Silvio Salvi obtained his Bachelor Degree in Biology and his PhD in Biotechnology at the University of Bologna. In 2003 became Staff Research Scientist at the same university. From 2007 to 2010 was Principal Investigator at Research and Innovation Centre of FEM, San Michele all’Adige (Trento) working on apple molecular genetics. Since 2014 is Associate Professor at the University of Bologna. His current research activities are in the area of molecular genetics of agronomically relevant traits in cereals (maize, barley and durum wheat), with emphasis on root and shoot/inflorescence development. He also deals with mutagenesis and manages mutant collections of barley and Arundo donax. He teaches Agricultural Genetics in several courses of the Agriculture and Veterinary School of the University of Bologna.