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Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources

National Research Council of Italy

Marco Michelozzi

Role: Senior Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Florence
Tel: (39) 055-5225724
E-mail: marco.michelozzi@ibbr.cnr.it


NAME: Marco Michelozzi

BIRTHPLACE AND

BIRTHDATE: Firenze, 24 April 1957

ADDRESS: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)

Istituto di Bioscenze e Biorisorse (IBBR), Area di Ricerca CNR di Firenze, Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze), ITALY

Tel. +39-055-522 5724 Fax +39-055 522 5729

Email: marco.michelozzi@cnr.it

Interests and present fields of work

Forest Ecophysiology:

Research in forest ecophysiology is intended to produce biological knowledge that can be used for sustainable forest management.

The forest ecophysiology research program focuses on:

- The relationship between terpenes and the attack of pest and diseases.

- Characterization of less susceptible terpene chemotypes to the attack of insects and fungi.

- The effect of abiotic stresses on biosynthesis of volatile terpene compounds.

- Variation of ecophysiological responses to biotic and abitic stresses.

- Development of eco-friendly delivering systems (lipid nanovectors, cocrystals, and cyclodextrins) based on terpenoids as a valid alternative to synthetic pesticides

Degree and post-degree experience

1985 Graduated in Agricultural Science, University of Firenze Italy. 1982 with 110/110. His thesis concerned utilization of forestry biomass for production of chemicals.

1988 CNR fellowship at Department of Forestry, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA, July 1988 - February 1989 to perform studies on terpenes as biochemical markers in forest genetics under the supervision of Prof. A. Squillace and Prof. T. White and to conduct experiments in plant ecophysiology under the supervision of Prof. J. Johnson.

1989 CNR fellowship at Laboratoire d’Amelioration des Arbres Forestiers, INRA, Pierroton (Francia), November 1989 - January 1990 to perform studies on terpenes as biochemical markers in forest genetics under the supervision of Prof. P. Baradat.

1991 N.A.T.O-CNR fellowship, at Department of Forestry, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA, , June 1991 - August 1991 to perform studies on terpenes as biochemical markers in forest genetics under the supervision of Prof. A. Squillace and Prof. T. White and to conduct experiments in plant ecophysiology under the supervision of Prof. J. Johnson.

1996 CNR fellowship at Department of Entomology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, June 1996 to perform studies on terpenes as biochemical markers in forest genetics under the supervision of Prof. K. Raffa.

1997 CNR fellowship at Department of Forestry, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA, April 1997, to perform studies on terpenes as biochemical markers in forest genetics under the supervision of Prof. A. Squillace and Prof. T. White and to conduct experiments in plant ecophysiology under the supervision of Prof. J. Johnson.

1997 N.A.T.O-CNR fellowship, at Department of Entomology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, June 1997 - August 1997 to perform studies on terpenes as biochemical markers in forest genetics under the supervision of Prof. K. Raffa.

Career

1986-2005 Researcher (permanent position, III level) at Istituto di Genetica Vegetale (IGV), Area di Ricerca CNR di Firenze.

2005 Senior researcher (II level) at CNR-IGV, Area di Ricerca CNR di Firenze.

Other professional experiences

1987-1989 Responsible of the research line “Study of genetic variation in terpene composition of forest plants by gaschromatography” of C.N.R. Istituto di Genetica Vegetale

1993-1998 Responsible of the research line “Genetic variation and physiological adaptability in forest plants” of C.N.R. Istituto di Genetica Vegetale

1999-2003 Responsible of the research line “Analysis of the ecophysiological and biochemical responses of the plant to biotic and abiotic stresses” of C.N.R. Istituto di Genetica Vegetale

2004-2009 Responsible of the research macroline “Plant interactions with biotic and abiotic stresses present in the surrounding environment” of C.N.R. Istituto di Genetica Vegetale

2004-present Responsible of the Joint Laboratory for Gaschromatography of plant metabolites between C.N.R. Istituto di Genetica Vegetale Firenze and Perkin-Elmer Italia S.p.A

1998-present Coordinator of the Working Group on “Terpenes and Ecology” of the Societa’ Italiana di Selvicoltura ed Ecologia Forestale (SISEF)

2012 Employment contract for 2 months at the Ionicon Analytic GmbH., in the framework of FP7-IAPP Marie Curie PTR-TOF Nr. 218065, July - August 2012.

Teaching experience

Courses

2004-2005 Course of Gaschromatografy for the analysis of essential oil in plant species used in Pharmacopoeia at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Firenze, ITALY.

1999-2000 Coordinator of the Course Wood technology at the Faculty of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, University of Firenze, ITALY.

1999-2000 Course of Wood chemistry extractives at the the Faculty of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, University of Firenze, ITALY.

1998-1999 Course of Wood chemistry extractives at the Faculty of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, University of Firenze, ITALY.

