Dalia Aiello

Fixed-term Assistant Professor of Plant pathology [AGR/12]

CURRENT AND PREVIOUS POSITIONS

Fixed-term researcher (RTDb) from 2021, Dipartimento di Agricoltura, Alimentazione e Ambiente (Di3A), University of Catania (UniCT), Italy

Post-doc scholarship in the project ‘Characterization and pathogenicity of fungal emerging pathogens (NeofusicoccumCalonectria and Diaporthe)’, University of Catania (2021) 

Post-doc scholarship in the project ‘Characterization and pathogenicity of fungal emerging pathogens (Pleiocarpon, Neofusicoccum, Calonectria, Cylindrocladiella e Diaporthe)’, University of Catania (2020)

Post-doc fellowship in the project ‘Characterization of fungal pathogens and evaluation of control strategies’, University of Catania (2017-2020)

Post-doc scholarship in the project ‘Evaluation of control strategies against Calonectria spp.’, University of Catania (2016)

Post-doc fellowship in the MIUR project SO.PRO.ME - PON01_01611 “Characterization of fungal pathogens of ornamental plants in soilless and sustainable control strategies in Mediterranean environment”, University of Catania (2012-2016)

Post-doc scholarship in the project “Efficacy of fungal antagonist and disinfectants against fungal soilborne”, University of Catania (2011)

Contract researcher from 2009 to 2011, University of Catania

Contract researcher in the project “Efficacy of fungal antagonist and disinfectants against fungal soilborne”, University of Catania (2011)

Contract researcher in the project “Project for develop of biological agriculture in Sicily”, (2009-2010)

Contract researcher in the project “Determination of the etiology of watermelon vine decline in order to implement appropriate control strategies in the territory of Pachino”, University of Catania (2009)

Prizes and awards

2012 Italian society of plant pathology (SIPaV)

Winner of a selection of the most deserving young people on the basis of the curriculum and the research at the XVIII SIPaV congress

2016 Italian society of plant pathology (SIPaV)

Winner of a selection of the most deserving young people on the basis of the curriculum and the research at the XXII SIPaV congress

TRAINING PERIOD

2015 Training period on Molecular characterization of Alternaria species from citrus and Ilyonectria and ‘Cylindrocarpon’ species from ornamental plants, Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute (ex CBS), Utrecht, Netherlands (3 months)

2011 Training period on Molecular characterization of phytopathogenic fungal species, ISPA CNR, BarI (5 days)

2007 Training period on Characterization of Rhizoctonia isolates and anastomosis groups, CRA, Scafati (Sa) (1 month)

2007 Training period on Antagonist activity of bacteria against fungal species, University of Basilicata, Potenza (10 days)

Teaching activities and PhD supervision 

Professor of the course ‘Biological control of plant diseases’ in the master degree course in Agricultural Sciences and Technologies, University of Catania a.a. 2022/2023 (present)

Professor of the course ‘Plant Pathology’ in the three-year degree course in Agricultural Sciences and Technologies, University of Catania a.a. 2021/2022

Professor of the course ‘Plant Protection’ in the master degree course in Agricultural Sciences and Technologies, University of Catania a.a. 2021/2022

Laboratory exercises of ‘Plant Protection’ and ‘Plant Pathology’ in the course in Agricultural Sciences and Technologies, University of Catania (from 2014 to 2020)

Teaching at the Master course in viticulture with topic ‘Diseases control of Grapevine’ (2021/2022)

Tutor in Doctorate Program in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science (XXXVII Cycle)

Co-tutor in the Doctorate Program in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science (XXXIV, XXXVI Cycles)

Tutor or co-supervisor for students degree thesis and phD thesis (2007-present)

Teaching at course ‘Plant Pathology and Disease Control’ as required by Piano di Azione Nazionale (PAN) DDG N. 6402/2014) (2016-2018)

EDUCATION

ASN - Italian Academic Qualification as Associate professor in Plant pathology (ASN 2017)

PhD in Plant Pathology, University of Catania, Italy (2009).

