Alessandro Tribulato

Researcher of Vegetable and ornamental crops [AGR/04]
Office: Via Valdisavoia,5 - 1° piano
Phone: 095 4783328
Fax: 095 4783329
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 to 12:00


In 1985, graduated at scientific high school and began university studies at the Faculty of Agriculture of Catania University  where in 1992 graduated cum laude and thesis rewarded by IRFIS (Mediocredito per la Sicilia S.p.A.) and Consorzio Catania Ricerca.
In 1992 worked as trainee at Jaques Marrionnet GFA (Soing-en-Sologne, FR) on plant tissue culture and greenhouse acclimatization of asparagus, strawberry, artichoke and date palms.
From 1994 to 1997 worked as research fellow at the Centre for Plant  Breeding and Reproduction Research (CPRO-DLO) in Wageningen (NL) on applied biotechnologies to propagation and breeding of flower bulbs, focusing on somatic embryogenesis and genetic transformation of lilies.
In 1997 began a PhD in “Crop productivity” curriculum “biology of Mediterranean species” at the  Faculty of Agriculture of Catania University. The thesis, titled “Agrobiotecnologie innovative per il miglioramento dei Lilium”, was defended in 2001.
From 2000 to 2005 held a research grant on “ Applied product and process innovation to Mediterranean vegetable and flower industry”.
From March 2006, permanent position as researcher at University of Catania.
Teaching activities since 2002-2003: “Flower industry”, “Specialty vegetable and ornamental crops” and “Applied biotechnologies in vegetable and flower industry”

(last update 08/05/2019)

