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Diana Di Gioia

Full Professor

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Academic discipline: AGR/16 Agricultural Microbiology

Director of First Cycle Degree in Agricultural Technology

Curriculum vitae

Diana Di Gioia is Associate Professor in Agricultural Microbiology since September 2014.

Already researcher at the same University since April 2001 and research assistant since February 1991, she obtained a PhD degree in Microbial Ecology at the University of Bologna with the final thesis entitled “Characterization of bacteria capable of degrading the phenolic fraction of olive mill wastewaster”. She obtained the qualification as Full Professor in March 2017. She has been vice-head of the Department of Agricultural Sciences (2016-2017) and Delegate for International Relations of the same Department (2015-2017). She is member of the board of the Italian Society of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Microbiology.

Her main research interests regard:

- the study of beneficial and probiotic microorganism in plants, rhizosphere and soil

- the application of microorganisms to soil aimed at the improvement of soil quality and fertility

- the application of probiotics and prebiotics to humans and animals to fight diseases and correlation with the gut microbiota composition

- the characterization of the microbial communities from several matrixes, including agricultural soil under different agronomic management

- the antimicrobial activity of natural molecules and agro-industrial by-products.

- description, polyphasic taxonomic and functional characterization of new potential probiotic strains.

She has published 85 papers on scientific peer reviewed journals with impact factor (Scopus h-index 26, total citations SCOPUS:  1600 on July 2018), 8 book chapters and she is co-editor of the book "Probiotics and prebiot for animal health and food safety", SPRINGER, 2018.

She is participating in several national and international research programs:

- Soil quality and ecosystem services: multi-functional interactions among soil, microbiota and useful insects (QUABIO), financed by Università di Bologna within the program Alma Idea (member of the University of Bologna research group);

- Nourishing Probiotics to bees to mitigate stressors (NO PROBleMS), H2020-MSCA-RISE 2017, GA 77760, 2018-2022 (Scientific coordinator of the project).

- Towards innovation-driven and smart solutions in short food supply chains (SMARTCHAIN), H2020 GA773785, 2018-2021 (Coordinator of the University of Bologna research Unit).

- Enriching the diversity of cultivated plants through a multi-actor approach (DIVERSIFOOD), H2020 GA 633571, 2015-2018 (member of the University of Bologna research group);

- Innovative Food Product Development Cycle: Frame for Stepping Up Research Excellence of FINS (FOODSTARS) H2020 GA 692276, 2015-2018 (member of the University of Bologna research group);

- LONGLIFE, Joint Action Food Processing for Health of the Joint Programming Initiative a Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (JPI HDHL), 2016-2019; (coordinator of the University of Bologna research group).

- Adaptation of variety mixtures and evolutionary populations of common wheat for organic farming in the Emilia-Romagna region (BIOADAPT) - 2016-2019, Emilia-Romagna Region (Italy)- (European) Rural Development Programme- EIP-AGRI.

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