Master degree (5 years) in Agriculture Science and Technologies (DISTEF), University of Catania, Italy (2005)

Scientific organisations/Coordination of academic activities 

2021 Research project on “Prove sperimentali per il contenimento del mal secco degli agrumi causato dal fungo Plenodomus tracheiphilus”, in the collaboration between Di3A and Syngenta S.P.A. Role: Scientific responsible

2019 Research project on “Attività di batteri fitopatogeni isolabili in coltura (Xanthomonas perforans and Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato)”, in the collaboration between Di3A and Agrigeos s.r.l. Role: Scientific responsible

2017 Research project on “Valutazioni dell’efficacia di prodotti commerciali o sperimentali per controllare i patogeni fungini e batterici” in the collaboration between Di3A and Agrigeos s.r.l. Role: Scientific responsible

2020/2022 Department project MEDIT-ECO “Indagine sulle problematiche fitopatologiche dei principali contesti produttivi siciliani e strategie di difesa ecosostenibili”. Role: Participant.

2020/2022 Department project Starting Grant SOS-FUNGI “Strategie di difesa sostenibili e/o a minor impatto ambientale delle malattie fungine delle produzioni agrarie dal campo al post raccolta”. Role: Participant.

2018-2022 European project Horizon 2020 Organic-PLUS “Pathways to phase-out contentious inputs from organic agriculture in Europe” subtitle “Available alternatives or Cu and MinOil reduction strategies” (Organic-PLUS – grant agreement No 774340). Role: Participant.

2016/2018 Department project “Studi sulla caratterizzazione, biologia, ecologia e strategie sostenibili di lotta nei confronti di insetti e agenti fitopatogeni emergenti o poco noti”. Role: Participant.

2016/2018 Department project “Monitoraggio, caratterizzazione e controllo sostenibile di microrganismi e artropodi di interesse agrario”. Role: Participant.

2015 Research project FIR 2014 “Strategie sostenibili per la disinfestazione del terreno e dei substrati dai patogeni tellurici”. Role: Participant.

2012 Research project PON01_01611 “Characterization of fungal pathogens of ornamental plants in soilless and sustainable control strategies in Mediterranean environment”. Role: Participant.

2008 University research project “Caratterizzazione morfologica e molecolare di isolati di Rhizoctonia spp. e Cylindrocladium spp. responsabili di nuove malattie di piante ornamentali in vivaio”. Role: Participant.

2007   University research project “Identificazione di malattie crittogamiche nel vivaismo floro-ornamentale e valutazione di strategie di difesa”. Role: Participant.

2006 University research project “Identificazione di malattie crittogamiche nel vivaismo floro-ornamentale e valutazione di strategie di difesa”. Role: Participant.

2005 University research project “Monitoraggio di malattie crittogamiche nuove o poco note nel settore delle piante ornamentali mediterranee, tropicali e subtropicali e messa a punto di strategie di lotta integrata”

Editorial activity 

Editorial board member of ‘American Journal of Bioscience’ (2018/2020); ‘’Horticolturae’ for section 'Plant Pathology and Disease Management’ (from 2022)

Guest Editor Special Issue in Plants: Citrus Fungal and Oomycete Diseases

Guest Editor Special Issue in Horticulturae: Pathogens and Disease Control of Fruit Trees

Guest Editor Special Issue in Agriculture: Diseases and Disorders of Perennial and Ornamental Plants

Membership of scientific societies 

Italian Society of Plant Pathology (SIPaV) from 2016 to present

 

Last edit: 06/14/2023

PUBLICATIONS INDEXED ON ISI WEB OF SCIENCE OR SCOPUS

 

Fiorenza A., Gusella G., Vecchio L., Aiello D., Polizzi G. ( 2023). Diversity of Botryosphaeriaceae species associated with canker and dieback of avocado (Persea americana) in Italy. Phytopathologia Mediterranea, 62(1): 47- 63.

Leonardi G.R., Polizzi G., Vitale A., Aiello D. (2023). Efficacy of Biological Control Agents and Resistance Inducer for Control of Mal Secco Disease. Plants, 12: 1735. 

Polizzi G., Di Pietro C., Gusella G., Ismail A.M., Aiello D. (2022). First report of seedling stem blight of mango caused by Neofusicoccum parvum in Italy. Plant Dis. Oct 21. doi: 10.1094/PDIS-07-22-1652-PDN. 

Aiello, D., Vitale, A., Panebianco, S., Lombardo, M., Anzalone, A., Catara, V. and Cirvilleri, G. (2022). In vitro and in vivo antibacterial activity of copper alternative products against Xanthomonas euvesicatoria pv. perforans causing leaf spot and pith necrosis of tomato. Acta Horticulturae. 1354, 223-230

Polizzi G., Di Pietro C., Gusella G., Ismail A. M., Aiello D. (2022). First report of seedling stem blight of mango caused by Neofusicoccum parvum in Italy. Plant Disease, https://doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-07-22-1652-PDN.

