Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN-EID) INTERFUTURE grant infomation:

Call: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016

Grant Agreement: n. 722642

Title project: From microbial interactions to new-concept biopesticides and biofertilizers

Coordinator: Michele Perazzolli

Funding: EU under project number H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016 - 722642

Timeframe: 01.12.2016-31.05.2021

University/Department: Fondazione Edmund Mach, Department of Sustainable Agroecosystems and Bioresources

Network Partners: Fondazione Edmund Mach (Coordinator), Italy; University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France; University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences , Austria; University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK; University of Molise, Italy; BIOBEST, Belgium; BIPA NV, Belgium; INOQ GmbH, Germany; Azotic Technologies Ltd, UK; De Ceuster Meststoffen NV (DCM), Belgium; e-nema GmbH, germany; University of Trento, Italy


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ESR position 4

ESR position 4 – “Characterization of the mode of action of innovative biocontrol products for plant defence”:

  • Host Institute: Fondazione Edmund Mach (San Michele all’Adige, Italy)
  • Secondment at: BIPA (Londerzeel, Belgium)
  • PhD Enrolment: University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (Reims, France)
  • Work Package(s) to which it is related: WP1 (mechanisms of action), WP3 (formulation)    
Abdessalem Chahed

Abdessalem Chahed

Contact information

phone:  +39 0461615578


Research activity

His PhD project, within the EU project INTERFUTURE aims to assess the efficacy of protein- and sugar-based molecules to reduce the tomato late blight symptoms caused by Phytophthora infestans and to characterize the molecular basis of their mode of action. During His Master Thesis he was working on the characterization of two proteins involved in the interaction between Castanea sativa (chestnuts) and Phytophthora cinnamomi.

Research interests

Phytopathology, Plant physiology; Biopesticides, Plant genomics; Industrial Biotechnology; Molecular plant - pathogen interactions

Short CV description

  • Since September 2017: PhD student at the University of Reims under the supervision of Prof. Essaid Ait Barka, in collaboration with the Plant Pathology and Applied Microbiology Unit at Fondazione Edmund Mach under the supervision of Dr. Michele Perazzolli and Dr. Gerardo Puopolo. 
  • 2016-2017: Research internship in the Molecular Biology Lab - Mountain Research Centre at the Polytechnic Institute of Braganca, Portugal.
  • 2014-2016: Master double Diploma in Biotechnology Engineering obtained from the Polytechnic Institute of Braganca (Portugal) and in Genetics and Biodiversity from the Higher Institute of Biotechnology of Monastir (Tunisia) under Erasmus+ program.
  • 2011-2014: Bachelor in cell Biology, molecular Biology and Biotechnology, the Higher Institute of Biotechnology of Monastir (Tunisia).