CREA-ZA people

Barbara Ferrari

Barbara FERRARI (PhD)

Scientist at Centre for Animal Production and Aquaculture,
Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA)
Address: viale Piacenza 29, 26900 Lodi, Italy
Phone: +39 0371 404726

Research position

Beginning from Dec. 2010 scientist at CREA (formerly CRA and IRSA-Ist. Sper. Colture Foraggere), Lodi

Other working periods abroad

  • 2012 (three months): Training stage at INRA-UMRLEG (Institut National Recherche Agronomique, Dijon, France)
  • Visiting scientist at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK, USA (two weeks in 2014)


  • Doctor of Philosophy: Agri-Food Sciences, Technologies and Biotechnologies (Univ. of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy), March 2013
  • Postgraduate specialization (European level 5) for “Expert in traceability techniques of GMO (genetically modified organisms)” in 2002
  • Qualified as professional Food Technologist in 1999
  • Degree in Food Science and Technology, University of Piacenza, Italy (1998)

Main research topics

  • Genetic improvement and genetic resources of feed grain legumes (pea; white lupin; soybean; faba bean) and forage crops (alfalfa) following the preparation of genomic libraries to be sequenced in GBS procedures
  • Feed grain legumes quality, especially for field pea and white lupin (chemical and NIR analyses)

Scientific publications:

Selected recent publications

  • Pavan S., C. Delvento, N. Nazzicari, B. Ferrari, N. D’Agostino, F. Taranto, C. Lotti, L. Ricciardi, P. Annicchiarico (2022). Genotyping-by-sequencing data from two ex situ core collections provide insights on the pea domestication history. Hort. Sci. (in press).
  • Crosta, M., N. Nazzicari, B. Ferrari, L. Pecetti, L. Russi, M. Romani, G. Cabassi, D. Cavalli, A. Marocco, P. Annicchiarico (2022). Pea grain protein content across Italian environments: genetic relationship with grain yield, and opportunities for genome-enabled selection for protein yield. Front. Plant Sci. 12, 718713.
  • Annicchiarico, P., N. Nazzicari, T. Notario, C. Monterrubio Martin, M. Romani, B. Ferrari, L. Pecetti (2021). Pea breeding for intercropping with cereals: variation for competitive ability and associated traits, and assessment of phenotypic and genomic selection strategies. Front. Plant Sci. 12, 731949.
  • Annicchiarico P., Nazzicari N., Ferrari B. (2020). Genetic and Genomic Resources in White Lupin and the Application of Genomic Selection. In: Singh K., Kamphuis L., Nelson M. (eds) The Lupin Genome. Compendium of Plant Genomes. Springer, pp. 139-149.
  • Annicchiarico, P., N. Nazzicari, B. Ferrari, N. Harzic, A.M. Carroni, M. Romani, L. Pecetti (2019). Genomic prediction of grain yield in contrasting environments for white lupin genetic resources. Mol. Breed. 39, 142.
  • Książkiewicz, M., N. Nazzicari, H. Yang, M.N. Nelson, D. Renshaw, S. Rychel, B. Ferrari, M. Carelli, M. Tomaszewska, S. Stawiński, B. Naganowska, B. Wolko, P. Annicchiarico (2017). A high-density consensus linkage map of white lupin highlights synteny with narrow-leafed lupin and provides markers tagging key agronomic traits. Sci. Rep. 7, 15335.
  • Annicchiarico, P., M. Romani, G. Cabassi, B. Ferrari (2017). Diversity in a pea (Pisum sativum) world collection for key agronomic traits in a rain-fed environment of southern Europe. Euphytica 213, 245.
  • Annicchiarico P., Nazzicari N., Pecetti L., Romani M., Ferrari B., Wei Y., Brummer E.C. (2017). “GBS-based genomic selection for pea grain yield under severe terminal drought”, The Plant Genome, 10(2): 1-13.
  • Annicchiarico P., Romani M., Barzaghi S., Ferrari B., Carroni A.M., Ruda P., De Combarieu E., Pagni L., Tedesco V. (2016). “Detection and exploitation of white lupin (Lupinus albus L.) genetic variation for seed γ-conglutin content”, Journal of Applied Botany and Food Quality, 89: 212-216.
  • Ferrari B., Romani M., Aubert G., Boucherot K., Burstin J., Pecetti L., Huart-Naudet M., Klein A., Annicchiarico P. (2016). “Association of SNP markers with agronomic and quality traits of field pea in Italy”, Czech Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding, 52(3): 83-93.

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