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Dourou Athanasia Maria

Athanasia is Greek and she holds a BSc and MSc degree in Agricultural Biotechnology issued by the Agricultural University of Athens, Athens, Greece. She also holds a MSc degree in Horticultural Genetics and Biotechnology issued by the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Chania, Greece. Research Area: Functional biodiversity in agro-ecosystems PhD project: Productive activity in


Francis Denisse McLean

Francis is Nicaraguan and holds a MSc degree in Sustainable Development in Agriculture issued by the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and Montpellier SupAgro, France. PhD project: Comparative study of in situ and ex situ conserved maize in the state of Morelos, Mexico Objectives: Our project is a collaboration with CIMMYT’s Maize Germplasm Bank in Texcoco,


Dr Edoardo Bertolini

Edoardo currently holds the position of postdoctoral research associate in genetics. His main research activity focuses on deciphering how gene regulatory programs are fine-tuned by the noncoding genome. In particular, he is mostly interested in the modes of actions and biological functions of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) and microRNAs (miRNAs).  To understand the biology of


Giacomo Nardi

Giacomo holds the position of research fellow. he is an agronomist, technical assistant, supporting PhD students in settings up and managing field trials on cereals and horticultural crops.


Dr Stefano Carlesi

Stefano holds the position of post-doc. His main research themes are Weed ecology (landscape ecology, weed community composition, services supported by spontaneous vegetation), crop production (subsidiary crop, tillage reduction). He co-supervises PhD students. Courses given as assistant lecturer: “Spatial data analysis”.

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Dr Maria Sulli

Maria is Italian and holds a MSc degree in Mass Spectrometry based metabolomics approaches in Solanaceae food crops, issued by University of Rome, Rome, Italy PhD project: The project highlights the applications of metabolomic approaches as efficient strategy to interrogate plant systems and, providing an informative complement for plant functional genomics, to dissect the complexity

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Prof. Paolo Bàrberi

Prof. Paolo Bàrberi is Coordinator of the International PhD Programme in Agrobiodiversity at SSSA, Pisa (Italy) since July 2013. He is Professor in Agronomy and Field Crops, Head of the Research Group of Agroecology (GOA) at Land Lab, Institute of Life Sciences, SSSA, Pisa (Italy). He lectures in Applied Agroecology, Organic Farming, Introduction to Statistics

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Dr Chandra Kamatchi Ramasamy

Chandra (from India) got her PhD in January 2011 after defending a thesis on Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in Low External Input Agroecosystems She has now joined the Grenoble Ecole de Management in France.


Alice Albertini

Alice is Italian and holds a MSc degree in Conservation and Evolution (Biology), issued by University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy PhD project: Quantitative and qualitative study on the role of carabid fauna (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in Bactrocera oleae predation Objectives: I am studying the role of carabid beetles as natural enemies of Bactrocera oleae through 3

Simone Marini

Simone Marini

Simone is Italian and holds an MSc degree in Science of Nature and Humans, curriculum Didactics and Museology, issued by the University of Florence, Italy. PhD project: Ecosystem service provisioning by agrobiodiversity: the contribution of Semi Natural Habitat to pollination in sunflower Objectives: My project aims to identify how much components of biodiversity at species