Research Entomologist, PhD
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Research projects at EBCL:
Foreign exploration, discovery of biocontrol agents, classical biocontrol of weeds; current projects are: Swallow worts (Vincetoxicum rossicum and V. nigrum - Asclepiadaceae), medusahead rye-grass (Taeniatherum caput-medusae - Poaceae), French broom (Genista monspessulana - Fabaceae), leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula - Euphorbiaceae) using insects, mites, nematodes, fungi, pathogens as specific agents; host specificity testing. classical biocontrol of insect pests; current project: the vine mealybug (Planococcus ficus - Hemiptera, Pseudococcidae). Phylogeography of invasive targets; Evaluating ecological interactions.
Current insect groups and species studied as biocontrol agents: Col. Chrysomelidae (Chrysochus/Eumolpus asclepiadeus), Col. Cerambycidae (Oberea erythrocephala), Lep. Noctuidae (Abrostola asclepiadis), Dip. Tephritidae (Euphranta connexa), Hem. Psyllidae (Arytinnis hakani), Hym. Encyrtidae (Anagyrus pseudococci).
Areas of scientific interest:
Besides biocontrol of weeds, I am interested in crop protection (grapevine, wheat), especially virus and phytoplasma diseases, including vector studies and symptomatology. I am a taxonomist in Hemiptera (leaf- and planthoppers), and studied eco-ethology and insect bionomics (Fulgoromorpha, Cicadelloidea, Coccoidea). I used several bench techniques: DNA extraction, PCR-RFLP, Southern analysis, electrophoresis, RT-PCR, microscopy (photonic, scanning electronic).
Courses in Biological control (2000-10) at Supagro, Montpellier.
Courses in Plant pathology and Entomology (1998-00).
Courses in Agronomy (1998).
Courses in Biology and Geology (1993-94).
Member of the International Council for the Study of Virus and Virus-like Diseases of the Grapevine.
Annals of Applied Biology; BioControl; Biocontrol, Science & Technology; Biological Control; Journal of Chemical Ecology; Microbiology; South African Journal of Phytopathology; World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology.
Fluent in English, Italian; Basic knowledges in Spanish and Russian.
Music (Jazz, Cuban and African music), Sports (Trail running, Rock climbing, Mountain biking, mountaineering, Badminton), Oenology and Gastronomy, Motor biking, Travelling (31 countries visited on 5 continents).