Luca Nerva

Role: Researcher

Affiliation: CREA – Research Centre for Viticulture and Enology


I get my Ms in Plant Biology and Biotechnology and afterwards I obtained the PhD degree in Applied Biological and Biotechnological Sciences at the University of Turin in collaboration with the CNR – Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection. After the PhD I started my collaboration at CREA where grapevine and vineyards became my reference model systems. I mainly focus my research interest on plant-microbe interactions as well as on the application of New Plant Breeding Techniques (NPBTs) to improve the sustainability of grape cultivation. About plant-microbe interactions I participated to the development of the first public collection of grape endophytes (bacteria and fungi) but I also study viral ecology associated to plant tissues and to the vineyard ecosystem. For NPBTs application I mainly focus on studying the genes involved in plant-microbe interactions (both, pathogens and beneficial microbes) to improve viticulture sustainability considering all the involved factors. The idea to discover something new and share the knowledge to improve products and processes is the most intriguing activity that I most appreciate in my work.


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