Comitato editoriale

Managing Editor

Elvio Bellini


Paolo Inglese, Università di Palermo

Full professor of Horticulture at the Università degli Studi di Palermo where he teaches ‘Fruit quality and post harvest management’. SOI President from 2007 to 2013. Member of ISHS Council from 2007 to 2016. Member of the ISHS and eJHS editorial board. Author more than almost 200 papers and almost 100 in indexed Journals and Acta. He has been convener of 4 ISHS Symposia and Editor of 5 Acta Horticulturae. Author and Co-editor of technical and scientific books at national and international level.

Editorial Assistant

Giuseppe Sortino, Università di Palermo

Research fellow in fruit Postharvest physiology and technology, at the Department of Agricultural Food and Forest Sciences of the Università degli Studi di Palermo. He has published over 40 scientific papers and technical articles and he reviewed journal's papers in the field of Crop and product physiology, sensory evaluation, consumer acceptance, food quality evaluation and optimization. He is currently on editorial board of the International Journal of Fruit Science, Horticultural Science, Carpathian Journal of Food Science and Technology, Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science.
Scientific expertise: pre-harvest factors affecting postharvest life, quality (structure, composition, nutritional value, phytochemical profile) and non-destructive technology for the assessment of quality attributes in fresh fruit and fresh-cuts.

Associate Editors

Roberto Botta, Università di Torino

Full Professor of Fruit Tree Science at the Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (DISAFA) of the University of Torino, where he teaches the courses of "Applications of plant biotechnologies" and "Orchard management for fruit quality". President of the Magistral Course in Plant Biotecnologies at the University of Torino.

Scientific expertise: Germplasm preservation and characterization. Breeding. Isolation and use of molecular markers. Orchard and post harvest management. Fruit and nut quality.

Giancarlo Colelli, Università di Foggia

Giancarlo Colelli is a Professor of “Equipments for postharvest handling” at the University of Foggia, Italy, where he also chairs the Doctorate Program on “Innovation Management in Agricultural and Food Systems of the Mediterranean Region”. Main R&D activities primarily deal with process implications on quality of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables and non-destructive technology for assessment of quality attributes. Together with other colleagues he has organized all the editions of the “European Short-course on Quality & Safety of Fresh-cut Produce” (in Italy, Spain, Germany, Turkey, and UK). As principal investigator he has coordinated more than 20 national and International R&D programs; he is presently the scientific coordinator of QUAFETY, funded by the European Commission (7th Framework Program) with 14 partners from 7 Countries ( He is author of more than 180 scientific publications in refereed journals, book chapters and technical magazines. Member of Postharvest Biology and Technology editorial board.

Scientific expertise: process implications on quality of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables; non-destructive technology for assessment of quality attributes in fresh fruits and vegetables; low impact technologies to extend the shelf-life of fresh fruits and vegetables; design of novel fresh-cut products;optimization of existing process/technologies for fresh-cut produce.

Giuseppe Colla, Università della Tuscia, Viterbo

Teaching activity at the University of Tuscia: "Vegetable cropping systems", "Floriculture", "Protected Cultivation", "Soilless culture". Coordinator and principal investigator in many research projects on horticultural crops funded by Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Italian Ministry of Education, Ateneo Italo-Tedesco, Italian Space Agency, Private Companies, European Union, etc. Coordinator of the COST Action FA1204 ‘Vegetable Grafting to Improve Yield and Fruit Quality under Biotic and Abiotic Stress Conditions’ (

Scientific expertise: greenhouse crops; vegetable grafting; plant nutrition; biostimulants.

Alessio Fini, Università di Milano

Alessio Fini is associate professor of Arboriculture at the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences – Production, Landscape, Bioenergy of the University of Milan. Member of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and from 2010 to 2016 he was the representative for Europe in the ISA Membership Committee. Awarded with the Early Career Scientist Award by the International Society of Arboriculture. Member of the executive committee and president-elect of the Arboricultural Research and Education Academy. Associate editor of Urban Forestry and Urban Greening and editor of the Routledge Handbook of Urban Forestry. Author of more than 120 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, conference proceedings, and national journals.

Scientific expertise: urban trees; drought; pruning; plant ecophysiology.