Aiello D., Guarnaccia G., V. Vitale A., LeBlanc N., Shishkoff N., Polizzi G. (2022). Impact of Calonectria Diseases on Ornamental Horticulture: Diagnosis and Control Strategies, Plant Disease, 106(7): 1773-1787.

Gugliuzzo A., Aiello D., Biondi, A. Giurdanella, G. Siscaro, G.Zappalà, L. Vitale, A. Garzia, G.T. Polizzi, G. (2022). Microbial mutualism suppression by Trichoderma and Bacillus species for controlling the invasive ambrosia beetle Xylosandrus compactusBiological Control, 170: 104929.

 Fiorenza A., Gusella G., Aiello D., Polizzi G., Voglmayr, H. (2022). Neopestalotiopsis siciliana sp. nov. and Nrosae Causing Stem Lesion and Dieback on Avocado Plants in Italy. Journal of Fungi, 8: 562.

Aiello, D., Guarnaccia, V., Costanzo, M.B., Leonardi, G.R., Epifani, F., Perrone, G., Polizzi, G. (2022). Woody Canker and Shoot Blight Caused by Botryosphaeriaceae and Diaporthaceae on Mango and Litchi in Italy, Horticulturae, 8(4): 330.

Aiello D., Gusella G., Vitale A., Polizzi G. (2022). Characterization of Fusarium nirenbergiae and F. elaeidis causing diseases on Dipladenia and Grevillea plants. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 162: 885-896. 

Fiorenza A., Aiello D., Costanzo M.B., Gusella G., Polizzi G. (2022). A New Disease for Europe of Ficus microcarpa Caused by Botryosphaeriaceae Species. Plants, 11: 727.

Aiello D., Leonardi G.R., Di Pietro C., Vitale A., Polizzi G. (2022). A New Strategy to Improve Management of Citrus Mal Secco Disease Using Bioformulates Based on Bacillus amyloliquefaciens Strains. Plants, 11: 446.

Guarnaccia V., Aiello D., Papadantonakis N., Polizzi G., Gullino M.L. (2022). First report of branch cankers on avocado (Persea americana) caused by Neocosmospora (syn. Fusariumperseae in Crete (Greece). Journal of Plant Pathology 104: 419-420.

Gusella G., Lawrence D.P., Aiello D., Luo Y., Michailides T. (2022). Etiology of Botryosphaeria Panicle and Shoot Blight of Pistachio (Pistacia vera) caused by Botryosphaeriaceae in Italy. Plant Disease, 106(4), pp. 1192-1202. 

Gusella G., Costanzo M.B., Aiello D., Polizzi G. (2021). Characterization of Neofusicoccum parvum causing canker and dieback on Brachychiton species. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 161: 999-1005.

Gusella G., Aiello D., Michailides T.J., Polizzi G. (2021). Update of pistachio leaf spot caused by Septoria pistaciarum in light of new taxonomic advances in Italy. Fungal Biology, 125(12): 962-970.

Fiorenza A., Aiello D., Leonardi G.R., Continella A., Polizzi G. (2021). First Report of Rosellinia necatrix Causing White Root Rot on Avocado in Italy. Plant Disease, 105: 3294.

Aiello D., Fiorenza A., Leonardi G.R., Vitale A., Polizzi G. (2021). Fusarium nirenbergiae (Fusarium oxysporum Species Complex) Causing the Wilting of Passion Fruit in Italy. Plants, 10: 2011.

Vitale A., Aiello D., Azzaro A., Guarnaccia V., Polizzi G. (2021). An Eleven-Year Survey on Field Disease Susceptibility of Citrus Accessions to Colletotrichum and Alternaria Species. Agriculture, 11: 536.

Gusella G., Fiorenza A., Aiello D., Polizzi G. (2021). Unusual StylarEnd Breakdown and Sour Rot on Key Lime (Citrus aurantiifolia) in Pre-Harvest Condition in Italy. Plants, 10: 989.

Bezerra J.D.P., Crous P.W., Aiello D., Gullino M.L., Polizzi G., Guarnaccia V. (2021). Genetic Diversity and Pathogenicity of Botryosphaeriaceae Species Associated with Symptomatic Citrus Plants in Europe. Plants, 10: 492.

Aiello D., Vitale A., Perrone G., Tessitori M., Polizzi G. (2020). Can Biological Control Agents Reduce Multiple Fungal Infections Causing Decline of Milkwort in Ornamental Nursery? Plants, 9: 1682.

