Maria Luisa Dindo


She got her degree in Agricultural Sciences in 1982 at the University of Bologna. She attended her Phd Course in Agricultural Entomology at the same University, with part of her research activity performed at the University of California, Riverside. In 1987 she obtained her PhD. She is full professor in General and Applied Entomology since 2021.

Her scientific interests mainly deal with the biology and rearing (both in vivo and in vitro) of parasitoids, especially Diptera Tachinidae and the rearing of potential hosts or preys of entomophagous insects. She is also interested in studying the sustainable control strategies of insect pests, in particular the new associations between indigenous parasitoids and exotic insects introduced in Italy.

From 2017 to 2023, she was co-convenor of the Working Group ‘Mass Rearing and Quality Assurance’ (MRQA WG) of the International Organisation for Biological Control (IOBC Global), which she joined in  2003. Since 2022, she has been a member of the Scientific Board of the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Bologna.  She is an Executive Editor of the journal “Bulletin of Insectology” and a member of the Editorial Board of the journals “BioControl” and “Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata”.

POLIDORI C., FERRARI A., BORRUSO L., MATTARELLI P., DINDO M.L., MODESTO M., CARRIERI M., PUGGIOLI A., RONCHETTI F., BELLINI R., 2023.  Aedes albopictus microbiota: Differences between wild and mass-reared immatures do not suggest negative impacts from a diet based on black soldier fly larvae and fish food.-  PLOS ONE, 18, Article number: e0292043, pp. 1 – 15.

FRANCATI S., MARTINI A., DINDO M.L., 2023. Host stage and temperature for the rearing of Aridelus rufotestaceus (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), with notes on acceptance and suitability of 2 stink bug species.- Journal of Insect Science, Article number: 11, pp. 1 – 8.

OLIVADESE M., DINDO M.L., 2023. Edible Insects: A Historical and Cultural Perspective on Entomophagy with a Focus on Western Societies. – Insects, 14, Article number: 690, pp. 1 – 16.

FRANCATI S., MASETTI A., MARTINELLI R., MIRANDOLA D., ANTEGHINI G., BUSI R., DALMONTE F., SPINELLI F., BURGIO G., DINDO M.L., 2021. Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) on kiwifruit in Northern Italy: phenology, infestation and natural enemies assessment. Journal Of Economic Entomology, 114:   1733 – 1742.

DINDO M.L., GRENIER S., 2022. Production of Dipteran Parasitoids, in: Mass Production of Beneficial Organisms Invertebrates and Entomopathogens, 2nd Edition, Academic Press, pp. 71-100.

MARTINI A.; DI VITANTONIO C.; DINDO M.L., 2019.- Acceptance and suitability of the box tree moth Cydalima perspectalis as host for the Tachinid parasitoid Exorista larvarum.- Bulletin of Insectology, 72: 150 – 160.