Francesco Loreto is an expert on biosphere-atmosphere interactions. He studies the biosynthesis and emissions of volatile organic compounds, and the impacts of abiotic and biotic stressors on primary and secondary plant metabolism.
Dr Loreto is Research Director at CNR, has directed the Institute for Plant Protection (CNR-IPP, 2009-2012), and since 2013 is the director of the Department of Biology, Agriculture and Food Science (CNR-DiSBA) coordinating the activities of nine CNR Institutes and more than 800 researchers and technologists around Italy. Dr Loreto has been a delegate of the Italian Ministry of Research and Education at the European Commission and at several COST actions; and is a member of the scientific steering committee of the “Integrated Land Ecosystem Atmosphere Process Study programme” (iLEAPS), a core-programme of the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (IGBP). Dr Loreto has published so far (August 2016) more than 180 papers on peer-reviewed ISI-indexed international journals, with a total number of citations > 12800, and a H index = 60. He has also published 11 book chapters, and is editor of the book “Terrestrial photosynthesis in a changing environment” (Cambridge Press, 2012).
Dr Loreto serves in the editorial boards of international journals in the field of plant biology, and as a reviewer of the main international research agencies and private research performing donors. He has coordinated five European projects in the field of biogenic emissions and their role in plant defense, communication, and relationship with atmospheric chemistry, and is partner of projects funded by the European Commission within the frame of H2020 and the FP7 Environment, KBBE and Marie-Curie-People programmes. Dr Loreto has coordinated CNR participation to the Universal Exhibition of Milan (EXPO 2015 – Feeding the planet, energy for life) as science consultant of the Italian Pavilion (www.expo.cnr.it) and of the Lombardy Region. He also coordinates the Premium project (Ministry of University, Research and Education (MIUR)) “Sustainable water management in agriculture” and “Food and health”.