Aiello D., Fiorenza A., Gusella G., Polizzi G. (2020). First report of Calonectria tunisiana causing crown and root rot on Eucalyptus globulusJournal of Plant Pathology, 102: 1353.

Aiello D., Gusella G., Vitale A., Guarnaccia V., Polizzi G. (2020). Cylindrocladiella peruviana and Pleiocarpon algeriense causing stem and crown rot on avocado (Persea americana). European Journal of Plant Pathology, 158: 419–430.

Gugliuzzo A., Criscione G., Biondi A., Aiello D., Vitale A., Polizzi G., Tropea Garzia G. (2020). Seasonal changes in population structure of the ambrosia beetle Xylosandrus compactus and its associated fungi in a southern Mediterranean environment. PLoS ONE, 15(9): e0239011.

Aiello D., Vitale A., Polizzi G. (2020). Sustainable approach for soil and substrate disinfestation against soilborne pathogens in nursery. Acta Horticulturae, 1270: 197-202.

Gusella G., Aiello D., Polizzi G. (2020). First report of leaf and twig blight of Indian hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis indica) caused by Neofusicoccum parvum in Italy. Journal of Plant Pathology, 102: 275.

Aiello D., Guarnaccia V., Azzaro A., Polizzi G. (2020). Alternaria brown spot on new clones of sweet orange and lemon in Italy. Phytopathologia Mediterranea, 59(1): 131-145.

Aiello D., Vitale A., Polizzi G., Voglmayr H. (2020). Ochraceocephala foeniculi gen. et sp. nov., a new pathogen causing crown rot of fennel in Italy. MycoKeys, 66: 1–22.

Aiello D., Gusella G., Fiorenza A., Guarnaccia V., Polizzi G. (2020). Identification of Neofusicoccum parvum causing canker and twig blight on Ficus carica in Italy”, Phytopathologia Mediterranea, 59(1): 213-218.

Aiello D., Restuccia C., Stefani E., Vitale A., Cirvilleri G. (2019). Postharvest biocontrol ability of Pseudomonas synxantha against Monilinia fructicola and Monilinia fructigena on stone fruit. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 149: 83-89.

Aiello D., Polizzi G., Gusella G., Fiorenza A., Guarnaccia V. (2019). Characterization of Eutypa lata and Cytospora pistaciae causing dieback and canker of pistachio in Italy. Phytopathologia Mediterranea, 58(3): 699-706.

Guarnaccia V., Aiello D., Polizzi G., Crous P.W., Sandoval-Denis M. (2019). Soilborne diseases caused by Fusarium and Neocosmospora spp. on ornamental plants in Italy. Phytopathologia Mediterranea, 58: 127-137.

Vitale S., Aiello D., Guarnaccia V., Luongo L., Galli M., Crous P.W., Polizzi G., Belisario A., Voglmayr H. (2018). Liberomyces pistaciae sp. nov., the causal agent of pistachio cankers and decline in Italy. Mycokeys, 40: 29-51.

Aiello D., Gulisano S., Gusella G., Polizzi G., Guarnaccia V. (2018). First Report of Fruit Blight Caused by Arthrinium xenocordella on Pistacia vera in Italy. Plant Disease, 102(9): 1853.

Aiello D., Polizzi G., Guarnaccia V. (2018). First Report of Crown, Root and Stem Rot Caused by Binucleate Rhizoctonia AG-R on Mandevilla sanderi Hybrid in Italy. Plant Disease, 102(8): 1658.

Guarnaccia V., Sandoval-Denis M.D., Aiello D., Polizzi G., Crous P.W. (2018). Neocosmospora perseae sp. nov., causing trunk cankers on avocado in Italy. Fungal Systematics and Evolution, 1: 131-140.

Aiello D., Vitale A., Alfenas R.F., Alfenas A.C., Cirvilleri G., Polizzi G. (2018). Effects of sublabeled rates of dazomet and metam-sodium applied under low-permeability films on Calonectria microsclerotia survival. Plant Disease, 102: 782-789.

Aiello D., Hansen Z.R., Smart, C.D., Polizzi, G. Guarnaccia, V. (2018). Characterisation and mefenoxam sensitivity of Phytophthora spp. from ornamental plants in Italian nurseries. Phytopathologia Mediterranea, 57: 245-256.

Aiello D., Guarnaccia V., Formica P.T,. Hyachumachi M., Polizzi G. (2017). Occurrence and characterisation of Rhizoctonia species causing diseases of ornamental plants in Italy. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 148: 967-982.

