Stefano Padulosi joined Bioversity International in 1993 to develop and implement a project on underutilized crops of the Mediterranean region, including a study on rocket.
From 1998 until 2006 he coordinated Bioversity International’s activities in Central & West Asia and North Africa Region. While based in the Middle East he continued his efforts to promote neglected and underutilized species (NUS), contributing to develop Bioversity’s first strategy for the promotion of these species and launching the first UN Global Project dedicated on them.
He is currently coordinating an international IFAD-funded Project in Bolivia, Nepal and India which is testing out novel methods for the participatory documentation of agricultural biodiversity, including a Red List monitoring system dedicated to cultivated species.
Stefano Padulosi started his career as a plant collector in 1986 at the Germplasm Institute (National Research Council) of Bari, Italy. From 1987 to 1993 worked as a plant explorer and taxonomist at the gene bank of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria. In Africa he carried out numerous expeditions to collect and study food crops, including cowpea and its wild relatives which were the focus of his PhD research thesis.
MSc (equivalent), Laurea in Scienze Agrarie, University of Naples, Italy (1986)
PhD, Biological Sciences, University of Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium (1993)
Padulosi, S., Hoeschle-Zeledon, I. and P. Bordoni. 2007. Minor crops and underutilized species: lessons and prospects. In Crop wild relative conservation and use edited by N. Maxted, B.V. Ford-Lloyd, S.P. Kell, J.M. Iriondo, M.E. Dulloo and J. Turok. Eds. CAB International, Wallingford, UK. 605-624 pp. ISBN 978-1-84593-099-9.
Padulosi S., Bhag Mal, S. Bala Ravi, J. Gowda, K.T.K. Gowda, G. Shanthakumar, N. Yenagi and M. Dutta. 2009. Food Security and Climate Change: Role of Plant Genetic Resources of Minor Millets. Indian J. Plant Genet. Resour. 22(1): 1-16.