Gianfranco Anfora
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He addressed his research activity to the study of insect communication, identification of intraspecific and interspecific semiochemicals by molecular, electrophysiological and behavioural investigations. He carried out laboratory (semiochemical extraction and analysis, electroantennography, and single cell recordings, behavioural studies in olfactometers and wind-tunnel) and open field studies for the identification of biologically active compounds. He recently focused his studies on both classical and augmentative biological control methods of invasive alien species by means of hymenopteran parasitoids.

Research interests

  • Insect chemical ecology, mechanisms in insect communication, identification of pheromones, kairomones, and allomones
  • Biology and ecology of many major insect pests
  • Development of integrated pest management strategies in fruit culture and viticulture including the use of semiochemicals and bioinsecticides (i.e. mating disruption, mass-trapping)
  • Biology, host selection and use in biological control programs of insect parasitoids

Curriculum Vitae

  • Dec. 2011 to present - Researcher at CRI/FEM, leader of the former Research Group “Chemical Ecology”, currently “Agricultural Entomology Unit”
  • Nov. 2007-Nov. 2010 - PAT Post-doctoral Fellow at FEM-IASMA “Host plants volatile compounds for the control of yellows diseases insect vectors, Hyalesthes obsoletus and Scaphoideus titanus”
  • Mar. 2007 - Visiting scientist (4 months) at the Chemical Ecology Department, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp (Sweden)
  • Feb. 2003-Feb. 2006 - PAT Post-doctoral Fellow at FEM-IASMA “Individuation of compounds involved in the intraspecific and interspecific communication of Dasineura mali, the Apple Leaf Curling Midge”
  • Feb. 2003 - PhD in Agricultural Entomology, Course “Protection and Quality of Agricultural and Food Production”, from University of Molise (Campobasso, Italy)
  • Dec. 1997 - Master degree in Biological Sciences from University “La Sapienza” of Rome (Italy)