ROBERTO DEFEZ

Born in Rome in 1956, married, two children. Head of microbial biotechnologies lab at CNR's IBBR (Institute of Bioscience and Bioresources ) in Naples since 1996. Graduated in 1980, he worked 3,5 years as post-doc at the Institute Pasteur in Paris, France,  working on development of the nervous system in neuro-muscular junction. Since 1985 he deals with nitro-fixative symbiosis between soil's bacteria and legumes. He published some 40 peer review articles, organized 5 Workshops, deposited 4 patents and 2 trademarks. Since 1998 he's very active in the diffusion of scientific culture on GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) in agriculture,  with some 20 interviews per year on newspapers, radio and national television. He runs a blog on the topic, www.salmone.org , He performed 3 audits at the National Parliament on GMOs and wrote a book: Il Caso OGM (The OGM case), published in 2014 e 2016 with Carocci editore, second classified at Galileo Prize. He collaborates with the Italian EnciclopediaTreccani and UTET for voices describing GMOs and Fumonisine.