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Assunta Bertaccini is Plant Pathology professor at the Alma Mater University of Bologna, Italy. She carried out several stages at the Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory, USDA, Beltsville, MD, USA. She is Member of the Società Italiana di Patologia Vegetale, American Phytopathological Society, International Organization for Mycoplasmology, and International Society for Horticultural Science. Invited speaker at many national and international meetings and seminars, member of scientific committees of several meetings on biotechnology and virology/phytoplasmology, referee for numerous scientific international journals. Her awards: Premio internazionale di enologia e viticoltura Giuseppe Morsiani for distinguished research in viticulture and Emmy KlienenbergerâNobel award for distinguished research in mycoplasmology. Responsible of the Phytobacteriology laboratory at the DipSA, University of Bologna she is leading a team of about 20 persons working on several aspects of plant bacteriology. Her major research efforts were devoted to study infections associated phytoplasmas and bacteria in plants applying microscopy and molecular tools to detect and characterize them. She is team leader of the Spiroplasma /Phytoplasma /Mesoplasma /Entomoplasma” working group of International Research Programme on Comparative Mycoplasmology (IRPC) and member of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes (ICSP) Subcommittee on Taxonomy of Mollicutes. She is EFSA consultant and EASIN board member. She mentored 10 PhD, 9 Plant Pathology and about 100 undergraduate and master thesis. She is author or coauthor in more than 800 publications, books and book chapters. During 2009â2013 she was Chair of COST action FA0807 "Integrated management of phytoplasma epidemics in different crop systems". She founded in 2007 and is leading the International Phytoplasmologist Working Group (IPWG). She is organizing the group meetings every 4 years and collaborating in formal or informal manner with a high number of colleagues from about 40 Countries worldwide.
Plant pathology with special emphasis in phytoplasmology and phytobacteriology
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