CREA-ZA people

Margherita Crosta

Doctoral Research Assistant
Centre for Animal Production and Aquaculture,
Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA)

Address: viale Piacenza 29, 26900 Lodi, Italy
Phone: +39 3333018668

Research positions

From Jul. 2020: Research Assistant at CREA, Lodi

Periods abroad

Internship for master thesis at Univ. of Bayreuth, Germany (Apr. 2019 – Sep. 2019)


  • Doctor of Philosophy: currently underway at Catholic Univ. of Sacred Heart Piacenza, Italy (it started in Nov. 2020)
  • Graduation (MSc): Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Univ. of Bologna

Main research topics

  • Genetic improvement and genetic resources of feed grain legumes (pea; soybean)
  • Drought tolerance
  • Genomic selection

Scientific publications

  • 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.
  • Benard, P., Schepers, J. R., Crosta, M., Zarebanadkouki, M., Carminati, A. (2021). Physics of viscous bridges in soil biological hotspots. Water Resources Research, 57, e2021WR030052.
  • Annicchiarico, P., Nazzicari, N., Ferrari, B., Notario, T., Crosta, M., Pecetti, L. (2022). White lupin breeding in Italy. Legume Perspectives (in press)

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