Antonio Biondi

Researcher of General and applied entomology [AGR/11]
Office: Via S. Sofia, 100, Corpo C, 2° piano, # 318
Phone: 0957147280 - 0957147385
Office Hours: Thursday from 10:00 to 13:00

Dr. Biondi earned a master degree in Agriculture Science and Technology in March 2009 and a PhD in Crop protection at the University of Catania in late 2012. During the PhD period he had the opportunity to work for a 15-month period at the Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias (IVIA) (Moncada, Spagna) and at the Institut National de Recherche Agronomique (INRA) (Sophia-Antipolis, France). In the latter istitution Dr. Biondi was hired as post-doc associate 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 University of Catania and a third at the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management dell' University of California, Berkeley (USA). In late 2015, Dr. Biondi got an Assistant Professor temporary position at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the University of Catania, in the framework of the research program Scientific Independence for Young Researchers (SIR) of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research.

Dr. Biondi gave several talks (invited and not) at numerous national and international congresses, and he got the opportunity to take 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 achieved by Dr. Biondi have been or are going to be published in peer-reviewed journals (H-index 28, Scopus). Recently, Dr. Biondi serves as editor (Associate, Subject or Assistant) for several scientific international and ISI journals, as well as peer reviewer of scientific manuscripts and research project proposals. He is a member of the panel of experts of the French ANSES for biological risks for plant health and he served as ad hoc expert for European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in pest risk assessment.

As June 2019

Updated list of pubblications at:


Selected pubblications:

Biondi A*, Guedes RNC, Wan FH, Desneux N*. (2018) Ecology, Worldwide Spread and Management of the Invasive South American Tomato Pinworm, Tuta absoluta: Past, Present, and Future. Annual Review of Entomology (IF 2016: 12.867; 1/91 Entomology; Q1) 63: 239-258

Biondi A*, Zappalà L, Stark JD, Desneux N. (2013) Do biopesticides affect the demographic traits of a parasitoid wasp and its biocontrol services through sublethal effects? PLoS One (IF 2013: 3.534; 8/55 Mulidisciplinary Sciences; Q1) 8(9): e76548.

Biondi A*, Desneux N, Siscaro G, Zappalà L (2012) Using organic-certified rather than synthetic pesticides may not be safer for biological control agents: selectivity and side effects of 14 pesticides on the predator Orius laevigatus. Chemosphere (IF 2012: 3.137; 36/210 Environmental Sciences; Q1) 87: 803-812.

Biondi A*, Mommaerts V, Smagghe G, Vinuela E, Zappalà L, Desneux N* (2012) The non-target impact of spinosyns on beneficial arthropods. Pest Management Science (IF 2012:2.594; 5/87 Entomology; Q1) 68: 1523-1536.

BiondiA*, DesneuxN, Amiens-DesneuxE, SiscaroG, Zappalà L. (2013) BiologyanddevelopmentalstrategiesofthePalaearcticparasitoidBraconnigricans (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) ontheNeotropicalmothTutaabsoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae). Journal of Economic Entomology (IF 2013:1.605; 22/90 Entomology; Q1) 106: 1638-1647.

Biondi A*, Chailleux A, Lambion J, Han P, Zappalà L, Desneux N (2013) Indigenous natural enemies attacking Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) in Southern France. Egyptian Journal of Biological Pest Control (IF 2013: 0.408; 74/90 Entomology; Q4) 23: 117-121.

Biondi A, Campolo O, Desneux N, SiscaroG, Palmeri V, Zappalà L.*(2015) Life stage-dependent susceptibility of Aphytis melinus DeBach (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae) to two pesticides commonly used in citrus orchards.Chemosphere (IF 2015: 3.698; 37/225 Environmental Sciences; Q1) 128:142–147.

Biondi A, Zappalà L, Di Mauro A, Tropea Garzia G, Russo A, Desneux N, Siscaro G.*(2016) Can alternative host plant and prey affect phytophagy and biological control by the zoophytophagous mirid Nesidiocoris tenuis?BioControl (IF 2016:1.919; 15/93 Entomology ; Q1) 61:79-90

Biondi A, Zappalà L, Desneux N, Aparo A, Siscaro G, Rapisarda C, Martin T, Tropea Garzia G.*(2015) Potential toxicity of α-cypermethrin-treated net on Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae).Journal of Economic Entomology (IF 2015:1.609; 26/94 Entomology; Q2) 108: 1191-1197

Biondi A, Wang XG, Miller JC, Miller B, Shearer PW, Zappalà L, Siscaro G, Walton VW, Hoelmer KA, Daane KM. (2017) Innate olfactory responses of Asobara japonica (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) toward fruits infested by the invasive spotted wing Drosophila. Journal of Insect behavior (IF 2016: 0.970; 47/93 Entomology; Q3)30: 495–506

Campos MR, Biondi A*, Adiga A, Guedes RNC, Desneux N.*(2017) From the Western Palaearctic region to beyond: Tuta absoluta ten years after invading Europe.Journal of Pest Science (IF 2016: 3.378; 4/91 Entomology; Q1) 90: 787-796

El Arnaouty SA, Pizzol J, Galal HH, Kortam MN, Afifi AI, Beyssat V, Desneux N,Biondi A*, Heikal I. (2014) Assessment of two Trichogramma species for the control of Tuta absoluta in North African tomato greenhouses. African Entomology (IF 2014: 0.365; 83/92 Entomology; Q4) 22:801-809

Hamby KA*, Bellamy D, Chiu JC, Lee JC, Walton VM, Wiman NG, York RM, Biondi A (2016) Biotic and abiotic factors impacting development, behavior, phenology, and reproductive biology of Drosophila suzukii. Journal of Pest Science (IF 2016: 3.378; 4/91 Entomology; Q1) 89:605–619

