Academic member

Prof. Luigi Bavaresco 

He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree (“Laurea“) in Agricultural Sciences at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza (Italy) in 1980, where he is currently an associate Professor in Viticulture. He received his Doctoral Degree in Agricultural Sciences with an emphasis in Viticulture at the Ecole National Supérieure Agronomique (E.N.S.A.), Montpellier (France) in 1991. Thanks to National Research Council scholarships, he developed several research activities for the Federal Institute for Grapevine Breeding Geilweilerhof (Germany) in 1985, and for the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California in Davis in 1992. He was an invited professor for 6 months (March – August 2000) at the University of Burgundy (Dijon, France) – Institute Universitaire de la Vigne et du Vin Jules Guyot – with teaching and research tasks. He attended many national and international symposiums as an invited speaker. He is a member of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin (OIV, Paris). From 2010 to 2014, he was appointed Director of the Research Centre for Viticulture at Conegliano (Italy).



Grapevine varieties, breeding, mineral nutrition, disease resistance and ecology.


Teaching focus

  • Viticulture (ampelography and breeding)
  • Grape Varieties and Terroir
  • Pomology


Research focus

His research activity is documented by 167 scientific papers and 94 technical articles; h-index ( = 26.

  • Grapevine physiology: Stilbene metabolism (resveratrol, viniferins, etc.): role of genetic, environmental and cultural aspects
  • Grapevine nutrition: Effects of biostimulants (supplied at leaf and  root  level) on plant response to biotic and abiotic stresses, by proteomics and metabolomics.
  • Grapevine ecology: Interaction genotype-environment


List of selected publications:

