Antonio Biondi

Full Professor of General and applied entomology [AGRI-05/A]

Antonio Biondi is Full Professor in General and Applied Entomology, Coordinator of the  PhD Course in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science and Deputy Rector for University Evaluation. He got a MS in Agriculture Science and Technology in 2009 and a PhD in Crop protection at the University of Catania in 2012. He worked, as visiting or as post doc at the Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias (IVIA) (Moncada, Spain), the Institut National de Recherche Agronomique (INRA) (Sophia-Antipolis, France), the University of Minnesota (Saint Paul, MN, USA) and the University of California, Berkeley (USA). He was Assistant (2015-2021) and Associate Professor (2021-2023) at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the University of Catania. There he teaches classes in Applied Entomology and Integrated Pest Management to undergraduate and master students.

Dr. Biondi gave several invited talks at numerous national and international congresses, and he took part to several national and international research projects on various topics related to the sustainable control of insect pests in agro-ecosystems. Most of the scientific results have been published in peer-reviewed journals (h-index: 45) and he got awarded by the yearly title of Highly cited researcher since 2019. He serves as editor for various international journals, as well as peer reviewer of scientific manuscripts and research project proposals. He currently serves ad Editor in Chief for Journal of Pest Science. From 2018 to 2022, he served as a member of the panel of experts of the French ANSES for biological risks for plant health and of the Italian Society of Entomology.


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The current research activities focus on several aspects of the ecology, biocontrol and pesticide (eco)toxicology (namely biopesticides) of invasive insect pests of Mediterranean agricultural crops. Four model insect pest species are currently used agroecological models: Tuta absolutaDrosophila suzukiiHalyomorpha halys, Xylosandrus compactus and their main biocontrol agents, such as generalist predators (mirids and coccinellids) and hymenoptera parasitoids. Dr. Biondi welcome visiting graduate students and post-docs, under various international agreements (e.g. Marie Curie, Erasmus, ...) or following personal agreements.