Antonio Carlo Barbera

Associate Professor of Agronomy and field crops [AGR/02]
Office: Catania - Via Valdisavoia, 5 - 2° piano
Email: antonio.barbera@unict.it
Phone: +39 095 4783 465
Fax: +39 095 234449
Web Site: www.di3a.unict.it/
Office Hours: Wednesday from 09:00 to 11:00 By Teams (office 365) teams code: u4qeec9 after scheduling by email | Thursday from 16:00 to 19:00 By Teams (office 365) teams code: u4qeec9 after scheduling by email


  • Dr. Antonio C. Barbera
  • My ORCID iD is: 0000-0002-7963-5150
  • Scopus Author ID: 7004323289
  • Scopus January 2021 : Total Publications : 32  - h-index: 14 - Total citations: 552

Master in Agriculture Science and Technology and PhD in Biology of Mediterranean Species (Productivity of Cultivated Plants), Thesis: “A Study of Nitrogen Fixation and its Relationship to Nitrogen Nutrition in Grain Legumes”; He is Researcher in Agronomy and Crop Science at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Environment (Di3A) - University of Catania - since 1999.

On June1993 the Sicily Region - Department of Agriculture and Forestry, hired him and from November 1995 to July 1999 he has worked as Agricultural Technical Manager at the Stazione Consorziale Sperimentale di Granicoltura per la Sicilia a Caltagirone where he conducted research on biological, physiological, and agronomic traits of herbaceous crops in open field.

1991 Plant and Animal Biotechnology Laboratory (P.A.B.L.) - Department of Agronomy University of Illinois at Urbana, IL, USA Prof. James E. Harper - Research Leader.

June / September 2000 CLIMA (Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture) Perth - WA - Australia director Professor Mike Ewing.

March / June 2004 - Department of Plant Physiology - University of Granada Spain - collaborating with Prof. Carmen Lluch Plà

Teaching activity:

From 2000 to 2005, Principles of Dryland and irrigation techniques; from 2005 to 2010, Agronomic Techniques of agricultural fertilization and Herbaceous crops cultivation for environmental protection from 2011 to 2013 Farming Systems and Soil-Conservation

Currently teaches "Soil conservation and combating desertification" (LM75).

He has been supervisor of several experimental M.Sc. theses.

He was member of the PhD school in Food Production and Technology “Agricultural Chemistry and Eco compatibility", at the University of Catania where 2 PhD degree and at the University of Padua co-supervisor with Prof Maurizio Borin, (DAFNAE ) of two PhD students in Crop Sciences doctorate course.

Main research activities in agronomy and interdisciplinary research are focuses on sustainable agriculture, relationship agriculture/environment, and reuse of wastewater in agriculture.


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Main research topic are:
agronomy and crop science; sustainable agroecosystems management; soil fertility; microbial biostimulant (mycorrhizal fungi and rhizobia bacteria); vegetated systems for water pollution control (macrophytes); constructed wetland; greenhouse gases emissions from constructed wetlands and soil; plants micro-propagation.

ongoing projects:

SICILY RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 2014-2020 - Measure 16 - Sub-measure 16.1 "Support for the establishment and management of the EIP operational groups on agricultural productivity and sustainability" Call 2018

- Project title: "Creation of the Lupine supply chain with innovative varieties free from bitter alkaloids in organic agricultural systems to support Sicilian livestock" - Acronym: CREALUP

- Project title: “Ancient Grains Technological Innovations” - Acronym: In.Te.Gra.

Sub-measure 16.2 "Support for pilot projects and the development of new products, practices, processes and technologies"

Project title: "Sustainable management of Goji cultivation in organic farming" - Acronym: Bio Goji GO