Arturo Cocco is a research entomologist currently working at the Department of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Sassari (Italy). He graduated in Agricultural Sciences with a major in Entomology in 2000, and was awarded a PhD degree in Monitoring and protection of forest ecosystems in the Mediterranean environment in 2006. In 2007, he was appointed a two-year visiting postdoctoral fellow at the University of Florida (USA). He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in General and Applied Entomology by the University of Sassari in 2014. Since 2015, he is lecturer in Monitoring of pests and diseases of grapevine. In March 2017, he achieved the National Academic Qualification as Associate Professor. His research interests are focused on agricultural and forest pests and alien insects and mites. With regard to forest pests, he is involved in studies on biology, population dynamics and microbiological control of the gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar and bark beetles. He is also engaged in research on the biology, distribution and biological and pheromone-based control of horticultural and grape pests. Recently, he has been working on alien insects (introduction, establishment, and spread). From 2002 onwards, he has been involved in national and international projects on management of agricultural and forest pests and alien insects, and as technical advisor for the Regional agency for agricultural development in Sardinia.
Arturo Cocco first joined the IOBC-WPRS “Integrated Protection in Oaks Forests” group in 2010 in Tempio Pausania (Italy), and he has also been actively involved in the WG “Integrated Protection in Viticulture” by participating to the meetings of Staufen im Breisgau, Lacanau, Ascona, and Vienna.