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Di Virgilio Nicola
Di Virgilio Nicola

Nicola Di Virgilio

phone 0039 051 6399004

 

Linkedin: http://it.linkedin.com/pub/nicola-di-virgilio/23/29/bb7

Researcher

2002. Degree in  Agricultural Sciences and Technologies.

2012. PhD at University of Bologna on Herbaceous crops, Breeding and Agricultural Ecosystems.

Research topics

Environment – agricultural systems relationships for yield and environmentally sustainable land use of rural areas.

Use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and geostatistic for land suitability studies and land use evolution.

LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) of agricultural products and agro-energy chains for a sustainable land use.

Field trials establishment of agronomic factors on crop traits, mainly on industrial crops as fibre and energy crops.

From 2008. Co-author of the regular column "News from Research" for the monthly magazine AGRICULTURE of the Emilia-Romagna region.

Keywords

GIS, LCA, sustainable land use, alternative land uses, environmental impact, sustainable practices, land vulnerability, industrial crops, herbaceous energy crops, fibre crops, hemp, stinging nettle, kenaf, switchgrass, silk, mulberry.

Selected papers

  1. Di Virgilio N., Monti A., Venturi G., 2007. Spatial variability of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) yield as related to soil parameters in a small field.  Field Crops Research 101 (2007) 232–239
  2. Monti A., Di Virgilio N., Venturi G., 2008. Mineral composition and ash content of six major energy crops. Biomass and Bioenergy , 32: 216 – 223.
  3. Bacci L., Baronti S., Predieri S., Di Virgilio N., 2009. Fiber yield and quality of fiber nettle (Urtica dioica L.) cultivated in Italy. Industrial Crops and Products, 2 9: 480–484.
  4. Predieri S., Di Virgilio N., 2007. In vitro mutagenesis and mutant multiplication. In: PROTOCOLS FOR MICROPROPAGATION OF WOODY TREES AND FRUITS – SM Jain and H. Hagman (eds.) © 2007 Springer, The Netherlands. ISBN 978-1-4020-6351-0 (HB). E-book ISBN 978-1-4020-6352-7.
  5. Barbanti L., Di Virgilio N., Venturi G., 2008. Effects of Plant density, seeding and harvest time on the growth of two kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus L.) varieties. Italian Journal of Agronomy / Riv. Agron., 4:267-277.
  6. Di Virgilio, N., Fazio, S., Battistel, E., Monti, A. 2011. Advances in Bi-Directional Method for Land Allocation of Energy Crops. 19th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition. Berlin 2011. DOI: 10.5071/19thEUBCE2011-OC9.1
  7. Di Virgilio, N., Facini, O., Georgiadis, T., Nardino, M., Monti, A., Rossi, F. 2011. The Eddy Covariance Technique for Carbon Balance and Water Exchange Assessment in Energy Crops. 19th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition. Berlin 2011. DOI: 10.5071/19thEUBCE2011-VP1.3.30
  8. Licausi E., Di Virgilio N., Rotondi A., Magli M., 2010. Olive tree in Emilia Romagna region: an ancient crop, a new environmental and cultural economic resource. Italian Journal of Agromomy. 5:27-34..
  9. Zatta A., Di Virgilio N., Vecchi A., Monti A. Hemp and Kenaf as Potential Feedstock for 2nd Generation Bioethanol Yield in Southern Europe. International Symposium on Renewable Feedstock for Biofuel and Bio-based Products in Austin, Texas, from August 11-13, 2010.
  10. Fernando, A.L., Duarte, M.P., Almeida, J., Boléo, S., Di Virgilio, N., Mendes, B. The Influence of Crop Management in the Environmental Impact of Energy Crops Production. 18th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, 3 - 6 May 2010, Lyon Convention Centre - Cité Internationale - France. ISBN: 978-88-89407-56-5.  DOI: 10.5071/18thEUBCE2010-VP5.3.6.
  11. Di Virgilio N., Fazio S., Fernando A., Monti A. A new methodological study to allocate energy crops at different scale levels: a multidirectional approach. 18th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, 3 - 6 May 2010, Lyon Convention Centre - Cité Internationale - France. ISBN: 978-88-89407-56-5. DOI: 10.5071/18thEUBCE2010-OE1.2
  12. Di Virgilio N., Monti A., Venturi G. 2009. Characterization of the spatial-temporal trend of switchgrass yield at a field scale. 17th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, 29 June – 3 July 2009, CCH-Congress Center, Hamburg, Germany.
  13. Fernando A., Duarte M.P., Di Virgilio N., Mendes B. 2009. Is miscanthus a sustainable land-use alternative for the energy market in Portugal? 17th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, 29 June – 3 July 2009, CCH-Congress Center, Hamburg, Germany.
  14. Di Virgilio N., Monti A., Venturi G., 2007. Effects of agronomic factors on kenaf biomass yield and quality in North Italy for energy destination. 15th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition. From Research to Market Deployment. 07 - 11 May 2007, Berlin, Germany.
  15. Di Virgilio N., Monti A. Venturi G., 2007. The effect of sowing time and plant density on growth and yields of kenaf in North Italy. 15th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition. From Research to Market Deployment. 07 - 11 May 2007, Berlin, Germany.
  16. Alexopoulou E., Christou M, Cosentino S.L., Danalatos N.G., Archontoulis S.V., Venturi G., Di Virgilio N., Fernando A., Tenorio J.L., Gonzàlez, J., Gosse G., Lips S., van Berg D., Heaton R., 2005. BIOKENAF: A European Network for the Biomass Production Chain of the Kenaf. Proceedings 14th European Biomass Conference, 17-21 October 2005, Paris, France. 290-293.
  17. Di Virgilio N., Monti A., Venturi G., 2004. Development of a G.I.S. to evaluate the yield spatial variability of switchgrass as affected by environmental factors in hill field in northern Italy. Books of Proceedings of VIII ESA Congress (European Society of Agronomy), 11-15 July 2004, Copenhagen, Denmark. 733-734.