Arianna Grassi

Supervisors: Prof. Monica Agnolucci and Prof. Alessandra Turrini 

Research field: Microbiology

Research interests: Food microbiology, Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria, Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi, Biostimulants, Sustainable agriculture  

Department head office, via del Borghetto, 80, Pisa


She received her MA in Biosafety and Food Quality in 2018 at the Department of Agriculture Sciences, Food and Environment (DAFE), University of Pisa. In 2019 she won a research grant in the field of food microbiology, and she worked for two years in the same Department (DAFE). The activity was mainly focused on study of the molecular and functional biodiversity of microorganisms from spontaneous fermented food and beverages. In 2021 she won a research grant (DAFE) and in the 2022 a research fellowship (DAFE) to study the beneficial microbial communities characterizing different environmental matrices for their use in sustainable agriculture. These research projects were mainly focused on the isolation and morpho-physiological and molecular characterization of beneficial soil microorganisms such as arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) and plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPB). Author of 9 papers on international journals, of which 8 ISI and 1 contribution to an international conference. Currently she is a PhD student in Agricultural Sciences, Food and Environment and the PhD activity is relating to the use of microorganisms as biofertilizers and biostimulants for the improvement of plant use efficiency of water and soil natural resources. 


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