Mentor training

Supervisor of High School, M.S., Ph.D and Postdoc students.

Editorial activity - evaluator expertise

Referee for several international journals in the field of plant science and chromatography: Forest Genetics, Journal of Chromatography A., Annals of Forest Science, Plant Byosystems, Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, Tree Physiology, Journal of Essential Oil, iForest

Associate Editor of the on-line journal Forest@

Component of the Component of the Advisory review board of the on-line journal iForest-Biogeosciences and Forestry

Grants

1989 One year bilateral project CNR-INRA (Laboratoire d’Amelioration des Arbres Forestiers Pierroton (Francia) to study the variation in terpene composition of Pinus halepensis Miller.

1990 One year bilateral project CNR- Department of Forestry, University of Florida to study the physiological and biochemical mechanisms of the plant in response to environmental stress.

1991-1995 Partecipant in the project RAISA-CNR “Hydrological, ecophysiological and ecogenetic processes in beech forest”

1997-2001 Partecipant in the project of European Commission “Global, physiological and molecular responses to climatic stresses of three Mediterranean conifers”, Contract INCO-FORADAPT C18-CT97-0200.

1997-2001 Partecipant in the project of European Commission “Identification of ecophysiologically adapted indigenous Milicia excelsa genotypes for suistainable tropical timber production”, Contract INCO - DC ERB3514PL961724.

1997-2001 Partecipant in the project of European Commission “Adaptation and selection of mediterranean Pinus and Cedrus for sustainable afforestation of marginal lands”, Contract FAIR CT95-0097

2001-2004 Coordinator of Workpackage “Terpene Analysis” and Workpackage “Molecular Markers” within the European Commission project "Quality of life and management of living resources resistance of spruce to root and butt rot disease" (RESROBS Contract QLRT-2000-00241).

2001-2007 Partecipant in the international project of “Conifer defense against insects and phytopathogenic fungi - CONDEF”

2004-2005 Coordinator of the project “Characterization and production of essential oils and polyphenolic extracts of Tuscan ecotypes of the Mediterranean flora" contract between A.R.S.I.A Regione Toscana and IGV-CNR.

2005-2009 Partecipant in the project of European Commission "Developing best practice for seed sourcing of planted and natural regeneration in the neotropics", Contract n. FP6-2002- INCO-DEV-1 SEEDSOURCE.

2006-2008 Partner in the project “OLICANTO - Tuscan hemp oil" contract between A.R.S.I.A Regione Toscana and Legambiente Toscana Onlus.

2006-2010 Partecipant in the project of European Commission “Evolution of trees as drivers of terrestrial biodiversity”, Contract n. GOCE n. 016322 - EVOLTREE.

2007-2010 Partecipant in the project “Increase in the quantity and quality of pine cones and pine nuts in domestic pine. Conservation strategies and use of improved material", supported by the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies2008 Scientific Responsible of the project “B.O. 2007 - Development of innovative products from flower tissues L.R. 32/99 art. 4”, Contract between Azienda Regionale Veneto Agricoltura and IGV-CNR

2008 Scientific Responsible of the project “B.O. 2007 - Development of innovative products from rose flower tissues of S. Antonio ", Contract between Azienda Regionale Veneto Agricoltura and IGV-CNR

2008-2009 Coordinator of the project “MELASUK - Use of the ancient Tuscany variety Rotella for the production of apple juices” Contract between A.R.S.I.A Regione Toscana and IGV-CNR.

2008-2012 Coordinator of the project “OLIROTO - Essential oils of Rosemary from Tuscany" contract between A.R.S.I.A Regione Toscana and IGV-CNR.

2012-2015 Partecipant in the project European Commission - 7 FP KBBE Programme: WATBIO Development of improved perennial non-food biomass and bioproduct crops for water stressed environments

2012-2015 Partecipant in the project “Assessing the impacts of invasive fungal pathogens and phytophagous insects on native plants, pathogens, phytophagous insects and symbionts " supported by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research

2013-2016 Partecipant in the project “Assessing the impacts of invasive fungal pathogens and phytophagous insects on native plants, pathogens, phytophagous insects and symbionts (FIRB) supported by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research

2017 - 2020 Scientific Responsible of workpackage within the project “CISOL - Characterization of chemical and physical cues that regulate the passage of Philaenus spumarius, the main vector of Xylella fastidiosa on olive trees”, Contract between Regione Puglia - Dipartimento Agricoltura, Sviluppo Rurale e Ambientale and IPSP-CNR.

2018-2022 Partecipant in the project European Commission - 1 H2020 - EU.3.2.1.1. Holistic Management of Emerging forest pests and Diseases.

Memberships to scientific societies

- Societa’ Italiana di Selvicoltura ed Ecologia Forestale (SISEF).

- Societa’ Italiana per la Ricerca sugli Oli Essenziali (SIROE).

 

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