Dr. Paolo Merante

Research interest and activities:

As agronomist I am interested in understanding the consequences of climate change impacts on crops and cropping systems and therefore analyse the implications of such impacts at farm level. To this regard I use crop simulation models to appraise performances, in terms of phenology, physiology and biomass, of various cropping systems under different climate conditions. I also like to exploit my agronomic knowledge and what I can learn from the modelling activity to discover and better understand the various facets related to environmental sustainability issues at farm level and beyond.


Leolini, L., Costafreda-Aumedes, S., A Santos, J., Menz, C., Fraga, H., Molitor, D., Merante, P.... & van Leeuwen, C. Phenological Model Intercomparison for Estimating Grapevine Budbreak Date (Vitis vinifera L.) in Europe. Applied Sciences, 10(11), 3800.

Mills, J., Ingram, J., Dibari, C., Merante, P., Karaczun, Z., Molnar, A., Sánchez, B., Iglesias, A., Bahadur Ghaley, B., 2019. Barriers to and opportunities for the uptake of soil carbon management practices in European sustainable agricultural production. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

Lazzerini, G., Merante, P., Lucchetti, S., Nicese, F.P., 2018. Assessing environmental sustainability of ornamental plant production: a nursery level approach in Pistoia District, Italy. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 42(8), 911-932.

Merante, P., Dibari, C., Ferrise, R., Sánchez, B., Iglesias, A., Lesschen, JP., Kuikman, P., Yeluripati, J, Smith, P., Bindi, M., 2017. Adopting soil organic carbon management practices in soils of varying quality: implications and perspective for European soils. Soil and Tillage Research, (165), January 2017, 95–106.

D.H. Fleisher, B. Condori, R. Quiroz, A. Alva, S. Asseng, C. Barreda, M. Bindi, R. Ferrise, L. Franke, P.M. Govindakrishnan, D. Harahagazwe, G. Hoogenboom, S. Naresh Kumar, P. Merante, C. Nendel, J.E. Olesen, P.S. Parker, D. Raes, R. Raymundo, A. Ruane, C. Stockle, I. Supit, E. Vanuytrecht, J. Wolf, P. Woli, and K.J. Boote, 2017. Potato Model Uncertainty Across Common Datasets and Varying Climate. Global Change Biology

Ingram, J., Mills, J., Dibari, C., Ferrise, R., Ghaley, B.B., Grønbech Hansen, J., Iglesias, A., Karaczun, Z., McVittie, A., Merante, P., Molnar, A., Sánchez, B. Communicating the benefits of soil carbon management to the farming community: the significance of credible, salient and legitimate information. Journal of Rural Studies, 48, 115-128

Merante, P., Van Passel, S., Pacini, C., 2015. Using agro-environmental models to design a sustainable benchmark for the sustainable value method. Agricultural Systems, 136 (2015), 1-13.