Simone Nesi

Supervisors: Prof. Giovanni Caruso and Prof. Simone Priori (University of Tuscia)

Research field: Fruit growing

Research interests: grapevine, olive tree, water stress, salinity stress, precision farming

DAFE – University of Pisa, Via del Borghetto n°80, 56124 – Pisa – (IT)

Simone Nesi is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (DAFE) at the University of Pisa with a research project on “using remote and proximal sensing techniques to assess the response of Mediterranean tree crops to climate change-induced stresses”. In 2018 he gained a bachelor’s degree in Viticulture and Enology with a thesis on “grapevine water relation and irrigation management in viticulture” and in 2020 he achieved a master’s degree in agri-food production and management of agro-ecosystems with a thesis focusing on “the effect of irrigation and rootstock on the vegetative-productive parameters and grape quality of the Sangiovese cultivar”.

After a work experience as a production manager in a winery, he came back to the University to follow one of his greatest passions: the study and management of abiotic stresses, with a focus on water and salt stresses. The general purpose of his Ph.D. project is to test the effectiveness and transferability of new monitoring technologies in Mediterrenean tree crops. Two specific objectives are: (i) to evaluate the combined use of remote and proximal sensing techniques to detect and monitor two important abiotic stresses induced by climate changes, such as those from drought and salinity, and (ii) to use the information derived from remote and proximal sensing to develop irrigation, canopy and soil management protocols aimed at mitigating water and salinity stresses in vineyards and orchards.



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