PhD student profile, Luca Pisoni

PhD Student: Pisoni Luca (ORCID n. 0009-0004-1036-3144)


Supervisor: Paolo Cortesi, DeFENS

Co-tutor: Daniela Bulgari

Dean: Prof. Diego Mora

Research area: Agri-Environment

Research topic: Agricultural waste as a source of bioactive compounds for applications in agriculture

Project Synopsis

The transition to sustainable agricultural production is growing steadily in Europe and around the world. Epidemic diseases caused by soilborne pathogenic fungi are a key target. Solid-state fermentation (SSF) is a promising tool to produce microbial biomass, and bioactive molecules for use in the production of biopesticides, using waste materials from various agro-industrial supply chains as growth substrates.

The aim of this project is the development of biotechnological processes, in particular solid-state fermentations, to valorise different agrifood waste for antimicrobial applications in field to implement pathogen resistance in crops. Bioactive compounds will be searched, and their antimicrobial activity will be evaluated in vitro and in planta. Moreover, omics techniques will be used to understand the mechanisms involved in the production of secondary metabolites with antimicrobial activity.

Luca Pisoni's project outline
Luca Pisoni’s project outline

Project keywords

Agri-food waste, antimicrobials, bioactive compounds, circular economy

Luca Pisoni's project flowchart
Luca Pisoni’s project flowchart



Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences, DeFENS

Università degli Studi di Milano

Via Celoria 2, 20133, Milan/Italy


Dott. Gregorio Peron, Department of Molecular and Translational Medicine, University of Brescia

Dott. Fabrizio Araniti, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences – Production, Landscape, Agroenergy, University of Milan

Prof. Sabrina Dallavalle, Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences, University of Milan


Fellowship sponsor: Università degli Studi di Milano


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