Agricultural chemistry, pedology and agricultural genetics

Chemical, biochemical, physiological and pedological approaches to study the interactions among soil, water, nutrients and plant in agricultural/forestry ecosystems. Genomics and plant breeding for a sustainable agriculture and high-quality agro-food products.

Keywords: Biostimulants, Breeding, Environment, Fertilizers, Genomics, Nutrients, Pedogenesis, Plant, QTL, Quality, Remediation, Resilience, Rhizosphere, Soil, Water

Main research fields

  • Agricultural Chemistry

Agricultural reuse of agro-industrial byproducts for soil fertility

Characterization of organic substances of soils and biosolids

Elements of fertility and plant nutrition

Environmentally friendly techniques for soil, sediments and water decontamination

Physical, chemical and biochemical indexes of soil quality

  • Pedology

Carbon and nutrients stocks in soils

Hydromorphic and subaqueous soils: monitoring of water, sediment and soil interactions

Pedological studies in historical and cultural contexts and paleopedology

Soil genesis, evolution and conservation in natural, agricultural and human-impacted systems

  • Agricultural Genetics

Applications of mutagenesis in crop molecular genetics and breeding

Characterization of genetic resources of crops

Molecular basis of disease resistance and plant-pathogen interaction in cereals

Molecular genetics of root system architecture and flowering time in cereals

QTL analysis and statistical genomics for the dissection of complex traits

People

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Ilaria Braschi

Associate Professor

keywords: Pesticides, PTE, antibiotics, (bio)plastics, Pollutants in soil, water & plant, Eco-friendly remediation
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Matteo Brecchia

PhD Student

keywords: Pollutants in soil, water & plant: Eco-friendly remediation
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Martina Bruschi

Research fellow

Teaching tutor

keywords: durum wheat, roots architecture, disease resistance, molecular markers
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Enrico Buscaroli

Research fellow

keywords: Plant Protection Products, Antibiotics, Pesticides, Soil contaminants, Water Quality, Food Quality, Sustainable
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Luciano Cavani

Associate Professor

keywords: Soil fertility, Soil biochemistry, Fertilizers, Use of agro-industrial by-products in agriculture
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Claudio Ciavatta

Full Professor

keywords: Soil chemistry and biochemistry, Soil fertility, Fertilisers, Organic matter, Humic substances, Organic-based
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Mauro De Feudis

Junior assistant professor (fixed-term)

keywords: rizosphere soil, forest soils, soil organic matter, soil biochemical processes, soil health
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Giampaolo Di Biase

Research fellow

keywords: soil, fertilizers, nitrogen, phosphorus, remote sensing, precision farming, GIS, GNSS, NDVI
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Marcello Di Bonito

Associate Professor

keywords: Soil protection and conservation, GIS applications and models, Ecosystem services and functions, Sustainable resource
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Gloria Falsone

Associate Professor

keywords: pedogenic processes and factors, soil structure, biophysical properties, soil organic dynamics, soil carbon
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Ornella Francioso

Associate Professor

keywords: anaerobic digestion, Biomass Recycling and Use, Soil organic matter, FTIR, Raman, NMR, CF-IRMS, TG-DTA, Biostimulants,
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Elisabetta Frascaroli

Associate Professor

keywords: plant breeding methods, maize and field crops, tolerance abiotic stress, phenotypic plasticity, genetic resources
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Marco Grigatti

Senior assistant professor (fixed-term)

keywords: Composting, Anaerobic digestion, Organic matter stability
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Sara Guerrini

PhD Student

Marco Maccaferri

Associate Professor

keywords: Genomics, Agricultural Genetics, Miglioramento Genetico delle Piante Agrarie, Molecular Biology applied to Plant
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Claudio Marzadori

Full Professor

keywords: nitrogen mineralization, toxic metals, nutritional stresses, soil biomasses reuse, extra-cellular enzymes, root
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Martina Mazzon

Research fellow

Teaching tutor

keywords: enzymatic activities, soil functionality, soil biochemical indexes, agronomic managements effects on soil quality

Danara Ormanbekova

Teaching tutor

keywords: Durum wheat, gene annotation, domestication, selection signal detection, gene expression
keywords: Organic nitrogen fertlizers, contaminants, effects of biodegradable plastics on soil functionality
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Serena Rosignoli

PhD Student

Research fellow

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Silvio Salvi

Full Professor

keywords: molecular markers, maize, QTL, Molecular genetics of plant development, barley, mutagenesis
keywords: maize, maize root architecture, QTL, gene expression
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Roberto Tuberosa

Full Professor

keywords: Gene expressiom, QTL cloning, Genomics, Resilienza, Drought resistance, Resiliance to climate change, Cereals, Yield
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Livia Vittori Antisari

Associate Professor

keywords: subaqueous soil, sediment quality, water quality, Biofertility Index, heavy metal, organic matter, forest soil