Umberto Anastasi

Researcher of Agronomy and field crops [AGR/02]
Office: Via Valdisavoia, 5 - 2° piano, n.32
Email: umberto.anastasi@unict.it
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Current position

Umberto Anastasi Ph.D., is researcher in the “Agronomia e Sistemi Colturali Erbacei ed Ortofloricoli” (SC 07/B1) - “Agronomia e coltivazioni erbacee” (SSD AGR/02)  He is lecturer of the teaching module “Agronomia e coltivazioni erbacee” (Produzioni vegetali course), in the degree course “Scienze e Tecnologie Alimentari” (L26), and of the teaching module "Agronomia Ambientale ed Ecologia" (Botanica e Agronomia ambientale course), in the degree course "Pianificazione e Tutela del Territorio e del Paesaggio" (L21).

Cultural and professional itinerary

Umberto Anastasi, has registered, in the A.Y. 1983/84, to the degree course in Agricultural Sciences at the Agraria Faculty of the University of Catania where, between May 1984 and June 1988, as a student, he was also a contractor at  Agronomia e coltivazioni erbacee Institute, collaborating in various agronomic research.

In July 1988  declared winner in the public competition, he took up a position in the technical role at the Agronomia e coltivazioni erbacee Institute of the Agraria Faculty of the University of Reggio Calabria.

In  the A.Y. 1992/93, he obtained the degree in Agricultural Sciences (Plant production) with a vote of 110/110 cum laude, discussing the experimental thesis: "Un quadriennio di ricerche sulla determinazione di un modello di risposta biologica ed agronomica del colza da olio (Brassica napus L. var. oleifera D.C.) ai fattori climatici".

In 1994 he obtained the qualification as agronomist.

In 1995 he participated in the competition for the admission to the Ph.D. course in "Food Biotechnology" (X cycle), and declared winner he has done scientific activity for a three-year period (1995-98), within the curriculum "Innovative agronomic techniques for agro-industrial productions", at the of Agronomia e coltivazioni erbacee Institute of the University of Catania. During his doctorate he also attended the laboratories of the Microbiologia e Tecnologia Agraria e Forestale Institute of the University of Reggio Calabria for the study of analytical methodologies of chromatographic analysis of lipid matter.

In 1996 (05-08 March) he attended the X Refresher Course on "Chromatographic and Electrophoretic Techniques" (Institute of Chromatography, CNR-Rome). In the same year (16 September-05 October) he attended the XVIII Course of "Statistical Methodology for Basic and Applied Biological Research" (Italian Biometrics Society, Cortona - AR).

In 1998 he obtained the Ph.D. presenting, at the University of Bologna, the final dissertation entitled: "Effetti dell’epoca di semina autunno-vernina e del regime idrico sul comportamento bioagronomico e sulla composizione lipidica degli acheni del girasole".

Returned to service in the technical role in the University of Reggio Calabria, in December (04-07) 2000 and January (09-12) 2001 he attended the training course on "The implementation of legislative decrees n. 626/94 and n. 242/96 for the safety of the workplace "(Higher School of Public Administration, Reggio Calabria).

In 2001 he also obtained the teaching qualification for the class A012 (Agricultural chemistry)  in the Ordinary Competition to Chairs in Schools and State Institutes of secondary education of 1st and 2nd degree (Scholastic Superintendence of the Sicily Region, Palermo).

Since A.Y. 2000/01 has been annually appointed expert of the subject for the disciplines of the Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD) AGR / 02 (Agronomy and field crops) at the Agraria  Faculty of the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria.

In 2003 (22-27 September) he attended the Course of "Crop Physiology" (Italian Society of Agronomy - Scienze Agronomiche., Agrochimiche e delle Produzioni animali Department, University of Catania).

In 2005 he participated in the public competition for a  university researcher position for the SSD AGR/02 (Agronomy and field crops) at the Agraria Faculty of the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, and resulted winner he has taken up service from 01.11.2005 at the same Faculty, in the Gestione dei Sistemi Agrari e Forestali Department.

From November 2007 to June 2008, he participated in the training course "Operational management of research activities" as part of the F.I.O.R.I. (Organizational Intervention Training for Research and Innovation) promoted by MIUR.

