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Nicola Senesi

Nicola Senesi

Professor
University of Bari
Italy

Biography

Nicola Senesi is Professor Emeritus at the University of Bari, Bari, Italy. Previously Full Professor of Soil Chemistry (1986-2013, now retired) at the Department of Soil, Plant and Food Sciences, Head of the Department of Agroforestal and Environmental Biology and Chemistry (2005-2011) at the University of Bari. Courses taught: Soil Chemistry, Soil Science, Agricultural Chemistry, Wood Chemistry and Technology, Organic Chemistry, and General and Inorganic Chemistry. Visiting professor and/or scientist for various periods at universities in Canada, USA, Somalia, Indonesia, Switzerland, Argentina, Brasil, Venezuela and Colombia. Doctor Honoris Causa Institute National Polytechnique de Toulouse (INPT), France (2000), Fellow of American Society of Agronomy (ASA) (1995) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) (1996), Honorary Member of Int. Humic Substances Society (IHSS) (2009), Polish Soil Science Society (2011), Azerbaijan Soil Science Society (AzSSS) and Int. Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) (2012). Currently Past-President of the Italian Soil Science Society (SISS). Previously, President of the European Confederation of Soil Science Societies (ECSSS), President of Division VI-Chemistry and the Environment and Chair of the Subcommittee Biophysico-Chemical Processes in Environmental Systems of the Int. Union of Pure and Applied Chemists (IUPAC), President of the Mediterranean Scientific Assoc. for Environ. Protection (MESAEP), President of the Int. Humic Substances Society (IHSS) and Chairman of Division II-Soil Properties and Processes of the Int. Union of Soil Science (IUSS). Currently Associate Editor of Geoderma, Soil Science, Pedosphere, CLEAN-Soil, Air, Water and other technical and scientific journals. Research focused on fundamental and applied aspects of chemistry and biochemistry of organic matter from soils and other systems and materials, and its interactions with soil-applied organic chemicals and trace metals, by the use of advanced physico-chemical techniques and biochemical tools. Recently, physiological and antimutagenic effects of humic substances on plants, and implications of recycling organic wastes on soil fertility and crop production. Pioneered the application of fractal geometry to the study of molecular conformation and aggregation processes of natural soil organic colloids and the view of humic substances as natural nanomaterials. The results of his research are documented in about 370 scientific and technical papers and about 60 book chapters and invited reviews. Dr. Senesi has also co-edited 20 books and Proceedings Volumes.

Research Interest

Fundamental and applied aspects of chemistry and biochemistry of organic matter from soils and other systems and materials by use of advanced physico-chemical techniques and biochemical tools; interactions of humic substances with organic and inorganic chemicals, including pesticides, endocrine disruptors and trace metals; the physiological and antimutagenic effects of humic substances on plants; the implications of recycling organic wastes on soil fertility and crop production; the application of fractal geometry to molecular conformation and aggregation processes of humic substances; and humic substances as natural nanomaterials