Mariangela Milordo

PhD Student
PhD in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science - XXXIX Cycle
Tutor: Michele Ricupero
  • 01/08/2023: Ongoing PhD course in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Di3A), University of Catania, Section of Applied Entomology. Research project: ''Unraveling tritrophic interactions: root-associated bacteria for optimizing biological control in tomato''. Supervisor: dott. Michele Ricupero (

  • 15/01/2022 – 10/05/2023: Collaboration in the PON Water4AgriFood 2022 Project, in order to investigate how the application of differential water regimes and/or infestation by herbivores could alter phytophage-plant-entomophagus interactions, as a result of possible variation in plant emitted volatiles.

  • 28/06/2022 – 30/12/2022Research Grant at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Di3A), University of Catania. Research grant title: "Identificazione delle specie di psillidi vettori del batterio Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum su carota" as part of the research program Programme de Coopèration Transfrontalière - Joint Operational Program Italy - Tunisia 2014-2020 (INTEMAR project "Innovations dans la lutte intégrée contre les ravageurs et maladies récemment introduits sur cultures maraichéres"). Supervisor: prof. Giuseppe Eros massimino Cocuzza (

  • 19/10/2021: Master Degree in Agricultural Biotechnology (LM-7), Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Di3A), University of Catania. Degree thesis: "Espressione genica olfattiva in femmine di Drosophila suzukii esposte a dosi subletali di insetticidi neurotossici". Supervisor: prof. Giuseppe Eros massimino Cocuzza (; Co-supervisor: dott. Michele Ricupero ( Final grade: 110/110 cum laude.

  • 28/03/2019Bechelor Degree in Environmental and Food Toxicology (L-29), Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Catania. Bachelor thesis: "Analisi dei componenti organici e inorganici delle acque reflue in un impianto a fanghi attivi". Supervisor: prof.ssa Carmela Parenti ( Final grade: 99/110.
  • Research activities in relation to the study of multitrophic interactions: plant defenses against phytophages, plant-insect, phytophage-natural enemy interactions.
  • Molecular biology investigations for species characterization and transcriptomic analysis related to the study of gene expression in plants and/or insects. 
  • Gene silencing (RNA interference) studies on phytophages of agricultural interest.
  • Mariangela Milordo, Carmelo Cavallaro, Giuseppe Eros Massimino Cocuzza, Lucia Zappalà, Antonio Biondi, Michele Ricupero. Multitrophic interactions induced by water stress on tomato and wheat. XXVII Congresso Nazionale Italiano di Entomologia, Palermo, Italia, 12-16 Giugno 2023, Poster.