Arianna Petrucci

Supervisors: Prof. Sabrina Sarrocco (Unipi), Prof. David B. Colling (UCPH) and Prof. Birgit Jensen (UCPH) 

Research field: Plant Pathology

Research interests: Molecular Plant Pathology, Biocontrol Agent, Fusarium Head Blight, cereals

Department head office, via del Borghetto, 80, Pisa


Arianna Petrucci is an Italian graduate student who obtained (cum Laude) her Master Degree in Plant and Microbial Biotechnologies at the University of Pisa, with a thesis in Plant Pathology on the ecology of fungi related to wheat diseases. Her main research interest is the kingdom of Fungi with emphasis on their ecology and interaction mechanisms. She experienced a three-month period at the University of Ljubljana, during an ERASMUS+ traineeship. She worked on extremophile yeasts testing how the desiccation process could improve resistance to abiotic stress. At present, she is enrolled in a three-year PhD project, co-tutored by the University of Pisa and the University of Copenhagen. The PhD research project focuses on the molecular interactions that occur in the tripartite interactions including cereals, plant pathogenic Fusarium spp., and the two potential biocontrol agents Trichoderma gamsii and Clonostachys roseaWithin the context of the Agenda 2030 and the “Farm to Fork Strategy” (European Green Deal) aim of the project goal is to provide an sustainable, alternative tool to manage plant diseases in order to protect crop production and to ensure safe food to an increasing human population.  



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