  • BAVARESCO L., EIBACH R. (1987) – Investigations on the influence of N fertilizer on resistance to powdery mildew (Oidium tuckeri) downy mildew (Plasmopara viticola) and on phytoalexin synthesis in different grapevine varieties. Vitis, 26: 192-200.
  • BAVARESCO L., FREGONI M., FRASCHINI P. (1991) – Investigations on iron uptake and reduction by excised roots of different grapevine rootstocks and a V. vinifera cultivar. Plant and Soil, 130: 109-113.
  • BAVARESCO L., PETEGOLLI D., CANTU’ E., FREGONI M., CHIUSA G., TREVISAN M. (1997) – Elicitation and accumulation of stilbene phytoalexins in grapevine berries infected by Botrytis cinerea. Vitis, 36(2): 77-83.
  • BAVARESCO L., CANTU E., TREVISAN M. (2000) – Chlorosis occurrence, natural arbuscular- mycorrhizal infection and stilbene root concentration of ungrafted grapevine roortsocks growing on calcareous soil. J. Plant Nutr., 23 (11-12): 1685-1697.
  • BAVARESCO L., FREGONI M., TREVISAN M., MATTIVI F., VRHOVSEK U., FALCHETTI R. (2002). The occurrence of the stilbene piceatannol in grapes. Vitis, 41: 133-136.
  • VEZZULLI S., CIVARDI S., FERRARI F., BAVARESCO L. (2007) – Methyl jasmonate treatment as a trigger of resveratrol synthesis in cultivated grapevine. Am. J. Enol. Vitic., 58 (4): 530-533.
  • BAVARESCO L., VEZZULLI S., CIVARDI S., GATTI M., BATTILANI P., PIETRI A., FERRARI F. (2008) – Effect of lime-induced leaf chlorosis on ochratoxin A, trans-resveratrol, and ε-viniferin production in grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) berries infected by Aspergillus carbonarius. J. Agric. Food Chem., 56: 2085-2089.
  • BUSCONI M., REGGI S., FOGHER C., BAVARESCO L. (2009) – Evidence of a sirtuin gene family in grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.). Plant Physiol. Biochem. 47: 650-652.
  • BAVARESCO L., VAN ZELLER DE MACEDO BASTO GONCALVES M.I., CIVARDI S., GATTI M., FERRARI F. (2010) – Effects of traditional and new methods to overcome lime-induced chlorosis in grapevine. Am. J. Enol. Vitic. 61: 186-190.
  • BAVARESCO L., GATTI M., FREGONI M. (2010) – Nutritional deficiencies. IN: Methodologies and Results in Grapevine Research. Delrot S., Medrano H., Or E., Bavaresco L., Grando S. (Eds.)
  • MENEGHETTI S., CALO’ A., BAVARESCO L. (2012) – A strategy to investigate the intravarietal genetic variability in Vitis vinifera L. for clones and biotypes identification and to correlate molecular profiles with morphological traits or geographic origins. Mol. Biotechnol, 52: 68-81.
  • BAVARESCO L., MATTIVI F., DE ROSSO M., FLAMINI R. (2012) – Effects of elicitors, viticultural facors and enological practices on resveratrol and stilbenes in grapevine and wine. Mini-Rev. Med. Chem., 12 (13): 1366-1381.
  • GIACOSA A., BARALE R., BAVARESCO L., GATENBY P., GERBI V., JANSSEN J., JOHNSTON B., KAS K., LA VECCHIA C., MAINGUET P., MORAZZONI P., NEGRI E., PELUCCHI C., PEZZOTTI M., RONDANELLI M. (2013) – Cancer prevention in Europe: the Mediterranean diet as a protective choice. Eur. J. Cancer Prevention, 22 (1): 90-95.
  • FLAMINI R., DE ROSSO M., DE MARCHI F., DALLA VEDOVA A., PANIGHEL A., GARDIMAN M., MAOZ I., BAVARESCO L. (2013) – An innovative approach to grape metabolomics: stilbene profiling by suspect screening analysis. Metabolomics 9(6): 1243-1253.
  • VAN LEEUWEN C., SCHULTZ H.R., GARCIA de CORTAZAR-ATAURI I., DUCHENE E., OLLAT N., PIERI P., BOIS B., GOUTOULY J.P., QUENOL H., TOUZARD J.M., MALHEIRO A.C., BAVARESCO L., DELROT S. (2013) – Why climate change will not dramatically decrease viticultural suitability in main wine-producing areas by 2050. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 110 (33), E3051 – E3052.
  • PANIGHEL A., MAOZ I., DE ROSSO M., DE MARCHI F., DALLA VEDOVA A., GARDIMAN M., BAVARESCO L., FLAMINI R. (2014) – Identification of saffron aroma compound β-isophorone (3,5,5-trimethyl-3-cyclohexen-1-one) in some V. vinifera grape varieties. Food Chemistry, 145: 186-190; DOI:
  • BAVARESCO L., GARDIMAN M., BRANCADORO L., ESPEN L., FAILLA O., SCIENZA A., VEZZULLI S., ZULINI L., VELASCO R., STEFANINI M., DI GASPERO G., TESTOLIN R. (2015) –Grapevine breeding programs in Italy. IN Grapevine Breeding Programs for the Wine Industry. A. Reynolds (ed.), 135-157, Woodhead Publishing, Cambridge, UK.
  • GIACOSA A., BARALE R., BAVARESCO L., FALIVA M.A., GERBI V., LA VECCHIA C., NEGRI E., OPIZZI A., PERNA S., PEZZOTTI M., RONDANELLI M. (2016) – Mediterranean way of drinking and longevity. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 56: 635-640.
  • FLAMINI R., ZANZOTTO A., DE ROSSO MIRKO, LUCCHETTA G., DALLA VEDOVA A., BAVARESCO L. (2016) – Stilbene oligomer phytoalexins as a response to Aspergillus carbonarius infection. Physiol. Mol. Plant Pathol., 93: 112-118.
  • BAVARESCO L., LUCINI L., BUSCONI M., FLAMINI R., DE ROSSO M. (2016) – Wine resveratrol: from the ground up. Nutrients, 8 (4), 222; doi:10.3390/nu8040222.
  • CARRAI M., CAMPA D., VODICKA P., FLAMINI R., MARTELLI I., SLYSKOVA J., JIRASKOVA K., REJHOVA A., VODENKOVA S., CANZIAN F., BERTELLI A., DALLA VEDOVA A., BAVARESCO L., VODICKOVA L., BARALE R. (2017) – Association between taste receptor (TAS) genes and the perception of wine characteristics. Scientific Reports, 7: 9239 DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-08946-3