Technical assistance to research activities, within the framework of the biological control of plant-damaging insects of agricultural interest, were carried out.
These include the setup, maintenance and implementation of the parasitoid rearing for their use in open field and laboratory bioassays.
I worked on the preparation of plant and insect material (pests and natural enemies) for assessing direct and indirect defence on in commercial varieties of tomato by wind tunnel bioassays.
Frequent field collections of biological material (pests and natural enemies) for the development of sustainable control of harmful insects in agriculture, completed my activity.
Recently I have been involved in the activities concerned to monitoring and sustainable control of the Asian Gall Waps of chestnut Dryocosmus kuriphilus in Italy.