Rosa La Rosa

Professor of Plant pathology [AGR/12]
Office: Via S. Sofia, 100 - 2° piano, n.309
Email: larosar@unict.it
Phone: 095 7147354
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 to 13:00


Rosa La Rosa is Full Professor of Plant Pathology (ssd AGR/12) at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Di3A), University of Catania. She has carried out researches mainly on phytopathological diagnosis of fungi, prokariotes (bacteria and phytoplasmas), viruses and virus-like diseases of plants, particularly on molecular diagnostic techniques to identify and to molecularly characterize phytopathological agents. She oriented her researches also to post-harvest plant pathology, particularly to mycotoxigenic fungi identification and characterization on different vegetable products, food and environmental hygiene in agrifood industries. She has been scientific responsible of international/national research projects (CNR-Italy/USA, CNR-Italy/CONICIT Venezuela, integrated actions Italy-Spain, CNR, MURST, MIUR, MiPAF), responsible of an agreement between the Universidad Catolica Agropecuaria de Esteli, Nicacagua and the University of Catania (2008-2013), scientific responsible of projects and agreement between Sicily Region and Catania University.

She has been delegated at MIUR of a Gruppo di Interesse Territoriale of south Italy regions, President of the Scientific Committee for Agricultural Sciences and  responsible of the Plant Pathology section of the Di3A Dept.. She has been plant pathology teacher in the academic course of degree in Agricultural Sciences and Food Sciences and Technologies and in national and international PhD courses; actually she’s teacher on “Post-harvest plant pathology of vegetable products” in the course of degree on Food Sciences and Technologies and on "Phytopathological diagnosis" in the course of degree on Agricultural Sciences and Technologies. She has been also Director of an International Master at Scuola Superiore di Catania on “Biotecnologie per la difesa sostenibile delle colture e delle produzioni agro-alimentari”. She collaborated with many national and international scientific institutions; she’s member of many scientific national an international societies (SIPaV, IOCV, MPU, SVF); her research activity is documented in n. 175 scientific papers on national and international Journals/Congresses.  

 LA ROSA R., RUSSO A., VERDONE A., ALOSCHI S. (2000). Indagine sulla qualità igienico-sanitaria di pasta di mandorle prodotta in Sicilia. Industrie alimentari, XXXIX, 137-144.

- LA ROSA R., ALBANESE G. (2000). La diagnosi dei viroidi. Atti Giornate Fitopatologiche 2000, I, 33-44.

- ALBANESE G., TESSITORI M., LA ROSA R. (2000). Malattie degli agrumi causate da viroidi. Atti Giornate Fitopatologiche 2000, I, 23-32.

- TESSITORI M., ALBANESE G., LA ROSA R., MILNE R. G., CATARA A. (2000). Relationship between presence of Citrus Psorosis virus and different types of bark-scaling in citrus in Southern Italy. Proc. IX ISC 2000 (Florida),1038-1040.

- TESSITORI M., MARCHESE E., ALBANESE G., LA ROSA R., ALIOTO D., CATARA A. (2001). Citrus psorosis “type” disease in citrus orchards and nurseries. Proc. 5th Congress of the  European Foundation for Plant Pathology, 233-235.

- ALBANESE G., REINA A., TESSITORI M., LA ROSA R. (2001). Detection of peach viruses in South Italy. Proc. 5th Congress of the  European Foundation for Plant Pathology, 236-238.

- GRILLO R., ALBANESE G., SAPONARI M., TESSITORI M., LA ROSA R., TIRRO’ A., SAVINO V. (2001). Sanitary selection on olive cultivars in Calabria and in Sicily. Atti VIII Convegno SIPaVJ. Plant Path., 83, 235.

- BELLA P., GUARINO C., LA ROSA R., CATARA A. (2001). Severe infections of Alternaria spp. on a mandarin hybrid. Atti VIII Convegno SIPaV,J. Plant Path., 83, 231.

- PACETTO A., CIRVILLERI G., LA ROSA R., CATARA A. (2001). Survival of antagonistic bacteria on fruits and fruit juices. Atti VIII Convegno SIPaVJ. Plant Path., 83, 238.

