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Dipartimento di Scienze delle produzioni Agroalimentari e dell'Ambiente (DiSPAA)
Sezione di Microbiologia agraria
Piazzale delle Cascine 28, 50144 Firenze
Dipartimento di Scienze delle Produzioni Agroalimentari e dell'Ambiente (DiSPAA)
Full Professor of Agricultural Microbiology (SSD AGR / 16) at the University of Florence (since 2002)
Member of the DISPAA Internal Self-Evaluation Commission
Coordinator of DISPAA Agricultural Microbiology Section (2013-2016)
Member of the Agricultural School of the University of Florence (2013-2016)
Head of the Department of Agricultural Biotechnology of the University of Florence (2005-2012)
Member of the Scientific and Management Committee of the GENEXPRESS Laboratory, the genomic, proteomics and phenomena platform (2003-2010)
Coordinator of the Faculty of Agriculture (Florence) for the International Collaboration Agreement between the University of Florence and the University of Cairo (2005-2010)
Member of the Research Council of the Ph.D. in Soil Science and Climatology (University of Florence) and then of the PhD in "AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES" (University of Florence)
Member of CNR Scientific Review Board
Member of the MIUR Review Board
Reviewer of Research Products for Quality Research Assessment (2004-2010) MIUR.
Review activity for international scientific journals such as Marine Biotechnology, Science of the Total Environment, Biology and Fertility of Soils, Biotechnology Progress, Microbial Ecology, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Annals of Microbiology, Chemosphere, Environmental Engineering Science, Journal of Applied Physiology, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Research in Microbiology, Archives of Microbiology, Plantarum Physiology, PLOS One.
Member of the Editorial Board of AIMS Microbiology
Co-Editor of the Special Issue on Cell phenomics: from genes to phenotypic traits. Research in Microbiology vol 167 (2016)
Member of the Subcommittee on the Taxonomy of Phototrophic Bacteria of the International Committee on Systematic Prokaryotes
National co-ordinator of the projects: "Response of the soil microbial community to different human activities: effects on the microflora structure, dynamics and diversity- PRIN 2000",”Physiological and molecular approaches for improving chromate bioremediation – PRIN 2004”, and Microbial biofilm - comparative genomics proteomics and phenomics analysis for improving bioremediation strategies - PRIN 2008”.
Coordinator the Research Unit “Effetti dell’attività antropica sulla composizione della comunità microbica del suolo: applicazione di tecniche molecolari per la valutazione della diversità genetica in suoli soggetti a fattori di disturbo” del Progetto Nazionale “Produzione Agricola Nella Difesa dell’Ambiente (PANDA) – MIPAF”
PARTICIPATES to the European Program COST Action 831 "Biotechnology of Soil: Monitoring, Conservation and Remediation"
Contribute to the European projects "Biodiversity: Applied and Systematic Investigation of Cyanobacteria- BASIC (1996)," Biohypo-Confronting the Clinical Relevance of Biocide Induced Antibiotic Resistance KBBE-227258 (2009), "Biofuel from Algae Technologies (2010)," PHOTOFUEL "(2015)," NoMorFilm "(2015)
Member of the TUSCAN REGION Integrated Project (PIF) 2015 "3S Eco-nursery (Smart Specialization Strategy)
Member of the Organizing Committee and Scientific Committee of International Conferences: Fifth International Symposium on Nitrogen Fixing with Non-Legumes, International Symposium on Phototrophic Prokaryotes, 8th International Conference on Applied Algology, the first edition of the Florence Conference on Phenotype MicroArray Analysis Microorganism: The Environment, Agriculture and Human Health, the second edition of the Florence Conference on Phenotype MicroArray Analysis of Microorganism: The Environment, Agriculture and Human Health, and the third edition of the Florence Conference on Phenotype MicroArray Analysis of Cells
ORGANIZER of the Microbial-Plant Interaction Symposium within the 1st Congress of the Italian Federation of Life Sciences (FISV) (1999)
Member of the Executive Board of the Italian Society of Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnologies SIMGBM (1998-2001)
Member of the Italian Society of Microbiology (SIM), of the Italian Microbiology, Agro-Food and Environmental Society (SIMTREA), of the Italian Society of General Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnologies (SIMGBM)
RESEARCH ACTIVITY: Microbial biotechnology; taxonomy and microbial diversity; impact of different natural and natural pressures on the function, structure and diversity of bacterial soil communities; microbial tolerance / chromium resistance (VI) mechanisms; microorganism and food; selection by application of the Microarray Phenotype Approach of microbial isolates to be used for biotechnological purposes; study of the physiology of micro-organisms of agro-food and environmental interest through the combination of genomic and phenomic approaches.
PUBLICATIONS: Co-Author of over 100 publications in national and international scientific journals, chapters in international books, national and international conference papers.