Marco Cirilli, first author of The multi-site PeachRefPop collection: a true cultural heritage and international scientific tool for fruit trees
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (DISAA), University of Milan, Italy
Education: PhD, Department of Agriculture and Forest Sciences (DAFNE), University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy
Non-scientific Interests: Football, Italian cuisine
Brief Bio: My passion for horticulture and fruit tree species comes from the central Italy countryside in which I grew up, and the variegated plant species populating the typical family vegetable gardens. After completing my Bachelor and Master degrees in Horticulture and a Ph.D. in Food Biotechnology at the University of Tuscia (Viterbo, Italy), I approached fruit tree breeding at the University of Milan (Italy) during a 5-years Post-Doc. Research activities in my career concerned various fruit tree species (in particular peach and olive), addressing a wide diversity of topics, integrating and applying agronomic, biological and genetic tools in biodiversity exploitation and varietal improvement.