PhD student profile, Erica Holzer

Erica Holzer (ORCID n. 0009-0007-0284-197X)

Tutor: Prof. Daniela Lupi, DeFENS

Co-tutor: Prof. Sara Savoldelli, DeFENS

Dean: Prof. Diego Mora

Research area: Agri-Environment

Research topic: The honey production chain, a network of interactions: suitability of the territory, beekeeping issues and honey quality.


Project Synopsis

The project will focus on honey as a product of Apis mellifera L. 1758 and other social Apoidea.  One of the main goals is to update the information on the worldwide honey production of A. mellifera and other bee species, with a particular focus on stingless bees widespread in the southern regions of America. In the course of the three years, various laboratory analysis will be performed on the honey matrix (e.g. floristic composition investigations through the study of pollens and study of honey quality) and field studies on the insect/environment relationship, in order to assess, how A. mellifera honey reflects the characteristics of the patrolling areas and can become a model for environmental assessment in terms of floral biodiversity.


Project keywords

Bees, stingless bees, environment, honey, honey production, pollen



Università degli Studi di Milano

DeFENS – Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences

Edificio 21030

Via Celoria, 2 – 20133, Milano

Phone: +39 02 50316758



Cristian Del Bo’, DeFENS, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy;

Carla Gianoncelli, Fondazione Fojanini Di Studi Superiori, Via Valeriana 32 – 23100 Sondrio (SO), Italy

Claudia Picozzi, DeFENS, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy;

Paolo Simonetti, DeFENS, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy;

Paolo Carlo Maria Tremolada, ESP, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy;



Fellowship sponsor: Università degli Studi di Milano.



National and International Conferences proceedings:

Malabusini, S. De Milato, E. Holzer, C. Jucker, D. Lupi (2022). Studies on the bioethology of Sclerodermus brevicornis to improve biological control strategies. Proceedings of European PhD Network “Insect Science” XIII Annual Meeting 16-18 November 2022, Firenze.




Master Degree in “Scienze per la conservazione e la diagnostica dei beni culturali”, Facoltà di Scienze e Tecnologie, Università degli Studi di Milano – 2021.

Bachelor Degree in “Scienze e tecnologie per lo studio e la conservazione dei beni culturali e dei supporti dell’informazione”, Facoltà di Scienze e Tecnologie, Università degli Studi di Milano – 2018.


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