Alessandro Vitale

Associate Professor of Plant pathology [AGR/12]
Office: Via S. Sofia, 100
Phone: 095.7147413
Fax: 095.7147283
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 14:00 to 15:00

Curriculum updated to december, 31, 2020

From 1st December 2020 Alessandro Vitale is Associate Professor. Previously, he held the role of Researcher with a temporary contract (RTD) letter b) from 1 December 2017 to 30 November 2020, according to current legislation (Leg. N. 240/2010) and even before (from 3 November 2014 to 30 November 2017) the role of RTD letter a) at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Di3A) of the University of Catania, where he carries out teaching and research activities in the field of plant pathology. He obtained a PhD in plant pathology at the University of Catania in 2004 and he has obtained a 48-month (2010-2014) research fellowship (prior of Law 240/2010) entitled "Integrated management strategies of soilborne diseases and survival of soilborne agents" at the Department of Agri-Food and Environmental Systems Management (now Di3A) and previously he has obtained an annual research fellowship entitled "Validation of integrated disease management against pathogens of soil and substrates used for cultivation of horticultural and floro-ornamental crops". In the past, he holds teaching courses referred to "Plant Pathology" and he has held as Professor since 2005/06 until 2010/11 the courses of "Phytoiatria (Plant Protection)" and "Fundamental aspects and teaching of plant pathology". From 2015/2016 to 2020/2021 he is the holder of the course of "Mycology in Plant Pathology" (6 credits) and relatively to academical year 2020/21 the course of "Phytoiatria (Plant Protection)". His research activity focuses on diagnosis of phytopathogenic fungi causing new and/or not-reported diseases of commercial crops (horticultural, ornamental, fruit trees, tropica crops, etc.), soilborne pathogens, plant disease management (including biological and agronomic means as well as grafting and BCAs use, chemicals use at low rates, physical means as well as soil solarization and integrated control means). Survey, detection and solutions to overcome fungicide resistance in plant pathogens; biological control of post-harvest diseases on grapevine and citrus; and use of induced systemic resistance on plants and use of transgenic plants for the control of plant diseases represent other important research topics.

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Detection and study of Calonectria diseases related to their increasing importance; study of practical aspects of biological and integrated control means; the development of innovative experimental protocols for application of soil solarization integrated with other means for disinfestation of soil and substrate against several pathogens, thus suggesting large-scale application; post-harvest diseases and innovative aspects of their biological control; diseases of tropical fruits related to their increasing trend.