Ivana Puglisi

Associate Professor of Agricultural chemistry [AGR/13]

Associate Professor for the disciplinary-scientific sector AGR/13-Agricultural Chemistry  from 1st April 2023 at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Di3A) of the University of Catania.

Graduated (110/110 cum laude) at the University of Catania in Food Science and Technology in 1999. She obtained a PhD in “Agricultural Chemistry-XV cycle” at the University of Catania in 2004 and attended the previous Agricultural Chemistry Section, currently Section of Agricultural Chemistry and Microbiology of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Di3A) as a research collaborator. She obtained 4 years research grant according to art. 51 comma 6, 1997, n. 449) and 3 years research grant according to art.22, 240/2010.

She has been a contract professor for the following courses:

“Secondary metabolism biochemistry” – 8 C.F.U. - disciplinary-scientific sector BIO/10 – at Agricultural Faculty – degree course “Agricultural Biotechnology” (Academic years: 2010/2011 and 2011/2012);

“Food nutrition” – 6 C.F.U. - disciplinary-scientific sector BIO/09 – at Agricultural Faculty – degree course “Food Science and Technology” (Academic year: 2009/2010);

 “Soil fertility and plant nutrition” – 5 C.F.U. - disciplinary-scientific sector AGR/13 - at Agricultural Faculty – degree course “Design and Management of Green Areas, Parks and Gardens" - Caltagirone (Academic years: 2006/2007; 2007/2008 and 2008/2009).

Professor for academic year: 2020/2021: "Biochemistry and physiology of the soil-plant system" (6 CFU) in the degree course Biotechnology (L2) (academic year: 2019/2020)

She was involved, as a component, in international, national and regional research projects.

Member of the Editorial Boards of the foloowing international Journals:

Jacobs Journal of Biotechnology and Bioengineering (2016 - present);

Jacobs Journal of Enzymology and Enzyme Engineering (2016 - present);

Plants (2020 - present).

Member of the Italian Pesticides and Environment Research Group (GRIFA) (2017 - present).

Member of the Italian Society of Agricultural Chemistry (SICA) (2019 - present).

Last edit: 04/24/2024

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Academic Year 2021/2022

Academic Year 2020/2021
  • Effect of natural compounds on soil biological activity, on metabolism and gene expression of plant species, in particular the study of biostimulant substances such as extracts from microalgae, humic-like substances from agro-industrial residues and Leonardite;
  • Study of the plant secondary metabolism, the biosynthetic pathway of anthocyanins and the mechanisms determining the activation of this pathway;
  • Study of glutathione transferase (GST), enzymes involved in the detoxification processes of plants and in the accumulation of anthocyanins in the vacuoles;
  • Purification and characterization of proteases from plant tissues and their compatibility with the cheesemaking processes.