- CIRVILLERI G., CATARA V., LA ROSA R. (2001). Evaluation of antagonistic activity of Pseudomonas corrugata strains and molecular characterization with REP-PCR. Proc. 11th Congress of the Mediterranean Phtytopathological Union (MPU), 467-469.

- CATARA V., LA ROSA R., ARNOLD D., CIRVILLERI G., VIVIAN A. (2001). Evaluation of PCR amplification for the rapid detection of tomato pith necrosis. Proc. 11th Congress of  Mediterranean Phtytopathological Union (MPU), 165-167.

- BELLA P., LA ROSA R., CATARA V., POLIZZI G. (2001). Extreme susceptibility of primosole mandarin to Alternaria fruit rot in Italy. Plant Disease, 85, 12, 1291.

- TESSITORI M., REINA A., LA ROSA R. (2002). First report of mixed infection of HSVd and PLMVd in peach. Plant Disease, 86, 3, 329.

- TESSITORI M., LA ROSA R., CATARA A. (2002). Citrus Psorosis Virus (CPsV) bark scaling on sweet orange. Plant Disease, 86, 5, 560.

- CIRVILLERI G., BELLA P., PACETTO A., CATARA V., LA ROSA R. (2002). Epidemiological studies on Pseudomonas corrugata and its possible transmission to tomato fruits and seeds. Atti IX Convegno SIPaV, J. Plant Path., 84, 179.

- ALBANESE G., REINA A., TESSITORI M., LA ROSA R. (2002). Malattie da virus del pesco in Sicilia. Tecnica Agricola, 1-2, 59-68.

- TESSITORI M., LA ROSA R. (2002). Un secolo di ricerche sulla psorosi degli agrumi. Tecnica Agricola, 1-2, 101-118.

- TESSITORI M., REINA A., LA ROSA R., CATARA A. (2002). Psorosis bark scaling on Tarocco sweet orange. Proc. 15th Conference IOCV, IOCV, Riverside, 355-357.

- TESSITORI M., LA ROSA R., DI SERIO F., ALBANESE G., CATARA A. (2002). Molecular characterization of a Citrus viroid III (CVd-III) associated with citrus dwarfing in Italy: Proc. 15th Conference IOCV, IOCV, Riverside, 387-389.

- PACETTO A., BELLA P., CATARA V., LA ROSA R., CIRVILLERI G. (2003). Survival of two biocontrol Pseudomonas strains in tomato fruits after inoculation at flowering through fruit ripening. In “Pseudomonas syringae and related pathogens”, N. S. Jacobellis et al. Eds, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 61-68.

- PACETTO A., BELLA P., CATARA V, LA ROSA R., CIRVILLERI G. (2003). Survival of biocontrol Pseudomonas strains and human pathogens in fruit juices. In “Pseudomonas syringae and related pathogens”, N. S. Jacobellis et al. Eds, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 107-115

- DI LUISE E., LA ROSA R., CIRVILLERI G., DE GRIECK I., de LOOSE M. and van BOCKSTAELE E. (2003). Detection of genetically modified traits in maize by means of event-specific multiplex PCR. 6° Convegno CIB, 69.

- TESSITORI M., RIZZA S., LA ROSA R., CATARA A. (2003). Inducing dwarfing in citrus trees by inoculation of viroids. 6° Convegno CIB, 88.

- ALBANESE G., FAGGIOLI F., FERRETTI L. SCIARRONI R., LA ROSA R., BARBA M. (2003). Sanitary status evaluation of olive cultivars in Calabria and Sicily. Atti X Convegno SIPaVJ. Plant Pathology, 304.

- TESSITORI M., REINA A., RIZZA S., ROGGERO P., LA ROSA R. (2003). A two year monitoring of an epidemic of Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus in specialized lettuce production area. Atti X Convegno SIPaVJ. Plant Pathology, 317-318.

- CIRVILLERI G., GENTILE A., GENNARI M., DENG Z.N., RIZZITANO A., SPINA S., DOMINA F., ABBATE C., LA ROSA R. (2003). Influence of transgenic ROLABC plants on root-associated bacteria. Atti X Convegno SIPaVJ. Plant Pathology, 288.

