Stefano Giovanni La Malfa

Professor of Arboriculture and Fruitculture [AGR/03]
Office: Via Valdisavoia, 5 - 1° piano
Phone: 095 4783432
Fax: 095 4783406
Office Hours: Monday from 09:00 to 11:00 confirm with e-mail

Stefano La Malfa is, since 2017, Full Professor of Arboriculture and Fruitculture at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment of Catania University. In 1994 he graduated in Agricultural Science at Catania University with full marks and laude; thereafter he passed the professional examinations for being agronomist. He then worked for one year at Research Center of ENEA in Rome as grant holder of National Research Council (CNR) and for six months at the Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias IVIA (Valencia, Spain).

In 2001 he earned a ph.D in "Productivity of cultivated plants" with a thesis on "Citrus genetic improvement through genetic transformation and identification of useful genes”. Since 2002 to 2014 he has been researcher of Arboriculture and Fruitculture at Catania University. 
In 2012 he passed the National scientific qualification exams at the level of Associate and Full Professor. 
He has been member of the executive board for Fruit tree crops section (2007-2010) of the Italian Society of Horticulture (SOI). He has been responsible (2007-2014) of an Exchange Erasmus project with the Faculty of Agriculture of Cukurova University, Adana (Turkey); he also cooperated with researchers of many other countries. He has been responsible of the Office for Orientation and Trainings of his Faculty (2008-2012). He participated to the national committee of “Nuts and seeds” of the national Ministery of Agriculture (2011 – 2012). 

Since 2001 he has been teaching many subjects of his sector in the degree courses (first and second level) of Catania University. He is now teaching “Mediterranean fruit tree species” and “Fruitculture” for the second level degree course in Agricultural Science. He also taught in several master.
He has been and is actually involved, as participant and/or scientific responsible, in several research projects concerning different aspects of fruit tree crops and supported by several Italian and foreign Institutions. 
He has been member of the Organizing Committees of several national and International Congresses. 
He acts as a referee for several international scientific journals, also as member of editorial commitee. He also acted as referee for Research Quality and for Project Evaluation at national level (VQR 2011-2014 and SIR 2014 calls). He has been invited speaker in some international congress and is Editor (with A. Gentile) of Volume 892 of Acta Horticulturae (Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Citrus Biotechnology). He also delivered lessons and seminars in China for many years.
He is member of the teaching board of ph.D. Course in “Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science " at Catania University and he has been supervisor of some ph.D students.
Since 2014 he is active within CUTGANA Center (Centro Universitario per la Tutela e la Gestione degli Ambienti Naturali e degli Agroecosistemi) of Catania University. He also cooperates with CSEI-Catania (Centro Studi di Economia applicata all’Ingegneria di Catania) and with the Scientific and Technological park of Sicily. More recently he started a cooperation with dryGrow Foundation working on sustainable agriculture development in arid and semiarid areas.

In 2014 he has been appointed member of administrative committee of Marine protected area "Isole dei Ciclopi" as representative of Catania University, for the triennium 2014-2016, and renewed for further three year.

He joins the scientific board of the editorial series "Università e Formazione" of Edagricole. He is correspondent Accademic of Accademia dei Georgofili of Florence (Italy), and correspondent Academic of the Accademia di Scienze, Lettere e Belle Arti degli Zelanti e dei Dafnici of Acireale, Catania (Italy).

His research activities mainly deal with propagation, breeding, genetic resources characterization and post-harvest of fruit tree species.

Starting from 1998 he published more than 100 items (articles and papers from conferences). He also published some scientific books.

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His current fields of research are:

- use of biotechnological approaches for propagation and breeding of fruit tree species and mainly citrus;
- molecular characterization of species, varieties and clones of several fruit tree crops;
- germplasm collection and exploitation.