Gaetano Siscaro

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

Education and career 

November 1985, he graduated master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Catania;
April 1992, he was on duty as researcher at the Institute of Agricultural Entomology of the University of Catania;
June 1992, he awarded the PhD in Agricultural Entomology at the University of Napoli Federico II, defending a thesis on the taxonomy and biology of hymenoptera parasitoids of scale insects;
October 1994, Antibes (France), I.N.R.A “Laboratoire de Biologie des Invertébrés”: high-level training course on hymenoptera parasitoids of whiteflies of economic interest;
January 1996, he obtained permanent position as researcher at the University of Catania;
April 1999, Silwood Park (UK), Imperial College: Advanced training course on taxonomy and biology of parasitic hymenoptera organized by the Natural History Museum of London;
October 2002, he was on duty as associate professor of General and Applied Entomology at the University of Catania;
July 2006, he obtained the tenure track as associate professor at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Applied entomology section of the University of Catania, which is his current position;
May 2021, he awarded the National Scientific Qualification for the Sector 07/D1 Plant Pathology and Entomology - Full professor valid for the period 31/05/2021- 31/05/2032

Scientific affiliation
-Società Entomologica Italiana (SEI) (Italian Entomological Society) Section of Agricultural entomology from 1991
-International Organization for Biological and Integrated Control of Noxious Animals and Plants – West Palaearctic Regional Section (IOBC/wprs) from 1992
-International Society of Citriculture (ISC) from 2004
-Accademia Nazionale Italiana di Entomologia (National Italian Academy of Entomology), from 2018
- Accademia Gioenia di Catania, Corrispondente residente, from December 2021

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Research interests

His research activity has been developed from 1986, firstly at the Agricultural Entomology Institute and then at the Department of agriculture, food and environment (Di3A) (formerly Department of phytosanitary science and technology and Department of Agri-food and Environmental Systems Management) at the University of Catania in Italy.

After a first period of studies dedicated to the taxonomy and biology of hymenopteran parasitoids of agricultural and forest interest, he has gained more than thirty-year’ experience in basic and applied research on sustainable control strategies of insect pests of economic importance in Italy, with special reference to citrus and protected crops.

From 1992, he operates actively within the IOBC/wprs Working Groups on “Integrated Control of Citrus Fruit Pests” and more recently on “Integrated Control in Protected Crops-Mediterranean Climate”; he was also charged as local organizer of the meeting of the WG on Citrus IPM that was held in Catania (Italy) in November 2007.

His research interest mainly focused on the following topics:

  • Integrated pest management of crop pests;
  • Enhancement and exploitation of the antagonistic biocenoses of pests of economic importance;
  • Biology of natural enemies of crop pests.