Main topics of my research activity are sustainable strategies for the management of insects and plant parasitic nematodes. At first, I have worked on the control of the tomato leafminer Tuta absoluta by using natural compounds, mainly based on essential oils. At this moment I am working on the effects of plant secondary metabolites on plant parasitic nematodes, mainly troot-knot nematodes of the genus Meloidogyne and cyst nematodes of genus Globodera. In particular, I work on the characterization of the nematicide activity of essential oils from different plant families (Lamiaceae, Mirtacee, Rutaceae) and their active components against these nematode species.
I also collaborated to studies on the nematicidal activity of other groups of biologically active plant compounds, such as glucosinolates and saponins.
A further area of scientific interest is the study of suppressive activity against nematodes of organic amendments from agro-industrial residues. In particular, I collaborated to a large experimental activity on the use of compost from a variety of matrices.