Aiello D., Vitale A., La Ruota A.D., Polizzi G., Cirvilleri G. (2017). Synergistic interactions between Pseudomonas spp. and Xanthomonas perforans in enhancing tomato pith necrosis symptoms. Journal of Plant Pathology, 99(3): 731-740.

Aiello D., Polizzi G., Crous P.W., Lombard L. (2017). Pleiocarpon gen. nov. and a new species of Ilyonectria causing basal rot of Strelitzia reginae in Italy. IMA Fungus, 8(1): 65-76.

Cinquerrui A., Polizzi G., Aiello D., Vitale A. (2017). Integrated management for the reduction of Calonectria infections in ornamental nurseries. Plant Disease, 101: 165-169.

Guarnaccia V., Vitale A., Cirvilleri G., Aiello D., Susca A., Epifani F., Perrone G., Polizzi G. (2016). Characterisation and pathogenicity of fungal species associated with branch cankers and stem-end rot of avocado in Italy. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 146: 963-976.

Guarnaccia V., Aiello D., Cirvilleri G., Polizzi G., Susca A., Epifani F., Perrone G. (2016). Characterisation of fungal pathogens associated with stem-end rot of avocado fruit in italy. Acta Horticulturae, 1144: 133-139.

Aiello D., Ferrante P., Vitale A., Polizzi G., Scortichini M., Cirvilleri G. (2015). Characterization of Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae isolated from mango in Sicily and occurrence of copper-resistant strains. Journal of Plant Pathology, 97(2): 273-282.

Torelli E., Aiello D., Polizzi G., Firrao G., Cirvilleri G. (2015). Draft genome of a Xanthomonas perforans strain associated with pith necrosis. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 362(4): fnv001.

Guarnaccia V., Hansen Z.R., Aiello D., Smart C.D., Polizzi G. (2015). First detection of root rot and foliar blight on pittosporum (Pittosporum tenuifolium) caused by Pythium irregulare in Italy. Journal of Phytopathology, 163(5): 411-414.

Aiello D., Guarnaccia V., Epifani F., Perrone G., Polizzi G. (2015). ‘Cylindrocarpon’ and Ilyonectria species causing root and crown rot disease of potted laurustinus plants in Italy. Journal of Phytopathology, 163: 675-680.

Aiello D., Carrieri R., Guarnaccia V., Vitale A., Lahoz E., Polizzi G. (2015). Characterization and pathogenicity of Colletotrichum gloeosporioides and C. karstii causing pre-harvest disease on Citrus sinensis in Italy. Journal of Phytopathology, 163(3): 168-177.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Guarnaccia V., Vitale A., Myrta A. (2014). Effects of label and sub-label rates of dazomet and metham-sodium on survival of Calonectria microsclerotia. Acta Horticulturae, 1044: 389–393.

Guarnaccia V., Aiello D., Polizzi G., Perrone G., Stea G., Vitale A. (2014). Emergence of Prochloraz-Resistant Populations of Calonectria pauciramosa and Calonectria polizzii in Ornamental Nurseries of Southern Italy. Plant Disease, 98: 344-350.

Aiello D., Guarnaccia V., Vitale A., Cirvilleri G., Granata G., Epifani F., Perrone G., Polizzi G., Groenewald J.Z., Crous P.W. (2014). Ilyonectria palmarum sp. nov. causing dry basal stem rot of Arecaceae. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 138: 347-359.

Aiello D., Scuderi G., Vitale A., Firrao G., Polizzi G., Cirvilleri G., (2013). A pith necrosis caused by Xanthomonas perforans on tomato plants. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 137: 29-41.

Aiello D., Cirvilleri G., Polizzi G., Vitale A. (2013). Effects of fungicides treatments for the control of epidemic and exotic Calonectria diseases in Italy. Plant Disease, 97: 37-43.

Aiello D., Vitale A., Hyachumachi M., Polizzi G. (2012). Molecular characterization and pathogenicity of binucleate Rhizoctonia AG-F associated to the watermelon vine decline in Italy. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 134: 161-165.

Vitale A., Cirvilleri G., Castello I., Aiello D., Polizzi G. (2012). Evaluation of Trichoderma harzianum strain T22 as biological control agent of Calonectria pauciramosa. BioControl, 57: 687-696.

Vitale A., Aiello D., Guarnaccia V., Perrone G., Stea G., Polizzi G. (2012). First outbreak of root rot caused by Neonectria (Ilyonectriamacrodidyma on avocado (Persea americana) in Europe. Journal of Phytopathology, 160(3): 156-159.

