Alessia FarinaPhD Student - XXXV Cycle Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science - Tutor: Carmelo Rapisarda
Phone: 095 7147357
2019-2022: PhD course in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science, University of Catania (grant financed by the National Operative Program (PON) “Research and Innovation” 2014-2020, line “Innovative doctorates with industrial characterization”). Research project: “Physiological studies on host plants and insecticide applications effects on the feeding behavior of plant sap-sucking insects and vectors of phytopathogenic microorganisms, for strengthening eco-compatible control of important diseases of agricultural crops”. The aim of the PhD project is to study the feeding behavior of Hemiptera Sternorrhyncha in relation to the crop genotypes, the insecticide treatments (traditional and novel compounds) and the climatic conditions (Mediterranean and/or Tropical) affecting both plant and insect responses. In order to achieve the proposed goals, Electrical Penetration Graph (EPG) technique will be applied, to provide information about the insect feeding, the effects of insecticide treatments, virus transmission and plant resistance.
July - September 2019: Erasmus Outgoing Visiting Student, Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), Bilbao (Spain); local supervisors: Prof. Ferdinando Villa and Dr Stefano Balbi. Research activities for master’s thesis preparation: “Applications of the ARtificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services (ARIES) platform”.
2017-2019: Master’s Degree in Safeguarding the Territory, the Environment and the Landscape, University of Catania; supervisor: Prof. Giovanni Signorello. Degree thesis: “Assessing and mapping ecosystem services. A case study based on ARIES”. Final mark: 110/110 and praise.
2014-2017: Bachelor’s Degree in Planning and Protection of the Territory and the Landscape, University of Catania; supervisor: Prof. Giovanni Signorello. Degree thesis: “Strumenti per la valutazione e la mappatura dei servizi ecosistemici: SolVES”. Final mark: 110/110 and praise.
- Barbera, A. C., Leonardi, G., Caruso, C., & Farina, A. (2021). Bioformulati a base di micorrize arbuscolari negli agroecosistemi erbacei mediterranei. Mensile Agrisicilia.
- Rizzo, D., Suma, P., Rossi, E., Farina, P., Da Lio, D., Bartolini, L., Salemi, C., Farina, A. & Rapisarda, C. (2021). First record of Aleurocanthus camelliae Kanmiya & Kasai, 2011 (Hemiptera, Aleyrodidae) from Italy, on ornamental Camellia spp. plants. EPPO Bulletin.