Giuseppe Luciano

Associate Professor of Animal science [AGR/19]
Office: Via Valdisavoia 5 (piano terra)
Phone: +39 0954783474
Office Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday from 14:30 to 16:30 Students can use the dedicated team of Microsoft Teams (code: 7jspdkz)




  • February 2011. Obtained the title of Ph.D. in Animal Production Sciences at the University of Catania
  • November 2006 - October 2009. attended the Ph.D. course in Animal Production Sciences at the current Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment - University of Catania
  • July 2006. Graduated (five-year course) in Tropical and Sub-tropical Agricultural Sciences (110/110 cum laude) at the Faculty of Agriculture of Catania


  • March 2020 - present. Is Associate Professor of "Applied Animal science" at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Di3A) - University of Catania
  • September 2015 - August 2018. Was Researcher at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences (DSA3) - University of Perugia
  • October 2011 - August 2015. Was post-doctoral research fellow at the current Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment - University of Catania



  • 2007, 2009 and 2010. Spent a total period of 10 months at the Institute of Food and Health of the University College of Dublin (Ireland) studying the effects of the feeding system and the use of dietary polyphenols on the oxidative stability of lamb and beef. It also participated in a research project funded by the "Irish Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food" for the authentication of the beef cattle production system in Ireland
  • 2008, 2009 and 2010. Spent a total period of 3 months at the "Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire (IAV) Hassan II" in Rabat (Morocco), where he conducted an experiment aimed at studying the quality of the meat from kids raised in the Argania spinosa forests.

Research network

The research activities conducted at the Universities of Catania and Perugia brought to collaborations with various national and international research groups, as evidenced by the co-authored publications

  • NATIONAL: Universities of Pisa, Florence, Sassari, Reggio Calabria, Udine and Edmund Mach Foundation
  • INTERNATIONAL: University College Dublin and University College Cork (Ireland); Teagasc (Ireland); University of Reading (UK); University of Copenhagen (Denmark); INRAT (Tunisia); Utah State University (USA); Instituto de Ganadería de Montaña CSIC-ULE (Spain); INRA (France); University of Hohenheim (Germany); Aberystwyth University (UK)

Participation in research projects


  • 2019 - present. Participates in the “JESMED” project (Italy-Tunisia Programme 2014-2020), in which the University of Catania is work package leader
  • 2018 – present. Participates in the "ProYoungStock" project (ERA-NET CORE Organic Cofund) in which the University of Catania is work package leader
  • 2011 – 2015. Participated as post-doctoral research fellow (Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment - University of Catania) in the projects: “PROFOOD” (PON 2007-2013) and “LowInputBreeds” (European FP7 Programme)
  • 2007 – 2008. Participated in a “PRIN project” (Progetti di Ricerca di Interesse Nazionale) as a Ph.D. student at the current Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment - University of Catania


Collaborates with industrial partners for studies on animal feeding and quality of products. At present, the following collaborations are in progress:

  • PANCOSMA (Switzerland)
  • Chr Hansen (Denmark)
  • Silvateam (Italy)

Evaluation of research projects and other scientific evaluation activities


  • 2016. Served as scienfific evaluator of ANAGOI projects (programme  PSR 2014/2020 – Regione Emilia Romagna) and of a project under the programme PO Calabria – FESR 2007/2013.
  • 2014. Was a scientific evaluator of a research project proposal submitted to the International Fundation for Science (IFS)


  • 2017 – present. Is Review Editor for the journals Frontiers in Veterinary Science e Frontiers in Nutrition – section Animal Nutrition and Metabolism
  • 2016. Evaluated for the ANVUR agency the reaserch products submitted under the VQR 2011-2014.
  • 2007 – present. Is referee of scientific manuscripts submitted to the following international journals: Molecules – Animal – Meat Science – Food Chemistry – Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture – Lipids – Food Control – Italian Journal of Animal Science – Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research – Small Ruminant Research – Animal Feed Science and Technology – Journal of Animal Science - Journal of Agricultural Science – Food Research International - Frontiers in Veterinary Science - Frontiers in Nutrition


International activities

  • 2015 – 2018. Participated in the European "AGTRAIN" programme (Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate -  EMJD) as a member of the Supervisors Team for a PhD project
  • 2015. Was member of the commission for a final Ph.D. examination, held at the University of Seville (Spain)
  • 2011, 2013 e 2014. Participated in the European Programme "AgrisMundus" and was the official tutor of three students for the master theses preparation. In addition, he was member of the international commission of the final exams of the Master, held at the SupAgro - Département MPRS in Montpellier (France)

National activities

  • AYs. 2015/2016 – 2016/2017 - 2017/2018. Was responsible for the course “Ruminant Production Systems” (Tecniche di Allevamento dei Poligastrici) at the University of Perugia (Degree in “Animal Production”).
  • 2011 and 2013. Was responsible for two modules in the second-level Master “Integrated Quality and Safety Management in the Agro-Food Supply Chain” organised by the Department GeSA – University of Catania under the programme “P.O. Obiettivo Convergenza 2007-2013 FSE Regione Siciliana
  • AY. 2010/2011. Was adjunct professor responsible for the course contract “Hygiene in livestock Production” (Igiene zootecnica) at the University of Catania (Degree in “Tropical and Sub-tropical Agricultural Sciences”)


  • 2012 – 2019. Was member of the Scientific Committees for the seminars and the joint seminars of the FAO-CIHEAM network, held in Tunisia, Spain, France and Morocco
  • 2012 e 2015. Was invited speaker for the FAO-CIHEAM seminars held in Tunisia and France
  • 2009, 2011 e 2016. Presented oral communications at the congresses: ASPA, ICoMST and EAAP


  • Number of citations: 1572
  • h – index: 22


  • English: Excellent oral communication and writing
  • French: Good oral communication and writing


Last edit: 05/07/2021

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The main reserach area focuses on the study of feeding strategies, mainly for ruminants, with the potential of improving meat and milk quality. Within this broad topic, the following lines represent the research priorities:

-) effects of feeding ruminants with natural bioactive compounds on lipid metabolism and the consequent impact on meat and milk quality

-) effects of feeding animals with natural bioactive compounds on the oxidative stability of meat

-) the possibility of inferring and authenticating the feeding system of the animals by determining specific markers in meat and milk