- REINA A., ALBANESE G., TESSITORI M., LA ROSA R. (2003). Malattie da virus e viroidi del pesco in Sicilia: stato sanitario di cultivar autoctone e alloctone. Atti IV Convegno Nazionale sulla peschicoltura meridionale, Agrigento 11-12/9/ 2003, 313-316.

- POLIZZI G., LA ROSA R., ARCIDIACONO C., D’EMILIO A. (2003). Effects of Innovative Films in Soil Solarization for the Control of Soil-borne Pathogens. Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Protected Cultivation in Mild Climate: Product and Process InnovationISHS 2003, Acta Horticulturae 614, 2, 805-811.

- SPAGNA G., LA ROSA R., CHISARI M., GIANNONE V. (2005). Effects of stabilizing treatments and packaging on minimally processed fennels. Proceedings of 5th International Postharvest Symposium, In: Mencarelli, F., Tonutti, P. (Eds). Acta Horticulturae (ISHS) 682, 1971-1976.

- TESSITORI M., RIZZA S., REINA A. and LA ROSA R. (2004). Development of a Real-Time PCR assay for the simultaneous detection of citrus viroids. Atti XI Convegno SIPaV, J. Plant Pathology, 86, 336.

- ALBANESE G., SCIARRONI R., FAGGIOLI F., FERRETTI L., LA ROSA R., BARBA M. (2004). Indagine sui virus dell’olivo in Calabria e Sicilia. Informatore Agrario, 73-74.

- TESSITORI M., REINA A., RIZZA S., DI SERIO F., LA ROSA R. and CATARA A. (2005). Analysis of the Progeny of an Italian Isolate of Citrus Viroid IIIb. Proc. XVI IOCV Conf., 460-462.

- TESSITORI M., MARZACHI’ C., MILNE R. G. and LA ROSA R. (2005). Phytoplasma associated with Cacti, The First Phytoplasma Workshop (Cuba, 18-20 maggio 2005), Petria, 15, 268.

LA ROSA R., RAPISARDA C., TESSITORI M., RUTA F., FERRETTI L., PASQUINI G., ALBANESE G., (2005). Grapevine Yellows diseases in Central and Southern Italy. The First  Phytoplasma Workshop (Cuba, 18-20 maggio 2005), Petria, 15, 261-262.

- ALBANESE G., PASQUINI G., SCIARRONI R., FERRETTI L., LA ROSA R. (2005). Individuazione e caratterizzazione di fitoplasmi della vite in Calabria. III Incontro Nazionale sulle Malattie da fitoplasmi, Petria, 15, 109-111.

- BORGO M., ANGELINI E., FILIPPIN L., BOTTI S., MARZACHI' C., CASATI P., QUAGLINO F., ZORLONI A., ALBANESE G., LA ROSA R., TESSITORI M., PASQUINI G., BERTACCINI A. (2005). Monitoraggio dei giallumi della vite e caratterizzazione dei fitoplasmi nell’ambito del progetto finalizzato “GIAVI” nel 2004. III Incontro Nazionale sulle Malattie da fitoplasmi, Petria, 15, 161-164.

LA ROSA R., CIRVILLERI G. (2005). “Malattie delle piante coltivate e strategie per il loro controllo”(Cap. 15). In Chrispeels-Sadava “Genetica,Biotecnologie e Agricoltura Sostenibile”, Eds. Idelson-Gnocchi, 435-460.

- COCO V., LA ROSA R., CIRVILLERI G. (2005). Diversity and population dynamics of Penicillium spp. on citrus fruits in postharvest environments. Atti XII Convegno SIPaV, J. Plant Pathology, 87, 291-292.

- LA ROSA R., CIRELLI G. L., AIELLO R., SPADARO G., GIANNONE V. (2005). Effetti dell’irrigazione con acque reflue urbane depurate su colture ortive. Atti 3° Convegno AISSA, Reggio Emilia,6-7 Dicembre 2005, 95-96.

- ALBANESE G., PASQUINI G., FERRETTI L., SCIARRONI R., LA ROSA. R, BARBA M. (2006). Identificazione molecolare di fitoplasmi in viti affette da giallumi in Calabria. Informatore fitopatologico, 4, 39-43.

