Pasquale Cascone

The main topic of my research activity concerns the biological control of insect pests, which cause losses to major agriculture crops. I am particularly interested in the interactions between plants and the surrounding environment toward the emission of volatile compounds, and the natural enemies characterization throughout morphological and molecular techniques.
Volatile Organic Compounds emitted by plants play a rule in the regulation of plant-plant and plant-insects interaction. I am interested to study these interactions toward behavioral bioassays carried on parasitoids and pests, and to identify VOCs appointed to defensive functions by Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry.
Recently we passed from the study concerns single pest-plant interactions to an holistic approach considering the whole complex of stress faced by plant into a natural environment.
In line with this purpose I am involved in projects focusing on: multiple stresses caused, at the same time, by different kind of pest (e.g. sucker and chewer pests); benefits gained by plants from the symbiosis with root fungi (e.g. Trichoderma spp); and the impact evaluation of different abiotic stress such as drought and salinity
The principal aim of above mentioned topics is to understand how different stress impact on the natural enemies’ attractions and how they influence defensive mechanisms.
On the other hand I am involved to characterize the natural enemies using morphometric analysis and molecular techniques as well. The goal is to use them in pest biological control strategies.


Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 2018 - The Association With Two Different Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Differently Affects Water Stress Tolerance in Tomato - Volpe V., Chitarra, W., Cascone P., Volpe M.G., Bartolini P., Moneti G., Pieraccini G., Di Serio C., Maserti B., Guerrieri E., Balestrini R. - Frontiers In Plant Science ,
  • 2018 - Introduction and acclimation of Torymus sinensis in the South of Italy - Cascone P., Carpenito S., Iodice L., Raimo S., Guerrieri E. - Entomologia generalis, 37: 93-101
  • 2018 - Unintended effects of a Phytophtora-resistant cisgenic potato clone on the potato aphid Macrosiphum euphorbiae Thomas - Cascone P., Radkova M., Arpaia S., Errico S., Lotz L.A.P., Magarelli R.A., Djilianov D., Guerrieri E. - Journal Of Pest Science , 91: 565-574
  • 2018 - Effects of single or combined water deficit and aphid attack on tomato volatile organic compound (VOC) emission and plant-plant communication - Catola S., Centritto M., Cascone P., Ranieri A., Loreto F., Calamai L., Balestrini R., Guerrieri E. - Environmental and experimental botany, 153: 54-62
  • 2017 - Trichoderma harzianum enhances tomato indirect defense against aphids - Coppola M., Cascone P., Chiusano M.L., Colantuono C., Lorito M., Pennacchio F., Rao R., Woo S.L., Guerrieri E., Digilio M.C. - Insect Science , 24: 1025-1033
  • 2017 - Plant-to-plant communication triggered by systemin primes antiherbivore resistance in tomato - Coppola M., Cascone P., Madonna V., Di Lelio I., Esposito F., Avitabile C., Romanelli A., Guerrieri E., Vitiello A., Pennacchio F., Rao R., Corrado G. - Scientific Reports , volume 7
  • 2017 - Graphosoma lineatum (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae): a suitable host for mass rearing Ooencyrtus telenomicida (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) - Roversi P.F., Maltese M., Simoni S., Cascone P., Binazzi F., Strangi A., Sabbatini Peverieri G., Guerrieri E. - International journal of pest management, pag. 1-9
  • 2016 - Insights on the impact of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis on tomato tolerance to water stress - Chitarra W., Pagliarani C., Maserti B.e., Lumini E., Siciliano I., Cascone P., Schubert A., Gambino G., Balestrini R., Guerrieri E. - Plant Physiology , 171: 1009-1023
  • 2016 - Species Diversity in the Parasitoid Genus Asobara (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from the Native Area of the Fruit Fly Pest Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae) - Guerrieri E., Giorgini M., Cascone P., Carpenito S., Van Achterberg Cees - Plos One , volume 11
  • 2016 - Prospects for plant defence activators and biocontrol in IPM e Concepts and lessons learnt so far - Bruce T.J.A., Smart L.E., Birch A.N., Blok V.C., Mackenzie K., Guerrieri E., Cascone P., Luna E., Ton J. - Crop Protection ,
  • 2016 - Volatile-mediated foraging behaviour of three parasitoid species under conditions of dual insect herbivore attack - Ponzio C., Cascone P., Cusumano A., Weldegergis B.T., Fatouros N.E., Guerrieri E., Dicke M., Gols R. - Animal Behaviour , 111: 197-206
  • 2016 - Rapid on-site identification of the biocontrol agent of the Asian chestnut gall wasp - Colombari F., Villari C., Simonato M., Cascone P., Ferracini C., Alma A., Guerrieri E., Battisti A. - Biocontrol Science And Technology , 26: 1289-1297
  • 2015 - Improving the efficiency of Trichogramma achaeae to control Tuta absoluta - Cascone P., Carpenito S., Slotsbo S., Iodice L., Sorensen J.G., Holmstrup M., Guerrieri E. - BioControl, 1-11
  • 2015 - Prosystemin Overexpression in Tomato Enhances Resistance to Different Biotic Stresses by Activating Genes of Multiple Signaling Pathways - Coppola M., Corrado G., Coppola V., Cascone P., Martinelli R., Digilio M.c., Pennacchio F., Rao R. - Plant Molecular Biology Reporter , 33: 1270-1285
  • 2015 - Tobacco overexpressing beta-ocimene induces direct and indirect responses against aphids in receiver tomato plants - Cascone P., Iodice L., Maffei M.E., Bossi S., Arimura G.I., Guerrieri E. - Journal of Plant Physiology, 173:28-32
  • 2014 - Hymenoptera wasps associated to the Asian Gall Wasp (AGW) of chestnut Dryocosmus kuriphilus in Calabria (Italy) - Palmeri V., Cascone P., Campolo O., Grande S.B., Laudani F., Malacrinò A., Guerrieri E. - Phytoparasitica , 42:699-702
  • 2013 - Biology and monitoring of Dryocosmus kuriphilus on Castanea sativa in Southern Italy - Bernardo U., Iodice L., Sasso R., Tutore V. A., Cascone P., Guerrieri E. - Agricultural And Forest Entomology , 15:65-76
  • 2013 - Tomato below ground-above ground interactions: Trichoderma longibrachiatum affects the performance of Macrosiphum euphorbiae and its natural antagonists - Battaglia D., Bossi S., Cascone P., Digilio M.C., Prieto J.D., Fanti P., Guerrieri E., Iodice L., Lingua G., Lorito M., Maffei M.E., Massa N., Ruocco M., Sasso R., Trotta V. - Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions , 26:1249-1256
  • 2013 - Native Parasitoids Associated With Dryocosmus Kuriphilus In Tuscany - Panzavolta T., Bernardo U., Bracalini M., Cascone P., Croci F., Gebiola M., Iodice L., Tiberi R., Guerrieri E. - Bulletin Of Insectology , 66:195-201
  • 2012 - Interactions between tomato volatile organic compounds and aphid behaviour - Digilio M.C., Cascone P., Iodice L., Guerrieri E. - Journal of Plant Interactions , 7:322-325
  • 2012 - Gestire il cinipide del castagno mediante i nemici naturali - Guerrieri E., Bernardo U., Cascone P., Iodice L., Gebiola M., Griffo R., Pesapane G. - L'Informatore Agrario , 6:75