Director of Research

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Phone: +39 0373 433029   +39 0372 451511

Education

  • Graduated in Agronomic Sciences, University of Padua, Italy
  • Fellowship in Animal Science of the Regione Friuli Venezia-Giulia at the University of Padua

Research positions

  • Researcher of the National Institute of Animal Science since 1981
  • Director of the Section of Cremona of the National Institute of Animal Science from 1.12.1988 to 8.8.2007
  • Director of the National Institute of Animal Science from 1.1.2001 to 2.11.2004
  • Director of the National Institute of Animal Science of the Agricultural Research Council from 3.11.2004 to 8.8.2007
  •  Currently, senior scientist of Concil of Agricultural Research and Economics (formerly, Forage and Dairy Product Research Centre) 

 

Main research topics

  • Animal feeding: effect of dairy heifer nutrition on growth, production, reproduction and longevity
  • Automatic milking: performance, animal welfare, milk quality and milk processing
  • Utilization of the biodiesel coproducts in dairy cattle nutrition
  • Reduction of the environmental impact of animal production systems: estimation of the environmental performances of different production systems and innovations
  • Organic milk production
  •  Reduction of competion among humans and beef cattle in food utilization

Scientific responsibilities

Coordinator of the nation and regional projects on dairy heifers rearing systems

Coordinator of the national project on robotic milking

Coordinator of the national project on the Mediterranean forage systems determining specific characteristics of animal products

Responsible of the research on the utilization of biodiesel coproducts in dairy cattle nutrition

Responsible of the study on the environmental impact of main animal production systems with a Life Cycle Assessment approach

Italian delegate in Livestock Research Group of Global Research Alliance

Member of Technical Worching Group of LEAP Program of FAO for water footprint

Scientific publications

Author of 183 technical and scientific articles and book chapters.

 

Recent selected publications

  1. Pirlo G., Terzano G., Pacelli C., Abeni F., Carè S., 2014. Carbon footprint of milk produced at Italian buffalo farms. Livest. Sci. 161: 176-184. Doi: 10.1016/j.livsci.2013.12.007.
  2. Federici C., Speroni M., Capelletti M., Abeni F., Pirlo G., Aleandri R., 2014. Behavioural study of a progeny of a bull clone. Livest. Sci., 162: 209-213. Doi: 10.1016/j.livsci.2014.01.018.
  3. Abeni F., Migliorati L., Terzano M. G., Capelletti M., Masoero F., Pirlo G. 2014. Effects of two different blends of naturally mycotoxin-contaminated maize meal on growth and metabolic profile in replacement heifers. Animal, 8: 1667-1678. Doi: 10.1017/S1751731114001475.
  4. Pirlo G., Carè S., Fantin V., Falconi F., Butto P., Terzano G.M., Masoni P., Pacelli C., 2014. Factors affecting life cycle assessment of milk produced on 6 Mediterranean buffalo farms. J. Dairy Sci., 97: 6583-6593. Doi: 10.3186/jds.2014-8007.
  5. Abeni F., Capelletti M., Terzano M.G., Federici C., Speroni M., Petrera F., Dal Prà A., Galli C., Duchi R., Lazzari G., Pirlo G., Aleandri R., 2014. Plasma oestrone sulphate, clinical biochemestry, and milk yield of dairy cows carrying a foetus from a bull or from its clone. Theriogenolgy, 82: 972-981. Doi: 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2014.07.015.
  6. Pirlo G., Carè S., Della Casa G., Marchetti R., Ponzoni G., Faedi V., Fantin V., Masoni P., Buttol P., Falconi F., 2014. Life cycle assessment of heavy pig production in a sample of Italian farms. EAAP-65th Meething, Copenhgaen 2014. Pag.: 337. Doi: 10.3920/978-90-8686-799-8. ISBN: 978-90-8686-248-1.
  7. Migliorati L., Boselli L., Capelletti M., Pirlo G., Camin F., 2014. Influence of dietary composition on the carbon, nitrogen and hydrogen ratios of Grana Padano cheese. EAAP-65th Meething, Copenhgaen 2014. Pag.: 201. Doi: 10.3920/978-90-8686-799-8. ISBN: 978-90-8686-248-1.
  8. Pirlo G., Carè S., Della Casa G., Marchetti R., Ponzoni G., Faeti V., Fantin V., Masoni P., Buttol P., Zerbinatti L., Falconi F., 2016. Environmental impact of heavy pig production in a sample of Italian farms. A farm-gate analysis. Science of Total Environment, 565: 576-585. Doi: 10.101&/j.scitotenv.2016.04.174.
  9. Berton M., Cesaro G., Pirlo G., Ramanzin M., Tagliapietra F., Sturaro E., 2016. Environmental impact of of cerela-based intensive beef fattening according to a partial Life Cycle Assessment approach. Livest. Sci., 190: 81-88. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.livsci.2016.06.007.
  10.  Migliorati L., Boselli L., Pirlo G., Moschini M., Masoero F., 2017. Corn-silage replacement with barley-silage in dairy cows' diet does not change milk quality, cheese quality and yield. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jsfa.8190.
  11.  bragaglio A., Napolitano F., Pacelli C., Pirlo G., Sabia E., Serrapica M., Serrapica F., Braghieri A., 2018. Environmental impacts of Italian beef production: a comparison between different systems. J. Cleaner Prod., 172: 4033-4043. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.03.078.
  12.  Pirlo G., Lolli S., 2019. Environmental impact of milk production from samples of organic and conventional farms in Lombardy (Italy). J. Cleaner Prod., 214: 962-971. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.11.070.