Microbiologist and diagnostician of quarantine plant pathogens. Head of the natioanl reference laboratory and a partner in the consortium European Union Reference Laboratory for pests of plants on bacteria. Activie in development and validation of new detection methods and reference materials.
Nominated member of the Panel on bacteriology and the Panel on Diagnostics and Quality Assurance at the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.
Role in BeXyl Project: Leader of the Task 2.2, Molecular approaches for quantification, typing and in-situ detection of Xf in plants and vectors, within WP2. Supporting detection of Xylella fastidiosa within the project through organizing an interlaboratory comparison study and with higher order reference materials.