Daniele Daffonchio received a degree in agricultural science in 1988, and a Ph.D. degree in chemistry, biochemistry, and ecology of pesticides in 1993 from the University of Milan, Italy. Since 2002, he has been an Associate Professor of microbiology at the Department of Food Science and Microbiology of the University of Milan. He is heading a research team working in the area of microbial ecology and microbial biotechnology in complex ecosystems. He coordinates with M. Horn to the Working Group I “arthropod symbiont diversity” in the European Union Cost Action FA0701 “arthropod symbiosis: from fundamental study to pest and disease management.” He is currently an Editorial Board Member of Annals of Microbiology. He is the author of more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Research interests are dealing with ecology and biotechnology of microbial symbiosis in insect vectors of diseases; microbial diversity and system functioning in extreme environments including deep sea, hypersaline systems, and hot and cold arid terrestrial ecosystems; response of complex microbial communities to bioremediation treatments of contaminated matrices with particular reference to reductive dehalogenation; ecology of horizontal gene transfer to microorganisms by natural transformation with particular reference to biosafety of genetically modified plants; biocontrol and plant growth promotion properties of spore-forming bacteria; microbiology of anaerobic digestion of agro-industrial wastewaters.
Biography Updated on 22 May 2008