Antonio Carlo Barbera

Assistant Professor of Agronomy and field crops [AGR/02]
Office: 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 JApril 2020 : Total Publications : 32  - h-index: 13 - Total citations: 453

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:
- Soil biological management with beneficial microorganisms (mycorrhizal fungi and rhizobia bacteria) to promote nutrients availability and abiotic stress tolerance;
- biostimulant
- Vegetated systems for water pollution control; - macrophytes plant species used on constructed wetland treatment (CW) waste water depuration systems;
- Evaluate the emissions of major greenhouse gases from constructed wetlands and soil;

- Plants micro-propagation.