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Paola Minardi

Assistant professor

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Academic discipline: AGR/12 Plant Pathology

Curriculum vitae

Personal information

Name: Paola Minardi

Date of birth: 31 July 1962, Faenza (Italy)

Civil status: married since 1987, two daughters

Citizenship: Italian

 

Office

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences – DISTAL

Plant Pathology and Phytoiatry

Viale Fanin 42, 40127 Bologna (BO)

Phone: 051-2096747

Email: paola.minardi@unibo.it

 

 

Languages and informatic knowledges

Italian (native); good knowledge of English, written and oral.

Main packages for writing, electronic sheet and graphic elaboration.

Sstatistical, numerical taxonomic and imaging analysis softwares (NTSYSpc, GelCompar, GeneCompar, BioNumerics, Applied Maths; GelScan; SPSS; Statistica).

Data bases and the services available on the scientific net.

Operative system: Windows (Vista, XP etc); Internet Explorer

 

Education and Qualification

1990          Qualification to the use of the radioactive substances at the Office of Environmental Health, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

1990          PhD in Plant Pathology, University of Bologna. Thesis entitled: “Plant-bacteria Cellular Recognition in the heterologous system tobacco-pseudomonads”.

1988-89     Official Recognised and Visiting Student, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford. Research activity on: “Plant cell wall modifications related to the localized cellular response induced by bacterial elicitors”.

1987          Qualification to a professional biologist, Faculty of Sciences, University of Bologna.

1986          Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Bologna. 110/110 cum laude. Experimental thesis entitled: “Preliminary studies on the mechanisms of ATP hydrolysis and synthesis in plasmatic fragments of the thermophilic bacterium Chloroflexus aurantiacus”.

1981          Liceo-Ginnasio E. Torricelli, Faenza.

 

Fellowships and Awards

1991-93      Two annual fellowships of the European Commission for biotechnological research activity in the field of the phytopathological bacteriology during the academic years 1991-92 and 1992-93.

1991           Research award, National Council of Research of Italy, for the activity carried out at the Department of Plant Pathology, Cornell University, Ithaca-New York.

1990-91      Post-doc fellowship of the National Council of Research of Italy for research activity at the Department of Plant Pathology, Cornell University, Ithaca-New York.

1989-90      Research award “Giammario Pallotta”, University of Bologna.

 

Istitutional Academic Positions

from 2019   Assistant Professor with tenure in Plant Pathology at the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences – DISTAL – ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - University of Bologna.

2010-2019  Assistant Professor with tenure in Plant Pathology at the Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences – DiMeVet- ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - University of Bologna.

2004-2010 Assistant Professor with tenure in Plant Physiology at the department of Veterinary Morphophysiology and Animal Production (DIMORFIPA) in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bologna.

2001          Pass-mark in the qualifying examination (April 13th) as an Associate Professor in Plant Pathology, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza.

1996-03      Assistant Professor with tenure in Plant Physiology, Department of land and agro-forestry systems (TeSAF), University of Padua.

1993-96      Assistant Professor in Plant Physiology at the TeSAF Department, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Padua.

1990-91      Visiting scientist, Department of Plant Pathology, Cornell University (Ithaca, New York). Post-doc research activity on: “Identification of the genes responsible for the induction of the hypersensitive reaction towards phytopathogenic pseudomonads”.

from 1989   Matter expert, Plant Pathology and Phytopathological Bacteriology, 1st Level Degree Course in Protection of Plants and Vegetal Products, and from 1995 also for Plant Pathology, 1st Level Degree Course in Biotechnologies, Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences, University of Bologna.

 

Scientific Activity

Over 20 years of experience on the plant-pathogen interactions, aspects of the plant immunitary system and the epidemiology of phytopathogenic bacteria affecting fruit crops, mainly pome fruits and kiwifruit. She has also worked on the molecular characterization of fungi used as biological control of fungal diseases and on the strategies to reduce the growth of phytopathogenic fungi and the production of mycotoxins. She has partecipated to different research programs, national and international, financed by CNR, MiRAAF, MURST and UE. The scientific activity has been concerned topics of phytopathological bacteriology with particular concern to the plant-pathogen interactions studying the mechanisms underling the prevention of the hypersensitive response with biochemical, histological and molecular-genetic approaches and the aspects of the plant immune system. Basic research was focussed on bacterial encapsulation associated with the localized plant cell response at the time of the establishment, the role of bacterial periplasmatic oligosaccharides in induced resistance in homologous and heterologous systems, the prevention of the hypersensitive reaction with external membrane protein-lipopolysaccharide complexes, the induced resistance, the harpin encoded by the hrp gene complex as a pathogenicity factor and more recently the phenomenon of quorum sensing. Moreover, the scientific activity has concerned to the study of the aspects related to the aetiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis of the bacterial diseases and to the identification and molecular characterization of fungi used as biological control of fungal diseases. As for the phytopatogenic fungi, research activity has been focused on the setting up of strategies to reduce the fungal growth and the production of mycotoxins during the feed storage using substances of natural origin already used as food additives. The scientific activity is summarized in more than 90 publications published on national and international journal and partly presented in national and international congress as oral or poster communications.

