Aeiforia srl, Spin-off company of 

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza, Italy

Aeiforia srl is a university Spin-Off of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Piacenza, was founded in 2009 and acts as a permanent platform for the valorization of results coming from the chemical-agrochemical, agronomic, environmental and ecotoxicological research.

Aeiforia provides services to the agricultural and food companies, to industries and companies that produce, sell and commercialize chemical substances and technologies in the agrochemical, food and domestic sector, and industrial, pharmaceutical sector, about the following topics:

          Monitoring of the quality of productive processes;

          Environmental monitoring pre and post authorization;

          Field leaching, soil dissipation and OPEX studies;

          Implementation of activities for the management and responsible use of chemical substances;

          Development of protocols for their sustainable use;

          Evaluation of life-cycle of chemical substances;

          Communication activities towards operators and consumers and risk communication;

          Evaluation and characterization of risk for the environment and the living organisms;


Research Group of Aeiforia

The research group of Aeiforia which participates in LOVE-TO-HATE project consists of Prof. Marco Trevisan, Dr Federico Ferrari.

The group carries out research intoRisk assessment and environmental protection: measurements of residues of xenobiotics  in the environmental compartments (air, soil, surface and ground waters), laboratory studies on volatilization, mobility and persistence of xenobiotics in the soil-plant system, field trials on dissipation, leaching and runoff studies, modeling of the behaviour  of xenobiotics at field, catchment and regional scales, risk assessment and risk mitigation of pesticides and other xenobiotics, development of environmental indicators, surface and groundwater quality assessment and implementation of vulnerability maps, remediation techniques (microbial, phytoremediation), studies on biomasses and sludge applications.


Prof. Marco Trevisan, full professor in Agricultural Chemistry



Marco Trevisan, is professor since 1998 at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and he is president of Aeiforia srl. He has studied since 1983 the environmental fate of pesticide and the behaviour of pesticide residues on crop and food. He is expert in the field of pesticide environmental fate, analytical determination and consumer health. Marco Trevisan was involved and he still is involved in several European project in these field. In 2005 Trevisan was appointed as member of  the Review Panel for assessing the Strategic Plan Proposals of CSIC Centers/Institutes in Spain. He has joined FOCUS (Forum for the Co-ordination of pesticide fate models and their Use). Since 2001 is vice-chairman of COST629 action. He is author in 100 papers on International Journals

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Dr Federico Ferrari,  Scientific Direction of Aeiforia srl



Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Ecology of Pesticides, Università degli Studi, Milano, Italy. Board Officier with charge to Scientific Direction of Aeiforia srl with more than ten years of experience in analytical and field studies on environmental fate and dissipation of chemical, operators and bystander exposure, he drafts the study protocols, validates and follows the developments of research. He is also teaching assistant in Biochemistry at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Agricultural Faculty.  He is author in 23 papers on International Journals and other more than 60 publications/presentations.

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Research Interests

  1. Environmental Pollution:  Emerging pollutant in riverine ecosystem, environmental fate of pesticides, water bodies exposure to chemicals.
  2. Sustainability in agriculture: Sustainability programs in farms and indicator quality tools development
  3. Bioremediation: Biological remediation for point-source contamination of pesticides
  4. Soil Microbial Ecology: Effects of crop protection and agronomic practices on the structure and function of the microbial community
  5. Human health risk: chemical exposure to operators, bystanders and residents.



Selected recent publications

  1. Trevisan M., Di Guardo A., Balderacchi M., (2009) An environmental indicator to drive sustainable pest management practices. Environ Model Softw. 24(8) 994-1002.
  2. Puglisi E., G. Fragoulis, P. Ricciuti, F. Cappa, R. Spaccini, A. Piccolo, M. Trevisan, C. Crecchio (2009). Effects of a humic acid and its size-fractions on the bacterial community of soil rhizosphere under maize (Zea mays L.). Chemosphere 77, 829-837.
  3. Balderacchi M., M. Trevisan. Comments on pesticide risk assessment by the revision of Directive EU 91/414. (2010). Environ.Sci.Pollut.Res, 17, 523-528
  4. Spagnuolo M., Puglisi E., Vernile P., Bari G., de Lillo E., Trevisan M., Ruggiero P. (2010) Soil monitoring of pentachlorophenol by bioavailability and ecotoxicity measurements.Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 12, 1575-1581
  5. Puglisi E., R. Spaccini, A. Piccolo, M. Trevisan, A.A.M. Del Re (2010). Conformational Distribution of Dissolved Organic Matter Released from Compost by Repeated Water Extractions. Compost Science & Utilization, 18 (2), 105-110
  6. Coppolecchia D., E. Puglisi, S. Vasileiadis, N. Suciu, R. Hamon, G. M. Beone, M. Trevisan (2010) Relative sensitivity of different soil biological properties to zinc. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2010.06.018
  7. Fait G., Balderacchi M., Ferrari F., Ungaro F., Capri E., Trevisan M. A field study of the impact of different irrigation practices on herbicide leaching. European Journal of Agronomy, Volume 32, Issue 4, 2010, Pages 280-287
  8. Ferrari F., Gallipoli A., Balderacchi M., Ulaszewska MM., Capri E., and Trevisan M. Exposure of the main Italian river basin to pharmaceuticals. Journal of Toxicology. 2011, 2011:989270
  9. Suciu N.A. Ferrari T., Ferrari F., Trevisan M., Capri C. (2012) Pesticide removal from waste spray-tank water by organoclay adsorption after field application: an approach for a formulation of cyprodinil containing antifoaming/defoaming agents. Environmental Science and Pollution Research: Volume 19, Issue 4 (2012), Page 1229-1236




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