Alessandra Benigno


Alessandra Benigno
Alessandra Benigno
PhD Cycle XXXVI 
PhD project: "Diagnostics, epidemiology and control of emerging oomycetes and phytopathogenic fungi"


Salvatore Moricca



Office address

piazzale delle Cascine, Firenze




In 2017 Alessandra Benigno holds a Master's degree in Agricultural Sciences and Technologies at the University of Florence. During her Master's she worked as student tutor for the students of Agricultural Sciences.

After graduating, she worked at the Pathology Lab of the DAGRI. She is now enrolled in a PhD program in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (DAGRI).


  • D. Rizzo, D. Da Lio, L. Bartolini, G. Cappellini, T. Bruscoli, M. Bracalini, A. Benigno, C. Salemi, D. Del Nista, A. Aronadio, T. Panzavolta, S. Moricca, A duplex real-time PCR with probe for simultaneous detection of Geosmithia morbida and its vector Pityophthorus juglandis, PLOS ONE, October 23, 2020
  • S. Moricca, M. Bracalini, A. Benigno, L. Ghelardini, E. L. Furtado, C. L. Marino, T. Panzavolta, Observations on the non-native Thousand Cankers Disease of Walnut in Europe’s southernmost outbreak, Global Ecology and Conservation, Volume 23, September 2020
  • S. Moricca, M. Bracalini, A. Benigno, B. Ginetti, F. Pelleri, and T. Panzavolta, Thousand Cankers Disease Caused by Geosmithia morbida and Its Insect Vector Pityophthorus juglandis First Reported on Juglans nigra in Tuscany, Central Italy, Plant Disease Volume 103, Number 207 Dec 2018
  • T. Panzavolta, A. Panichi, M. Bracalini, F. Croci, A. Benigno, A. Ragazzi, R. Tiberi, S. Moricca, Tree pathogens and their insect-mediated transport: Implications for oak tree die-off in a natural park area, Global Ecology and Conservation, September 2018

Conference talks and seminars

  • “Thousand Cankers Disease of walnut in Italy: epidemiological aspects of an emerging disease”. XXV NATIONAL CONGRESS, Italian Phytopathological Society (SIPaV). Milan, 16-18 September, 2019, Oral communication.
  • “Dieback of natural regeneration of Flowering ash (Fraxinus ornus) in a hilly area of central Tuscany”. Phyllosphere Diseases Conference, IUFRO May 5th-10th 2019, Figline Valdarno, Florence, Italy, Oral communication.



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