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Youry Pii

Youry Pii

Assistant Professor
Free University of Bolzano


Youry Pii is Assistant Professor at the Free University of Bolzano (Italy) since 2013 and his research activities are mainly focused on plant nutrition and the rhizosphere processes underlying nutrients uptake. In particular, the study of the complex relationship between plant, soil and microorganisms in the process of nutrient acquisition is one of the central topic. He applied thereby interdisciplinary methodologies, such as molecular biology, genomics, genetics, biochemistry, analytical chemistry and plant physiology, aimed at identifying the molecular mechanisms that control important plant traits related to mineral nutrient acquisition, biotic and abiotic stress tolerance. In details, the research activity of dr. Youry Pii has been focused on i) Physiological and molecular responses to nutritional deficiencies and heavy metal stresses in model plants (e.g. cucumber, barley, tomato) and in tree plants (e.g. strawberry, apple, grapevine), ii) interaction between plants and PGPR to improve plant nutrients uptake/use efficiency, and iii) rhizosphere metagenomics. Author of 30 scientific publications, 28 of them indexed in SCOPUS; 389 citations; H-index 10.

Research Interest

molecular biology, genomics, genetics, biochemistry, analytical chemistry and plant physiology