  1. Tribulato, A., Donzella, E., Sdouga, D., Lopes, V.R. and Branca, F. (2018). Bio-morphological characterization of Mediterranean wild and cultivated Brassicaspecies. Acta Hortic. 1202, 9-16 DOI:10.17660/ActaHortic.2018.1202.2
  2. Branca, F., Picchi, V., De Barros, A., Bifera, R., Donzella, E., Tribulato, A., Rosa, E. and Lo Scalzo, R. (2018). Phytochemical content of the wild and cultivated Brassica (n=9) collection of the ECPGR “COCHEVA BRAS” project. Acta Hortic. 1202, 33-38 DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2018.1202.5
  3. Terzo, M.N., Pezzino, F., Amodeo, L., Catalano, D., Viola, M., Tribulato, A., Travali, S. and Branca, F. (2018). Evaluation of a sicilian black broccoli extract on in vitro cell models. Acta Hortic. 1202, 135-142 DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2018.1202.20
  4. S.Toscano, A. Ferrante, A. Tribulato, D. Romano (2018) Leaf physiological and anatomical responses of Lantana and Ligustrum species under different water availability. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 127: 380-392. DOI 10.1016/j.plaphy.2018.04.008
  5. S. Toscano, D. Romano, A. Tribulato, V. Cavallaro (2018) Assessing and modelling seed germination of Mediterranean wildflowers for low input landscape restoration. Restoration Ecology 26 (3): 525-536. DOI 10.1111/rec.12608
  6. F. Branca G. L. Chiarenza, C. Cavallaro, Honghui Gu, Zhenqing Zhao, A. Tribulato (2017). Diversity of Sicilian broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica) and cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis) landraces and their distinctive bio-morphological, antioxidant, and genetic traits. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution (in press). DOI 10.1007/s10722-017-0547-8
  7. S, Toscano, D. Romano, A. Tribulato, C. Patane` (2017) Effects of drought stress on seed germination of ornamental sunflowers. Acta Physiol Plant 39:184. DOI 10.1007/s11738-017-2484-8.
  8. L Ragusa, V. Picchi, A. Tribulato, C. Cavallaro, R. Lo Scalzo, F. Branca (2017). The effect of the germination temperature on the phytochemical content of broccoli and rocket sprouts. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 68 (4), pp. 411-420 DOI: 10.1080/09637486.2016.124890
  9. L Ragusa, GL Chiarenza, M Pinio, A Tribulato and F. Branca (2013) Characteristics and Seed Production of Italian and Iberian Type of Kale (Brassica oleracea var. acephala) Grown in Sicily. Acta Horticulturae 1005: 495-501.
  10. A Tribulato, F Branca, L Ragusa, R Lo Scalzo and V Picchi (2013) Survey of Health-Promoting Compounds in Seeds and Sprouts of Brassicaceae. Acta Horticulturae 1005: 323-330.
  11. S. Toscano, D Scuderi, A Tribulato and D Romano (2013) The Use of Brassicaceae by the Ancient Romans. Acta Horticulturae 1005: 205-212.
  12. S Argento, F Branca, MG Melilli, A Tribulato and SA Raccuia (2013) Heads production in four genotypes of globe artichoke propagated with different methods. Acta Horticulturae 983:355-361.
  13. S Argento, F Branca, MG Melilli, A Tribulato and SA Raccuia (2013) Heads production in Cynara cardunculus l. subsp. scolymus (l.) HEGI as affected by plant density and arrangement. Acta Horticulturae 983:363-368.
  14. F Branca, L Ragusa, A Tribulato, G Poulsen, L Maggioni, R von Bothmer (2013) Diversity of Kale Growing in Europe as a Basis for Crop Improvement. Acta Horticulturae 1005: 141-147.
  15.  F Branca, L Ragusa, A Tribulato,  M Bagatta, R Lo Scalzo and V Picchi (2013) Evaluation of Sicilian Wild Brassica Species (n=9) for Glucosinolate Profile and Antioxidant Compounds. Acta Horticulturae 1005: 181-188.
  16. F Branca, L Ragusa, A Tribulato,  C Di Gaetano and  F Calì (2013) Genetic Relationships of Brassica Vegetables and Wild Relatives in Southern Italy Determined by Five SSR. Acta Horticulturae 1005: 189-196.
  17. D Romano, A Tribulato, S Toscano and D Scuderi (2013) Ethnobotanical Uses of Brassicaceae in Sicily. Acta Horticulturae 1005: 197-204.
  18. F Branca, L Ragusa, A Tribulato, R Lo Scalzo, V Picchi and S Argento (2013) The Glucosinolates and Variation of Antioxidant Compounds in Seeds and Sprouts of Broccoli (Brassica oleracea L. var. italica) and Rocket (Eruca sativa L.) in Relation to Temperature and Germinative Stage. Acta Horticulturae 1005: 271-277.
  19. F Branca, L Ragusa, A Tribulato, P Velasco and ME Cartea (2013) Glucosinolate Profile in Different Mediterranean Brassica Species (n=9). Acta Horticulturae 1005: 279-284.
  20. F Branca, A Tribulato (2011). Brassica macrocarpa. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. .
  21. A Tribulato, F Branca (2011). Somatic embryogenesis from flower pedicels of oriental lilies. Acta Horticulturae, 900: 369-376
  22. F Branca, S Argento, A Tribulato. (2011) Assessing genetic reserves in Sicily (Italy): the Brassica wild relatives case study. In Maxted, N., Dulloo, M.E., Ford-Lloyd, B.V. Frese, L., Iriondo, J.M., Pinheiro de Carvalho, M.A.A. (eds.) Agrobiodiversity Conservation: Securing the diversity of Crop Wild Relatives and Landraces, CABI, Wallingford, UK. Chapter 7: 52-58.
  23. F Branca, S Argento, A Tribulato (2010). Il cavolo da foglia: una coltura tradizionale da rivalutare. In De Bellis L., Marchiai S., Miceli A. (eds) La biodiversità – risorsa per sistemi multifunzionali: 80-82. L’officina delle parole, Lecce. ISBN: 978-88-904490-4-8.
  24. L Ragusa, A Tribulato (2010). Valutazione di specie ortive per la produzione di germinelli.  IX Giornate Scientifiche SOI. p 102, ISBN/ISSN: 1127-3496
  25. G La Malfa, F Branca, A Tribulato, D Romano (2010). New trends in Mediterranean urban vegetable gardening. Acta Horticulturae, 881: 131-136.
  26. F Branca, L Ragusa, S Argento, A Tribulato (2010). Attività per la conservazione in situ di specie spontanee del genere brassica (n=9) diffuse in Sicilia. In: G. Sarti, A. Alvini, C. Cervelli (eds). Piante mediterranee IV Convegno Nazionale – Le  potenzialità del territorio e dell’ambiente: 175-180. ISBN: 978-1-4466-8981-3.
  27. F Branca, S Argento, A Tribulato (2010). Work in progress in view to set up genetic reserves for Brassica wild relatives in Sicily. CWRs & Landraces in Europe. “Towards the establishment of genetic reserves for wild crop relatives and landraces in Europe”. Abstract book, p. 23.
  28. A Tribulato, F Branca, G L Chiarenza, L Ragusa (2010). A survey of Sicilian vegetable landraces. CWRs & Landraces in Europe. “Towards the establishment of genetic reserves for wild crop relatives and landraces in Europe”. Abstract book, p. 50.




•    Product and process innovation in vegetable and flower industry
•    Propagation of vegetable and flower species
•    Genetic improvement of vegetable and flower species
•    Assessment of nutraceutical traits in vegetables
•    Biodiversity in vegetable industry