João L T Pestana


Affiliation: University of Aveiro
Country: Portugal


  1. Rodrigues A, Gravato C, Quintaneiro C, Golovko O, Žlábek V, Barata C, et al. Life history and biochemical effects of chlorantraniliprole on Chironomus riparius. Sci Total Environ. 2015;508:506-13 pubmed publisher
    ..riparius natural populations and at the same time that chironomids, as for most insecticides, are suitable test organisms to evaluate the organismal and biochemical effects of anthranilic diamides. ..
  2. Rodrigues A, Gravato C, Quintaneiro C, Barata C, Soares A, Pestana J. Sub-lethal toxicity of environmentally relevant concentrations of esfenvalerate to Chironomus riparius. Environ Pollut. 2015;207:273-9 pubmed publisher
    ..riparius developmental rates and increased male:female ratios, thereby confirming its toxicity and potential population level effects at environmentally relevant concentrations. ..
  3. Campos D, Gravato C, Quintaneiro C, Soares A, Pestana J. Responses of the aquatic midge Chironomus riparius to DEET exposure. Aquat Toxicol. 2016;172:80-5 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results showed moderate toxicity of DEET toward C. riparius, however, due to their mode of action, indirect ecological effects of DEET and of other insect repellents cannot be excluded and should be evaluated. ..
  4. Ofoegbu P, Simão F, Cruz A, Mendo S, Soares A, Pestana J. Toxicity of tributyltin (TBT) to the freshwater planarian Schmidtea mediterranea. Chemosphere. 2016;148:61-7 pubmed publisher
    ..Based on our results, and though further research is required concerning their sensitivity to other pollutants, the use of freshwater planarians as a model species in ecotoxicology is discussed. ..
  5. Saraiva A, Sarmento R, Rodrigues A, Campos D, Fedorova G, Zlabek V, et al. Assessment of thiamethoxam toxicity to Chironomus riparius. Ecotoxicol Environ Saf. 2017;137:240-246 pubmed publisher
    ..riparius exposed to low concentrations of TMX observed in this study suggest potential deleterious effects of this neonicotinoid on aquatic insects inhabiting freshwaters environments near agricultural areas. ..
  6. Campos D, Gravato C, Quintaneiro C, Koba O, Randak T, Soares A, et al. Are insect repellents toxic to freshwater insects? A case study using caddisflies exposed to DEET. Chemosphere. 2016;149:177-82 pubmed publisher
    ..These results add important information for the risk assessment of insect repellents in the aquatic environment and suggest that reported environmental concentrations of DEET are not toxic to non-target freshwater insects. ..
  7. Rodrigues A, Henriques J, Domingues I, Golovko O, Zlabek V, Barata C, et al. Behavioural responses of freshwater planarians after short-term exposure to the insecticide chlorantraniliprole. Aquat Toxicol. 2016;170:371-376 pubmed publisher
    ..Due to their ecological relevance, behavioural responses should not be disregarded in risk assessment strategies and we advocate the suitability of planarians as suitable organisms for behavioural ecotoxicological studies. ..
  8. Pedrosa J, Cocchiararo B, Bordalo M, Rodrigues A, Soares A, Barata C, et al. The role of genetic diversity and past-history selection pressures in the susceptibility of Chironomus riparius populations to environmental stress. Sci Total Environ. 2017;576:807-816 pubmed publisher
    ..Our findings are discussed in terms of the suitability of C. riparius as a model organism in evolutionary toxicology studies as well as the validity of ecotoxicological assessments using genetically eroded laboratory populations. ..
  9. Rodrigues A, Bordalo M, Golovko O, Koba O, Barata C, Soares A, et al. Combined effects of insecticide exposure and predation risk on freshwater detritivores. Ecotoxicology. 2018;27:794-802 pubmed publisher

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  1. Pestana J, Loureiro S, Baird D, Soares A. Fear and loathing in the benthos: Responses of aquatic insect larvae to the pesticide imidacloprid in the presence of chemical signals of predation risk. Aquat Toxicol. 2009;93:138-49 pubmed publisher
  2. Pestana J, Loureiro S, Baird D, Soares A. Pesticide exposure and inducible antipredator responses in the zooplankton grazer, Daphnia magna Straus. Chemosphere. 2010;78:241-8 pubmed publisher
  3. Pedrosa J, Gravato C, Campos D, Cardoso P, Figueira E, Nowak C, et al. Investigating heritability of cadmium tolerance in Chironomus riparius natural populations: A physiological approach. Chemosphere. 2017;170:83-94 pubmed publisher
  4. Pedrosa J, Campos D, Cocchiararo B, Nowak C, Soares A, Barata C, et al. Evolutionary consequences of historical metal contamination for natural populations of Chironomus riparius (Diptera: Chironomidae). Ecotoxicology. 2017;26:534-546 pubmed publisher
  5. Campos D, Gravato C, Fedorova G, Burkina V, Soares A, Pestana J. Ecotoxicity of two organic UV-filters to the freshwater caddisfly Sericostoma vittatum. Environ Pollut. 2017;228:370-377 pubmed publisher
  6. Rodrigues A, Gravato C, Quintaneiro C, Bordalo M, Barata C, Soares A, et al. Energetic costs and biochemical biomarkers associated with esfenvalerate exposure in Sericostoma vittatum. Chemosphere. 2017;189:445-453 pubmed publisher
    ..These results show that energy expenditure is related to oxidative defense mechanisms induced by ESF stress that may lead to deleterious effects on growth and development. ..
  7. Campos D, Gravato C, Quintaneiro C, Golovko O, Zlabek V, Soares A, et al. Toxicity of organic UV-filters to the aquatic midge Chironomus riparius. Ecotoxicol Environ Saf. 2017;143:210-216 pubmed publisher
    ..riparius, and call for further research concerning effects of organic UV-filters on natural invertebrate communities and ecosystem functioning. ..