YES-BAT is a project of the National Research Council, Water Research Institute CNR-IRSA of Verbania in collaboration with the Stazione Teriologica Piemontese


Laura Garzoli

Winner of BFCN YES! 2017 Competition

Laura won the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition – Young Earth Solution! BCFN YES! Award 2017 with “YES!BAT Sustainable Rice Field, say YES! To bats”. Biologist, she obtained her PhD in Experimental Ecology and Geobotany at the University of Pavia. She is currently cooperating with the Stazione Teriologica Piemontese, the National Research Council – Water Research Institute (CNR-IRSA) of Verbania, the University of Pavia and the University of Turin.Over the last seven years, she aimed her studies to the conservation of bats in NW-Italy, being involved in several projects to foster conservation actions. At the same time, she also has 10 years’ experience as a fungal taxonomist, focusing her activity on marine and plant pathogenic fungi (mainly Pyricularia oryzae), and gaining experience in biothecnological applications and diagnostic for industries.
She is a member of the Executive Committee of INVASIVESNET – the global network of networks on Invasive Alien Species. She authorships several national and international scientific publications on different topics related to biodiversity and conservation management.

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Angela Boggero

CNR-IRSA – Entomological Research Manager

Angela is a researcher at the National Research Council – Water Research Institue CNR-IRSA of Verbania Pallanza, where she is Head of the benthos laboratory. She is currently the Italian National Representative for lake macroinvertebrates for implementing the Water Framework Directive. She is a member of the Union System of UNICHIM (Italian National Unification Body) which draws up regulations and guidelines governing methods for macroinvertebrate sampling and analysis, and of the CEN (European Committee on Standardization) working on determining indexes for the ecological classification of lakes based on hydromorphology. She co-operates with the University of Milan, Como and Varese, where she takes seminars and leads field exercises, with the Tridentino Museum of Natural Science, organising theoretical and practical courses at the Limnological Station of Lake Tovel, with the Polish Academy of Science in Krakow (Poland) on themes relating to Oligochaetes in extreme environments (Alps and Nepalese Himalayas), working on national projects.

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Elena Patriarca e Paolo Debernardi

STeP – Bat Research Managers

The Stazione Teriologica Piemontese foundamental aims are the promotion and the realization of researches and scientific studies on the teriofauna of Piedmont and Aosta Valley natural regions. It focuses mainly on the conservation and the sustainable management of natural environments and theri fauna. Elena e Paolo carry out mainly monitoring and conservation activities on the chiropterofauna, contributing to increase and spread knowledge on bats and implementing their effective protection, as required by European, National and Regional regulations.

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Diego Fontaneto

CNR-IRSA – Metagenomics and data analyses

Diego interests include speciation, macroecology and patterns of diversity, mostly using as a test case microscopic invertebrates such as rotifers. Speciation. The evolution of distinct species in animals has often been considered a property solely of sexually reproducing organisms. His work deals with differences and similarities in the speciation process between sexual and asexual organisms. Macroecology. Patterns of diversity in microscopic organisms are hypothesised to differ from macroscopic ones, as small size, desiccation tolerance, and dispersal capability should allow micro-organisms to achieve global distributions. He tests the predictions of this ubiquity hypothesis in microscopic animals using morphological and molecular taxonomy.

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Matteo Montagna

UNIMI – Metagenomic analyses

Matteo Montagna is a fixed term researcher at DISAA – Università degli Studi di Milano, where he coordinates an entomology research group. The researches of the group are addressed to study key factors at the basis of the evolution and success of insects, especially analyzing their complex interactions with bacteria and their host plants (herbivorous insects); these interactions are investigated through a combination of different approaches across spatial and temporal scales. In detail, the research interests focus on: i) the evolution and ecology of different insect (arthropod) groups, also analyzing the fossil record; ii) insect-microorganism (bacteria and fungi) interactions, with particular interest to the role played by bacteria to confer new ecological traits to the host, as the adaptability to new ecological niches or host plants; iii) insect systematics, using molecular and morphological data; iv) molecular ecology. Since the beginning of his scientific career in 2010, he has authored more than forty scientific papers.

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Danilo e Marcello Garzoli

Bat box assemblage and technical support

Danilo e Marcello are in charge of bat box assemblages and production and will take care of their placement in fields.


Alessandro e Giampiero Depaoli

Cascina Bettola – Hosting YES!BAT project

Alessandro e Giampiero hold the first farm in Novara province that, in the next months, will host YES!BAT bat boxes and the pilot activities.
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Massimo Biloni

IRES – Logistics and technical support

Massimo is an agronomist specialized in rice and a judge qualified in sensory analysis of rice. He is the founder of I.R.E.S. (Italian Rice Experiment Station) and Acquaverderiso. I.R.E.S. is a research center on rice, born in 2017 with the aim of offering research and development services in the agronomic and genetic fields. Thanks to years of experience in the field, I.R.E.S. carries out high-level professional activities for all public and private companies at nation and international level. The flagship of I.R.E.S. it is the germplasm bank hosting the recent and historical Italian varieties and some rare foreign varieties. Acquaverderiso was founded in 2015 and is the first company in Europe that deals with sensory analysis of rice. Over the years it has specialized in various areas that directly and indirectly concern the qualitative aspects of Italian and foreign rice. The services offered today by Acquaverderiso are divided into training offer and technical-analytical offer. The educational offer includes basic courses open to all those approaching to cereals, interactive and experiential training courses, courses for judges in sensory analysis of rice, courses for teachers on rice, specific courses for chefs, technicians, producers and processors. The technical-analytical offer includes basic qualitative analyzes, discriminant / comparative analysis, quantitative descriptive analysis, creation of specific cards for sensory analysis of rice, by-products, creation of specific external and business panels.

Gianfranco Varini

Official photographer and technical support

Gianfranco supports YES!BAT project activities and sites inspections. He is the author of several pictures illustrating the project pilot activities.

De Micheli’s farm

Hosting YES!BAT project

Fiammetta De Micheli host our project in her fields, where she lend us the specific tools useful to prepare batboxes row materials.