Trifone D'Addabbo

My research activity is prevalently oriented to the study of sustainable strategies for the management of phytoparasitic nematodes. Model plants are horticultural species, mainly tomato, and root-knot (Meloidogyne spp.) and cyst (Globodera spp. and Heterodera spp.) nematodes. Research is undertaken through laboratory studies and in vivo (pot, greenhouse, open field) experiments.

Secondary metabolites involved in defense mechanisms of many plant species can undertake a biocidal activity on insects, fungal pathogens and also phytoparasitic nematodes and, therefore, can be highly interesting for the development of new environmentally sustainable pesticides. Since many years we undertake a research line on the nematicidal activity of glucosinolates, saponins and, more recently, essential oils and their components. In addition to studies aimed to the publication of scientific papers, experimental activities are also undertaken on behalf of industrial companies.

On the same subject of sustainable control strategies alternative to synthetic pesticides, a research line on nematode – suppressive organic composted matrices is also undertaken, in the frame of national and international research projects.

Studies are also undertaken on the sustainable use of new synthetic nematicidal formulations, applied in combination with natural compounds, agronomical techniques or physical methods as soil solarization.


Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 2016 - Nematicidal activity of essential oils from aromatic plants of Morocco - Avato P., Laquale S., Argentieri M.P., Lamiri A., Radicci V., D'Addabbo T. - Journal Of Pest Science ,
  • 2016 - Plants as biocontrol agents against phytoparasite nematodes - Avato P., Argentieri M., Laquale S., D'Addabbo T. - Planta Medica ,
  • 2015 - Growth and yield promoting effect of artificial mycorrhization on field tomato at different irrigation regimes - Candido V., Campanelli G., D'Addabbo T., Castronuovo D., Perniola M., Camele I. - Scientia Horticulturae , 187: 35-43
  • 2015 - Essential oils as soil biofumigants for the control of the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne incognita on tomato - Laquale S., Candido V., Avato P., Argentieri M.p., D'Addabbo T. - Annals Of Applied Biology , 167: 217-224
  • 2014 - Mezzi fisici di lotta - D'Addabbo T., Sasanelli N. - Nematologia Agraria generale e Applicata - Editor: Società Italiana di Nematologia, Bari (ITA),
  • 2014 - Biocide plants as a sustainable tool for the control of pests and pathogens in vegetable cropping systems - D'Addabbo T., Laquale S., Lovelli S., Candido V., Avato P. - Italian Journal Of Agronomy , 9: 137-145
  • 2013 - Nematicidal Potential Of Artemisia Annua And Its Main Metabolites - D'Addabbo T., Carbonara T., Argentieri M.P., Radicci V., Leonetti P., Villanova L., Avato P. - European Journal Of Plant Pathology , 137:295-304
  • 2012 - Effect of different solarizing materials on weed suppression and lettuce response - Candido V., D'Addabbo T., Miccolis V., Castronuovo D. - Phytoparasitica , 40:185-194
  • 2011 - Suppression of root-knot nematodes in potting mixes amended with different composted biowastes - D'Addabbo T., Papajova I., Sasanelli N., Radicci V., Renco M. - Helminthologia (Tlacené vyd.), 48(4): 278-287
  • 2011 - Weed control and yield response of soil solarization with different plastic films in lettuce - Candido V., D'Addabbo T., Miccolisa V., Castronuovo D. - Scientia Horticulturae , 130: 491-497
  • 2011 - Lotta contro i nematodi parassiti delle piante: attualità e prospettive oltre i nematocidi fumiganti - D'Addabbo T., Sasanelli N., Greco N. - La Protezione Delle Piante , 4: 16-25
  • 2010 - Control of plant parasitic nematodes with active saponins and biomass from Medicago sativa - D'Addabbo T., Carbonara T., Leonetti P., Radicci V., Tava A., Avato P. - Phytochemistry Reviews, 29:1-17
  • 2010 - Soil nematode community changes associated with compost amendments - Renco M., Sasanelli N., D'Addabbo T., Papajová I. - Nematology, 12:681-692
  • 2009 - Nematicidal potential of materials from Medicago spp. - D'Addabbo T. , Avato P., Tava A. - European Journal of Plant Pathology , 125:39-49
  • 2009 - Influence of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on the nematicidal properties of leaf extracts of Thymus vulgaris L. - Sasanelli N., Anton A., Takacs T., D'Addabbo T., Biro I., Malov X. - Helminthologia, 46:230-240
  • 2008 - Greenhouse soil solarization: effects on weeds, nematodes and yield of tomato and melon - Candido V., D'Addabbo T., Basile M., Castronuovo D., Miccolis V. - Agronomy For Sustainable Development , 28: 221-230
  • 2008 - Evaluation of nematicidal properties of saponins from Medicago spp. - Argentieri M.P., D'Addabbo T., Tava A., Agostinelli A., Jurzysta M., Avato P. - European Journal Of Plant Pathology , 120: 189-197