Francesco Nugnes

• My research interests are focused mainly on issues concerning the Biological and Integrated Control of harmful insects to crops and forestry, in particular about biosystematics and phylogeny of parasitoid and their associated hosts. Specific characterization involves a multidisciplinary approach: morphometric, morphological and biological studies. The latter concern the hosts complex, reproductive modalities, identification and localization of symbionts involved in the wasps asexual reproduction, molecular phylogenetic and karyological analysis. These activities are related to: Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Eulophidae and Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Mymaridae. Currently I’m studying: Leptocybe invasa, Quadrastichus mendeli, Baryscapus silvestrii, Thripobius javae, Neochrysocharis formosa and Anagrus sp.
• Furthermore I’m involved in activies about biology and enemies of alien species like Dryocosmus kuriphilus, Tuta absoluta, Rhagoletis completa and Coptodisca sp..
• Since 2012 I’m involved both in monitoring and in developing non-invasive diagnosis techniques for Aromia bungii (e.g. frass analysis).


Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 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 - 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 - 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 - Do Torymus sinensis (Hymenoptera: Torymidae) and agroforestry system affect native parasitoids associated with the Asian chestnut gall wasp? - Ferracini C., Bertolino S., Bernardo U., Bonsignore C.P., Faccoli M., Ferrari E., Lupi D., Maini S., Mazzon L., Nugnes F., Rocco A., Santi F., Tavella L. - Biological Control , 121: 36-43
  • 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
  • 2017 - An integrative approach to species discrimination in the Anagrus atomus group sensu stricto (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae), with a description of a new species - Nugnes F., Bernardo U., Viggiani G. - Systematics and biodiversity, 1-18
  • 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 - 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
  • 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
  • 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