Selected papers

1- Badano D., Pantaleoni R. A. Agadirius trojani gen. et sp. nov.: a new owlfly (Neuroptera: Ascalaphidae) from Morocco. In: Zootaxa, vol. 3270 pp. 51 - 57. Magnolia Press, 2012.     

2- Cocco A., Coinu M., Lentini A., Serra G., Delrio G. Mating disruption field trials to control the vine mealybug Planococcus ficus. In: Iobc-wprs Bulletin, vol. 67 pp. 215 - 221. Integrated protection and production in viticulture. IOBC/WPRS, 2011.  

3- Lentini A., Verdinelli M. Formicidae. In: Integrated Control of Citrus Pests in the Mediterranean Region. pp. 231 - 241. Vincenzo Vacante (ed.). Reggio Calabria: Bentham Science Publisher, 2012.  

4- Loru L., Fois X., Sassu A., Pantaleoni R. A. An Individual Marking Technique for Green Lacewings (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae). In: Florida Entomologist, vol. 96 (2) pp. 628 - 630. Bioone Research, 2013.        

5- Loru L., Sassu A., Fois X., Pantaleoni R. A. Ethyl acetate: a possible alternative for anaesthetizing insects. In: ANNALES DE LA SOCIETE ENTOMOLOGIQUE DE FRANCE, vol. 46 (3-4) pp. 422 - 424. Societe Entomologique de France, 2010.  

6- Pantaleoni R. A., Badano D. Myrmeleon punicanus n. sp., a new pit-building antlion (Neuroptera Myrmeleontidae) from Sicily and Pantelleria. In: Bulletin of Insectology, vol. 65 (1) pp. 139 - 148. Department of Agroenvironmental Sciences and Technologies (DiSTA), Entomology, Alma Mater Studiorum Bologna, 2012.  

7- Pantaleoni R. A., Baratti M., Barraco L., Contini C., Cossu C., Filippelli M., Loru L., Romano M. Argas (Persicargas) persicus (Oken, 1818) (Ixodida: Argasidae) in Sicily with considerations about its Italian and West-Mediterranean distribution. In: PARASITE-JOURNAL DE LA SOCIETE FRANCAISE DE PARASITOLOGIE, vol. 17 pp. 349 - 355. Societe Francaise de Parasitologie, 2010.  

8- Satta A., Verdinelli M., Ruiu L., Buffa F., Salis S., Sassu A., Floris I. Combination of beehive matrices analysis and ant biodiversity to study heavy metal pollution impact in a post-mining area (Sardinia, Italy). In: Environmental Science and Pollution Research, vol. 19 (3) article n. 4. Springer, 2012.        

9- Serra G., Lentini A. Egg development and diapause in Sardinian populations of Tortrix viridana L. In: Iobc-wprs Bulletin, vol. 76 pp. 197 - 200. IOBC-WPRS, 2012.  

10- Verdinelli M., Loi A., Luciano P. Ant species noxious to cork oak in Sardinia. In: Iobc-wprs Bulletin, vol. 76 pp. 249 - 252. Integrated protection in oak forests. IOBC/WPRS, 2012.  


Applied Ecology and biological control
Name TopicPosition
Verdinelli Marcello   Applied Ecology - Forest insects - Biomonitoring Permanent researcher
Pantaleoni Roberto A.   Taxonomy of Neuroptera - Biological control - History of Entomology Associated researcher
Serra Giuseppe   Forest and agricultural pests - IPM and biological control Permanent researcher
Loru Laura   Taxonomy of Heteroptera - Invasive alien pests - Benthic macroinvertebrates Permanent researcher
Cresto Piercarlo   Ecological modelling - Numerical analysis Permanent researcher
Schiaffino Angela   Biomolecular analysis - Population genetics Temporary researcher
Fois Xenia   Biological assay - Invasive alien pests Temporary researcher
Cossu Carlo Simone   Urban pests - Integrated Vector Management Temporary researcher
Badano Davide   Taxonomy of Neuroptera PhD student
Fadda Leonarda   Technical assistance Permanent technician
Medde Giovanni   Administrative support Administrative
Maccioni Rita   Administrative support Administrative
Arrizza Stefano   Informatic assistance Administrative

Applied Ecology and biological control

Contact: Marcello Verdinelli (Unit of Sassari - Li Punti)
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The activity of the research group is directed mainly to basic and applied research in agricultural, forest and urban entomology. The integration of different skills is intended to promote the development of environmental management strategies for the control of pests and the definition of bioassessing methods.

The research group topics are:

  • Taxonomy and ecology of insects of economic and environmental importance (Lepidoptera, Heteroptera, Formicidae, Neuroptera);
  • Multimetric biomonitoring methods based on arthropod community structure and function. Study of indicator systems for ecosystem health;
  • Management of invasive species through classical biological control. Ecological studies on the interactions among exotic and native populations;
  • Development of integrated pest management strategies; Biological activity of natural and synthetic substances on test insects.