Roberta Paradiso

University of Naples “Federico II”Associate Professor, Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Department of Agricultural Sciences

Roberta Paradiso is Associate professor of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops at the Department of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Naples Federico II. She received her master degree in Agricultural Sciences in 1998 and her PhD in Horticulture in 2002 at the same university. She teaches in courses of Plant products for food industry and Horticulture and supervises MSc and PhD students. The research activity is related to eco-physiology of vegetable and flower crops, soilless culture (hydrological properties of substrates, nutrient and water management), greenhouse technologies, sustainable horticulture in open field and greenhouse, nutritional quality of vegetables. A specific expertise concerns the cultivation of higher plants in controlled environment for Bioregenerative Life-Support Systems (BLSSs) in Space and advanced systems for artificial lighting in greenhouse and growth chamber, with a special attention on light spectrum. On these topics, she works in research projects funded by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the European Space Agency (ESA). She collaborates with the scientific partners of the ESA consortium MELiSSA - Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative and to the activities of the Laboratory of Crop research for Space, funded by ESA at the Department of Agricultural sciences of the University of Naples, aiming at the characterization of candidate crops for cultivation in BLSSs. She is Review Editor for the international journal Frontiers in plant science (Section Crop and Product Physiology) and has been Invited Guest Editor for the Special topic “Higher Plants, Algae and Cyanobacteria in Space Environments” (year 2020). From 2019 to 2022 she was member of the Board of directions of the Società di Ortoflorofrutticoltura Italiana (SOI).