Liberata Gualtieri

My research involves the study of population genetic of some invasive exotic insects and the complex of indigenous parasitoids that have quickly adapted to them, in order to improve knowledge of the mechanisms that regulate their adaptations, for development of protection protocols eco-sustainable. This activity is organized on different lines of research: the study of fillominatore Coptodisca lucifluella (Clemens) and its indigenous parasitoid eulophidae Cirrospilus coptodiscae; morpho-bio-molecular parasitoids of Dryocosmus kuriphilus; molecular characterization of parasitoid Dinocampus coccinellae; molecular characterization of some parasitoids of invasive cerambycidae Anoplophora glabripennis. I am also doing the molecular characterization of the eulophidae Thripobius javae.
Another field of research is the study of eulophidae with parthenogenetic reproduction (Leptocybe invasa, Quadrastichus mendeli, Neochrysocharis formosa) focusing on the symbiont manipulators of host reproduction (Rickettsia spp. ) and on their possible horizontal host–parasitoid transmission.
The characterization of insects and their symbionts was carried out by genomic analysis (DNA extraction, DNA-PCR amplification, DNA electrophoresis on agarose gel), editing the genetic sequences for consecutive phylogenetic analysis.
Another activity is the study of the biology of Baryscapus silvestrii raising on the substitute host Ceratitis capitata, for its possible use in biological control plans, and of Rhagoletis completa, in order to connect its presence with the damage on drupes.


Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 2018 - A New Gall Midge Species of Asphondylia (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) Inducing Flower Galls on Clinopodium nepeta (Lamiaceae) From Europe, its Phenology, and Associated Fungi - Bernardo U., Nugnes F., Gualtieri L., Nicoletti R., Varricchio P., Sasso R. Viggiani G. - Environmental Entomology , volume 20
  • 2018 - The present pest status of Eucalyptus sap-suckers and gall wasps in Campania (Italy) - Garonna A.P., Bernardo U., Gualtieri L., Laudonia S., Nugnes F. - Redia , 101: 73-79
  • 2018 - Resistance of a Local Ecotype of Castanea sativa to Dryocosmus kuriphilus (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) in Southern Italy - Nugnes F., Gualtieri L., Bonsignore C.P., Parillo R., Annarumma R., Griffo R., Bernardo U. - Forests , volume 9
  • 2018 - First report of brown leaf spot caused by Alternaria alternata on cast iron plant (Aspidistra elatior) in Italy - Lanzuise S., Cozzolino A., Gualtieri L., Parrella G., Ruocco M. - Journal Of Plant Pathology , 100: 117
  • 2017 - Life inside a gall: closeness does not favour horizontal transmission of Rickettsia between a gall wasp and its parasitoid - Gualtieri L., Nugnes F., Nappo A.G., Gebiola M., Bernardo U. - Fems Microbiology Ecology , volume 7
  • 2017 - Cinipide del castagno, cresce il controllo biologico in Campania - Bernardo U., Nugnes F., Gualtieri L., Scarpato S., Gargiulo G., Griffo R. - L'Informatore Agrario, volume 27
  • 2017 - A new species of Soikiella Nowicki (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae) from Italy - Bernardo U., Gualtieri L., Nugnes F., Verdolini E., Riolo P., Viggiani G. - Zootaxa , 4242: 185-192
  • 2016 - No evidence of parthenogenesis-inducing bacteria involved in Thripoctenus javae thelytoky: an unusual finding in Chalcidoidea - Monti M.M., Nugnes F., Gualtieri L., Gebiola M., Bernardo U. - Entomologia Experimentalis Et Applicata , 160: 292-301
  • 2016 - When exotic biocontrol agents travel without passport: first record of Quadrastichus mendeli, parasitoid of the blue-gum chalcid Leptocybe invasa, in Italy - Nugnes F., Gebiola M., Gualtieri L., Russo E., Sasso R., Bernardo U. - Bulletin Of Insectology , 69: 85-91
  • 2015 - Genetic diversity of the invasive gall wasp Leptocybe invasa (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) and of its Rickettsia endosymbiont, and associated sex-ratio differences - Nugnes F., Gebiola M., Monti M.M., Gualtieri L., Giorgini M., Wang J., Bernardo U. - PloS one, 10(5): e0124660
  • 2015 - Characterization, distribution, biology and impact on Italian walnut orchards of the invasive North-American leafminer Coptodisca lucifluella (Lepidoptera: Heliozelidae) - Bernardo U., van Nieukerken E.J., Sasso R., Gebiola M., Gualtieri L., Viggiani G. - Bulletin of Entomological Research, 105:210-224
  • 2014 - Insects and globalization: sustainable control of exotic species in Italian agro-forestry ecosystems. Landscape Management for Functional Biodiversity - Lupi D., Bernardo U., Bonsignore C.P., Colombo M., Dindo M.L., Faccoli M., Ferracini C., Gualtieri L., Marullo R., Mazzon L., Siscaro G., Suma P., Tavella L., Maini S. - Iobc-wprs Bulletin , 100: 87-90