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Prof. Roberto Papa

Full Professor in Plant Genetics,
Marche Polytechnic University,
Ancona, Italy


Prof. Roberto Papa is serving as a Full Professor in Plant Genetics, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy. He served as an Associate Professor of Plant Genetics (2002-2016); Director of the Cereal Research Centre – Agricultural Research Council CRA-CER, Italy (2010-2014); 1995-2002: Researcher in Plant Genetics, Università degli Studi di Ancona. 1995-97: Visiting Scientist UC-DAVIS, USA, in the Laboratory of Paul Gepts. Studies on: Gene flow between wild and domesticated Phaseolus vulgaris L.; Origins of domestication of Vigna spp.; Genetic maps. 1993-95: Ministry of Agriculture Research Grant on “Tolerance to abiotic and biotic stress”, Università degli Studi di Ancona. 1989-92: PhD, Università degli Studi di Sassari; Thesis “Diversity and adaptation of Sardinian barley germplasm”. 1991: Visiting Scientist, ICARDA, Syria, and University College of North Wales, Bangor, U.K.; Abiotic stresses in barley. 1989: Honours Degree in Agricultural Sciences Research; Thesis “The use of wild germplasm in barley breeding”.

Recent project management:
BEAN_ADAPT ERA-CAPS project coordinator, Responsable of CRA Unit for PONa3 PLAS project. Coordinator of one National Project (PRIN). Scientist responsible for a Research Unit of one European Project (FP6); three National Projects (PRIN). Coordinator of one project founded by Cariverona foundation, three Regional Projects

Member of Executive Committee of the Italian Society of Agricultural Genetics (SIGA). Member of: Italian Society of Agricultural Genetics (SIGA), Genetic Society of America (GSA) and European Association for Plant Breeding Research (EUCARPIA).

Research Interest

  • Plant breeding, Cereals, Wheat, Durum Wheat, Population genetics, evolution, biodiversity and genetic resources conservation, crop domestication, genomics, gene flow, biotic and abiotic stress, molecular markers