LA ROSA R., TESSITORI M., REINA A., TAMBURINO V., BONO G., RACITI E. (2006). Indagine sui giallumi della vite in Sicilia. Informatore fitopatologico, 4, 44-49.

- LA ROSA R., TESSITORI M., PACIFICO D., MARZACHI' C., CIRVILLERI G., RAPISARDA C., D’URSO V. (2006). Detection and characterization of grapevine phytoplasmas in Sicily (Italy). Proc. XV ICVG Meeting, Sud Africa, 3-7 Aprile 2006, 216-217.

- CIRVILLERI G., BELLA P., CATARA V., LA ROSA R. (2008). Internalization and survival of  Pseudomonas corrugata  from flowers to fruits and seeds of tomato plants, 7th International Conference on Pseudomonas syringae Pathovars and Related Pathogens, 12-17 November 2006  Agadir, Morocco, 20. In: MB. FATMI ET AL.. Pseudomonas Syringae Pathovars and Related Pathogens-Identification, Epidemiology and Genomics. p. 73-79.

- LA ROSA RGIANNONE V., LONGO C., BONACCORSI A. (2006). Valutazione igienico-sanitaria di vegetali di I e IV gamma prodotti in Sicilia. Industrie Alimentari, XLVI, 467, 259-266.

- OLIVERI C., CIRVILLERI G., LA ROSA R. (2006). L’ocratossina A nella filiera vitivinicola: aggiornamenti e problematiche. Tecnica Agricola, Anno LVII, 1-2, 61-78.

- CIRVILLERI G., PANEBIANCO S., LA ROSA R. (2006). Potentially mycotoxigenic fungi in air and wheat grain samples collected on field and storage environments in Sicily (south Italy). Proc. 8th Congress of the  European Foundation for Plant Pathology and British Society for Plant Pathology Presidential Meeting 2006, 46.

- RIZZA S., LA ROSA R., CATARA A. (2006). Piante ospiti, espressione sintomatica ed effetti bioagronomici dei viroidi degli agrumi. Tecnica Agricola, Anno LVII, 3-4, 29-47.

- GIANNONE V., INGALLINERA B., LONGO C., SCUDERI D., NOTO G.,  SPAGNA G.,  LA ROSA R. (2007). Suitability of new lettuce varieties destined to fresh cut products, 5th International Congress on Food Technology, 9-11 marzo 2007, Thessaloniki (Greece), 2,  574-582.

- PANEBIANCO S., BONACCORSI A., VITALE A., LA ROSA R., CIRVILLERI G.(2007). Fungal contamination of air and wheat grain samples from field and storage environments. Atti XIV Convegno SIPaV, , J. Plant Pathology, 89 (3), S53.

- TESSITORI M., BUONOCORE E., LA ROSA R. (2007). Survey on virus diseases of table grape in Sicily. Atti XIV Convegno SIPaV, J. Plant Pathology, 89 (3), S62-63.

- RIZZA S., NOBILE G., TESSITORI M., ALBANESE G., LA ROSA R., CATARA A. (2007). Twelve years management of high density Clementine orchards inoculated with pathogenic and non-pathogenic viroids, Abstr. XVII Conf. IOCV, Adana (Turchia), ottobre 2007, 187-188.

- RIZZA S., NOBILE G., TESSITORI M., LA ROSA R., CATARA A. (2007). High density citrus orchard sustainability through a non-pathogenic viroid. Atti Convegno IOBC/WPRS Working Group “Integrated Control in Citrus Fruit Crops”, Catania, 5-7 November 2007, 120.

-BLANDINI G., CATARA A., GIANNONE V., GRASSO R., INGALLINERA B., LA ROSA R.,  LONGO C., MANETTO G., NOTO G., PAPARONE N., RUSSO P., SCUDERI D., SPAGNA G., STRANO L., TOMASELLIi G. (2007). Gli ortaggi di IV Gamma: Innovazioni nella coltivazione e nella lavorazione. Manuale divulgativo per gli operatori del settore. Progetto “Reti di laboratori del PST per analisi, testing e servizi innovativi”, POR Sicilia 2004-2006 Asse 3-misura 3.15- Sotto azione C.

- TESSITORI  M., LA ROSA R. (2007). Malattie emergenti dei vegetali: le fitoplasmosi. Tecnica Agricola, 1-2, 95-112.

