Andrés Andrés Rodríguez Seijo
Ruth Pereira, Anabela Cachada, Nuno Durães, Carla Patinha, Isabelle Laffont-Schwob
MATiSSe - Microplastics on AgriculTural SoilS: assessment of their impact on physical, chemical and biological soil properties
This project proposes to study the impact of Microplastics in agricultural soils, though the assessment of several soil properties: physical (soil texture, soil structure and bulk density), chemical (pH, cation exchange capacity, organic matter, potentially toxic elements and compounds) and biological properties (soil enzymatic activity and/or soil organisms). Although this project could be developed in any region, Estarreja region offers an exceptional environment due to having a mixed area of agricultural and industrial activities, where MPs can act as carriers of potentially toxic elements and compounds, as reported for aquatic ecosystems. Further, insights brought by this project can be useful to support the development of soil management measures specifically targeting the restoration of the quality of soils from Estarreja.
Projet OHMs
Ohm(s) em causa
  • OHM Estarreja
Biologie, Chimie, Écologie, Pédologie


Andrés Rodríguez Seijo
Andrés Rodríguez Seijo, PhD since 2016 (by the Universidade de Vigo) in the area of Soil Science had a Licenciatura (equivalent to BSc+MSc) in Biology in 2012, and a Master’s at Terrestrial Ecosystems, Sustainable Use and Environmental Implications in 2013, both by the same University. His expertise was focused on the behaviour of lead and potentially toxic elements on mine, urban and shooting ranges soils, and their study through several techniques: soil extractions, phytoremediation strategies, application of lead isotopes as tracers, TOF-SIMS analyses to know the behaviour with soil components, use of nanoparticles to reduce available contents and application of ecotoxicological techniques.
He began to work with microplastics since 2016, and he has several peer-reviewed publications on this topic (Rodríguez-Seijo & Pereira, 2017, 2019; Rodríguez-Seijo et al. 2017, 2018, 2019). Since March 2019 is FCT Junior Researcher at CIIMAR-UP, with a project of microplastics on agricultural soils.
He’s author/co-author of 19 articles in SCI journals (h index of 11), five book chapters and 32 communications to national and international conferences. He was the co-supervisor of 2 MSc students and 4 BSc students, participated in four local, regional and international projects and he was PI from the MATISSE project, a project funded by OHM-Estarreja. He is member of editorial board at Plos One and Air, Soil and Water Research; reviewer of project grants for European Union H2020 and the Czech Science Foundation, and reviewer for 30 WoS Journals.


Isabelle Laffont-Schwob, PhD in Plant Biology and Physiology (Université Blaise Pascal, 1998), has been associated professor at the Mediterranean Institute of marine and terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology (IMBE) in Aix-Marseille university until August 2017. Since September 2017, as full professor at the Population-Environment-Development Laboratory (LPED), she now focuses her research on interactions between human activities and environmental health. She managed 9 projects or research contracts including a ANR national project (CES 2008-2013), a project funded by the Water Agency RMC (2011-2013) and a project A*MIDEX (2014-2016). She contributed to 13 research projects or contracts. She authored/co-authored 52 articles or book chapters, of which 36 are indexed as well as a bilingual French-English book. She presented 48 conferences including 6 on invitation abroad, 3 on invitation in France, 19 in international congresses, 9 in national congresses, 4 in regional congresses and...