I obtained my PhD in 2012 with a thesis about molecular diagnostic techniques of Phytophthora in nursery and forest. I currently work as a Postdoc within the HOMED (HOlistic Management of Emerging forest pests and Diseases) project, which is focused on the study of pathogens (fungi and insects) in “sentinel plantations” in Italy, US, China and South Africa. My main task is to determine the taxonomy of fungal species obtained from Italian sentinel plants. Within the same project, I am also engaged in a scientific collaboration with several partners from other EU countries. This work aims at analyzing fungal DNA present in aerial samples using Next Generation Sequencing techniques. Recently I came back to work on Phytophthora in nurseries within the EUPHRESCO project (ID-PHYT – ‘Early detection of Phytophthora in EU and third country nurseries and traded plants’), a collaboration with colleagues and stakeholders from European and non-European countries aimed at improving knowledge of biology, current risk factors and spreading dynamics of this pathogen. In recent years I did a Postdoc at the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), Pretoria University, where I conducted molecular characterization studies of Oomycetes and Botriosphaeriaceae on South African and Australian Proteaceae in plantations and in nature. I also carried out short collaborative projects with the Royal Botanical Gardens and the AgriBio Center, La Trobe University, in Melbourne (Victoria) and the Kings Park and Murdoch University in Perth (Western Australia), where I am Temporary Honorary Research Fellow.
- HOMED (HOlistic Management of Emerging forest pests and Diseases)
- EUPHRESCO project (ID-PHYT – ‘Early detection of Phytophthora in EU and third country nurseries and traded plants’)