- CIRVILLERI G., BELLA P., LA ROSA R., CATARA V. (2008). Internalization and survival of  Pseudomonas corrugata  from flowers to fruits and seeds of tomato plants. In: Pseudomonas Syringae Pathovars and Related Pathogens-Identification, Epidemiology and Genomics, M’B. Fatmi et al. (eds), Springer 2008, 73-79.

- PASQUINI G., ALBANESE G., ANGELINI E., BERTACCINI A., BIANCO P.A., BORGO M., CARRARO L., CASATI P., DURANTE G., FERRETTI L., GENTILI A., MARZACHI' C., LA ROSA R., PACIFICO D., PALTRINIERI S., ZORLONI A. (2008). Caratterizzazione molecolare del fitoplasma agente di  “legno nero”. “IV Incontro Nazionale sulle malattie da fitoplasmi”, Roma 28-30 maggio 2008, Petria, 18 (2), 250-253.

- LA ROSA R., RAPISARDA C., CAVALIERI V., PACIFICO D., TESSITORI M. (2008). Monitoraggio ed epidemiologia dei giallumi della vite in Sicilia. “IV Incontro Nazionale sulle malattie da fitoplasmi”, Roma 28-30 maggio 2008, Petria, 18 (2), 281-283.

- CATARA A., DAVINO M., LA ROSA R., RIZZA S., TESSITORI M. (2008). Fifty years of research on the virus and viroid diseases of blood oranges. Proc11th International Citrus Congress, Wuhan (Cina), 97.

- RIZZA S., LA ROSA R., TESSITORI M., ALBANESE G., CATARA A. (2008). Phytosanitary performance of citranges inoculated with Citrus exocortis viroid. Proc11th International Citrus Congress, Wuhan (Cina), 241.

- TESSITORI M., OLIVERI C., VERATTI F., CAVALIERI V.,  LA ROSA R., MARZACHI’ C. (2009). Preliminary results on the variability of Bois Noir isolates in a vineyard system in Sicily. Le progress agricole et viticole, 16th Meeting of the International Council for the Study of Virus and Virus-like diseases of the Grapevine, Hors series, Special Congress ICVG, Dijon, France, 31 agosto- 4 settembre 2009, 188-189. ISSN 0369-8173

- RIZZA S., RUSSO M., LA ROSA R., CATARA A. (2009). Gene expression and phenotypic response of Citrus with mixed infections of Citrus dwarfing viroid and other citrus pathogens. Giornata delle Biotecnologie siciliane, 20 giugno 2009, 58-59.

- CATARA V., BELLA P., TESSITORI M., CIRVILLERI G., LA ROSA R. (2009). Diagnostica molecolare, sanità delle piante e salute dell’uomo. Giornata delle Biotecnologie siciliane, 20 giugno 2009, 124.

- LA ROSA R., OLIVERI C., TESSITORI M. (2009). Detection, characterization and monitoring grapevine yellows (GYs), a limiting factor of grapevine qualityGiornata delle Biotecnologie siciliane, 20 giugno 2009, 128.

- TESSITORI M., OLIVERI C., LA ROSA R., MARZACHI' C. (2009). Phytoplasmosis of weeds in Sicily. XV Congresso nazionale della società italiana di Patologia vegetale SIPaV, Locorotondo, 28 settembre- 1 ottobre 2009. J. Plant Pathology, 91, (S4) 91, ISBN/ISSN: 1125-4653.

- RIZZA S., RUSSO M., LA ROSA R., CATARA A. (2009). Gene expression and phenotypic response of Citrus with mixed infections of Citrus dwarfing viroid and Phoma tracheiphila. Second International Citrus Biotechnology Symposium- Book of Abstracts, Catania, 30 novembre-2 dicembre 2009, 119.

- LA ROSA R., TESSITORI M. (2010). Viticoltura, patologie e cultivar sotto la lente. Terrà, maggio 2010, 18-19.

- RIZZA S., LA ROSA R., TESSITORI M., ALBENESE G., CATARA A. (2010). Long-term evaluation of citrange performance after Citrus exocortis viroid  inoculation. XVIII Conference of the International Organization of Citrus Virologists (IOCV), Campinas (Brasile), Citrus Research &  Technology, 31113, ISSN 2177-5419. 

