Prof. Andrea Battisti


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Studio: 2 piano, stanza n. 2026

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Graduated in Forestry in 1992 in the University of Padova, discussing a thesis about the relationships between the Pine Processionary Caterpillar Thaumetopoea pityocampa and the nutrient cycle in stands of Pinus nigra.

Ph. D. in Applied Entomology in 1987 in the University of Bologna, discussing a thesis about the ecology and the population dynamics of the Pine Processionary Caterpillar Thaumetopoea pityocampa in North-eastern Italy.

Serving as forest manager in the Forest Service of Veneto Region (NE Italy) from 1986 to 1990, dealing mostly with the management of forest pests through the application of direct control and silvicultural methods.

Researcher in Forest Entomology in the University of Padova since April 1990, associate professor at the University of Firenze in 1998 , professor at the University of Padova from December 2002.



PRATIQUE (Enhancements of pest risk analysis techniques). Grant Agreement No.: 212459, 2008-2011

BACCARA (Biodiversity And Climate Change, A Risk Analysis). Grant Agreement No.: 226299, 2009-2013

Q-DETECT (Developing quarantine pest detection methods for use by national plant protection organizations and inspection services). Grant Agreement No.: 245047, 2010-2013


1.    Zovi D, Stastny M, Battisti A, Larsson S 2008. Ecological costs on local adaptation of an insect herbivore imposed by host plants and natural enemies. Ecology 89: 1388-1398.

2.    Zocca A., Zanini C., Aimi A., Frigimelica G., La Porta N., Battisti A., 2008. Spread of plant pathogens and insect vectors at the northern range margin of cypress in Italy. Acta Oecologica 33: 307-313.

3.    Salvato P., Simonato M., Battisti A., Negrisolo E. 2008. The complete mitochondrial genome of the bag-shelter moth Ochrogaster lunifer (Lepidoptera, Notodontidae). BMC Genomics 9: 331-346.

4.    Alberghini S., Battisti A., Squartini A. 2008. Monitoring a genetically modified Pseudomonas sp. released on pine leaves reveals concerted successional patterns of the bacterial phyllospheric community. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek DOI 10.1007/s10482-008-9259-6

5.    Gatto P., Zocca A., Battisti A., Barrento M.J., Branco M., Paiva M.R. 2009. Economic assessment of managing processionary moth in pine forests: A case-study in Portugal. Journal of Economic Management 90: 683-691.

6.    Marini L, Fontana P, Klimek S, Battisti A, Gaston KJ 2009. Impact of farm size and topography on plant and insect diversity of managed grasslands in the Alps. Biological Conservation 142: 394-403.

7.    Marini L, Fontana P, Battisti A., Gaston KJ 2009. Response of orthopteran diversity to abandonment of semi-natural meadows. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 132: 232-236, ISSN: 0167-8809

8.    Kerdelhue C, Zane L, Simonato M, Salvato P, Rousselet J, Roques A, Battisti A. 2009. Quaternary history and contemporary patterns in a currently expanding species. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 9: 220, doi:10.1186/1471-2148-9-220

9.     Ronnas C, Larsson S, Pitacco A, Battisti A 2010. Effects of colony size on larval performance in a processionary moth. Ecological Entomology, 35: 436-445.

10. Battisti A, Holm G, Fagrell B, Larsson S, 2011. Urticating hairs in arthropods – their nature and medical significance. Annual Review of Entomology. 56: in press, available at