Simonetta Bullitta


Senior Researcher


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Phone: +390792841605

Fax:     +390792841699

Address: ISPAAM-CNR, U.O.S. Sassari, Traversa La Crucca 3, 07100 Sassari 

Education and Professional Experience

2011- at present: Group Leader and Responsible of the CNR institutional research platform “Bioagronomic studies for multipurpose use of Mediterranean forage genetic resources and pasturelands”

2001 at present: Senior Researcher at CNR-ISPAAM-u.o.s. Sassari

1990/1991: Visiting scientist at the Agronomy Department of Wisconsin University, Madison-WI and Dairy Forage Research Center- United States Department of Agriculture, Madison-WI

1986-2000: Researcher at CSPM-CNR, Sassari

1985-1986: Researcher temporary position at CSPM-CNR, Sassari

1983: Degree in Agricultural Science, University of Sassari, Italy


Agriculture related to crop production, soil biology and cultivation, applied plant biology

Plant genetic resources

Selected publications

  1. G Piluzza, S Virdis, F Serralutzu, S Bullitta (2015). Uses of plants, animal and mineral substances in Mediterranean ethno-veterinary practices for the care of small ruminants. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 168: 87-99.
  2. L Sulas, GA Re, S Bullitta, G Piluzza (2015). Chemical and productive properties of Sardinian milk thistle (Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertn populations as sources of nutrients and antioxidants. Gen. Res. & Crop Evol. DOI 10.1007/s10722-015-0251-5.
  3. V Genualdo, A Perucatti, A Pauciullo, A Iannuzzi, D Incarnato, MS Spagnuolo, N Solinas, S Bullitta, L Iannuzzi (2015). Analysis of chromosome damage by sister chromatid exchange (SCE) and redox homeostasis characterization on sheep flocks from Sardinian pasturelands. Science of the Total Environment 527–528: 393–400.

  4. G Piluzza, L Sulas, S Bullitta (2014). Dry matter yield, feeding value, and antioxidant activity in Mediterranean chicory (Cichorium intybus L.) germplasm. Turk. J. Agr. & Res. 38, 506-514.

  5. F Sanna, A Franca, C Porqueddu, G Piluzza, G A Re, L Sulas, S Bullitta (2014). Characterization of native perennial ryegrasses for persistence in mediterranean rainfed conditions. Span. J. Agr. Res. 12 (4), 1110-1123.

  6. GA Re, G Piluzza, L Sulas, A Franca, C Porqueddu, F Sanna, S Bullitta (2014). Condensed tannins accumulation and nitrogen fixation potential of Onobrychis viciifolia Scop. grown in a Mediterranean environment. J. Sc. Food & Agr. 94, 649-645.

  7. G Piluzza, L Sulas, S Bullitta (2014). Tannins in forage plants and their role in animal husbandry and environmental sustainability: a review. Grass & For. Sc. 69 (1), 32-48.

  8. C Porqueddu, G A Re, F Sanna, G Piluzza, L Sulas, A Franca, S Bullitta (2013). Exploitation of annual and perennial herbaceous species for the rehabilitation of a sand quarry in a Mediterranean environment. Land degradation & development 10.1002/ldr.2235

  9. G Piluzza, G Delogu, A Cabras, S Marceddu, S Bullitta (2013). Differentiation between fiber and drug types of hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) from a collection of wild and domesticated accessions. Gen. Res. & Crop Evol. 60 (8), 2331-2342.

  10. S Bullitta, G Piluzza, MDI Manunta (2013). Cell-based and chemical assays of the ability to modulate the production of intracellular Reactive Oxygen Species of eleven Mediterranean plant species related to ethno-botanic traditions. Gen. Res. & Crop Evolution 60 (2), 403-412.

  11. VI Safronova, G Piluzza, NY Zinovkina, AK Kimeklis, AA Belimov, S Bullitta (2012). Relationships between pasture legumes, rhizobacteria and nodule bacteria in heavy metal polluted mine waste of SW Sardinia. Symbiosis 58 (1-3), 149-159.

  12. G Piluzza, S Bullitta (2011). Correlation between phenolic content and antioxidant properties in twenty-four plant species of traditional ethno-veterinary use in the Mediterranean area. Pharm. Biol. 49 (3):240-247.

  13. VI Safronova, G Piluzza, S Bullitta, AA Belimov (2011). Use of Legume-Microbe Symbioses for Phytoremediation of Heavy Metal Polluted Soils: Advantages and Potential Problems. In: Handbook of Phytoremediation Editor: Ivan A. Golubev, pp. 443-469. – Series: Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology. NOVA SCIENCE PUBLISHERS, NY. (ISBN 978-1-61728-753-4).

  14. S Bullitta, S Dettori, M Manchinu, MR Filigheddu, G Piluzza (2011). Characterization of Sardinian cork oak (Quercus suber L.) genetic resources for economically important traits. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 58, 1007-1020.

  15. G Piluzza, S Bullitta (2010). The dynamics of phenolic concentration in some pasture species and implications for animal husbandry. J Sci Food Agric 90:1452-1459.

  16. S Bullitta (2010). Characterization for Multipurpose Exploitations of Genetic Resources from the Germplasm Collection of Pasture Species Owned by the CNR-ISPAAM in Sassari, Italy. Ratar. Povrt. / Field Veg. Crop Res., vol. 47, pp 381-386.

  17. V Safronova, E Chizhevskaya, S Bullitta, Andronov E, Belimov A, Charles TC, Lindstrom K (2007). Presence of a novel 16S-23S rRNA gene intergenic spacer insert in Bradyrhizobium canariense strains. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 269, 207-212.

  18. S Bullitta (ed.) (2007). Plant Genetic Resources of Geographical and other Islands. (Conservation, evaluation and use for plant breeding) Proceedings XVII Eucarpia Genetic Resources Section Meeting, 30 march-2april 2005, Castelsardo (I), pp. 340, ISBN 88-901771-3-6.

  19. S Bullitta, G Piluzza, L Viegi (2007). Plant resources used for traditional ethno-veterinary phytotherapy in Sardinia (Italy). Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 54 (7): 1447-1464.

  20. AA Belimov, N Hontzeas, VI Safronova , SV Demchinskaya, G Piluzza, S Bullitta, BR Glick (2005). Cadmium-tolerant plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria associated with the roots of Indian Mustard (Brassica juncea L. Czern.). Soil biology and Biochemistry 37 (2), 241-250.

Istituto per il Sistema Produzione Animale in Ambiente Mediterraneo