- LICCIARDELLO G., TESSITORI M., LA ROSA R., CATARA A., RIZZA S. (2010). Expression level of selected genes in different citrus species inoculated with a severe strain of Citrus Tristeza VirusXVIII Conference of the International Organization of Citrus Virologists (IOCV), Campinas (Brasile), Citrus Research &  Technology, 3188, ISSN 2177-5419.

- RIZZA S., LA ROSA R., TESSITORI M., ALBANESE G., CATARA A. (2011). Symptoms expression and growth of citrus varieties on citrange rootstocks inoculated with different Citrus Viroids. Abstracts XVII Convegno SIPAV, Bologna 12-14 settembre 2011. Journal of Plant Pathology, 93 (4, Supplement), S4.53, ISSN: 1125-4653.

- LICCIARDELLO G., TESSITORI M., LA ROSA R., NOBILE G. , CATARA A., RIZZA S.(2011). Effect of severe and mild Citrus Tristeza Virus isolates on selected genes expression of different citrus hosts. Abstracts XVII Convegno SIPAV, Bologna 12-14 settembre 2011, Journal of Plant Pathology, 93 (4, Supplement), ISSN: 1125-4653, S4.37.

- LA ROSA R., PORTALE C., OLIVERI C. (2011). Monitoraggio ambientale e rischi igienico-sanitari in una centrale del latte siciliana. Scienza e Tecnica Lattiero-Casearia, 62 (5), 361-375, ISSN 0390-6361.

- LA ROSA R.,  BELLUARDO A. , OLIVERI C. (2012). Monitoraggio ambientale e valutazione dei rischi igienico-sanitari in una azienda siciliana di torrefazione del caffè. Industrie Alimentari, 11 (9), 19-30, ISSN 0019-901X

- .BELLA P., IALACCI G., LICCIARDELLO G., LA ROSA R., CATARA V. (2012). Characterization of atypical Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis populations in greenhouse tomatoes in Italy. Journal of Plant Pathology, 94 (3), 635-642, ISSN 1125-4653.

- DAVINO S., LA ROSA R. (2012). Virus e viroidi. In: AA. VV., Gli Agrumi, Coord. Scient. E. Tribulato e P. Inglese, Collana Coltura&Cultura, Bayer CropScience, Ed. Script, Bologna, 266-279, ISBN: 978-88-6614-856-2.

- BELLA P., LICCIARDELLO G., DAI S., DADEN M., STRANO C., LI F., TESSITORI M., CATARA A., DENG X., DENG Z., LA ROSA R., CATARA V. (2012). Towards the optimization of standardized assays for sampling and detection of Citrus Huanglongbing-Associated bacteria. Atti XVIII Convegno SIPaV, Journal of Plant Pathology, ISSN 1125-4653, 94 (4, Supplement), S4.57-S4.58.

- BELLA P., RUSSO M., TOMASELLO M., CATARA A., CATARA V., LA ROSA R. (2012). Integrated approaches to minimize Alternaria brown spot of citrus in Italy. Book of abstracts XII ISC Congress, Valencia 18-23 2012, 262.

- OLIVERI C., SCALONE D.,  MURATORE G., SPAGNA G., LA ROSA R. (2012). Researches on polyphenols and aflatoxigenic-related mycoflora profile of sicilian almond dried fruits. 1st International Workshop Plant Protection for the Quality and Safety of the Mediterranean Diet, Bari 25-27 October 2012, 127.

- LICCIARDELLO G., BELLA P, SICILIA A., LA ROSA R., CATARA  A., CATARA V(2013). In silico evaluation of primers and probes for ‘Candidatus Liberibacter” spp. detection and characterization. Atti XIX Convegno SIPaV, Journal of Plant Pathology, ISSN 1125-4653, 95 (4, Supplement), S4.49.

- BELLA P., LICCIARDELLO G., DAI S., STRANO C. P., SICILIA A., LI F., TESSITORI M., CATARA A., DENG X., DENG Z., LA ROSA R. and CATARA V. (2013). PCR Template preparation for the detection of Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus in citrus specimens. Acta Phytopathologica Sinica 43 (Suppl.), 302, ISSN 0412-0914.

