Andrea Lucchi obtained the PHD in “Bioecology of entomophagous insects and biocontrol in the agro-ecosystems” in 1991 at the University of Perugia (Italy). Currently he is Full Professor at the Department of Agriculture, Food & Environment (Pisa University-Italy), where he teaches “Viticultural Entomology” and “Agricultural Entomology”. Andrea’s research activity has resulted in 215 publications on national and international ISI journals. His recent research interests are focused on: harmfulness and biological control of grapevine pests, pheromone mating disruption, implementation of “Area Wide Pest Management” strategies, Insect vibrational communication with particular reference to grapevine leafhoppers and planthoppers, morphology of insect pheromone glands and antennae.
Andrea has been member of the IOBC-WPRS Council from 2009 to 2013 and is now member of the Executive Committee, Vice-President and Deputy Treasurer.
In 2009, he was invited by USDA-APHIS (US Ministry of Agriculture) to participate in the Technical Working Group (TWG) for the management of the European Grapevine Moth in USA (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/plant_pest_info/eg_moth/downloads/TWG-Report-2-10.pdf). ). Since then he attended 5 TWG meetings held in California in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and several web meetings.
In 2009, 2010 and 2013 Andrea was invited by EMBRAPA in Brasil (Rio Grande do Sul and Pernambuco) to actively collaborate in joint projects aimed at the management of Lepidopteran pests of grapevine.
In June 2015 he was officially invited by SAG (Servicio Agrìcola y Ganadero of Chile) to participate in the National Program for the control and the eradication of Lobesia botrana, accidentally introduced in South America and first recorded in Chile in 2008. In 2016 and 2017 he was invited by EFSA as expert in alternative pest control strategies, to officially participate in a working group dealing with the application of insecticide active substances to control serious dangers to plant health (doi:10.2903/sp.efsa.2017.EN-1201).