Polizzi G., Vitale A., Aiello D., Guarnaccia V., Crous P.W., Lombard L. (2012). First occurrence and characterisation of Calonectria ilicicola causing a new disease on Laurus (Laurus nobilis) in Europe. Journal of Phytopathology, 160(1): 41-44.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Scuderi G., Guarnaccia V., Cirvilleri G. (2011). First detection of crown gall disease on Florida hopbush caused by Agrobacterium tumefaciens in Italy. Journal of Phytopathology, 159(11-12): 808-810.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Guarnaccia V., Vitale A., Perrone G., Stea G. (2011). First report of Fusarium wilt on Philotheca myoporoides caused by Fusarium oxysporum in Italy. Plant Disease, 95(7): 877.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Guarnaccia V., Vitale A., Perrone G., Stea G. (2011). First report of damping-off on strawberry tree caused by Colletotrichum acutatum and C. simmondsii in Italy. Plant Disease, 95(12): 1588.

Aiello D., Faedda R., Vitale A., Pane A., Polizzi G. (2011). First report of Phytophthora foliar blight on florida hopbush (Dodonaea viscosa) in Italy. Journal of Phytopathology, 159(10): 697-699.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Guarnaccia V., Panebianco A., Formica P.T. (2011). First report of crown and root rot caused by Rhizoctonia solani AG-4 on banana passionflower (Passiflora mollissima) in Italy. Plant Disease, 95(9): 1194.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Scuderi G., Cirvilleri G. (2011). First report of Sclerotinia stem and twig blight caused by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum on Citrus volkameriana rootstock in Italy. Plant Disease, 95(8): 1030.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Castello I., Vitale A., Groenewald J.Z., Crous P.W. (2011). Occurrence, molecular characterisation, and pathogenicity of Neoscytalidium dimidiatum on citrus in Italy. Proc. IInd  IS on Citrus Biotechnology. Acta Horticulturae, 892: 237-243.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Vitale A., Guarnaccia V., Panebianco A., Cirvilleri G. (2011). First report of damping-off caused by Rhizoctonia solani AG-4 on pink ipê (Tabebuia impetiginosa) in Italy. Plant Disease, 95(1): 78.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Parlavecchio G., Vitale A., Nigro F. (2010) - First report of leaf spot caused by Cylindrocladium pauciramosum on dwarf willow myrtle in Italy. Plant Disease, 94(2): 274.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Guarnaccia V., Vitale A., Perrone G., Epifani F. (2010). First report of Fusarium wilt on Eremophila spp. caused by Fusarium oxysporum in Italy. Plant Disease, 94(12): 1509.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Castello I., Guarnaccia V., Vitale A. (2010) - First report of crown rot and stem rot caused by Rhizoctonia solani AG-4 on marmalade bush in Italy. Plant Disease, 94(4): 486.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Guarnaccia V., Vitale A., Perrone G., Stea G. (2010) - First report of Fusarium wilt of paper flower (Bougainvillea glabra) caused by Fusarium oxysporum in Italy. Plant Disease, 94(4):483.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Castello I., Vitale A., Kato M., Hyakumachi M. (2010) - First report of crown and root rot caused by binucleate Rhizoctonia AG-A on Thryptomene saxicola in Italy. Plant Disease, 94(2): 275.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Guarnaccia V., Parlavecchio G., Vitale A. (2010) - First report of southern blight on silverbush (Convolvulus cneorum) caused by Sclerotium rolfsii in Italy. Plant Disease, 94(1): 131.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Castello I., Guarnaccia V., Vitale A. (2010) - First report of damping-off caused by Rhizoctonia solani AG-4 on Mediterranean fan palm in Italy. Plant Disease, 94(1): 125.

Vitale A., Aiello D., Castello I., Polizzi G. (2009) - First report of benzimidazoles-resistant isolates of Cylindrocladium scoparium in Europe. Plant Disease, 93(1): 110.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Vitale A., Giuffrida F., Groenewald J.Z., Crous P.W. (2009) - First report of shoot blight, canker, and gummosis caused by Neoscytalidium dimidiatum on citrus in Italy. Plant Disease, 93(11): 1215.