Riccardo Gucci, Università di Pisa

Riccardo Gucci is currently Full Professor of Fruit Tree Science (Coltivazioni Arboree) and coordinator for International Relations at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences of the University of Pisa, where he teaches the courses Tree Science and Olive growing and Viticulture (in English). He was the Scientific Director of the journal Italus Hortus of the Italian Horticultural Society (SOI) in the period 2014-2016. He is currently Associate Editor of the journals “Irrigation Science” and “Frontiers in Plant Science (Horticulture)”, Scientific director of the technical journal “Olivo e Olio” (Edagricole, Bologna), and President of the National Academy of the Olive and Oil (Spoleto, Italy) since 2014. His main research activities are in the physiology of fruit trees and orchard management. In particular, he has been working on the physiological response to salinity and drought of olive, and the ecophysiology of this crop for orchard design and productivity. He also has projects on irrigation of olive groves, fig orchards, and vineyards. He was co-convener of the OLIVETRENDS symposium organized within the 2010 International Horticultural Congress in Lisboa, Portugal, and of the IV National Congress on Olive trees and Olive Oil of the Italian Horticultural society held in Pisa in October 2017. He has authored over 75 articles in refereed journals with impact factor, book chapters, and over 130 other scientific and technical articles. He is co-author of the book “Pruning and training systems for modern olive growing” CSIRO Publishing, Australia, and one of the editors of the book “Arboricoltura Generale”, Patron Editore, Bologna, Italy.

Cherubino Leonardi, Università di Catania

PhD in 1994; currently he is full professor at Catania University, where he teaches the courses “Vegetable and flower cultivation” and “Protected cultivations”; he is coordinator of the International PhD course on “Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science”.

Scientific expertise: Seedling production, sustainable production processes and techniques, vegetables, produce quality.

Stefano Musacchi, Washington State University

Stefano Musacchi was appointed Associate Professor and Endowed Chair of “Tree Fruit Physiology and Management” for the Department of Horticulture at Washington State University in August 2013. He previously worked at the University of Bologna where he earned his Ph.D. in Pomology in 1996 and was appointed Assistant Professor in 2000. Musacchi's expertise is mainly on apple, pear, and cherry horticulture. He was involved in pear rootstock evaluation and cultivar breeding and released four new pear cultivars in 2014. He is the author of over 150 publications in both Italian and English, 63 of which are peer reviewd Journals and Acta. In addition he has served on many scientific committees for international meetings and was a reviewer of many refereed journal articles. Currently, he is member of the eJHS editorial board. 

Alberto Palliotti, Università di Perugia

Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Science; author of more than 250 scientific publications on grapevine, olive and other fruit tree species; responsible of “Viticulture I and II" and “Hurban Horticulturae” courses in the University of Perugia; awarded with "The Best Paper 2013" by the American Society for Enology and Viticulture; scientific referent for the viticulture sector in Edagricole - New Business Media. 

Scientific expertises: Vine physiology, training systems, vine management according to climate change and abiotic stresses, biostimulants 

Francesca Scandellari, Libera Università di Bolzano-Bozen

Researcher in Horticulture at the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen. She teaches Crop ecophysiology, Theory of the scientific method, Scientific method in horticultural research, at master and PhD level; she also teaches Agroecology in the lifelong learning program and had experiences in teaching at children in the JuniorUni program of unibz. She has published many scientific papers and technical articles and reviewed journal's papers and is Editor of one Acta horticulturae. She supported the organization of several national and international congresses and symposia and participated to the preparation and development of many research projects and she is PI of some of them. 

Scientific expertise: fruit tree ecophysiology, agroecology, soil-tree interactions, cycle of water and nutrients, mycorrhizal fungi, stable isotopes.

Youssef Rouphael, Università di Napoli

Youssef Rouphael was awarded a Diploma in Agriculture, a Master in Irrigation, and PhD in Horticulture from Tuscia University (Italy). He is currently Associate Professor of Horticulture at the Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, where he teaches the course ‘Vegetable Crop Production and Floriculture’. 

Scientific expertise: greenhouse crops with emphasis on improvement of fruit quality of vegetable crops through pre-harvest factors, plant nutrition, water and irrigation management, soilless production of vegetables and ornamentals, role of grafting, beneficial micro-organisms and biostimulants in horticultural plants under abiotic stress conditions (drought, salinity and heavy metals), and role of deficit irrigation and PRD on vegetable production.

Francesco Serio, CNR-ISPA Bari


Francesco Serio is currently researcher at the Institute of Sciences of Food Production of the National Research Council (Bari, Italy). His studies are focused on vegetable crops and specially on the impacts of cropping systems (soil-bound and soilless systems) on product quality. His research activity is principally carried out at the Experimental Farm “La Noria”, of the CNR-ISPA (web site:
Scientific expertise: hydroponics,  crop performance and product quality of vegetable species, plant nutrition, biofortification of vegetables, greenhouse production.