Stefania Toscano

Fixed-term Assistant Professor (RTDA) of Vegetable and ornamental crops [AGR/04]

Graduated in 2007 in Agricultural Science and Technology at the University of Catania with 110/110 cum laude. In 2012, she obtained PhD in Productivity of Cultivated Plants (Cycle XXIII) at the University of Catania, Italy, with the thesis entitled: "Response of ornamental species to drought stress". She obtained a Post-doc fellowship for 6 years (2012-2018) within the MIUR project SO.PRO.ME (Sustainable production of potted plants in Mediterranean environment – PON01_01611) and “Ecophysiology of vegetable and floral plants”. Subsequently, she was awarded several research grants at Di3A (AGR/04). In 2020 you obtained the national scientific qualification for the competition sector 07 / B1, Band 2 (art. 16 paragraph 1, Law 240/10).

She is Assistant Professor for the disciplinary-scientific sector AGR/04 - Horticulture and Floriculture, (RTD-A) (researcher temporary position type A) from 1st January 2022 at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Di3A) of the University of Catania.

Since December 2020 she has been a Topics Board member of the Horticulturae MDPI journal (

She is Guest editor for the Special Issue in Horticulturae (Nutrient Use Efficiency under Optimal and Stressful Conditions of Horticulture Plants, Drought Stress in Horticultural Plants, Horticultural Crop Physiological Responses under Biotic and Abiotic Stress) and Agronomy (Advances in Functional Quality of Horticultural, Ornamental, Medicinal and Aromatic Crops).

In July-August (2022) she was Visiting Researcher at CEBAS-CSIC (Murcia, Spain) collaborating with the research group of Dr Sanchéz-Blanco M.J.

Since 2008 she has been a member of the " Italian Society of Horticulture (SOI)" and since 2019 of the "International Society for Horticultural Science".

Last edit: 11/29/2022

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Academic Year 2021/2022

Dr Stefania Toscano's research activities mainly focus on studying the physiological, morphological and biochemical response of ornamental and vegetable plants to abiotic stress.

Other research topics:

• functional characteristics of ornamental plants;

• product innovation;

• use of biostimulants;

• quality determinants of horticultural products;

• post-harvest;

• urban green areas and related functions;

• safeguarding biodiversity.