Msc. Ediu Carlos da Silva Da Silva Junior

Telephone number: 
+32 048 780 3690
Visiting scientists

Agronomist graduated at the Federal University of Acre (UFAC). During his Bachelors (2008-2014) worked with researches in the field of medicinal plants (cat's claw) and agroforestry systems including coffee, açaí and andiroba. In the field of soil science, the study of soil carbon stock under native forest areas burned in 2010 in Acre was performed for his final work. During the Master's degree in Soil Science by the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA) (2014-2016) the researches turned to the area of Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition, with studies in the research field of dynamics and availability of nutrients in the soil-plant system. Ediu Carlos's studies focused on selenium research on Brazil nuts and soils from the Brazilian Amazon region, with experience in the analytical determination of trace elements in plant and soil material. The student is currently enrolled in the doctorate at the same institution (UFLA) beginning in 2016, and is supervised by Professor PhD. Luiz Roberto Guimarães Guilherme since the beginning of his postgraduate studies. To date, he dedicates his studies to the continuation of the researches with Se, including analyses of barium (Ba) in Brazil nuts, as well as background levels of Ba and arsenic (As) in soils from the Amazon basin. In parallel, he develops researches in the field of soil microbiology and biochemistry, evaluating compartmentalization of Se in spores of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (FMAs) using synchrotron light source (LNLS) with XRF technique and 2D mapping analysis and spatial distribution of Se, Ba, P and S in Brazil nuts using micro-XRF. Ediu Carlos had an internship abroad at the University of Nottingham in UK (Aug-Nov/2017) evaluating concentrations of Se, As and Ba in soils from the Brazilian Amazon under the supervision of professors Martin Broadley and Scott Young.

Selected key publications: 
Natural variation of selenium in Brazil nuts and soils from the Amazon region. Chemosphere, v. 188, p. 650 - 658, 2017.