PhD student profile, Luca Degradi

PhD Student: Luca Degradi ORCID n. 0000-0001-8778-3180



Supervisor: Matias Pasquali – DeFENS

Co-tutor: Marco Saracchi

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

Fusarium is a threat for food quality and safety. Emerging mycotoxins represent a risk for consumer health. The development of innovative detection and quantification methods for mycotoxin and the exploitation of genomic information for understanding the mechanism of cross-kingdom pathogens are important strategies to improve food safety and quality.

My PhD work will focus on emerging mycotoxin using non disruptive method for detection and quantification and the use of genomic information on Fusarium species to improve knowledge of this genus affecting human and crop.

Moreover novel data of the distribution of emerging mycotoxins in wheat will be generated.


Project keywords

Mycotoxins, food pathogen, plant pathology, Fusarium



Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences, DeFENS

Università degli Studi di Milano

Via Celoria 2, 20133, Milan/ Italy



Fellowship sponsor:

Award Number: Project code PE00000003, Concession Decree No. 1550 of 11 October 2022 adopted by the Italian Ministry of University and Research, CUP D93C22000890001, Project title “ON Foods – Research and innovation network on food and nutrition Sustainability, Safety and Security – Working ON Foods”.


Project sponsor:

Funder: Project funded under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP), Mission 4 – Component 2 Investment 1.3 – Call for proposals No. 341 of 15 March 2022 of Italian Ministry of University and Research funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU;




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