Antonio Carlo Barbera

Researcher of Agronomy and field crops [AGR/02]
Office: Via Valdisavoia, 5 - 2° piano
Phone: 095 4783465
Fax: 095 4783449
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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

Actually he is Co-supervisor with Prof Maurizio Borin, (DAFNAE -University of Padua) 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.

  •  Barbera, A. C., et al. "Comparison of carbon balance in Mediterranean pilot constructed wetlands vegetated with different C4 plant species." Environmental Science and Pollution Research (2014): 1-12.
  •  Barbera, A. C., et al. "Carbon dioxide emissions from horizontal sub-surface constructed wetlands in the Mediterranean Basin." Ecological Engineering 64 (2014): 57-61.
  •  Berruti A., et al. "Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and their value for ecosystem management." Biodiversity-The dynamic balance of the planet. InTech. http://www.intechopen. com/books/biodiversity-the-dynamic-balance-of-the-planet/arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungi-and-their-value-for-ecosystem-management (accessed 21 Nov. 2014) (2014): 159-191.
  •  Borin, M. et al. "Biomass production and N balance of giant reed (Arundo donax L.) under high water and N input in Mediterranean environments." European journal of agronomy 51 (2013): 117-119.
  •  De Benedetti, Bruno, et al. "Wastewater valorization adopting the microalgae accelerated growth." Desalination and Water Treatment ahead-of-print (2013): 1-11.
  •  Barbera, A. C., et al. "Effects of spreading olive mill wastewater on soil properties and crops, a review." Agricultural Water Management 119 (2013): 43-53.
  •  Barbera, A. C., et al. "Growth and biomass production of different plant species in two different constructed wetland systems in Sicily." Desalination 246.1 (2009): 129-136.
  •  Harper, J. E., et al. "Hypernodulation of soybean, mung bean, and hyacinth bean is controlled by a common shoot signal." Crop Science 37.4 (1997): 1242-1246.







Main research topic are:
- Soil biological management with beneficial microorganisms (mycorrhizal fungi and rhizobia bacteria) to promote nutrients availability (nitrogen and phosphorus) and abiotic stress tolerance;
- Plants micro-propagation;
- 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 CW.