Antonio Biondi

Assistant Professor of General and applied entomology [AGR/11]
Office: Via S. Sofia, 100, Corpo C, 2° piano, # 318
Phone: 0957147280 - 0957147385
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 16:00 to 18:00

Dr. Biondi got a MS in Agriculture Science and Technology in 2009 and a PhD in Crop protection at the University of Catania in 2012. During the PhD he worked at the Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias (IVIA) (Moncada, Spain) and at the Institut National de Recherche Agronomique (INRA) (Sophia-Antipolis, France). There, he was also a post-doc and visited for six months the Department of Entomology of the University of Minnesota (Saint Paul, MN, USA). A second post-doc was carried out at the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management dell' University of California, Berkeley (USA). From late 2015, Dr. Biondi is Assistant Professor at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the University of Catania. There he teaches classes in Applied Entomology and Integrated Pest Management to undergraduate and master students.

Dr. Biondi gave several talks (invited and not) at numerous national and international congresses, and he took part to several national and global research projects on various topics related to the sustainable control of insect pests in agro-ecosystems. Most of the scientific results have been or are going to be published in peer-reviewed journals (h-index: 31) and in 2019 he got awarded by the title of Highly cited researcher. Dr. Biondi serves as editor for seven international journals, as well as peer reviewer of scientific manuscripts and research project proposals (e.g. H2020). He is a member of the panel of experts of the French ANSES for biological risks for plant health.

As May 2020

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The current research activities focus on several aspects of the ecology, biocontrol and pesticide (eco)toxicology (namely biopesticides) of invasive insect pests of Mediterranean agricultural crops. Three model insect pest species are currently used agroecological models: Tuta absolutaDrosophila suzukiiAphis gossypii and their main biocontrol agents, such as generalist predators (mirids and coccinellids) and hymenoptera parasitoids. Dr. Biondi welcome visiting graduate students and post-docs, under various international agreements (e.g. Marie Curie, Erasmus, ...) or following personal agreements.

As January 2020

Editorial activities

- Subject editor for Journal of Pest Science, Springer, since Jul 2013

- Associate editor for Ecotoxicology (Terrestrial Ecotoxicology), Springer, since Aug 2016

- Associate Editor for Entomologia Generalis, Schweizerbart, since Oct 2016

- Assistant Editor for International Journal of Pest Management, Taylor & Francis since Dec 2016

- Member of the Editorial Board of Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, Wiley since Jan 2018

- Member of the Editorial Board of Insects, MDPI since Jul 2018

- Academic Editor for Plos One, PLOS since Aug 2018

- Section editor for CABI Agriculture and Bioscience, BMC, since Oct 2019

- Guest Editor for the Journal of Pest Science Special Issue titled ‘The spotted wing Drosophila: from global invasion to sustainable control’

- Guest Editor for the Frontiers in Physiology (section Invertebrate Physiology) special issue titled ‘Physiological Adaptations of Insects Exposed to Different Stress Conditions

- Guest Editor for the Journal of Pest Science Special Issue titled ‘The South American tomato pinworm: an ongoing worldwide invasion and recent advances and perspectives in management methods


Manuscript reviews for ISI journals, since June 2011:

Acta tropica (1); African Entomology (3); Agricultural and Forest Entomology (2); Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment (2); Agronomy for Sustainable Development (1); American Journal of Potato Reserch (1); Annals of Applied Biology (1); Annals of the Entomological Society of America (1); BioControl (8); Biological Control (3); Biocontrol Science & Technology (4); BioMed Research International Parasitology (2); Biotechnology Agronomy Society Environment (3); BMC Ecology (1); Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology (1); Bulletin of Insectology (3); Bulletin of Entomological Research (1); Chemosphere (4); Crop Protection (6); Current Opinion in Insect Science (1); Ecology and Evolution (2); Ecotoxicology (15); Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (1); Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata (7); Entomologia Generalis (4); Entomological Research (1); European Journal of Entomology (1); Environmental Entomology (1); Environmental Pollution (1); Environmental Technology (1); Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology (1); Evolutionary Applications (1); Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (1); Hydrobiologia (1); Insect Science (3); International Journal of Pest Management (4); International Journal of Tropical Insect Science (1); Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (1); Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology (1); Journal of Archaeological Science (1); Journal of Asia Pacific Entomology (3); Journal of Applied Ecology (1); Journal of Applied Entomology (2); Journal of Applied Ecology (1); Journal of Economic Entomology (23); Journal of Entomological and Acarological Research (1); Journal of Insect Physiology (3); Journal of Insect Science (4); Journal of Pest Science (41); Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection (1); Journal of Plant Protection Research (1); Journal of Thermal Biology (1); Microbial Ecology (1); Neotropical Entomology (1); Pest Management Science (15); PeerJ (2); Phytoparasitica (10); PLoS ONE (22); Royal Society Open Science (1); Science of the Total Environment (2); Scientific Reports (1); The Canadian Entomologist (3); Toxins (1); Toxin reviews (1); Turkish Journal of Agriculture and Forestry (1).

As January 2020