Sebastiano Laquale

Main topics of my research activity are sustainable strategies for the management of insects and plant parasitic nematodes. At first, I have worked on the control of the tomato leafminer Tuta absoluta by using natural compounds, mainly based on essential oils. At this moment I am working on the effects of plant secondary metabolites on plant parasitic nematodes, mainly troot-knot nematodes of the genus Meloidogyne and cyst nematodes of genus Globodera. In particular, I work on the characterization of the nematicide activity of essential oils from different plant families (Lamiaceae, Mirtacee, Rutaceae) and their active components against these nematode species.

I also collaborated to studies on the nematicidal activity of other groups of biologically active plant compounds, such as glucosinolates and saponins.

A further area of scientific interest is the study of suppressive activity against nematodes of organic amendments from agro-industrial residues. In particular, I collaborated to a large experimental activity on the use of compost from a variety of matrices.


Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 2016 - Plants as biocontrol agents against phytoparasite nematodes - Avato P., Argentieri M., Laquale S., D'Addabbo T. - Planta Medica ,
  • 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 ,
  • 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 - 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