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Prof. Paolo Balsari

Dr. Paolo Marucco

Dr. Massimo Pugliese

Dr. Marco Grella


The University of Torino (UNITO) is one of the leading Italian public Universities with an international reputation for high quality teaching and research. UNITO is active at international level through involvement of its researchers in several projects with foreign partners, establishment of joint educational courses, such as bi-national degrees and international PhD programmes, through the subscription of formal cooperation agreements (roughly 450) with institutions around the world and active participation in internationalization projects for Italian universities. 

UNITO participates with the Department of Agriculture, Forest and Food Science (DISAFA), established in January 2013 through the merging of the Faculty of Agriculture and her five Departments. At present, about 350 people are employed at the Department. Within DISAFA, the Crop Protection Technology Group (CPT) has been particularly active as a specialist topic within the Agricultural and Forest Engineering research area for more than 20 years. Their activities have led to great improvements being gained with pesticide application efficiency, operator safety and the minimization of their environmental impact.

The Plant Pathology Group (PPG-UNITO) has extensive experience in biology and epidemiology of plant pathogens of economically important crops as well in their management. It also has experience in DNA molecular marker technologies applied to detection of plant pathogens and biocontrol agents, fungicide resistance, development of pathogen diagnostics, risk analysis studies. Such expertise is currently applied in the field of crop biosecurity. Finally, it is actively involved in disease management, by adopting cultural, physical, biological and chemical measures. 



On the basis of the experience on equipment for plant protection and plant pathology, UNITO leads WP1 focused on the community building and user requirement analysis for the development of OPTIMA IPM protocols.


PPG-UNITO contributes to the selection and optimization of appropriate disease prediction models to be integrated into the OPTIMA DSS.


PPG-UNITO participates in the assessment for the combination of synthetic and biological PPPs to control the selected diseases and contributes to understanding the genetic, evolutionary and agronomic drivers of host resistance and evolution of PPP pathogen resistance.


CPT-UNITO takes part in the development and optimization of innovative spraying technologies with special regard to the realisation of a smart sprayer prototype for vineyards.


UNITO participates in the pilot testing and evaluation of the developed technologies in the vineyard/downy mildew case.


UNITO also participates in the dissemination and exploitation activities of the project.