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Expert in Compost

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Marco, during all his professional career, has been involved in the study of the organic matter recycling by means of composting with the aim of substituting peat in pot cultivation of ornamentals and as fertilizer in the field cultivation.

He has a good understanding about the composting process working directly with composting facilities. He is skilled in both the laboratory work as well in field trials since he spent almost three years working on this, first for Du Pont and later for the Agronomy department of the University of Bologna.

Lately he has increased his interest in the carbon and nitrogen mineralization even by a new liquid-based incubation system, with the aim of predicting the N availability, C mineralization in pot and field cultivation with the possibility to study the GHG emission and the OM mineralization modelling.


aerated-pile sludge composting


agricultural chemistry








municipal solid waste composting


municipal solid waste management


nonhazardous solid waste composting


nonhazardous solid waste management


organic fertilizer


sludge composting


soil amendment


soil conditioner


static pile sludge composting


windrow sludge composting

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
2004   PhD   Soil Chemistry   Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Milano (Italy)  
1997   MS   Agricultural science   Università di Bologna - Bologna (Italy)  
1988   High School Diploma   Agricultural Science   Istituto F.lli Navarra - Ferrara (Italy)  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2007 to 2010


University of Bologna


Soil Chemistry


Contract Researcher


Contract researcher c/o the Agricultural Chemistry Area of DiSTA, for research focused on the determination of organic matter stability and nitrogen mineralization from compost in cooperation with the holding Gruppo HERA.

2002 to 2004


University of Bologna


General Agronomy


Contract Researcher


Contract researcher c/o the Agronomy department of the University of Bologna. Technically responsable of many different fields trials, mainly biomass crops, barley and soybean in organic farming method. Technician in charge of TISEN project (Innovative sustainable technologies for energy non-food crops), and of cultivar comparison of Switchgrass, corn and sorghum for energy production in low-input cultivation.

2005 to 2007


University of Bologna


Soil Chemistry-General Agronomy


Post Doc


Post doctoral grant for the study of the nitrogen mineralization from 15N labeled compost in sorghum pot cultivation, c/o the Agricultural Chemistry Area of the Dept of Agro-environmental Science and Technology University of Bologna, DiSTA. During this period he has conducted incubations trial in vessel with soil and a parallel experiment in vivo with plant. He has studied even the beet vinasse mineralization in the general perspective of the organic matter recycling and recovery in agricultural soils.

2004 to 2004


Municipal Agricultural Office






Technician c/o a municipal agricultural office (permanent position), responsible for the European Comunity agricultural founds fate.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has 25 publications on the Composting and compost re-use in agriculture.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Environmental Engineering Science  
 - Bioresource Technology  
 - Soil Biology and Biochemistry  
 - Scientia Horticulturae  
 - Bioresource Technology  

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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2005 to 2005   Netherlands   Visting scientist c/o the Wageningen University (http://www.wur.nl/UK)focusing my research on the standardization of a method for the simultaneously determination of the coupled carbon and nitrogen mineralization.
2009 to 2010   Denmark   Visting scientist c/o the Copenaghen University (http://www.agri.life.ku.dk/English.aspx) focusing my research on the GHG emissions during composting of pig manure.

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