Dr Arturo Cocco received his PhD in 'Monitoring and Protection of Forest Ecosystems in the Mediterranean Area' from the University of Sassari, Italy, in 2006. He subsequently worked as a Post Doctorate Fellow at the University of Florida, USA, for two years, where he deepened his knowledge on the spread and biological control of invasive pests. In Florida, he also attended a graduate course on Insect Molecular Genetics at the University of Florida. He collaborated with the Research & Development Department of Intrachem Bio Italia (now Biogard) in field and laboratory experiments on the effectiveness of a biopesticide based on the entomopahogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana.
Arturo has been an Honorary Fellow in General and Applied Entomology at the University of Sassari since 2014 and has been qualified to become an Associate Professor in the Scientific Disciplinary Sector “General and Applied Entomology” in Italian universities since March 2017. Currently, he is a Post-Doc Researcher and a Senior Lecturer of Monitoring Grapevine Pests in the Department of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Sassari.
His research interests lately focus on grapevine pests with a special emphasis on the vine mealybug, Planococcus ficus. His studies have encompassed several fields of applied entomology and extend to forest, horticultural and fruit pests. Moreover, he acquired significant experience on control strategies against Lymantria dispar, Tuta absoluta, and Ceratitis capitata.
His expertise lies in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and environmentally-friendly pest control methods (biological, cultural and pheromone-based control methods). He also has a background in insect molecular biology, geographic information systems, and acarology.
Arturo has been involved as a co-investigator in national and international projects (France, Mexico) where he provided his expertise in different research fields (biological control and sustainable management of exotic pests). He has also participated as a speaker at international congresses, including the working group of the International Organization of Biological Control in "Integrated Protection and Production in Viticulture", and was an invited speaker at local and national meetings.
He has compiled and published in high-impact journals, among which are the Bulletin of Entomological Research, Pest Management Science and Agriculture, and Ecosystems and Environment, and he has also served as a reviewer for several research journals, including the Journal of Pest Science, Chemosphere, the Bulletin of Entomological Research and Biological Control.