Projects: Environmental Microbiome

Microbial ecology in extreme environments

2017 - University-Industry cooperation: “Exploration of microbial biodiversity in sulfidic environments and identification of novel enzymes”, granted by Novozymes

2016 – P-ROSE: “Biodiversity of planctonic ecosystems in Antarctic Ross Sea”, granted by the Italian Ministry of University and Research within the National Programme of Research in Antarctica

2014 – “Exobiology and extreme environments: from the biology of molecules to extremophiles biology”, granted by the Italian Space Agency


Microbial ecology of soil and plant-microbes interactions

2019 - PRIN2017-PROSPECT: “Plant multitROphic interactions for bioinspired Strategies of PEst ConTrol”, granted by the Italian Ministry of University and Research

2019 - Community Scientific Program 2016: “Supporting the development of microbial probiotics for grasses useful in sustainable bioenergy production”, granted by the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI), Berkeley CA, USA.

2019 – “Scientific Study Protocol SPES – Campania Trasparente, Integrated Monitoring of Campania Region – Study of biotechnological processes based on the interactions plant/microbes to eliminate pesticides residuals and improving agricultural practices”, granted by Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Mezzogiorno

2019 – “Plant peptides and Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi colonization as natural enhancer of crop resistance against biotic stresses”, granted by the Ministry of Italian Foreign Affairs within the Programme of Scientific and Technological Cooperation between Italy and Messico

2017 - “Strengthening Livelihoods of Rural Agro-Pastoralists in Kitui East Sub County, Kitui County, Kenya, granted by CEFA Onlus Association

2018 – “Exploiting the interaction of below- and above-ground plant biostimulants promoting the sustainable protection of tomato crop”, granted by Compagnia San Paolo S.p.a. within the Programme STAR

2014 – “New strategies for bioremediation of polluted soils”, granted by Campania Region

2013 - “LEGumes for the Agriculture of TOmorrow”, granted by the European Union within the 7th Framework Programme

2012 - LIFE11 ENV/IT/275 ECOREMED: “Implementation of eco-compatible protocols for agricultural soil remediation in Litorale Domizio-Agro Aversano NIPS”, granted by the European Union


Wastes and biomasses valorization

2018 – VOLAC-“Valorization of OLive oil wastes for sustainable production of biocide-free Antibiofilm Compounds”, granted by Fondazione CARIPLO

2016 – OliveWasteRecovery: “Mitigation of the environmental impact of olive mill waste water through sustainable bioprocess with energy recovery”, granted by the University of Naples Federico II

2015 – PSR-RE-MIDA: “REattore fotobiologico Modulare per la produzione di bioIDrogeno: Applicazione alla filiera lattiero-casearia”, granted by Campania Region

2014 – PON-BioPoliS: “Development of green technologies for the production of biochemicals for industrial biosynthesis of polimeric materials starting from agricultural wastes in Campania Region”, granted by Campania Region

2012 – PON-ENERBIOCHEM: “Agro-industrial integrated chains with high energetic efficiency to develop environmentally friendly processes for the production of energy and biochemicals from renewable sources”, granted by the Italian Ministry of University and Research

2011 - PSR-STABULUM: “Integrated system for treatment of wastewater from Buffalo breeding targeted to water recovery and energetic saving”, granted by Campania Region