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Riccardo Soldan

PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Bioscience

Rex Richards Building, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QU


I have a background in plant and agricultural sciences and during my education I worked and studied in several different universities both in Italy and abroad. Considering the urgent need for a more sustainable agricultural production, I am interested in plant-microbe interaction and how we can harness microorganisms to both mitigate the deleterious effects of biotic stresses in crops and increase host tolerance to infectious pathogens


2014-2016: Master's degree in Crops and Plant Sciences, University of Milan (Italy)
2011-2014: Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Science and Technology, University of Padua (Italy)

Research projects

July 2017-Aug.2017: Graduate Visiting student at The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich (UK).
  • screening of effectors produced by Phakopsora pachyrhizi (Soybean rust) in legumes to select for new resistant genes
    Aug.2016-Nov.2016: Visiting student at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Jeddah (KSA)
  • Analysis of mangrove endophytes community through metagenomic sequencing. Role of mangrove endophytes in supporting mangrove growth under saline conditions.
    July 2015-Oct.2015: Visiting student at Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, (Germany)
  • Plant growth promotion activities of mangrove endophytes in crops. Analysis of root colonization pattern using FISH technology (Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization) and confocal laser scanning microscopy in barley roots.

    Current Research


    R.Soldan, F. Mapelli, E.Crotti, R. Marasco, M. Fusi, E. Rolli, D. Daffonchio, Z. Zeaiter, S. Schnell, S. Borin and M. Cardinale. "Salt-resistant bacteria isolated from mangrove propagules promote growth of barley in greenhouse under salt stress conditions". Annual conference of the Association for General and Applied Microbiology, Jena (Germany), 2016.