Davide Rassati

Davide has just completed his PhD at the University of Padova. His main research interests include the improvement of trapping and early detection strategies for exotic xylophagous species and the study of the main factors that can influence their establishment
Contact details:

University of Padova,
viale dell'UniversitÓ
16, 35020, Legnaro (PD)-Italy

Tel.: +393335834431

PhD Project

From arrival to spread:  improving the early-detection of alien wood- boring beetles

Forest insect pests, especially exotic xylophagous species, can have highly negative impacts on forest worldwide. Davide’s research project is focused on the identification of the effect of different variables (e.g., size of harbors and annual amount of commodities, types and origins of the commodities, typology of the environments surrounding the harbors) on the likelihood of new species arrival and establishment. Results obtained from this research will be useful to improve the efficiency of the early detection in Italy and to gain insights into the mechanisms of invasion of alien xylophagous species

Rassati D, Lieutier F, Faccoli M (2016) Alien wood-boring beetles in Mediterranean regions. In: Paine TD & Lieutier F (Eds) Insects and diseases of Mediterranean Forest Systems, Springer, Dordrecht. pp. 293-327.

Faccoli M, Simonato M, Rassati D (2016) Life-history and geographical distribution of the walnut twig beetle, Pityophthorus juglandis (Coleoptera: Scolytinae), in Southern Europe. Journal of Applied Entomology. DOI: 10.1111/jen.12299

Rassati D, Faccoli M, Battisti A, Marini L (2016) Habitat and climatic preferences drive invasions of alien ambrosia beetles in deciduous temperate forests. Biological Invasions. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-016-1172-8

Rassati D, Faccoli M, Chinellato F, Hardwick S, Suckling DM, Battisti A (2016) Web-based automatic traps for early detection of alien wood-boring beetles. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. DOI: 10.1111/eea.12453

Faccoli M, Campo G, Perrotta G, Rassati D (2016) Two newly introduced tropical bark and ambrosia beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Scolytinae) damaging figs (Ficus carica) in southern Italy. Zootaxa.

Rassati D, Faccoli M, Petrucco Toffolo E, Battisti A, Marini L (2015) Improving the early detection of alien wood-boring beetles in ports and surrounding forests. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52, 50-58. [The paper is featured in Nature (Vol. 513, Number 7519) in the Research Highlights section]

Rassati D, Faccoli M, Marini L, Haack RA, Battisti A, Petrucco Toffolo E (2015) Exploring the role of wood waste landfills in the early detection of non-native wood-boring beetles. Journal of Pest Science, 88, 563–572.

Rassati D, Petrucco Toffolo E, Roques A, Battisti A, Faccoli M (2014) Trapping wood boring beetles in Italian ports: a pilot study. Journal of Pest Science, 87, 61-69.

Rassati D, Petrucco Toffolo E, Battisti A, Faccoli M (2012) Monitoring of the pine sawyer beetle Monochamus galloprovincialis by pheromone traps in Italy. Phytoparasitica, 40, 329-336.

Last updated: 02/04/2015