Alberto Troccoli is a researcher at the UOS of Bari of Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection (IPSP-CNR), where he is involved in the study of biodiversity, with particular concern to plant parasitic nematode species.
Current interests include the study and characterization, by morpho-taxonomic approach, of nematode pests affecting the quality of economically important field/nursery crops. In this area, he provided a recent contribution to the identification of alien species from imported plant material and he is still investigating on plant parasitic nematode species from various sources. He is also involved in a European project aiming to the characterization of populations of plant parasitic nematodes associated to different olive cultivations (ancestral and cultivated).
It is also involved in studies of intraspecific variability, with the integration of molecular and phylogenetic analysis, of natural and axenically cultured populations of migratory endoparasites difficult to identify and collaborates in the study of genes of parasitism in the lesion nematode Pratylenchus vulnus.
A more recent research area concerns the biodiversity of entomopathogenic nematodes both from Italy and other countries, with which he is co-working under bilateral projects.