SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Professor Giuseppe Colla, Tuscia University (bio)

Full professor in Horticulture at the Department DAFNE, University of Tuscia, Viterbo (Italy).  Visiting scientist at the Department of Vegetable Crops at University of California, Davis and Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Purdue University. Teaching activity at the University of Tuscia on Vegetable Crop Production. Main research areas: plant nutrition, biostimulants, and stress tolerance. Member of Italian Society of Horticulture; Member of the International Society of Horticultural Science; Member of the Editorial Board of International Scientific Journals. Coordinator and principal investigator in many research projects on Horticulture funded by EU, Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Italian Ministry of Education, Ateneo Italo-Tedesco, Private Companies, etc. Author or co-author of more than 150 publications in national and international journals.

Professor Youssef Rouphael,
University of Naples (bio)

Youssef Rouphael born in Ras-Baalbeck (Lebanon), is an Italian citizen and was awarded a Diploma in Agriculture in 1995 at the University Holy-Spirit of Kaslik (USEK), Lebanon, a Post-Graduate Specialization Program (DSPU) in 1996 on Land and Water Resources Management: Irrigated Agriculture, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute (MAI) of Bari , Italy, a Master in Irrigation in 1997 from MAI Bari, Italy, and a PhD in Horticulture in 2003 from the University of Tuscia, Viterbo Italy. He was then a Post-Doc fellow at the same University for 5 years (2003-2008). Later Prof. Rouphael was Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Veterinary Medicine (Lebanese University); and finally has been, since 2014, affiliated at the Department of Agricultural Sciences, University Federico II Naples (Italy) as RTD-b. From August 2015 to January 2016 he was a Visiting Scientist at the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops Großbeeren/Erfurt (Germany). He is an Associate Professor of Horticulture at the University of Naples, Federico II.

The main research activity and interests of Youssef Rouphael focus on vegetables grafting, plant nutrition, soilless culture and plant biostimulants. Youssef Rouphael teaches several courses such as protected cultivation, vegetable crops production, soilless culture and has supervised several Master and PhD students. He has received many research funds and grants from national and international authorities.

- Guest Editor of the Special Issue ‘Biostimulants in Horticulture’. Scientia Horticulturae: Volume 196, Pages 1-134 (30 November 2015) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03044238/196

- Guest Editor of the Research Topic ‘Biostimulants in Agriculture’. Frontiers in Plant Science. https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/6502/biostimulants-in-agriculture

- Guest Editor of the Special Issue ‘Toward a Sustainable Agriculture Through Plant Biostimulants: From Experimental Data to Practical Applications’ Agronomy MDPI. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/agronomy/special_issues/plant_biostimulants

Editor in Chief of Agronomy and Associate Editor of Scientia Horticulturae, Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research, The Open Agriculture Journal (Bentham Open) and Italus Hortus. He obtained different honors and awards among them Best Paper Award 2018 of Agronomy (MDPI). In October ,2019 he had published 232 publications indexed in SCOPUS (author ID 8377881200) with a total number of citations of 5571 and a h-index of 44.

 

Professor Luigi Lucini, Catholic University of
the Sacred Heart (bio)

Luigi Lucini is associate professor at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, in the area “Agricultural Chemistry”; his teaching duties are Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry. Luigi is responsible for the facility of proteomics and metabolomics at the faculty of Environmental, Food and Agricultural Sciences. He coordinates research in the field of plant science and food science, and the most of scientific interest is devoted to plant response to abiotic stresses, plant-microbe interaction, food quality & nutraceuticals, food traceability as well as plant biostimulants. Since 2009, L. Lucini has authored 118 manuscripts in ISI/Scopus international Journals and tutored MSc and PhD students. Research activities have been conducted both from public fundings and contract research with national and international companies. Luigi is vice-president of the GRIFA (italian research group on agrochemicals) and responsible of quality assurance for there each centres of his faculty.

