Cristina Abbate

Associate Professor of Agricultural chemistry [AGRI-06/B]

Associate Professor SSD AGR 13, University of Catania, Italy.

Teaching activity

2005/2006 - 2006/2007 - 2008/2009 - 2009/2010 - Lecturer in Soil Biochemistry, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Catania, Italy.

2010/2011 - Lecturer in Recycling of Agricultural Biomasses, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Catania, Italy.

2011/2012 - Lecturer in “Environmental Agricultural Chemistry”, DISPA, University of Catania, Italy.

2012/2013 - Lecturer in “Agricultural Chemistry Analysis” and “Agricultural Pollution Prevention”, DISPA, University of Catania, Italy.

2013/2014 - 2014/2015 - 2015/2016 - 2016/2017 - 2017/2018 - 2018/2019 - 2019/2020 - Lecturer in “Principles of Chemistry and Agricultural Chemistry”, Di3A, University of Catania, Italy.

2017/2018 - 2018/2019 - 2019/2020  - 2020/2021 - 2021/2022 - 2022/2023 - Lecturer in "Environmental impact of agrochemicals", Di3A, University of Catania, Italy.


Oct/Nov 1999 - Postgraduate training in Beverage Biotechnology at Unità Operativa Chimica delle Bevande e degli Alimenti, Istituto Agrario di San Michele all’Adige, Trento, Italy, with Dr. Fulvio Mattivi. The work included the study of hydroxylated stilbenes in sicilian wines.

Mar/Jul 2000 - Postgraduate training in Food Biotechnology at Diet, Health and Consumer Sciences Division, Institute of Food Research, Norwich, UK, with Dr. Paul Kroon. The work included the hydrolysis investigation of dietary ß-glucosides by an Aspergillus niger ß-glucosidase isolated from a commercial enzyme preparation.

Jan/Jun 2001 - Postgraduate training in Molecular Biology at Department of Biology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, with Prof. Asim Esen. The research was focused on cloning and characterization of plant ß-glucosidase cDNAs in Escherichia coli and Pichia pastoris as well as their protein products.

May/Jun 2002 - Postgraduate training in Molecular Biology at Dipartimento di Scienza del Suolo e Nutrizione della Pianta, Firenze, Italy, with Prof. Paolo Nannipieri. The research included the study of soil microrganism diversity using DGGE, Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis and ARDRA, Amplified Ribosomal DNA Restriction Analysis.

Nov 2005 - Visiting of the laboratory of Centre de Microbiologie du Sol et de l’Environnement, INRA - University of Burgundy, Dijon Cedex, France. During the stay a collaboration with Dr. Fabrice Martin-Laurent, concerning the biodegradation of fenhexamid, was settled up.

May 2006 - Collaboration with Dr. Fabrice Martin-Laurent at Centre de Microbiologie du Sol et de l’Environnement, INRA - University of Burgundy, Dijon Cedex, France. The research included the analysis by T-RFLP of the effect of cover crops self reseeding legumes on soil microbial community in three different Sicilian soils.

Scientific activity

Nov 2007 - Member of the jury for examining the PhD thesis of Najoi El Azhari, University of Burgundy, Dijon Cedex, France.           Title: Estimation of the degrading genetic potential of soil bacterial communities: a new tool for evaluating and predicting soil contamination by organic micropollutants (i.e. pesticides, PAHs).

Oct 2008 - Appointment of Italian Expert by UNI – Italy in ISO/TC 190/SC 4 “Biological methods” – WG: International Ring Test.

Oct 2012/Feb 2013 - Evaluator at European Commission of research proposals in relation to FP7-SME-2013 Call for Proposals.

Nov 2013 - Partecipation “International ring test ISO/CD 17601 Soil quality - Estimation of abundance of selected microbial gene sequences by quantitative realtime PCR (qPCR) from DNA directly extracted from soil” proposed by AFNOR under the scientific guidance of Dr. Fabrice Martin-Laurent.

Mar 2016 - Evaluator at European Commission of research proposals in relation to H2020 Societal Challenge 2 (topic RUR-4).

Referee and evaluation activities


Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Journal of Soil and Sediment Contamination

FEMS Microbiology Letters

Pest Management Science

Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Plant and Soil

Environmental Science and Pollution Research


Gene Reports

Environmental Pollution

Omics Publishing Group/BioBio


Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition

Applied Soil Ecology

Arabian Journal of Chemistry

Agricultural Water Management


PhD thesis:

Nasrin Chowdhury, “Soil Microbial Activity and Community Structure as Affected by Osmotic and Matric Potential”, Soils division, School of Agriculture Food and Wine, University of Adelaide, Australia.

Hiba Kchour, “Influence of soil and sediment properties on pesticide persistence”,Dottorato di ricerca in Scienze agrarie, University of Sassari, Italy.



FP7-SME-2013 Call for Proposals

Prin 2012

Futuro in ricerca 2013

Marie Curie COFUND Programme - PISCOPIA Fellowship

SIR 2014

Università degli Studi di Sassari - 2015 Call for proposals - Research Projects - Fondazione di Sardegna

H2020 Societal Challenge 2 (topic RUR-4)

Università degli Studi di Firenze - Progetti competitivi per ricercatori a tempo determinato 2017

Università degli Studi di Verona - Joint Projects 2018

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  • Study of soil microorganism diversity using molecular approaches;
  • Effect of leguminous cover crops on soil biological activity;
  • Behaviour of agrochemicals in soil and water;
  • Biodegradation studies of agrochemicals;
  • Biodegradability of plastic material nanocomposites;
  • Antimicrobial textiles;
  • Plant response to insect attack.