Lucia Zappalà

Associate Professor of General and applied entomology [AGR/11]
Office: Via S. Sofia, 100 - 2° piano, n.321
Phone: 095 7147258
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Office Hours: Wednesday and Friday from 11:00 to 13:00

  1. DONG, Y.-C., HAN, P., NIU, C.-Y., ZAPPALA, L., AMIENS-DESNEUX, E., BEAREZ, P., LAVOIR, A.-V., BIONDI, A., DESNEUX, N. (2018) Nitrogen and water inputs to tomato plant do not trigger bottom-up effects on a leafminer parasitoid through host and non-host exposures. Pest Management Science, 74 (3), pp. 516-522. DOI: 10.1002/ps.4750
  2. CHERIF, A., HARBAOUI, K., ZAPPALÀ, L., GRISSA-LEBDI, K. (2018) Efficacy of mass trapping and insecticides to control Tuta absoluta in Tunisia. Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection, 125 (1), pp. 51-61. DOI: 10.1007/s41348-017-0140-6
  3. CAMPOLO, O., CHERIF, A., RICUPERO, M., SISCARO, G., GRISSA-LEBDI, K., RUSSO, A., CUCCI, L.M., DI PIETRO, P., SATRIANO, C., DESNEUX, N., BIONDI, A., ZAPPALÀ, L., PALMERI, V. (2017) Citrus peel essential oil nanoformulations to control the tomato borer, Tuta absoluta: Chemical properties and biological activity Scientific Reports, 7 (1), art. no. 13036, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-13413-0.
  4. BIONDI A., WANG X., MILLER J.C., MILLER B., SHEARER P. W., ZAPPALÀ L., SISCARO G., WALTON V. W., HOELMER K. A., DAANE K. M. (2017) Innate olfactory responses of Asobara japonica toward fruits infested by the invasive spotted wing Drosophila. Journal of Insect Behavior, 30: 495–506, DOI 10.1007/s10905-017-9636-y.
  5. NASELLI M, BIONDI A,  TROPEA GARZIA G, DESNEUX N, RUSSO A, SISCARO G, ZAPPALÀ L (2017) Insights into food webs associated with the South American Tomato Pinworm. Pest Management Science, 73(7): 1352-1357. DOI: 10.1002/ps.4562.
  6. ZHAO, J., GUO, X., TAN, X., DESNEUX, N., ZAPPALA, L., ZHANG, F., & WANG, S. (2017). Using Calendula officinalis as a floral resource to enhance aphid and thrips suppression by the flower bug Orius sauteri (Hemiptera: Anthocoridae). Pest Management Science, 73(3): 515-520. doi:10.1002/ps.4474.
  7. NASELLI M, ZAPPALÀ L, GUGLIUZZO A, TROPEA GARZIA G, BIONDI A, RAPISARDA C, CINCOTTA F, CONDURSO C, VERZERA A, SISCARO G (2016) Olfactory response of the zoophytophagous mirid Nesidiocoris tenuis to tomato and alternative host plants. Arthropod-Plant Interactions, DOI 10.1007/s11829-016-9481-5.
  8. NASELLI M, URBANEJA A, SISCARO G, JAQUES JA, ZAPPALÀ L, FLORS V, PÉREZ-HEDO M (2016) Stage-Related Defense Response Induction in Tomato Plants by Nesidiocoris tenuis. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17, 1210; doi:10.3390/ijms17081210
  9. BIONDI A, ZAPPALA’ L., DI MAURO A., TROPEA GARZIA G., RUSSO A., DESNEUX N., SISCARO G. (2016) Can alternative host plant and prey affect phytophagy and biological control by the zoophytophagous mirid Nesidiocoris tenuis? BioControl, 61:79-90. DOI: 10.1007/s10526-015-9700-5.
  10. ZHAO, J., GUO, X., TAN, X., DESNEUX, N., ZAPPALA, L., ZHANG, F., & WANG, S. (2016). Using calendula officinalis as a floral resource to enhance aphid and thrips suppression by the flower bug orius sauteri (hemiptera: Anthocoridae). Pest Management Science, doi:10.1002/ps.4474
  11. CAMPOLO O, MALACRINÒ A, LAUDANI F, MAIONE V, ZAPPALÀ L, PALMERI V (2016) Bees visiting flowers of Thymus longicaulis (Lamiaceae). Plant Biosystems, DOI 10.1080/11263504.2015.1009190
  12. ABBES K, BIONDI A, KURTULUS A, RICUPERO M, RUSSO A, SISCARO G, CHERMITI B., ZAPPALA’ L. (2015) Combined Non-Target Effects of Insecticide and High Temperature on the Parasitoid Bracon nigricans. PLoS ONE 10(9): e0138411. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0138411
  13. ASPLEN, M.K., ANFORA, G., BIONDI, A., CHOI, D.-S., CHU, D., DAANE, K.M., GIBERT, P., GUTIERREZ, A.P., HOELMER, K.A., HUTCHISON, W.D., ISAACS, R., JIANG, Z.-L., KÁRPÁTI, Z., KIMURA, M.T., PASCUAL, M., PHILIPS, C.R., PLANTAMP, C., PONTI, L., VÉTEK, G., VOGT, H., WALTON, V.M., YU, Y., ZAPPALÀ, L., DESNEUX, N. (2015). Invasion biology of spotted wing Drosophila (Drosophila suzukii): a global perspective and future priorities. Journal of Pest Science, 88 (3), pp. 469-494.