Ziaei Madbouni MA, Samih MA, Namvar P, Qureshi JA*, Biondi A. (2017) Compatibility of insecticides and fungicides with the zoophytophagous mirid predator Nesidiocoris tenuis. Plos One (IF 2016: 2.806; 15/64 Mulidisciplinary Sciences; Q1) 12(11): e0187439

Ziaei Madbouni MA, Samih MA*, Namvar P, Biondi A (2017) Temperature-dependent functional response of Nesidiocoris tenuis Reuter (Hemiptera: Miridae) to different densities of pupae of cotton whitefly, Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae). European Journal of Entomology (IF 2016: 1.167; 42/93 Entomology; Q2) 114: 325–331

Naselli M, Biondi A, Tropea Garzia G, Desneux N, Russo A, Siscaro G, Zappalà L.* (2017) Insights on food webs associated with the South American Tomato Pinworm. Pest Management Science(IF 2016: 3.235; 7/93 Entomology; Q1) 73:1352-1357

Tan Y, Biondi A, Desneux N, Gao XW (2012) Assessment of physiological sublethal effects of imidacloprid on the mirid bug Apolygus lucorum (Meyer-Dür). Ecotoxycology (IF 2012: 2.773; 49/210Environmental Sciences; Q1) 21:1989-1997.

Abbes K, Biondi A, Kurtulus A, Ricupero M, Russo A, Siscaro G, Chermiti B, Zappala L. (2015) Combined non-target effects of insecticide and high temperatures on the parasitoid Bracon nigricans. PLoS One (IF 2015: 3.057; 11/63 Mulidisciplinary Sciences; Q1) 10(9):e0138411

Zappalà L, BiondiA, AlmaA, Al-JbooryIJ, Arnò J, BayramA, ChailleuxA, El-ArnaoutyA, GerlingD, GuenaouiY, Shaltiel-HarpazL, SiscaroG, StavrinidesM, TavellaL, VercherAznarR, UrbanejaA, DesneuxN*. (2013) Natural enemies of the South American moth, Tuta absoluta, in Europe, North Africa and Middle-East, and their potential use in pest control strategies.Journal of Pest Science (IF 2013: 2.664; 6/90 Entomology ; Q1)86:635–647.

Khuhro NH, Biondi A, Desneux N, Zhang L, Zhang Y, Chen HY (2014) Trade-off between flight activity and life-history components in Chrysoperla sinica. BioControl (IF 2014:1.693; 20/92 Entomology; Q1) 59: 219-227

Mollá O, Biondi A, Alonso-Valiente M, Urbaneja A* (2014) A comparative life history study of two mirid bugs preying on Tuta absoluta and Ephestia kuehniella eggs on tomato crops: implications for biological control. Biocontrol (IF 2014:1.693; 20/92 Entomology; Q1) 59: 175-183.

Chailleux A, Biondi A, Han P, Tabone E, Desneux N. (2013) Suitability of the host-plant system Tuta absoluta-tomato for Trichogramma parasitoids and insights for biological control. Journal of Economic Entomology (IF 2013:1.605; 22/90 Entomology) 106: 2310-2321.

Abbes K, Biondi A, Zappalà L., Chermiti B. (2014) Fortuitous parasitoids of the invasive tomato leafminer Tuta absoluta in Tunisia. Phytoparasitica (IF 2014: 0. 901; 139/204 Plant sciences Q3) 2242:85-92






Key Words: Invasive pests; Biocontrol; Predators; Parasitoids; Biopesiticides; IPM; Insecticide toxicology; Tomato; Citrus; Berries; Aphids; Drosophila; Tuta absoluta

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 absoluta, Drosophila suzukii, Aphis 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 April 2019

Editorial activities

- Subject editor for Journal of Pest Science, Springer, since Jul 2013 (211 handled manuscripts so far)

- Associate editor for Ecotoxicology (Terrestrial Ecotoxicology), Springer, since Aug 2016 (35 handled manuscripts so far)

- Associate Editor for Entomologia Generalis, Schweizerbart, since Oct 2016, (31 handled manuscripts so far)

- Assistant Editor for International Journal of Pest Management, Taylor & Francis since Dec 2016 (29 handled manuscripts so far)

- Member of the Editorial Board of Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, Wiley since Jan 2018 (3 reviewed manuscripts so far)

- Member of the Editorial Board of Insects, MDPI since Jul 2018 (6 handled manuscripts so far)

- Academic Editor for Plos One, PLOS since Aug 2018 (4 handled manuscripts so far)

- Guest Editor for the Journal of Pest Science Special Issue titled ‘The spotted wing Drosophila: from global invasion to sustainable control’ (15 handled manuscripts)

- Guest Editor for the Frontiers in Physiology (section Invertebrate Physiology) special issue titled ‘Physiological Adaptations of Insects Exposed to Different Stress Conditions’ (7 handled manuscripts)

- 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(12 handled manuscripts)


Manuscript reviews for ISI journals, since June 2011:

Acta tropica (1); African Entomology (1); Agricultural and Forest Entomology (1); 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 (6); Biological Control (3); Biocontrol Science & Technology (3); BioMed Research International Parasitology (2); Biotechnology Agronomy Society Environment (3); BMC Ecology (1); Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology (1); Bulletin of Insectology (3); Chemosphere (4); Crop Protection (5); Current Opinion in Insect Science (1); Ecology and Evolution (2); Ecotoxicology (15); Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety (1); Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata (7); Entomologia Generalis (1); Entomological Research (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 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 (38); Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection (1); Journal of Plant Protection Research (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 April 2019