Stefano Mancuso

A botany expert and university lecturer, he is a professor at the Department of Sciences of Vegetable Production, of Soil and Agroforestry at Florence University, where he founded and directs the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology (LINV). A founding member of the International Society for Plant Signaling & Behavior, he has taught at universities in Japan, Sweden and France and he is an academic professor at the Accademia dei Georgofili. In his essay, "Verde brillante" (2013), written together with Alessandra Viola, he first informed the general public on the research gathered during years of conferences and scientific papers on interaction and co-evolution between plants and human beings, in a fascinating crossroads of disciplines that involves botany, genetics, neurobiology and molecular chemistry. The ideas of his studies depart from the notion, which is far from obvious, a foregone conclusion, that «plants do not just live, but they also can feel». Some of his other works in the field of scientific dissemination are "Uomini che amano le piante" (2014), in which Mancuso reconstructs five hundred years of scientific discoveries by geneticists, naturalists, and botanists, and "Biodiversi" (2015), based on an exchange of ideas with the founder of Slow Food, Carlo Petrini and "Plant Revolution" (2017).

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