Full professor in Plant Pathology and coordinator of the Doctorate in Biodiversity, Agriculture and Environment. His scientific activity is documented by more than 350 publications, including 77 on national and international journals, as well as chapters in international and national books and a number of articles and abstracts in conference proceedings, regarding various aspects of Plant Pathology in Mediterranean crops. In particular, aetiology, epidemiology, chemical and biological control of fungal diseases of the canopy and roots were studied. For over 20 years he is carrying out research on the use of alternative control means against postharvest decay of fresh fruit and vegetables by means of physical, biological, natural substances and organic and inorganic salts. By using molecular techniques, he conducted studies on diagnosis and quantification of several phytopathogenic microorganisms. More recently he deals with the study on mechanisms of resistance in the host induced by various elicitors by means of the expression analysis of resistance genes.