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Neri Luisa
Neri Luisa

Luisa Neri

Ibimet - CNR, Via Gobetti 101

40129 Bologna, Italy

Tel : +39 051 6399005

Fax: +39 051 6399024

E-mail: neri@ibimet.cnr.it

Research contract.

  • March 2002 - Degree in Agricultural Biotechnology, University of Bologna.

  • 2002-2006- PhD in Microbiology, Institute for Brewing and Distilling, School of Life Sciences, Heriott-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland (UK).

  • 2007- present- Research contract, Institute of Biometeorology, National Research Council of Italy (IBIMET-CNR).

Current activities:

  • Biochemical quantification of food aromas: analyses of the aroma characteristics of edible products (wine and olive oil).

  • Ecophysiology of Volatile Organic Compound emission (VOC): studies of the emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from vegetation at plant and ecosystem scale.

  • Indoor phytoremediation: study on the ability of potted plants to remove indoor pollutants such as BTEX and formaldehyde.

  • Plant physiology and eco-physiology: studies of plant physiology and eco-physiology to investigate the effectiveness in carbon sequestration by broadleaf tree species in an urban environment; studies of plant pigments (xantophylls and chlorophylls) to understand the tolerance to drought stress in resurrection plant.


ANALYSES OF FOOD AROMAS: dynamic headspace sampling of the aromas released from edible products such as wine and oil, and of off-flavours emitted from spoiled food.

ENVIRONMENTAL MEASUREMENTS: measurements of leaf level gas exchanges (VOCs and CO2) in plants using a Portable Photosynthesis System (LI-Cor 6400).

TRANSPORT MODELS: application of back-trajectory models to study the interactions between micrometeorological variables and biogenic VOC emission at the regional level (e.g. HYSPLIT: Hybrid Single Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory Model).

GAS CHROMATOGRAPHY AND MASS SPECTROMETRY: Determination of volatile organic compounds emitted from plants, and of the head space aromas released from edible products, using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques.

HIGH PERFORMANCE LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY: analysis of plant pigments carotenoids, such as xantophylls, and chlorophylls, involved in drought stress tolerance.

ISOTOPIC METHODS: analysis of plant hormones to examine their role in phytoremediation of soil by heavy pollutants and to study plant adaptation to drought stress.

OPTICAL MICROSCOPY: light microscope for plant tissue observation.

HISTOLOGY: processing of plant tissues (fixation, paraffin and methacrylate resin embedding, microtome cutting, staining)

ORGANIC MANAGEMENT OF PLANT DISEASES: experience in organic protection of horticultural crops, and in the application of biocontrol agents for the management of chronic diseases in fruit trees.

MICROBIOLOGY: plating and sub-culturing of yeast, fungi and bacteria species; laboratory scale fermentations and distillations.

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY: experience in molecular biology techniques such as PCR, DGGE, DNA fingerprinting and DNA sequencing on plant, bacterial and yeast material.



  1. NERI L., RAPPARINI F., 2012. Ricerca bibliografica relativa alla capacità delle piante di mitigare gli inquinanti in ambienti indoor. Scientific report

  2. NERI L., BARALDI R., OSTI F., DI MARCO S., 2008. Effects of Trichoderma harzianum applications on fresh pruning wounds in Actinidia deliciosa for the protection against pathogens associated with the “wood decay” of kiwifruit. Proceedings 16th IFOAM Organic World Congress, 1, 484-487.

  3. NERI L., BARALDI R., OSTI F., ROTONDI A., DI MARCO S., 2007. Potenzialità di trattamenti con Trichoderma per la protezione delle ferite in potatura verde. Atti dell’VIII Convegno Nazionale Actinidia, Cuneo, 244-251.

  4. OSTI F., CALZARANO F., NERI L., PREDIERI S., DI MARCO S., 2007. Carie dell'actinidia e qualità dei frutti. Atti dell’VIII Convegno Nazionale Actinidia, Cuneo, 303-309.

  5. NERI L., BARALDI R., OSTI F., DI MARCO S., 2008. Protection of pruning wounds on kiwifruit by Trichoderma harzianum and effects on the host plant. 9th ICPP, 24-29/8, Torino. Journal of Plant Pathology, 90 (2, Supplement), S2.336.

  6. DI MARCO S., OSTI F., NERI L., 2007. La carie dell’actinidia, un problema emergente. Frutticoltura, 68 (1), 68-70.

  7. NERI L., OSTI F., DI MARCO S., 2008. La “carie” dell’actinidia. Agronomica (2) 28-33.

  8. NERI L., BARALDI R., ROTONDI A., OSTI F., DI MARCO S, 2007. Plant physiological processes involved in the protection of fresh pruning wound by Trichoderma applications. Atti della Summer School in Plant Hormones in Action, Maratea, pg. 10.

  9. NERI L., MEADEN P. G., WANIKAWA A., PRIEST F. G., 2005. The involvement of wild yeast in malt whisky fermentation. Delegate handbook of Worldwide Distilled Spirits Conference, Edinburgh, U.K.




  • Collaboration with Dipartimento di Produzione Vegetale Università degli Studi di Milano, Dipartimento Agroalimentare

  • “Sviluppo dell’olivicoltura da olio in Emilia”. Legge Regionale 28 Promozione dei Servizi di Sviluppo al sistema agro-alimentare

  • “Filiera olivicola nelle Marche” in collaboration with Agenzia per i Servizi nel Settore Agroalimentare delle Marche (ASSAM).

  • “Conoscenze Integrate per la Sostenibilità e l’Innovazione del made in Italy Agroalimentare (CISIA) – Olivicoltura di Qualità e Territorio”

  • Collaboration with Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agrarie (DISTA), Università di Bologna



  • Bilateral project CNR (Italy)-BAS(Bulgaria) Study on the mechanism of desiccation tolerance of the resurrection plant Haberlea rhodopensis under high temperature and high irradiance conditions

  • Life+ European project GAIA, (Green Areas Inner-cities Agreement) (http://www.lifegaia.eu/IT/index.xhtml).

  • Scientific collaboration with the Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment, University of Novi Sad (Serbia) on “Changes in levels of plant hormones (IAA and ABA) as the indicators of heavy metal pollution in poplar plant species”.