The group on Soil science and nutrition carries out research on the soil chemistry and biochemistry and on biochemistry and physiology of crops.

Group leaders:

Giancarlo Renella – Full Professor (

Antonio Masi – Associate Professor (

Publications (selection)

  • Effects of Biochar on the C Use Efficiency of Soil Microbial Communities: Components and Mechanisms – by Giagnoni, L-. Renella, G. 2022.ENVIRONMENTS 9, 11. doi: 10.3390/environments9110138.
  • Long-term soil biological fertility, volatile organic compounds and chemical properties in a vineyard soil after biochar amendment – by Giagnoni L., Maienza A., Baronti S., Vaccari F. P., Genesio L., Taiti C., Martellini T., Scodellini R., Cincinelli A., Costa C., Mancuso S., Renella G. (2019). GEODERMA 344, 127-136. doi: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2019.03.011.
  • Biochar improves the fertility of a Mediterranean vineyard without toxic impact on the microbial community – by Maienza A., Baronti S., Cincinelli A., Martellini T., Grisolia A., Miglietta F., Renella G., Stazi S. R., Vaccari F. P., Genesio L. (2017). Agronomy for Sustainable Development 37, 47. doi: 10.1007/s13593-017-0458-2.
  • Gasification biochar has limited effects on functional and structural diversity of soil microbial communities in a temperate agroecosystem – by Imparato V., Hansen V., Santos S. S., Nielsen T. K., Giagnoni L., Hauggaard-Nielsen H., Johansen A., Renella G., Winding A. (2016). Soil Biology and Biochemistry 99, 128-136. doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2016.05.004.
  • Mass spectrometry detection of egg proteins in red wines treated with egg white– by Tolin, S., Pasini, G., Curioni, A., Arrigoni, G., Masi, A., Mainente, F., Simonato, B., 2012. Food Control 23, 87-94. DOI:10.1016/j.foodcont.2011.06.016.
  • Quantitative analysis of the naringenin-inducible proteome in Rhizobium leguminosarum by isobaric tagging and mass spectrometry – by Tolin, S., Arrigoni, G., Moscatiello, R., Masi, A., Navazio, L., Sablok, G., Squartini, A. 2013. Proteomics 13, 1961-1972.
  • Fe and Zn stress induced gene expression analysis unraveled mechanisms of mineral homeostasis in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) – by Urwat, U., Ahmad, S.M., Masi, A., Ganai, ., N.A., Murtaza, I., Khan, I., Zargar, S., 2021. Scientific ReportsOpen AccessVolume 11, Issue 1December 2021 Article number 24026. Reports 11, Article number 24026. DOI:10.1038/s41598-021-03506-2.
  • Perfluorinated alkyl substances affect the growth, physiology and root proteome of hydroponically grown maize plants – by Ebinezer L.B., Battisti I., Sharma N., Ravazzolo L., Ravi L., Trentin A.R., Barion G., Panozzo A., Dall’Acqua S., Vamerali T., Quaggiotti S., Arrigoni G., Masi A. (2022). Journal of Hazardous Materials, doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2022.129512.
  • Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) and Reactive Nitrogen Species (RNS) in Plants– maintenance of structural individuality and functional blend – by Mamun Mandal, Manisha Sarkar, Azmi Khan, Moumita Biswas, Antonio Masi, Randeep Rakwal, Ganesh Kumar Agrawal, Amrita Srivastava, Abhijit Sarkar. Advances in Redox Research (2022), doi: 10.1016/j.arres.2022.100039.
  • A novel HPLC-MS/MS approach for the identification of biological thiols in vegetables – by Millan S, Jeffery DW, Dall’Acqua S, Masi A (2021). Food Chemistry, 339:127809, DOI:10.1016/j.foodchem.2020.127809