  14. ZAPPALA’ L., KREITER S., RUSSO A., TROPEA GARZIA G., AUGER P. (2015). First record of the Persea Mite Oligonychus perseae (Acari: Tetranychidae) in Italy with a review of the literature. International Journal of Acarology, doi: 10.1080/01647954.2015.1014415
  15. BIONDI A, ZAPPALA’ L., DESNEUX N., APARO A., SISCARO G., RAPISARDA C., MARTIN T., TROPEA GARZIA G. (2015) Potential toxicity of α-cypermethrin-treated nets on Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae). Journal of Economic Entomology, DOI: 10.1093/jee/tov045
  16. BIONDI A, CAMPOLO O, DESNEUX N, SISCARO G, PALMERI V, ZAPPALA’ L (2015) Life stage-dependent susceptibility of Aphytis melinus DeBach (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae) to two pesticides commonly used in citrus orchards. Chemosphere, 128: 142-147. Doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.01.034
  17. CAMPOLO O, MALACRINÒ A, LAUDANI F, MAIONE V, ZAPPALÀ L, PALMERI V (2015) Bees visiting flowers of Thymus longicaulis (Lamiaceae). Plant Biosystems, DOI 10.1080/11263504.2015.1009190
  18. CAMPOLO O, MALACRINÒ A, LAUDANI F, MAIONE V, ZAPPALÀ L, PALMERI V (2014) Population dynamics and temperature-dependent development of Chrysomphalus aonidum (L.) to aid sustainable pest management decisions. Neotrop Entomol, 43: 453-464, DOI 10.1007/s13744-014-0226-9
  19. CAMPOLO O, MALACRINÒ A, ZAPPALÀ L, LAUDANI F, CHIERA E, SERRA D, RUSSO MT, PALMERI V. – 2014 - Fumigant bioactivity of five Citrus essential oils against Tribolium confusum. Phytoparasitica, 42: 223-233, DOI 10.1007/s12600-013-0355-4
  20. ABBES K., BIONDI A., ZAPPALA’ L., CHERMITI B. – 2014 - Fortuitous parasitoids of the invasive tomato leafminer Tuta absoluta in Tunisia. Phytoparasitica, 42: 85-92, DOI 10.1007/s12600-013-0341-x
  21. BIONDI A., ZAPPALA’ L., STARK J.D., DESNEUX N. – 2013 - Do Biopesticides Affect the Demographic Traits of a Parasitoid Wasp and Its Biocontrol Services through Sublethal Effects? PLoS ONE 8(9): e76548. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0076548
  22. ZAPPALA L., BIONDI A., ALMA A., AL-JBOORY I.J., ARNÒ J., BAYRAM A., CHAILLEUX A., EL-ARNAOUTY A., GERLING D., GUENAOUI Y., SHALTIEL-HARPAZ L., SISCARO G., STAVRINIDES M., TAVELLA L., VERCHER R., URBANEJA A., DESNEUX N. – 2013 - Natural enemies of the South American moth, Tuta absoluta, in Europe, North Africa and Middle-East, and their potential use in pest control strategies. Journal of Pest Science, 86:635–647, DOI: 10.1007/s10340-013-0531-9
  23. BIONDI A., DESNEUX N., AMIENS-DESNEUX E., SISCARO G., ZAPPALÀ L. – 2013 - Biology and Developmental Strategies of the Palaearctic Parasitoid Bracon nigricans on the Neotropical Moth Tuta absoluta. Journal of Economic Entomology, 106: 1638-1647
  24. CAMPOLO O., ROMEO F.V., ATTINA’ A., ZAPPALA’ L., PALMERI V. – 2013 - Hygienic and physicochemical quality characterisation of artisanal and industrial Pecorino Calabrese cheese. International Journal of Dairy Technology, 66: 1-9.
  25. BIONDI A., CHAILLEUX A., LAMBION J., HAN P., ZAPPALÀ L., DESNEUX N. – 2013 – Indigenous natural enemies attacking Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) in Southern France. Egyptian Journal of Biological Pest Control, 23: 117-121.
  26. BIONDI A, MOMMAERTS V, SMAGGHE G, VINUELA E, ZAPPALÀ L, DESNEUX N – 2012 - The non-target impact of spinosyns on beneficial arthropods. Pest Management Science, 68: 1523-1536.
