Monia Federica Lombardo

PhD Student - XXXVI Cycle Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science - Tutor: Gabriella Cirvilleri
Office: Via S. Sofia, 100, terzo piano, stanza 324
Email: monia.lombardo@phd.unict.it
Phone: 095 7147399


2020-2023: Ph.D. Course XXXVI Cycle - Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science - Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Catania. Research project: “Study and selection of carpospheric microbial communities of citrus fruits in relation to their mode of management (integrated vs biological) for the use of microorganisms and biological products alternative to copper”. The aim of the project is the development of a traceability method for the epiphytic and carpospheric microbiome of citrus fruits grown organically using metagenomics approach, in order to select "carpospheric competent" bacterial antagonists, able to act as biostimulants and/or biocontrol agents, and to transfer this knowledge to the productive world for the development of biological products alternative to the copper.

06-2020/10-2020: Scholarship, Research and Innovation (RIA) Sustainable Food Security - Resilent and Resource-Efficent Value Chains - Organic PLUS, "Pathways to phase-out contentious inputs from organic agriculture in Europe", Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Catania, supervisor: Prof.ssa Gabrilla Cirvilleri.

Research program: Study of epiphytic microbial communities of citrus fruits in relation to their mode of management (integrated vs biological).

07-2020: Qualification as Doctor of Agronomy and Forestry.

01-2020/03-2020: Postgraduate research activity, Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Catania, supervisor: Prof.ssa Gabriella Cirvilleri. Research activity: study and field evaluation of alternative products to copper against fungal emerging diseases in citrus orchards.

12-2019: Master’s Degree in Agricultural Sciences and Technologies, plant protection course, Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Catania; supervisors: Prof.ssa Gabriella Cirvilleri; Degree thesis: “Innovative biological control methods agaist pre-harvest Citrus disease caused by Colletotrichum spp.”; Final mark: 110 and praise.

07-2019: Certificate of qualification to the activity plant protection products adviser for the sustainable use of plant protection products (O.M.P. Acireale).

10-2017: Bechelor’s Degree in Land protection and landscape planning, Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Univeristy of Catania; supervisor: Prof.ssa Alessia Restuccia; Degree thesis: Esempi di conservazione del patrimonio naturalistico nella provincia di Siracusa: le R.N.I. "Grotta Palombara, "Grotta Monello" e "Complesso Speleologico Villasmundo-S.Alfio Final mark: 110 and praise.

2014: Language High School Graduation, Liceo Scientifico “Boggio Lera”, Catania.

Restuccia C., Lombardo M., Scavo A., Mauromicale G., Cirvilleri G.,2020.

Combined application of antagonistic Wickerhamomyces anomalus BS91 strain and Cynara cardunculus L. leaf extracts for the control of postharvest decay of citrus fruit. Food Microbiology, Volume 92, 103583, ISSN 0740-0020.