Dr. Elisa Pellegrino graduated in Agricultural Sciences and obtained a PhD in Crop Sciences at the Pisa University. She has a permanent position at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and from 2017 she is qualified for Associate Professor in Agronomy. She participated to 29 international and national research projects, playing an active role as participant, scientific leader and co-leader as well as principal investigator. She was visiting at the at the Universidad Tecnica del Norte, Ibarra, Ecuador, at the Volcani Center, Israel, at the University of York, UK, and at the West Virginia University, USA. She is member of several scientific society: European Society of agronomy (ESA), Italian Society of Agronomy (SIA), British Ecological Society (BES) and International Mycorrhizal Society (IMS). Project evaluator for BES and EU and reviewer for several scientific journals. Author of about 80 publications, including 24 articles in indexed journals; she has an HI of 11 and 562 citations.
Dr. Elisa Pellegrino studies soil quality and microbial diversity in various food and non-food agro-ecosystems using morphological, chemical, biochemical and molecular approaches. She studies field of inoculation by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) on old and modern genotypes of wheat, alfalfa, clover, chickpea, maize, pseudocereals, such as buckwheat and millet, in order to improve crop productivity and quality. New lines of research are the use of AMF for improving micronutrient uptake (i.e., iron and zinc) and increasing bioactive substances (nutraceuticals).