Studies cork oak and cork value chain. Application of several nondestructive methods for the detailed characterization of cork and the relationship between cork external and internal structure on oxygen transmission through natural cork stoppers to wine. Evaluation of cork production, its characteristics and relation with climatic changes.


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Scientific Articles (ISI)

Leite C., Oliveira V., Miranda I., Pereira H. (2020)

Cork oak and climate change: Disentangling drought effects on cork chemical composition

Scientific Reports, 10: 7800. DOI:

Reis S.F., Teixeira T., Pinto J., Oliveira V., Lopes P., Cabral M., Mateus N., Guedes De Pinho P., Pereira H., De Freitas V. (2020)

Variation in the phenolic composition of cork stoppers from different geographical origins

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 68(50): 14970–14977. DOI:

Costa R., Lourenço A., Oliveira V., Pereira H. (2019)

Chemical characterization cork, phloem and wood from different Quercus suber provenances and trees

Heliyon, 5(12): e02910. DOI:

Leite C., Oliveira V., Lauw A., Pereira H. (2019)

Cork rings suggest how to manage Quercus suber to mitigate the effects of climate changes

Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 266: 12-19. DOI: https://10.1016/j.agrformet.2018.11.032

Lauw A., Oliveira V., Lopes F., Pereira H. (2018)

Variation of cork quality for wine stoppers across the production regions in Portugal

European Journal of Wood and Wood Products, 76(1): 123-132. URL:

Knapic S., Oliveira V., Machado J.S., Pereira H. (2016)

Cork as a building material: a review

European Journal of Wood and Wood Products, 74(6): 775–791.

Oliveira V., Lauw A., Pereira H. (2016)

Sensitivity of cork growth to drought events: insights from a 24-year chronology

Climatic Change, 137(1): 261-274.

Oliveira V., Van den Bulcke J., Van Acker J., de Schryver T., Pereira H. (2016)

Cork structural discontinuities studied with X-ray microtomography

Holzforschung, 70(1): 87-94.

Oliveira V., Lopes P., Cabral M., Pereira H. (2015)

Influence of cork defects in the oxygen ingress through wine stoppers: insights with X-ray tomography

Journal of Food Engineering, 165: 66-73.

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Book Chapters

Oliveira, V., Pereira, H. (2020)

Cork and cork stoppers: Quality and performance

In: Chemistry and Biochemistry of Winemaking, Stabilization and Aging. Fernanda Cosme, Fernando M. Nunes, Luis Filipe-Ribeiro Eds. InTechOpen . DOI:

Leite C., Oliveira V., Lauw A., Pereira H. (2018)

Effect of a drought on cork growth along the production cycle

In: Theory and Practice of Climate Adaptation. F. Alves, W. Leal Filho, and U. Azeiteiro Eds. Springer International Publishing, pp. 127–136. ISBN: 978-3-319-72873-5 DOI:


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