  27. ZAPPALÀ L, CAMPOLO O, GRANDE S, SARACENO F, BIONDI A, SISCARO G, PALMERI V – 2012 - Dispersal of Aphytis melinus (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae) after augmentative releases in citrus orchards. European Journal of Entomology, vol. 109, p. 561-568.
  28. TROPEA GARZIA, G., SISCARO, G., BIONDI, A., ZAPPALÀ, L. – 2012 - Tuta absoluta, a South American pest of tomato now in the EPPO region: biology, distribution and damage. Eppo Bull., 42, p. 205-210.
  29. BIONDI A., DESNEUX N., SISCARO G., ZAPPALÀ L., 2012.- Using organic-certified rather than synthetic pesticides may not be safer for biological control agents: selectivity and side effects of 14 pesticides on the predator Orius laevigatus.- Chemosphere, 87: 803-812,
  30. ZAPPALÀ L., MANETTO G., TROPEA GARZIA G., EMMA G., FAILLA S. – 2012 - Mechanical Distribution of Phytoseiulus persimilis on Chrysanthemum. Acta Horticulturae, 952: 793-800.
  31. ZAPPALÀ L., SISCARO G., BIONDI A., MOLLÁ O., GONZÁLEZ-CABRERA J., URBANEJA A. – 2012 - Efficacy of sulphur on Tuta absoluta and its side effects on the predator Nesidiocoris tenuis. Journal of Applied Entomology, 136: 401-409.
  32. ZAPPALÀ L., BERNARDO U., BIONDI A., COCCO A., GIORGINI M., PEDATA P., RAPISARDA C., TROPEA GARZIA G., SISCARO G – 2012 - Recruitment of native parasitoids by the exotic pest Tuta absoluta in Southern Italy. Bulletin of Insectology, 65 (1): 51-61.
  33. JACAS J., KARAMAOUNA F., VERCHER R., ZAPPALÀ L. – 2010 - Citrus pest management in the Northern Mediterranean basin (Spain, Italy and Greece). In: Integrated Management of Arthropod Pests and Insect Borne Diseases. A. Ciancio & K. G. Mukerji (eds.), Springer: 3-26, ISBN: 978-90-481-2463-3.
  34. ZAPPALÀ L. – 2010 - Citrus integrated pest management in Italy. In: Integrated Management of Arthropod Pests and Insect Borne Diseases. A. Ciancio & K. G. Mukerji (eds.), Springer: 69-96, ISBN: 978-90-481-2463-3.
  35. SUMA P., ZAPPALÀ L., MAZZEO G., SISCARO G. – 2009 - Lethal and sub-lethal effects of insecticides on natural enemies of citrus scale pests. BioControl, 54: 651-661.
  36. COCUZZA G., CAVALIERI V., ZAPPALÀ L., BARBAGALLO S. – 2009 - Genetic relationships inside Aphis frangulae/gossypii group based on mitochondrial DNA sequences. Redia, 92: 65-68.
  37. MANSOUR R., GRISSA-LEBDI K., LA TORRE I., ZAPPALÀ L., RUSSO A. – 2009 - Preliminary study on mealybugs in two vineyards of the Cap-Bon region (Tunisia). Tunisian Journal of Plant Protection, 4: 185-196.
  38. ZAPPALÀ L., HOY M.A., CAVE R.D. – 2007 - Interactions between the red imported fire ant, the citrus leafminer, and its parasitoid Ageniaspis citricola (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae): laboratory and field evaluations. Biocontrol Science and Technology; 17(4): 353-363.
  39. PALMERI V., CAMPOLO O., ZAPPALÀ L. – 2007 - Evaluation of two methods for applying Apiguard® in an area with continuous nectar flows and brood rearing. Journal of Apicultural Research 46(2): 105–109.
  40. LIM U., ZAPPALÀ L., HOY M.A. – 2006 – Pre-release evaluation of Semielacher petiolatus (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) in quarantine for the control of citrus leafminer: Host discrimination, relative humidity, and alternative hosts. Biological Control, 36(1): 65-73.
  41. MAZZEO G., LONGO S., PALMERI V., SEMINARA A., BELLA S., ZAPPALÀ L. – 2005 – Anthophilous insects in fruit orchards on Mount Etna (Italy). Redia, LXXXVII: 247-251.
  42. ZAPPALÀ L., HOY M.A. – 2004 – Reproductive strategies and parasitization behavior of Ageniaspis citricola (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae), a parasitoid of the citrus leafminer Phyllocnistis citrella (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae). Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 113 (2): 135 – 143.
  43. HOY M.A., ZAPPALÀ L., NGUYEN R. – 2003 - Parasitoid of the citrus leafminer: Semielacher petiolatus (Girault) (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Eulophidae). Department of Entomology and Nematology, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, University of Florida.






Her main research topics are Hymenoptera parasitoids, their biology, behavior and application as biocontrol agents mainly of exotic pests in agricultural systems as well as side effects of pesticides on natural enemies.

On these topics there are currently several research projects and activity going on, also in collaboration with Italian and foreign top experts of the various subjects.