In November 2010 he participated in the public competition for transfer of a university researcher position for SSD AGR/02 (Agronomy and field crops) at the Agraria Faculty of the University of Catania, and resulted winner he has assumed service from 31.12.2010, at the same Faculty, in the Scienze delle Produzioni Agrarie e Alimentari Department (DISPA), today Agricoltura, Alimentazione e Ambiente Department (Dì3A).

Umberto Anastasi Ph.D., is researcher in the “Agronomia e Sistemi Colturali Erbacei ed Ortofloricoli” (SC 07/B1) - “Agronomia e coltivazioni erbacee” (SSD AGR/02) at the Department of “Agricoltura, Alimentazione e Ambiente” (Di3A) of the Catania University. Dr. Anastasi’s scientific activity focuses on the study of the relationships among climate conditions, agronomic management, and productive and qualitative features in field crops currently and potentially important for sustainability of farming systems in Mediterranean semiarid prone environments. In food and non-food crops (rapeseed, sunflower, flax, cotton, wheat, barley, faba been, lentil, grasspea, forage crops and others), the feasibility of increasing crop yield and quality of product by means of eco-physiological and agronomic strategies of adaptation to environmental constrains (drought and high temperature, salinity) frequent in southern Italy has been studied. He has also worked on the study of soil erosion in relation to agronomic management, and on the agronomic exploitation of olive oil mill wastewater and citrus wastewater as fertilizers in Mediterranean cropping systems. Recently the U. Anastasi’s research activity has also been addressed to the study of the possibility of introducing the cultivation of Guar in Sicily; to evaluate the effects of cover crops in orchards; to the development of low input cultural practices; recovery, characterization and exploitation of local Sicilian landraces of durum and soft wheat, and rye. He is involved in several research projects financed by Italian and EU institutions, and has published over 75 papers.. He has also a teaching role, as lecturer of the teaching module “Agronomia e coltivazioni erbacee” (Produzioni vegetali course), in the degree course “Scienze e Tecnologie Alimentari” (L26), and of the teaching module "Agronomia Ambientale ed Ecologia" (Botanica e Agronomia ambientale course), in the degree course "Pianificazione e Tutela del Territorio e del Paesaggio" (L21).

Recent research projects:

“Putting halophytes to work - From genes to ecosystems” -  EU-COST 219/09, Action FA0901;

“Legume-supported cropping systems for Europe” (Legume-futures) - EU-FP7-KBBE.

“Sviluppo tecnologico e innovazione per la sostenibilità e competitività della cerealicoltura meridionale” (ISCOCEM) - PON01_01145/8;

“Valorizzazione di prodotti tipici della Dieta Mediterranea e loro impiego a fini salutistici e nutraceutici” (DiMeSa) - PON02_00451_3361785.

“Caratterizzazione della segale (Secale cereale L.) per la valorizzazione del parco dell'Etna” - Ente Parco dell’Etna (Nicolosi, CT).

"Caratterizzazione morfo-bio-agronomica, ‘mantenimento in purezza’ e riproduzione della semente della cultivar autoctona siciliana di frumento duro ‘Russello Ibleo’ ” - Azienda Agricola UNA GARLANDA di STOCCHI FRATELLI & C. (Rovasenda - VC).

“Gestione sostenibile delle cover-crop in un frutteto mediterraneo” (WP 2), Progetto di ricerca “Sostenibilità del processo produttivo in filiere rappresentative dell’agricoltura mediterranea: innovazioni biologiche, tecniche ed agronomiche” - PIANO TRIENNALE DELLA RICERCA Università di Catania.


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Field crops, farming systems, abiotic stress, environmental adaptability, phenology, ecophysiology, productivity, quality, nutraceutical, industrial raw materials, industrial wastes, sustainability.

Since April 2016 he is a member of the technical-scientific committee of the "Simenza - Cumpagnia Siciliana Sementi Contadine" Association, associated with the Semi-Rural Network.

Since December 2016 he is a member of the commission for the evaluation of applications for registration in the National Register of "conservation varieties" of agricultural and horticultural species, established by the Sicilian Region.

Since January 2019 he is a member of the Board of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Dì3A).