November 3, 2016

The longicorn beetls Rosalia alpina is widely known for the beauty of its eliytral colour pattern. Together with the researchers of the MIPP project, a project I was working in in 2014, we demostrated that it  is also so variable at the individual level that it can be...

January 7, 2016

The collaboration between UNIFI, CREA and ENEA led to a new paper, just published online in Journal of Pest Science. We investigated the effecxt of gamma-ray sterilization on the sexual behaviour of red palm weevils males. The Red palm weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus...

August 28, 2015


- Ale has won a Short Term Scinetific MIssion Grant from the COST Action TD1209, ALIEN CHALLENGE, to visti for 15 days the lab guided by Denis Thirey at INRA-Bordeaux. The main goal is to exchange knowledge about the fastly spreading pest Vespa velutina, an asian horn...

April 1, 2015

Ale got a Post-doc position at UNIFI, to work on Honeybees and their social immunity strategies, within the PRIN Project "Social immunity in honeybee: behavioural, chemical and microbiological aspects" guided by Prof. Stefano Turillazzi.



July 26, 2014


How are honeybees organized inside a hive? Have workers preferred comb areas? Does the association network mirror the spatial organization on the comb? Together with david Baracchi, from UCL, I tried to have insights on some of these topics, using  a intensive individ...

February 10, 2014

Together with colleagues from University of Florence and University Pierre et Marie Curie, we just published "Almost royal: incomplete suppression of host worker ovarian development by a social parasite wasp" . In this paper we show that workers of a paper wasp species...

June 1, 2013


Together with Claudio Ioriatti & Gianfranco Anfora we just published a review on Drosophila suzukii, a vinegar flies recently arrived in Europe and Usa, where it is threating soft fruit production.Find more information on D. suzukii biology, distribution and managemen...

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