Donato Boscia

Donato Boscia

Research Director, responsible of the Unit of Bari (Italy) of the Istituto per la Protezione Sostenibile delle Piante (former Istituto di Virologia Vegetale) of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

Donato Boscia

Research Director, responsible of the Unit of Bari (Italy) of the Istituto per la Protezione Sostenibile delle Piante (former Istituto di Virologia Vegetale) of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

Curriculum Vitae et Studiorum of Donato Boscia

Research Director, responsible of the  Unit of Bari (Italy) of the Istituto per la Protezione Sostenibile delle Piante (former Istituto di Virologia Vegetale) of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

 

            Donato Boscia graduated in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Bari, in 1981. In 1983, as winner of a three years scholarship of the Province of Bari, he joined the Institute of Plant Pathology of the same University where he began his studies on the characterization of viruses and virus-like diseases of grapevines, and the development of serological reagents for their identification. In 1986 he was appointed research fellow of the National Research Council of Italy in the Research Centre for the Study of Viruses and Virus Diseases of Mediterranean Crops.

            In 1988 Dr. Boscia was awarded a CNR-NATO grant for an extended stay in a foreign laboratory. He spent 15 months at the New York State Agricultural Experimental Station, Cornell University, Geneva N.Y., where he studied grapevine closteroviruses under the supervision of Prof. D. Gonsalves. In this period, he was exposed to monoclonal antibody (MAb) technology and contributed to the isolation, identification and characterization of new viruses associated with grapevine corky bark disease. Back to Bari in 1990, he organised a laboratory for the production of monoclonal antibodies, which he has been leading ever since.

            Dr. Boscia’s research activity is centred on the study of grapevine viruses. He contributed to the identification and/or the definition of the aetiological role of viruses responsible for, or associated with important grapevine diseases: GFkV, GVA, GVB, GVD, GLRaV-2, and GLRaV-7. To all these viruses, plus GLRaV-3 and GLRaV-6, he has raised Mabs, developing sensitive ELISA reagents now widely used. A remarkable contribution to serological diagnosis of other viruses was the production of a set of specific Mabs for the identification of different strains of Plum pox virus, including the Marcus strain.

            He has been one of the researchers who identified for the first time Xylella fastidiosa in Salento, actively contributing to its characterization, host range definition and vector identification. He cooperated with the Regional Phytosanitary Service for the implementation of the program of mandatory control of Plum pox virus andCitrus tristeza virus. Since September 2013 he was member of the team of the Apulia Region in charge of managing the phytosanitary emergency of the "Quick decline syndrome of olive" associated to Xylella fastidiosa. He is member of the Scientific and Technical Ministerial Committee for Xylella fastidiosa. In 2014 has been appointed as Earing Expert of the Working group on Xylella fastidiosa of the EFSA (European Food Safety Autority).

            Dr. Boscia has 91 research publications in international journals to his credit and several additional written contributions so as to total 220 scripts (H index: 20).

            In 1999 Dr. Boscia has been awarded with the "Filippo Maseri Florio World Prize for Distinguished Research in Agriculture”.