Vitale A., Aiello D., Castello I., Dimartino M. A., Parlavecchio G., Polizzi G. (2009) - Severe outbreak of crown rot and root rot caused by Cylindrocladium pauciramosum on strawberry tree in Italy. Plant Disease, 93(8):842.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Vitale A., Castello I., Guarnaccia V., Parlavecchio G. (2009) - First record of crown and root rot caused by Cylindrocladium pauciramosum on brush cherry in Italy. Plant Disease, 93(5):547.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Castello I., Parlavecchio G., Vitale A., Nigro F. (2009) - First report of crown rot caused by Cylindrocladium pauciramosum on scarlet honey myrtle in Italy. Plant Disease, 93(11): 1217.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Guarnaccia V., Parlavecchio G., Vitale A. (2009) - First report of leaf spot and twig blight caused by Cylindrocladium scoparium on mallee honeymyrtle in Italy. Plant Disease, 93(10): 1078.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Vitale A., Kato M., Hyakumachi M. (2009) - First report of crown and root rot caused by binucleate Rhizoctonia AG-A on Dodonaea viscosa in Italy. Plant Disease, 93(12): 1347.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Castello I., Vitale A. (2009) - First report of crown and root rot caused by Rhizoctonia solani AG-4 on Coprosma repens and C. lucida in Italy. Plant Disease, 93(9): 972.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Vitale A., Lahoz E., Nicoletti R., Hyakumachi M. (2009) - First report of crown rot, stem rot, and root rot caused by Binucleate Rhizoctonia AG-G on Viburnum tinus in Italy. Plant Disease, 93(4): 433.

Aiello D., Vitale A., Lahoz E., Nicoletti R., Polizzi G. (2009) - First report of crown and root rot caused by Rhizoctonia solani AG-4 on orange jessamine in Italy. Plant Disease, 93(2): 204.

Vitale A., Aiello D., Castello I., Parlavecchio G., Polizzi G. (2008) - First report of crown rot and root rot caused by Cylindrocladium pauciramosum on Feijoa (Feijoa sellowiana) in Italy. Plant Disease, 92(11): 1590.

Aiello D., Parlavecchio G., Vitale A., Polizzi G. (2008) - First report of stem blight caused by Botrytis cinerea on Jasminum officinalis in Italy. Plant Disease, 92(12): 1708.

Aiello D., Castello I., Vitale A., Lahoz E., Nicoletti R., Polizzi G. (2008) - First report of damping-off on African Daisy caused by Rhizoctonia solani AG-4 in Italy. Plant Disease, 92(9): 1367.

Aiello D., Parlavecchio G., Vitale A., Lahoz E., Nicoletti R., Polizzi G. (2008) - First report of damping-off caused by Rhizoctonia solani AG-4 on Lagunaria patersonii in Italy. Plant Disease, 92(5): 836.

Polizzi G., Aiello D., Castello I., Vitale A.Parlavecchio G. (2007) - First report of southern blight on firewheel tree, bay laurel, bird of paradise, Mediterranean fan palm, and liverwort caused by Sclerotium rolfsii in Italy. Plant Disease, 91(9): 1199.

Polizzi G., Castello I., Aiello D., Vitale A. (2007) - First report of stem bleeding and trunk rot of Kentia palm caused by Thielaviopsis paradoxa in Italy. Plant Disease, 91(8): 1057.

Polizzi G., Grasso M.F., Vitale A., Aiello D. (2007) - First occurrence of Calonectria leaf spots on Mexican blue palm in Italy. Plant Disease, 91(8): 1052.

Polizzi G., Vitale A., Aiello D., Dimartino M.A., Parlavecchio G. (2007) - First report of damping-off and leaf spot caused by Cylindrocladium scoparium on different accessions of bottlebrushes cuttings in Italy. Plant Disease, 91(6): 769.

Polizzi G., Vitale A., Aiello D., Parlavecchio G. (2006) - First record of crown and root rot caused by Cylindrocladium pauciramosum on california lilac in Italy. Plant Disease, 90(11): 1459.

OTHER PAPERS

Cinquerrui A., Aiello D., Cirvilleri G., Polizzi G., Vitale A. (2014). Efficacy of a new disinfectant in controlling bacterial spot and pith necrosis caused by Xanthomons perforans on tomato. World Research Journal of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, 3 (1): 44-46.

Parlavecchio G., Polizzi G., Aiello D., Vitale A. (2011). Carenza di manganese su Cycas revolutaColture Protette, Anno XL (9): 86-91.

Aiello D., Castello I., Cirvilleri G., Guarnaccia V., Vitale A., Polizzi G. (2011). Variabilità tra isolati di Sclerotium rolfsii rinvenuti da piante ornamentali in Sicilia. Micologia Italiana, V. 40. Anno XV (2): 20-31.

