Antonio Biondi

Assistant Professor of General and applied entomology [AGR/11]
Office: Via S. Sofia, 100, Corpo C, 2° piano, # 318
Email: antonio.biondi@unict.it
Phone: 0957147280 - 0957147385
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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 various international journals, as well as peer reviewer of scientific manuscripts and research project proposals. He currently serves ad Editor in Chief for Journal of Pest Science. He is a member of the panel of experts of the French ANSES for biological risks for plant health.

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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 suzukiiHalyomorpha halys 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.

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