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D087 - SISTEMI AGRO-ALIMENTARI E FORESTALI MEDITERRANEI

Dottorandi - XXXVII Ciclo

 

Ph.D. Student MARIANNA PIPI
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E-mail marianna.pipi@unipa.it
Orcid ID https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0061-4470
Location Department of Agricultural, Food, and Forest Sciences (SAAF), Viale delle Scienze, Building 4
Profile

- Bachelor Degree in Agricultural Science and Technology at Università degli Studi di Palermo (Italy), 2018

 - Master Degree in Entrepreneurship and Quality for the Agri-food System, curriculum Management of Agri-zootechnical (class LM-69) at Università degli Studi di Palermo awarded in October, 2020, with a thesis entitled “Microbiological characterization of the wooden boards used for maturing typical Sicilian cheeses”

- A three-year PhD scholarship awarded in February 2022

Expertise

- Scientific research in the animal feeding and nutrition
- Laboratory analysis of feed and products
- Animal husbandry and welfare, animal nutrition, agri-food quality

Tutor Prof. Antonino Di Grigoli
Co-tutor Prof. Adriana Bonanno
Thesis topics Use of alternative feed sources for sustainability of animal productions
Research interests Effect of use of alternative feed sources and different livestock farming factors on the nutritional properties of animal products
Link to publications (IRIS data-base) LINK IRIS
International Mobility  

Ph.D. Student

RICCARDO GANNUSCIO

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E-mail

riccardo.gannuscio@unipa.it

Orcid ID

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3695-5496

Location

Department of Agricultural, Food, and Forest Sciences (SAAF), VialedelleScienze, Building 4

Profile

- Bachelor Degree in Agricultural Science and Tecnology at University of Palermo (Italy), 2018;

- Master Degree in Entrepreneurship and Quality for the Agri-food System (class LM-69) at University of Palermo, 2020.

- Winner of the scholarshipissued by theUniversity of Palermo, carrying out a research on Biomarkers of cheese from pasture-fed animals, 2021.

- He is qualified to practice as Agronomist and Forestry Doctor, University of Palermo, 2021.

Expertise

- Scientific research in the field offeeding and animal nutrition

- Laboratory analysis of animal feed and livestock products

- Nutritional profile of cheese

Tutor

Prof. Massimo Todaro

Co-tutor

Prof. Isabel Berruga

Thesistopics

Use of by-products in animal feed according to a circular economy model

Researchinterests

Effects of animal feed on livestock production

Link to publications (IRIS data-base)

LINK IRIS

International Mobility

 

Ph.D. Student

ANTONELLA LO PORTO

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E-mail

antonella.loporto@unipa.it

Orcid ID

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0717-3487

Location

Department of Agricultural, Food, and Forest Sciences (SAAF),VialedelleScienze, Building 4, Entry L second floor.

Profile

Master Degree in Agricultural Production and Technologies at Università degli Studi di Palermo, 2019

 

Expertise

 

Tutor

Prof. Alfonso Salvatore Frenda

Co-tutor

Prof. Luciano Gristina

 

Thesistopics

Fattorigenetici, ambientali e agronomici in grado di influenzare la qualitàtecnologica e nutraceutica in Triticum sp.

Researchinterests

 

Link to publications (IRIS data-base)

 

International Mobility

 

Ph.D. Student

CALOGERO LIBRICI

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E-mail

calogero.librici@unipa.it

Orcid ID

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3944-2984

Location

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

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;

Scholarship from the A. & S. Lima Mancuso Foundation.

Winner of the scholarship issued by the A. & S. Lima Mancuso Foundation - University of Palermo.

Topic: Impact of microplastics on biological and agronomic characteristics of the soil and effects on plant growth. (January 2021);

Scholarship from the Institute of Biosciences and BioResources of the CNR.

Winner of the scholarship issued by the Institute of Biosciences and BioResources of the CNR of Naples and carried out in part at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Sciences of the University of Palermo.

Topic: Analysis of productivity and the extent of biological nitrogen fixing in alfalfa as the rhizobic consortium and water availability vary. (February 2021 - December 2021);

- Worked as External Volunteer Researcher at the University of Palermo, Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences (SAAF), carrying out a research on “role of mycorrhizal symbiosis in nitrogen dynamics in a grass-legume association; impact of microplastics on the biological and agronomic characteristics of the soil and effects on plant growth; productivity and nitrous oxide emissions in Mediterranean cropping systems; nitrogen withdrawal, assimilation and remobilization in durum wheat plants grown in the Mediterranean environment.” (December 2020 – December 2021).

 

Expertise

-        Soil chemical and physical analysis

-        Gascromatography

-        On-field experimental practices

-        Mycorrhizal fungi

-        Nitrogen fixation

-        Herbaceous crops consociation

Tutor

Prof. Pellegrino Conte

Co-tutor

Prof. Dario Giambalvo; Prof. Vincenzo Bagarello

Thesis topics

“Evaluation of the chemical-physical-biological effect of microplastic contamination in soils”

Research interests

Microplastics and their impact on soil structure and fertility. Evaluation of crops physiology under microplastics-polluted environment.