- OLIVERI C., SCALONE D., MURATORE G., SPAGNA G. and LA ROSA R. (2014). “Innovation and Enhancement of Almond Processing Chain”, a Project to Highlight the Almond Dried Fruit Quality in Sicily (South Italy), Acta Horticulturae, 1053, 133-139.

- CAMPISANO A., STRANO C.P., BELLA P., LICCIARDELLO G., DENG Z., DENG X., LA ROSA R., CATARA V.(2014). Bacterial communities of citrus plants affected by Huanglongbing and Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus concentration. Atti XX Convegno SIPaV, Pisa 22/24 sett. 2014.

- CATARA V., D’ANNA R., DAVINO S., BELLA P., LA ROSA R., FISICARO R., CONTI F. (2015). HBL (Huanglongbing): nuova minaccia per gli agrumi. Informatore Agrario, 2, 52-55.

- OLIVERI C., DI STEFANO G., LA MALFA S., LA ROSA R., DENG ZN., GENTILE A. (2015)Lemon fruits from endochitinase transgenic plants exhibit resistance against postharvest fungal pathogens. Acta Horticulturae (ISHS) 1065, 1639-1645.

- OLIVERI C., PACIFICO D., D’URSO V., LA ROSA R., MARZACHI' C. and TESSITORI M. (2015). Bois noir phytoplasma variability in a Mediterranean vineyard system: new plant host and putative vectors. Australasian Plant Pathology, 44 (2), 235-244.

- CARUSO A., BELLA P., LA ROSA R., CATARA V. (2015).  Two pectobacterium carotovorum subspecies involved in stem rot and pith necrosis tomato plants. Atti XXI Convegno SIPaV, Torino

- BELLA P., LICCIARDELLO G., SICILIA A., STRANO C. P., CATARA A., DENG X., DENG Z., LA ROSA R., CATARA V. (2016). Collecting and preserving plant DNA for Huanglongbing diagnosis in citrus samples from China. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 146 (4), 829-836.  ISSN: 0929-1873, doi: DOI: 10.1007/s10658-016-0961-3.

- IALACCI G.M., BELLA P., LICCIARDELLO G., STRANO C.P., EICHENLAUB R., GARTEMANN K-H., LA ROSA R. and CATARA V. (2016). Clonal populations of Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis are responsible for the outbreaks of bacterial canker in greenhouse tomatoes in Italy. Plant Pathology,  65 (3), 484-495.

- CARUSO A., LICCIARDELLO G., LA ROSA R., CATARA V. and BELLA P. (2016). Mixed infections of Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. carotovorum and P. carotovorum subsp. Brasiliensis in tomato stem rot in ItalyJournal of Plant Pathology, 98 (3), 661-665.

- OLIVERI C., BELLA P., TESSITORI M., CATARA V. and LA ROSA R. (2017). Grape and environmental mycoflora monitoring in old, traditionally-cultivated vineyards on Mount Etna, southern Italy. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 97 (1), 65-73, DOI 10.1002/jsfa.7683.

- TESSITORI M., LA ROSA R, MARZACHI' C. (2018). The grapevine yellows are evolving pathosystems. Plant health progress, 19 (2), ISSN 1535-1025, DOI:10.1094/PHP-10-17-0057-MR.

- MARRANZANO M., LA ROSA R., MALAGUARNERA M., PALMERI R., TESSITORI M., BARBERA A. (2018). Polyphenols: plant sources and food industry applications, Current Pharmaceutical Design, 24, Issue 35, 
4125-4130, DOI: 10.2174/1381612824666181106091303.

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ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/2019


ACADEMIC YEAR 2017/2018


ACADEMIC YEAR 2016/2017


ACADEMIC YEAR 2015/2016

  • Phytopathological diagnosis of fungi, prokariotes (bacteria, phytoplasmas), viruses and virus-like (viroids) diseases of plants
  • Focus on molecular diagnostic techniques to identify and molecularly characterize phytopathological agents
  • Mycotoxigenic fungi identification and characterization on different vegetable products
  • Food and environmental hygiene (environmental monitoring to detect microbial/phytopathological flora) in agrifood industries