BIOSTIMULANTS FOR CHEMICAL PRIMING AS A STRESS MANAGEMENT TOOL FOR CROPS

By: Luciano Pasqualoto Canellas and Fábio Lopes Olivares, Núcleo de Desenvolvimento de Insumos Biológicos para a Agricultura (NUDIBA), Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense Darcy Ribeiro (UENF), Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

PLANT UPTAKE OF AMINO ACIDS AND PEPTIDES

By: Joshua R. Widhalm, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University

Amino acids are vital building blocks for synthesizing proteins in all organisms. In plants, free “proteinogenic” amino acids serve additional roles in the assimilation and transport of nitrogen, as signaling compounds, as osmolytes, and as precursors for making various hormones, cofactors, and other major compounds like chlorophyll.

USE OF BIOSTIMULANTS TO INCREASE FRUIT CROP PERFORMANCES

By: Carlo Andreotti  and Boris Basile 

The fruit industry is actively searching for new technologies to increase the sustainability of the production systems and to improve the final quality of fresh produce. Biostimulants are bio-technological innovations that can bridge together different bio-based industries in the perspective of a more circular economy.

METABOLOMICS AND ITS POTENTIAL TO UNDERSTAND THE MODE OF ACTION OF PLANT BIOSTIMULANTS

By: Luigi Lucini
Catholic University of Piacenza, Italy

Although plenty of literature is supporting the benefits related to the use of biostimulants, the molecular mechanisms underlying such positive effects are still poorly elucidated. Nonetheless, the comprehension of the mode of action through which biostimulants exert their activity can provide useful insights to better define the target(s) in terms of crops, claims, agricultural practices and timing of application.

CAN MYCORRHIZAL FUNGI IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES?

By: Manuela Giovannetti
Department of Agriculture, Food and Environoment, University of Pisa, Italy

Beneficial soil microorganisms play a key role in sustainable agriculture, by promoting the completion of biogeochemical cycles, maintaining long-term soil fertility, reducing the input of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, boosting plant nutrition and health. Among them, arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi (AMF), members of the Glomeromycotina, are a well represented group of microbes, establishing mutualistic symbioses with more than 80% of land plants, including the major food crops, from cereals to legumes, fruit trees, vegetables, medicinal plants and economically relevant species, such as sunflower, cotton, sugarcane, tobacco, coffee, tea and cocoa.

HIGH-THROUGHPUT AUTOMATED PHENOTYPING AS A SHORTCUT TO MORE EFFECTIVE BIOSTIMULANTS: FROM SEEDS TO CROPS

By: Mirella Sorrentino, Nuria de Diego, Giuseppe Colla, Lukáš Spíchal, Youssef Rouphael and Klára Panzarová

Development of highly effective biostimulants requires an accurate evaluation of the effects of candidate products on morpho-physiological traits of selected crops during different developmental stages and environmental conditions. As conventional screening methods are time consuming, destructive and labour intensive, high-throughput plant phenotyping procedures were recently proposed as effective and high-precision tools for novel product screening.

PLANT BIOSTIMULANTS AND MITIGATION OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS IN CROP PRODUCTION

By: Andrea Colantoni & Sara Rajabihamedani
Department of Agriculture and Forest Sciences, University of Tuscia, Italy

Biostimulants have an outstanding potential for sustainable development of the agricultural sector due to their ability to manage productivity and increase nutrient use efficiency in crop productions.

MYCORRHIZAL FUNGI AS PLANT BIOSTIMULANTS

By: Youssef Rouphael
Department of Agriculture, University of University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are among the more beneficial microorganisms used as biostimulants in agriculture. What makes the use of AMF more widespread than most equally beneficial symbionts is that they are able to establish a symbiosis with almost all higher plants and are able to growth in wide range of climatic conditions. 

PROTEIN HYDROLYSATES AS PLANT BIOSTIMULANTS

By: Giuseppe Colla
Department of Agriculture and Forest Sciences, University of Tuscia, Italy

Protein hydrolysates (PHs) are a group of plant biostimulants that are produced by enzymatic and/or chemical hydrolysis and contain a mixture of peptides and amino acids. They may also contain other compounds that may contribute to their biostimulant action, such as carbohydrates, phenols, mineral elements, phytohormones and other organic compounds.

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