Gaetano Distefano

Associate Professor of Arboriculture and Fruitculture [AGR/03]
Office: Via Valdisavoia, 5
Email: distefag@unict.it
Phone: 095 4783403
Office Hours: Monday from 09:00 to 12:00 Send me an email


Prof. Gaetano Distefano is a researcher currently working at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment of University of Catania (Italy). After his PhD, he did a master course in ‘Plant breeding’ during 2004-2005, and has occupied a post-doc research position at the University of Catania up to 2012. During the last five years he has collaborated with Prof. Maria Herrero (CSIC of Zaragoza, Spain) to study some aspects of Citrus reproductive biology.  During 2011 he collaborated with Prof. Shu-Biao Wu (University of New England, Australia) to study some aspects of Citrus molecular markers characterization. He has abroad experience for research in Spain, Australia, China and UK. He lectures at the University of Catania ‘Fruit tree crop to environment protection’ (2005-2010), ‘Biotechnology in agricultural products improvement’ (2007-2010), and from 2012 on ‘Fruit tree crops genetic improvement’. He is referee for several Plant Science publications and has contributed to several international conferences.09/07/2019


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Prof. Gaetano Distefano has been working on genetic transformation and on gene expression analysis mainly in Citrus mutants. Most of the studies have focused on gene identification and expression quantification in Citrus reproductive biology and fruit ripening. He has also a solid background in histology for flower biology studies.He has also worked in studies of phyletic relationship among Citrus species and related genera, and on molecular characterization (AFLP, SSR e SNPs) by capillary electrophoresis and High Resolution Melting (HRM) of several fruit tree species as carob, pomegranate, olive, almond, pear, cactus pear and grape developing new markers and new methods of analysis.