 

Teaching Appointment at Academic Institutions

2019 "Plant biology and microbiota of the plants" and "Essential oils and their antimicrobial activity", Professional Master in "Veterinarian Phytotherapy", School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, University of Bologna AA 2018-19.

from 2014 “Quality and safety of food of plant origin in the animal diet”, Second cycle degree/Two year Master in “Safety and Quality in Animal Production”, School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, University of Bologna.

2011-2014 "Biology of Plant Foods" (module of integrated course "Animal Nutrition and Feeding") Single cycle degree/Combined Bachelor and Master in Veterinary Medicine, School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine , University of Bologna.

from 2009 "Advanced Plant Pathology", 2nd Level Degree Course in Agricultural Science and Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Bologna (classes and exams). 

2008-13  "Botany", 1st Degree Course in Aquaculture and Ichthyopathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bologna.

2007 "Feed Technology", Degree Course in Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bologna (classes).

from 2006 Phytopathological Biotechnologies I, 1st Degree Course in Biotechnologies, Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences, University of Bologna (classes, practical exercises and exams).

2004-09 Production and Preservation of Forages, Single cycle degree/Combined Bachelor and Master in Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bologna.

from 2004 Member of the Teaching staff of the PhD in “Food sciences, animal nutrition, and food safety”, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bologna.

Seminars in the PhD School in “Agricultural Sciences”, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Bologna.

Pathogenetic Biodiversity, 2nd Level Degree Course in Agro-industrial Systems Sciences– Plant medicine, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Bologna (classes and exams).

2004 Member of the Examination Commission for the PhD in “Biotechnologies of cultivated plants”, University of Udine AA 2002-03.

2003-04 Plant Biodiversity, Degree Course in Land Protection and Maintenance, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Padua.

Systematic and Forestry Botany, Degree Course in Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Padua (classes and practical exercises).

2002-04 Member of the Teaching staff of the PhD on “Forestry Ecology”, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Padua.

Systematic and Forestry Botany, Degree Course in Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Padua (exams).

2002-03 Ecophysiology of the Forestry Systems, Degree Course in Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Padua (seminars).

1999-01 Plant Physiology, Degree Course in Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Padua (classes, practical exercises and exams).

1999-03 Plant Pathology II, Degree Course in Agricultural Science and Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Padua (thesis supervision).

1998-99 Phytopathological Biotechnologies, Degree Course in Biotechnologies, Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences, University of Bologna (classes, practical exercises and exams).

from 1995  Plant Pathology, Degree Course in Biotechnologies, Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences, University of Bologna (practical exercises, exams and thesis supervision).

1995-99 Systematic and Forestry Botany, Degree Course in Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Padua (classes, practical exercises, exams and thesis supervision).

1993-95 General Botany, Degree Course in Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Padua (classes and practical exercises).

1993-03 Tutor of the students to prepare thesis, Degree Course in Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Padua.

1992-95 Forestry Botany, Degree Course in Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Padua (classes, practical exercises, exams and thesis supervision).

1989-95 Plant Pathology and Phytopathological Bacteriology (until 1992), Degree Courses in Agricultural Science and Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Bologna (practical exercises, exams and thesis supervision).


Appointment at institutions, Scientific Societies or Editors

2018 Member of the Organizing Committee of the "14th International Conference on Plant Pathogenic Bacteria - ICPPB 2020". Assisi (Italy) 7-12 June, 2020

from 2018 Member of the Scientific Committee of the Professional Master in "Veterinarian Phytotherapy", School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, University of Bologna

from 2016 Member of the I SIROE Research Group on "Agronomic, biological- phytochemical and pharmacological studies aimed to the valorization of essential oils for their agro-industrial use and environmental hygiene use.

2013-19   Referent of the disciplinary scientific sector AGR12 - Planth Pathology, Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences – DiMeVet- ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - University of Bologna.

2013 Member of the Organizing Committee of the "VI National Meeting on Phytoplasma and phytoplasma diseases". University of Bologna.

from 2011 Referee of scientific papers for the international journal "Journal of Plant Pathology".

             Referee of scientific papers for international journal "Phytopatologia Mediterranea".

from 2009  Member of the Working Group for the "Reinforcement of the Scientific Network", University of Bologna.

from 2008  Member of Faculty Council, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bologna.

from 2007     Member of the "Alma Food IRT" (Integrated Research Team), University of Bologna.

from 2006  Member of the Working Group "Food for Life", University of Bologna.

                  Member of the “National Bacteriology Working Group”, Italian Society of Plant Pathology.

from 2005  Reviewer for the international scientific review FEMS Microbiology Letters.

2003-04      Member of Local Organizing Committee of the “10th International Workshop on Fire Blight”, International Society for Horticultural Sciences, University of Bologna.

1999-04      Member of Faculty Council, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Padua.

1998-00      Member of the Study Commission on the “Utilization of genetically modified microrganisms”, Italian Society of Plant Pathology.

from 1997  Reviewer for the international scientific review Journal of Plant Pathology.

1993-04      Responsible for practical training and thesis supervisor, Degree Courses in Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Padua.

 

Affiliation to Scientific Societies

Italian Society for Research on Essential Oils, from 2013.

International Society for Horticultural Science, from 2010.

International Society for Mycotoxicology, from 2009.

Italian Society of Plant Pathology, from 1988.

Italian Society of Plant Physiology, 1988-99.

Italian Society of Botany, 1988-98.