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D087 - SISTEMI AGRO-ALIMENTARI E FORESTALI MEDITERRANEI

Dottorandi - XXXVI Ciclo

Ph.D. Student

GAETANO CALTABELLOTTA

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E-mail

gaetano.caltabellotta@unipa.it

Orcid ID

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8986-5208

Location

Department of Agricultural, Food, and Forest Sciences (SAAF), Viale delle Scienze, Building 4, Entry E, first floor

Profile

- He studied at the University of Palermo (Italy) where in 2019 he graduated in Forestry and Agro-Environmental Sciences and Technologies, curriculum Protection and Enhancement of the Rural Territory, class LM-73;

- He worked as External Volunteer Researcher at the University of Palermo, Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences (SAAF), carrying out a research on "Experimental methodologies for the hydraulic characterization of the soil".   (November 2019 - February 2020);

- He gained a scholarship at the University of Palermo, Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest (SAAF), concerning "Research applied to the agri-food sector for the improvement of soils". (March 2020 - August 2020).

Expertise

- Laboratory and field measurement of soil water repellency;

- Measurement of soil particle size distribution;

- Estimation of field saturated hydraulic conductivity by the Simplified Falling-Head           (SFH) technique;

- Estimation of soil hydraulic properties by Beerkan Estimation of Soil Transfer parameter (BEST) technique.

Tutor

Prof. Massimo Iovino

Co-tutor

Prof. Vincenzo Bagarello

Thesis topics

Effects of wildfire-induced water repellency on the soil hydrological processes

Research interests

- Soil physics;

- Water infiltration;

- Soil hydraulic properties;

- Soil water repellency

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International Mobility

 

 

 

Ph.D. Student

MARK MASSAAD

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E-mail

mark.massaad@unipa.it

Orcid ID

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9290-3666

Location

Department of Agricultural, Food, and Forest Sciences (SAAF), Viale delle Scienze, Building 4 and 5, Entry A.

Profile

Successfully completed my Master Degree in Agricultural science with a specialization in Agrobiodiversity from the Lebanese University- Beirut- Lebanon

Expertise

Research assistant at the American University of Beirut- Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences.

Tutor

Prof. Tommaso La Mantia and Dott. Nicola Francesca

Co-tutor

Dott. Da Silveira Bueno.

Thesis topics

Evaluation of the ecological biodiversity and role of bats in agro and silvo systems in Sicily through advanced investigation technique.

Research interests

Biodiversity- Ecology- Forestry- Sustainable Agriculture- IPM

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International Mobility

 

 

 

   
   
Ph.D. Student ANTONINO PIRRONE
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E-mail

antonino.pirrone@unipa.it

Orcid ID https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5141-8998
Location Department of Agricultural, Food, and Forest Sciences (SAAF), Viale delle Scienze, Building 5
Profile

- Bachelor Degree in Agro-Engineering (class L-25) at University of Palermo (Italy), 2017;
- Master Degree in Forestry and Agro-Environmental Sciences and Technologies, curriculum Protection and Enhancement of the Rural Territory (class LM-73), at University of Palermo (Italy), 2019

Expertise

− Scientific research in the field of agricultural microbiology
− Experimental tests of beverages fermentations
− Yeast isolation from environmental matrices and technological selection tests
− Application and monitoring of microbial starters (yeasts) in the alcoholic fermentation of alcoholic beverages
− Post-harvest tropical fruit management and processability

Tutor Dott. Nicola Francesca
Co-tutor Prof. Vittorio Farina; Dott. Raimondo Gaglio; Dott. Raffaele Guzzon
Thesis topics "Technological development of new tropical fruit products and beverages”
Research interests Agricultural microbiology, brewing microbiology, tropical and subtropical fruit crops
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International Mobility Erasmus + at Aleksandras Stulginkis Universitetas, Kaunas – Lithuania from September to December 2015
   

Ph.D. Student

ROSARIO PRESTIANNI

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E-mail

rosario.prestianni@unipa.it

Orcid ID

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9982-838X

Location

Department of Agricultural, Food, and Forest Sciences (SAAF), Viale delle Scienze, Building 5

Profile

- He studied at the University of Palermo (Italy) where in 2017 he graduated in Agricultural Science and Technology, LM-69.

- He is qualified to practice as Agronomist and Forestry Doctor from Palermo University.

Expertise

- Scientific research in the field of agricultural microbiology

- Experimental trials of wine and beer fermentation

- Yeast isolation from food matrices and technological selection tests

- Field analysis and grape ripening monitoring

- Selection and management of lactic acid bacteria in the production of table olives

- Application and monitoring of microbial starters (lactic acid bacteria) in the lactic fermentation of alcoholic beverages

Tutor

Dott. Nicola Francesca

Co-tutor

Prof. Giancarlo Moschetti and Dott. Antonio Alfonzo

Thesis topics

Selection and application of microbial starters (lactic acid bacteria and yeasts) to improve the aromatic profile and healthiness of wines.

Research interests

Agricultural microbiology and oenology

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International Mobility

 

 

 

Ph.D. Student

DARIO SCUDERI

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E-mail

dario.scuderi@unipa.it

Orcid ID

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2313-180X

Location

Department of Agricultural, Food, and Forest Sciences (SAAF), Viale delle Scienze, Building 4, Entry H

Profile

- Bachelor Degree in Agricultural Science and Technologies at Università degli Studi di Palermo, 2018

- Master Degree in Agricultural Production and Technologies at Università degli Studi di Palermo, 2020

Expertise

- Horticulture and Precision Agriculture

- Environmental data monitoring

- Soil texture analysis

- Fruit quality analysis

- Post-harvest management of fruit

- Compounds extraction from plant material: oil, carotenoids.

Tutor

Prof. Vittorio Farina

Co-tutor

Dott. Giuseppe Sortino

Thesis topics

Tropical fruit crops adaptation to the Sicilian and Mediterranean climate. Plant phenology, fruit growth dynamics and environmental and physiological factors influencing fruit quality

Research interests

I am primarily interested in Tropical and Subtropical fruit crops, and enthusiastic about the possibility of their cultivation in the Mediterranean area. Studying the adaptation of exotic species to the climate of the cradle of so many cultures is intriguing and gives me the feeling of pursuing a process that started at the same time as agriculture itself.

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International Mobility

Erasmus + at Aleksandras Stulginkis Universitetas, Kaunas – Lithuania from September to December 2015

Erasmus + for Traineeship at Instituto de Agroquimica y Tecnologia de Alimentos, Valencia – Spain from March to May 2018

Internship at Institute for Olive, Subtropical Plants and Viticulture of Chania – Greece from September to November 2019