Nicola Sasanelli

He graduated in 1981 at the University of Bari in Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, with full marks and laud (110/110 cum laude).

Since 1987 he is a nematologist. In particular, his research regarded the following aspects:
• Host-parasite relationship;
• Resistance to root-knot nematodes in tomato, eggplant, pepper, olive and grapevine plants;
• Control of phytoparasitic nematodes by:

  1. Chemical treatments;
  2. soil solarization (deriving model relating temperature x exposure time x nematode survival);
  3. natural substances and nematicidal plants;
  4. organic soil amendments;
  5. biological agents (in particular, Aphanocladium album isolate MX-95);
  6. ozone treatments.

• Relationship between initial population densities of phytoparasitic nematodes and yield losses (deriving Tables of Nematode Patogenicity).

Co-author of two patents:
a) Aphanocladium album isolate MX-95 (Inventors: Ciccarese F., Ambrico A., Schiavone D., Lacirignola C., Longo O., Petruzzella D., Porcelli F., Sasanelli N.) (Patent N° 00041374382)
b) Bacillus thuringiensis bioinsecticide against coleopteran and lepidopterans pests (Toderas I., Molotievskiy Munteanu N., Moldovan A., Sasanelli N., Zihni D., Bacalan S.,  Relean N.) (Patent  MD 4196, MD 4304).
He is director for nematological studies of CRSFA “Basile Caramia” (Center of Researches and Studies and Training in Agriculture) in Locorotondo (province of Bari, Italy).

International awards:
1) Diploma of graditude released from Institute of Zoology of the Academy of Sciences of R. Moldova;
2) Diploma Eureka. Gold medal for the innovation “Bacillus Thuringiensis – Bioinsecticide against beetles and lepidopteran pests” at the Prestigious Invention Salon INNOVA 2015 in Bruxelles;
3)  Prize of the National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation of Romania;
4)  Diploma Meritul Academic from the President of Academy of Sciences of R. Moldova.
5)  Jubilee medal awarded by the President of Academy of Sciences of R. Moldova

Author and co-author of 275 publications published in national and international journals: Afro-Asian Journal of Nematology, International Journal of Nematology, Nematologia mediterranea, Nematologica, Nematology, Russian Journal of Nematology, Nematropica, Helminthologia, Phytopathology, Plant Disease, Scientia Horticolturae, J.A. Food Chemistry, Plant Pathology and Crop Protection and Molecular Plant Pathology.


Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 2019 - Effect of coffee silver skin and brewers’ spent grain in the control of root-knot nematodes - Thligene N., Mezzapesa G.N., Mondelli D., Trani A., Veronico P., Melillo M. T., Dumontet S., Miano T., Sasanelli N. - Helminthologia, 56: 30-41
  • 2017 - Haloacetophenones as newly potent nematicides against Meloidogyne incognita - Tocco G., Eloh K., Onnis V., Sasanelli N., Caboni P. - Industrial crops and products,
  • 2016 - Potent Nematicidal Activity of Maleimide Derivatives on Meloidogyne incognita - Eloh K., Demurtas M., Mura M.G., Deplano A., Onnis V., Sasanelli N., Maxia A., Caboni P. - Journal Of Agricultural And Food Chemistry , 64: 4876-4881
  • 2016 - Untargeted Metabolomics of Tomato Plants after Root-knpot Nematode Infestation - Eloh K., Sasanelli N., Maxia A., Caboni P. - Journal Of Agricultural And Food Chemistry , 64: 5963-5968
  • 2016 - Ozonated water reduces susceptibility in tomato plants to Meloidogyne incognita by the modulation of the antioxidant system - Veronico P., Paciolla C., Sasanelli N., De Leonardis S., Melillo M.T. - Molecular plant pathology,
  • 2014 - Mezzi fisici di lotta - D'Addabbo T., Sasanelli N. - Nematologia Agraria generale e Applicata - Editor: Società Italiana di Nematologia, Bari (ITA),
  • 2014 - Tulipaline A: Structure-activity aspects as a nematicide and V-ATPase inhibitor - Caboni P., Tronci L., Liori B., Tocco G., Sasanelli N., Diana A. - Pesticide Biochemistry And Physiology , 111: 33-39
  • 2014 - Effects of the root-knot nematodes Meloidogyne incognita and M. javanica on olive plants growth in glasshouse conditions - Jahanshahi Afshar F., Sasanelli N., Hosseininejad S.A., Tanha Maafi Z. - Helmintologia , 51:46-52
  • 2013 - Potent Nematicidal Activity Of Phthalaldehyde, Salicylaldehyde, And Cinnamic Aldehyde Against Meloidogyne Incognita - Caboni P., Aissani N., Cabras T., Falqui A., Marotta R., Liori B., Ntalli N., Sarais G., Sasanelli N., Tocco G. - Journal Of Agricultural And Food Chemistry , 61:1794-1803
  • 2013 - Pathogenicity and Host-Parasite Relationships of Heterodera cruciferae in cabbage - Sasanelli N., Vovlas N., Trisciuzzi N., Cantalapiedra-Navarrete C., Palomares Rius J.E., Castillo P. - Plant Disease , 97: 333-338
  • 2012 - Nematicidal effect of chestnut tannin solutions on the potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis (Woll.) Barhens - Renco M., Sasanelli N., Papajova I., Maistrello L. - Helminthologia , 49:108-114
  • 2012 - Melia azedarach controls Meloidogyne incognita and triggers plant defense mechanisms on cucumber - Cavoski I., Chami, Bouzebboudja F., Sasanelli N., Simeone V., Mondelli D., Miano T., Sarais G., Ntalli N.G., Caboni P. - Crop Protection , 35:85-90
  • 2012 - Evaluation of effect of natural plant products against potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis pathotype Ro1 - Renco M., Sasanelli N. - Acta Fytotechnica et Zootechnica , 1:19-22
  • 2012 - Nematicidal activity of 2-thiophenecarboxaldehyde and methylisothiocyanate from caper (Capparis spinosa) against Meloidogyne incognita - Caboni P., Sarais G., Aissani N., Tocco G., Sasanelli N., Liori B., Carta A., Angioni A. - Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry , 60:7345-7351
  • 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
  • 2011 - The effect of soil compost treatments on potato cyst nematodes Globodera rostochiensis and Globodera pallida - Renco M, Sasanelli N., Kovacik P. - Helminthologia (Tlacené vyd.), 48(3): 184-194
  • 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
  • 2010 - Soil nematode community changes associated with compost amendments - Renco M., Sasanelli N., D'Addabbo T., Papajová I. - Nematology, 12:681-692
  • 2010 - Effect of chestnut tannins on the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne javanica - Maistrello L., Vaccari G., Sasanelli N. - Helminthologia, 47:48-57
  • 2009 - The effect of two compost soil amendments, based on municipal green and penicillin production wastes, on plant parasitic nematodes - Renco M., Sasanelli N., Salamun P. - Helminthologia, 46:190-197
  • 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 - Pathogenicity and host-parasite relathionships of the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne incognita on celery - Vovlas N., Lucarelli G., Sasanelli N., Troccoli A., Papajova I., Palomares-Rius J.E., Castillo, P - Plant Pathology , 57: 981-987
  • 2008 - Pathogenicity and host-parasite relationships of Meloidogyne arenaria in sweet basil - Vovlas N., Troccoli A., Minuto A., Bruzzone C., Sasanelli N., Castillo P. - Plant Disease , 92: 1329-1335