Luca Nardi, PhD, is a permanent staff scientist at the Biotechnology Laboratory, ENEA Division Biotechnology and Agroindustry. Agronomist, he is specialized in Tropical and Subtropical Agrobiotechnology.
More than fifteen years' experience in Contolled Environment Agriculture, cytogenetics, molecular biology, flow cytometry, in vitro plant cell culture, statistics and bioinformatics.
He is author of numerous publications on international journals od biotechnology.
Facility manager of the experimental containment greenhouse BSL2 (Biosafety Level 2), phytotrons and clean rooms for plant growth in sterile environment. This greenhouse is endowed with a "solar cooling" system to reduce energy input and with improved ICT automation and controls. In these facilities he has established rules of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) for high-quality horticultural produce through soilless hydro-aeroponics systems and artificial LED lighting.
Has participated to “Bioxtreme” and “Hortextreme" research projects, financed by the Italian Space Agency (ASI), aimed at the development of novel plant “ideotypes" and new cultivation systems able to support future space manned missions.