Aiello D., Polizzi G. (2010) - L’avvizzimento di Bougainvillea glabra causato da Fusarium oxysporum in vivaio. Clamer informa, 9: 13-15.

Aiello D., Polizzi G. (2010) - Marchantia polymorpha, un nuovo ospite di Sclerotium rolfsii in vivaio. Clamer informa, 6: 45-47.

BOOKS

Aiello D., Massimino Cocuzza G., Polizzi G., Vitale A. (2019). Fitofagi e malattie del melograno. Il melograno (Eds. Gentile A., Las Casas G.). Edagricole- Edizioni Agricole di new business Media Srl.

PAPERS AT THE CONGRESS

Gugliuzzo A., Aiello D., Vitale A., Polizzi G., Tropea Garzia G., Biondi A. (2020). Antagonistic and mycoparasitic microorganisms as potential tools for controlling the invasive Ambrosia beetle Xylosandrus compactus. Proceedings of the SIGA-SEI-SIBV-SIPAV Web Workshop “Young Scientists for Plant Health”, 16 dicembre.

Aiello D., Vitale A., Contarino G., Anzalone A., Catara V., Cirvilleri G. (2019). Evaluation of antibacterial products for the control of Xanthomonas euvesicatoria pv. perforans in organic tomato farming. 4th International Symposium on Biological Control of Bacterial Plant Diseases, Viterbo, 9-11 luglio. Journal of Plant Pathology, vol. 101, 873.

Aiello D., Alfenas R. F., Guarnaccia V., Vitale A., Alfenas A. C., Polizzi G. (2016). Survival variability of Calonectria spp. exposed to label and sub-label rates of fumigants applied under vif and tif mulch films. XXII Convegno Nazionale Società Italiana di Patologia Vegetale (SIPaV), Roma, 19-22 settembre. Journal of Plant Pathology, vol. 98: S19.33.

Aiello D., Cinquerrui A., Abriano S., Ferrante P., Scortichini M., Polizzi G., Cirvilleri. G. (2014). Prevalence of copper resistance among strains of Pseudomonas syringae isolated from mango cultivars in Sicily. XX Convegno Nazionale Società Italiana di Patologia Vegetale, Pisa, 22-24 Settembre. Journal of Plant Pathology, vol. 96: S4.43.

Aiello D., Abriano S., Cinquerrui A., Firrao G., Polizzi G., Cirvilleri G. (2013). Ability and synergistic effects of antagonistic Pseudomonas and Pantoea spp. to cause vascular discolouration and pith necrosis in tomato plants. XIX Convegno Nazionale Società Italiana di Patologia Vegetale Padova, 23-25 settembre. Journal of Plant Pathology, vol. 95: S4.35.

Aiello D., Vitale A., Guarnaccia V., Cinquerrui A., Formica P.T., Polizzi G. (2012). Red clover as a model plant for studying the effects of fungicide and biological treatment to control Calonectria diseases. In: IOBC-WPRS Bulletin “Integrated Control in Protected Crops, Mediterranean Climate”. Catania, 9-12 ottobre, Vol. 80, 291-296, Catania, 9-12 Ottobre.

Guarnaccia V., Vitale A., Aiello D., Polizzi G. (2012). Fungicide resistance in Italian and Tunisian populations of Calonectria spp. XVIII Convegno Nazionale Società Italiana di Patologia Vegetale Sassari, 24-26 settembre. Journal of Plant Pathology, vol. 94: S4.64.

Aiello D., Castello I., Guarnaccia V., Caiazzo R., Carella A., Lahoz E., Polizzi G. (2010) - Variability of Sclerotium rolfsii isolates in ornamental plants and turfs in Italy. XVI Convegno Nazionale Società Italiana di Patologia Vegetale Firenze, 14-17 settembre. Journal of Plant Pathology, vol. 92: S4.71.

Aiello D., Caiazzo R., Carella A., Lahoz E., Nicoletti R., Vitale A., Hyakumachi M., Polizzi G. (2009) - Characterisation of Rhizoctonia species isolated from ornamental nurseries. XV Convegno Nazionale Società Italiana di Patologia Vegetale Locorotondo (Bari), 28 settembre - 1 ottobre. Journal of Plant Pathology, vol. 91: S4.45.

 

 

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Academic Year 2021/2022

Plant Pathology, Disease control, fungicides resistance, biological control, morphological and molecular characterization of fungal and bacterial pathogens, soil and substrate disinfestation, associated fungi of ambrosia beetle