Massimo NEPI

Massimo Nepi
Biosketch and CV

Graduated in Biology at the University of Siena in 1991 and PhD awarded in Agricultural Biology at the University of Pisa in 1995. Since 2001 I am a researcher at the University of Siena. My research concerns reproductive biology of higher plants and particularly the relationships between plants and animals during pollination. Most of these relationships are based on mutualism, since animals are rewarded with pollen and nectar while they perform pollination. My studies aims to discover how diversity of rewards may affect the relationships with pollinators in the present days and during evolution.

Research interests

Activities are focused in the following research fields:

  • Reeproductive Biology and Eco-physiology of Higher Plants
  • Plant-animal interactions and evolution
  • Nectar chemistry, biochemistry and ecology
  • Chemical and biochemical characterization of plant-derived product
Teaching activities

Since 2001 I hold teaching activities concerning botany for BSc and MSc courses at the University of Siena. In 2009 I was invited professor at the Universidade Estadual Paulista (Campus de Botucatu, Brazil). Since the Academic Year 2012-2013 I was appointed for teaching activities in BSc (Plant Biology for Biological Sciences) as well as MSc courses (Evolution of Land Plants for MSc in Biodiversity and Nature Conservation; Evolution of biodiversity of terrestrial plants for MSc in Biology).

Selected publications

NEPI M, BINI L, BIANCHI L, PUGLIA M, ABATE M, CAI (2011). Xylan-degrading enzymes in male and female flower nectar of Cucurbita pepo. ANNALS OF BOTANY 108, 521–527.

NEPI M, SOLIGO C, NOCENTINI D, ABATE M, GUARNIERI M, CAI G, BINI L, PUGLIA M, BIANCHI L, PACINI E (2012). Amino acids and protein profile in floral nectar: much more than a simple reward. FLORA 207, 475–481.

NOCENTINI D, PACINI E, GUARNIERI M, MARTELLI D, NEPI M (2013). Intrapopulation heterogeneity in floral nectar attributes and foraging insects of an ecotonal Mediterranean species. PLANT ECOLOGY 214, 799–809.

NEPI M. (2014). Beyond nectar sweetness: the hidden ecological role of non-protein amino acids. JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY 102, 108–115.

PACINI E, SCIANNANDRONE N, NEPI M (2014). Floral biology of the dioecious species Laurus nobilis L. (Lauraceae). FLORA 209, 153–163.

GRASSO D, PANDOLFI C, BAZIHIZINA N, NOCENTINI D, NEPI M, AND MANCUSO S (2015). Extrafloral-nectar based partner manipulation in plant-ant relationship. AOB PLANTS 7, 1–15.

CAMILA VAZ DE SOUZA, MASSIMO NEPI, SILVIA RODRIGUES MACHADO AND ELZA GUIMARÃES. 2017. Floral biology, nectar secretion pattern and fruit set of a threatened Bignoniaceae tree from Brazilian tropical forest. FLORA 227, 46–55.

MASSIMO NEPI. 2017. New perspectives in nectar evolution and ecology: simple alimentary reward or a complex multi-organismic interaction? ACTA AGROBOTANICA 70: https://doi.org/10.5586/aa.1704.

MASSIMO NEPI, STEFAN LITTLE, MASSIMO GUARNIERI, DANIELE NOCENTINI, NATALIE PRIOR, JULIA GILL, P. BARRY TOMLINSON, STEFANIE M. ICKERT-BOND, CARY PIRONE, ETTORE PACINI, AND PATRICK VON ADERKAS. 2017. Phylogenetic and functional signals in gymnosperm ovular secretions. ANNALS OF BOTANY, in press. https://doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcx103

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