My research activity is oriented towards a comprehensive study of berries quality with the aim to enhance the fruit quality throughout the entire production chain: from breeding to consumers. This needs a detailed quantification of quality attributes in distinct segments of the production chain and it implies synergy of approaches from different branches of knowledge, from genetic to metabolic analysis. Therefore my activity is mostly focused on the development and application of high-resolution phenotyping techniques to dissect some of the most important quality traits (i.e. texture, flavor, and antioxidant activity) of raspberry (Rubus spp.), blueberry (Vaccinium spp), and strawberry (Fragaria spp.).
- Postharvest physiology of F&V
- Ripening physiology of F&V
- High-resolution phenotyping
- Advanced analytical techniques on F&V quality
- Genetics of berries
- Secondary metabolites analysis
- VOCs analysis
- Advanced data mining
- Since 2016 Researcher at Fondazione Edmund Mach (FEM), Italy
- 2012-2015 Post Doctoral Fellowship, supported by the “Agroalimentare e Ricerca Project” (AGER Grant no. 2010–2119), Department of Agricultural Sciences (Bologna University) and Edmund Mach Foundation.
- 2008-2014 PhD Degree in “Plant Science” at Horticultural Supply Chains (HPC), Wageningen UR (The Netherlands). Thesis: “Tomato quality: from the field to the consumer. Interaction between genotype, cultivation and postharvest conditions”
- 2005-2007 Master Degree in “International master in Horticultural Science” ( with honours), Bologna University and Technical University of Munich. Thesis: “Characterization of secondary metabolites of different Actinidia spp. varieties with respect of their antioxidant capacity”
- 2002-2005 Bachelor Degree in “Technology of plant production” (with honours), Bologna University. Thesis: “Evaluation of the maturation trend of fruits of different varieties of Actinidia”