolated from guarana, a tropical plant', Genome Announcements, vol.4, no.2, e00125-16

Castro RA, Quecine MC, Lacava PT, Batista BD, Luvizoto DM, Marcon J, Ferreira A, Melo IS, Azevedo JL, (2014) 'Isolation and enzyme bioprospection of endophytic bacteria associated with plants of Brazilian mangrove ecosystem', SpringerPlus, vol.3, Article no.382