Gianfranco Anfora


Graduated in Biological Sciences in 1997 at the University La Sapienza of Rome, PhD in Agricultural Entomology in 2003 at the University of Molise. He is currently associate professor in General and Applied Entomology at the University of Trento where he teaches Viticultural Entomology, Organic Viticulture and Bioagrochemicals. He is vice-president of the bachelor course in Viticulture and Oenology and the Centre’s Quality Delegate. He is an affiliated researcher at the Edmund Mach Foundation in San Michele all’Adige.

He has focused his research activity on the study of communication in insect pests through the identification of biologically-active volatiles by means of molecular, electrophysiological and behavioural investigations. He has carried out studies for the characterisation of semiochemicals and for the evaluation of their effectiveness for monitoring and control. He has contributed to the optimisation of the application of pheromone mating disruption for the control of Lepidopteran species harmful to grapevine and apple trees and to the development of vibrational mating disruption. It is developing biological and integrated control programmes against invasive alien species using native and exotic parasitoids, bioagrochemicals and semiochemicals. The results of his scientific activity are presented in several articles in international scientific journals and in two patents.

Rossi Stacconi M.V.R., Grassi A., Ioriatti C., Anfora G., 2019. Augmentative releases of Trichopria drosophilae for the suppression of early season Drosophila suzukii BioControl, 64: 9-19.

Salvagnin U., Malnoy M., Thöming G., Tasin M., Carlin S., Martens S., Vrhovsek U., Angeli S., Anfora G., 2018. Adjusting the scent ratio: using genetically modified Vitis vinifera plants to manipulate European grapevine moth behaviour. Plant Biotechnology Journal 16: 264-271.

Rossi-Stacconi V., Kaur R., Mazzoni V., Ometto L., Grassi A., Gottardello A., Rota-Stabelli O., Anfora G., 2016. Multiple lines of evidence for reproductive winter diapause in the invasive pest Drosophila suzukii: useful clues for control strategies. Journal of Pest Science, 89: 689-700.

Dekker T., Mansourian S., Revadi S., Lebreton S., Becher P., Angeli S., Rota-Stabelli O., Anfora G., 2015. From pheromone to antagonist: cis-vaccenyl acetate loss in Drosophila suzukii reverses its role in sexual communication. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282: 20143018

Anfora G., Vitagliano S., Larsson M.C., Witzgall P., Tasin M., Germinara G.S., De Cristofaro A., 2014. Disruption of Phthorimaea operculella (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) oviposition by the application of host plant volatiles. Pest Management Science 70 (4): 628-635.