Marco Carrara

Supervisors: Prof. Giovanni Rallo

Research field: Agricultural hydraulics

Research interests: Climate change, Agroforestry systems, Methane emissions, Livestock, HTS platform

Department head office, via del Borghetto, 80, Pisa


Marco was born in Lucca on 09/12/1991 and lives in Capannori (LU). In 2017 and 2022 he obtained a bachelor’s degree in “Viticulture and oenology” and a master’s degree in “Agrifood Production and Agroecosystem Management”, respectively. During his years of study, he did several internships in winery farms. His master’s degree thesis concerned designing a micro-irrigation system for supplementary irrigation in vineyards. Since December 2022, Marco has been attending the national PhD course in “Sustainable Development and Climate Change”, where he carries out a project entitled “High Throughput Screening to select resilience dairy feeding systems”. The research activities are developed at the Agro-hydrological sensor and modelling laboratory (AgrHySMo Lab.) of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (DAFE) of the University of Pisa. The research deals with selecting Silvopastoral agroforestry systems moving towards sustainable and advanced management models. In particular, the project aims to quantify the rumen-methanogenic activity that follows feeding the animal with forage biomass grown under different types and stress levels (i.e., drought, salinity and shade). For this purpose, two high-resolution and high-throughput diagnostic screening (HTS) platforms are used for the first rapid parameterization of the crop stress function and for quantifying rumen methanogenesis activity.


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