PhD student profile, Valerio Mattei

PhD Student:  Valerio Mattei (ORCID n. 0000-0002-6267-7987)


Supervisor: Matias Pasquali, DeFENS;

Co-tutor: Antonio Ferrante, DISAA

Dean: Prof. Diego Mora

Research area: Agri-Environment


Research topic

Mitigate the impact of threats on the production, quality, and safety of food products


Project Synopsis

Streptomycetes can efficiently colonize the rhizosphere and the rhizoplane compartments and act as biocontrol agents of plant pathogens showing also a plant growth promotion activity. Therefore, they represent an excellent tool against both biotic and abiotic stresses.

The project aims to verify the streptomycetes mode of action through omic techniques to understand the mechanisms involved in the biotic and abiotic stress protection. In addition, plant physiological parameters and behaviour in different environmental conditions are going to be monitored by the use of non-disruptive innovative methods both in controlled and open field conditions.


Project keywords

Streptomycetes, crop production, biocontrol, plant growth promoting bacteria



Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences, DeFENS

Università degli Studi di Milano

Via Celoria 2, 20133, Milan/ Italy



Antonio Ferrante

Address: Via Celoria, 2, 20133 – Milano (MI)

Institution: Università degli Studi di Milano

Affiliation: Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences – Production, Landscape, Agroenergy (DiSAA)



Agritech National Research Center and received funding from the European Union Next-GenerationEU (PIANO NAZIONALE DI RIPRESA E RESILIENZA (PNRR) – MISSIONE 4 COMPONENTE 2, INVESTIMENTO 1.4 – D.D. 1032 17/06/2022, CN00000022).


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