Link to publications (IRIS data-base)

 

 

 

Ph.D. Student

JAY DARRYL L. ERMIO

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E-mail

ermiojaydarryl@gmail.com; jaydarryl.ermio@unipa.it

Orcid ID

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7832-1010

Location

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

Profile

- Bachelor of Science in Agriculture major in Plant Protection at the Visayas State University, Philippines, 2016

- Master of Science in Crop Protection at the University of Goettingen, Germany and European Master’s degree in Plant Health in Sustainable Cropping Systems at the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, Spain, 2018-2020

Expertise

Plant Protection; Integrated Pest Management; Biological Control; Pesticide Ecotoxicology

Tutor

Prof. Stefano Colazza

Co-tutor

Dott. Antonino Cusumano

Thesis topics

Role of nectar-inhabiting microbes for biocontrol agents (Conservation Biological Control)

Research interests

I am into plant protection, specifically in entomology topics. I am interested in integrating different approaches in managing pest populations in the field, as well as the making use of biological control approaches and knowing the impacts of insecticides to the non-target organisms. Unraveling the mysteries on the interaction between plants and insects is also a field of specialization that I want to pursue because our knowledge on plant-insect interaction with possible mediation by external factors, like microbes is essentially critical in our pursuit of devising sustainable pest management strategy.

Link to publications (IRIS data-base)

 

International Mobility

- Erasmus Mundus (Expert4Asia Project) Exchange Undergraduate Student at the University of Germany, October 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015

- Master’s Thesis at the Crop Research Institute Prague in Czech Republic (Biologically Active Substances in Crop Protection Section), February 7, 2020 – September 25, 2020

Ph.D. Student

NICASIO BOVA

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E-mail

nicasio.bova@unipa.it

Orcid ID

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5242-4409

Location

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

Profile

- Bachelor Degree in Agro-Engineering  (Class L-25), University of Palermo, 2017;

Master Degree in Firm and Quality for the Agricultural and Food System (Class LM- 69), University of Palermo, 2020;

- Qualification to practice as Agronomist and Forestry Doctor, University of Palermo, 2020;

- Research contract with ITAKA SRL for the project: “Breeding for Resilient, Efficient and Sustainable Organic Vegetable production” (BRESOV). The activities have been carried out at the the University of Palermo, Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences (SAAF). (May 2020 - May 2021)

Expertise

- Evaluation of biocontrol activity of microbial consortia and natural compounds against plant pathogenic fungi and bacteria;

- Isolation of fungi and bacteria from plant tissue

- DNA extraction from fungi and bacteria

- Identification of fungi and bacteria by conventional PCR and real-time PCR;

- Pathogenicity tests;

- General methods for maintenance and preservation of cultural collection of bacteria and fungi

Tutor

Dott.ssa Patrizia Bella

Co-tutor

Prof. Alessandro Miceli

Thesis topics

Harnessing the seed-associated bacteria in Brassica vegetables for the control of black rot disease caused by Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris.

Research interests

Plant diseases, beneficial microorganism, biological control, molecular-based diagnostic methods, microbiome.

Link to publications (IRIS data-base)

LINK IRIS

International Mobility

 

   
 

MARTINA AGOSTA

   

E-mail

martina.agosta@unipa.it; agosta.m@libero.it

Orcid ID

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5939-9026

Location

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

Profile

- Bachelor Degree in Forestry and Environmental Sciences (class L-25) at University of Palermo (Italy), 2019

- Master Degree in Forestry and Agro-Environmental Sciences and Technologies, Safeguard and Enhancement of Rural Areas curriculum, 2021

 

Expertise

- Market Comparison Approach

- Real estate appraisal

- Land cadastre

Tutor

Prof. Antonio Asciuto

Co-tutor

Prof. Emanuele Schimmenti and Prof.ssa Caterina Patrizia Di Franco

Thesis topics

The application of Market Comparison Approach to agricultural land appraisal

Research interests

-        Land market analysis

-        Market oriented approaches

Link to publications (IRIS data-base)

 

International Mobility

 

   

Ph.D. Student

CRISTINA BONDÌ

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E-mail

cristina.bondi@unipa.it

Orcid ID

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3210-1960

Location

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

Profile

- She studied at the University of Palermo (Italy) where in 2019 she graduated in Forestry and Agro-Environmental Sciences and Technologies, curriculum Forest Systems Management, class LM-73;

- She worked as External Volunteer Researcher at the University of Palermo, Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences (SAAF), carrying out a research on "Hydraulic characterization of substrates for green infrastructure".   (July 2021 – October 2021).

Expertise

- Laboratory measurement of soil water retention;

- Measurement of soil particle size distribution;

- Estimation of soil hydraulic properties;

- Assessment of soil water repellency.

Tutor

Prof. Massimo Iovino

Co-tutor

Prof. Vincenzo Bagarello

Thesis topics

 

Research interests

- Soil physics;

- Soil hydraulic properties;

- Soil water repellency.

Link to publications (IRIS data-base)

 

International Mobility

 

   

Ph.D. Student

IGNAZIO MARIA GUGINO

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E-mail

ignaziomaria.gugino@unipa.it

Orcid ID

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1545-2918

Location

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

Profile

Bachelor Degree in Agricultural Science and Tecnology (class L-26) at University of Palermo (Italy), 2018;

- Master Degree in Mediterranean Food Science and Technology (class LM-70), at University of Palermo (Italy), 2021.

Expertise

− Scientific research in the field of food industry

− Experimental tests of beverages fermentations and cereals malting

− Food analysis

− Beer and malt analysis

− Brewing and malting process management

Tutor

Prof. Aldo Todaro

Co-tutor

Prof. Diego Planeta and Dott.Vincenzo Alfeo

Thesis topics

Analysis and characterization of old Sicilian cereals landraces to be addressed to the malt industry

Research interests

Brewing process, malting process, food technology, food analysis, hops cultivation, oenology

Link to publications (IRIS data-base)

LINK IRIS

International Mobility

 

   

Ph.D. Student

FRANCESCO VELLA

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