Gaia Santini


Gaia Santini
Gaia Santini
PhD project: "Study of phytostimulant properties of microalgal and cyanobacterial extracts as candidates for the production of new biostimulants for agricultural use. Investigation of the mechanisms of action and molecules involved in biostimulation processes"


Liliana Rodolfi



Office address

Sezione coltivazione arboree (stanza 94) Viale delle idee 30, Sesto Fiorentino (FI).


055 4574006
055 4574091


BSc degree in 2013 in Agricultural Sciences and Technologies at the University of Florence (106/110) with a thesis entitled “Culture of the microalga Phaeodactylum tricornutum under nutrient stress for the production of biofuels”. MSc degree in 2017 in Plant and Microbial Biotechnology at the University of Pisa (110/110 cum laude) with a thesis on “Molecular and functional characterization of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi from a biodiversity hot spot of the UNESCO reserve Selva Pisana”. From 2013 to 2017, collaboration with F&M (Fotosintetica & Microbiologica S.r.l.) in isolation and characterization of microalgal and cyanobacterial strains and in the maintenance of the F&M algae culture collection. Currently PhD student in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (Microbiology section) at the University of Florence.


  • Turrini A., Bedini A., Bonilla Loor M.J., Santini G., Sbrana C., Giovannetti M., Luciano A.  (2017). Local diversity of native arbuscular mycorrhizal symbionts differentially affects growth and nutrition of three crop plant species. Biology and Fertility of Soils 54(2).

Conference talks and seminars

  • AlgaEurope 2018, 4-6.12.2018, Amsterdam (The Netherlands); poster presentation.
  • Aquafarm 2019, 13-14.02.2019, Pordenone (Italy); oral presentation.
  • Workshop Giovani AISAM.2019, 28.10.2019, Florence (Italy); oral presentation.
  • Biostimulants World Congress, 18-21.11.2019, Barcelona (Spain); poster presentation.
  •  AlgaEurope 2019, 3-5.12.2019, Paris (France); oral presentation.


  • Best student poster at the 4th Biostimulants Word Congress; 18-21.11.2019, Barcelona (Spain).



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