Il settore raggruppa le tematiche di ricerca inerenti alle specie avicole, cunicole e acquatiche, caratterizzate dalla brevità del ciclo biologico e industrializzazione dei processi di produzione, trasformazione e commercializzazione dei prodotti, e mette a punto sistemi e tecniche di allevamento, che diano prodotti quali-quantitativamente elevati. Le competenze formative riguardano la fisio-climatologia zootecnica, l'acquacoltura, l'allevamento dell'avifauna, di animali da laboratorio e da pelliccia, l'avicoltura, la coniglicoltura e le zoocolture.
Professore di II Fascia

Prof. Bagliacca Marco


Prof.ssa Paci Gisella




Dott. Fronte Baldassare



Dott.ssa Marzoni Fecia di Cossato Margherita




Prof. Bagliacca Marco

Linee di Ricerca

Born in Pisa on July, 17, 1953.

Degree in Agriculture Science in the University of Pisa on 1978 (thesis on the management of a dairy cow farm).

Post doctor position c/o FIAT AGRI  from 1979 to 1980.

Director of some private farms from 1980 to 1983.

Researcher in the Institute of "Zootecnica e Zoognostica" (Animal Breeding and Livestock Judging) of the University of Pisa from 1983 to 1987.

Researcher in the Department of Anatomical, Physiological and Animal Production Science from 1987 to 1992.

Associate Professor of Poultry production in the college of Veterinary Medicine from 1992 (1992-1995 in the Department of Anatomical, Physiological and Animal Production Science, 1995 up to now in the Department of Animal Production).

Contract professor of wild animal breeding technologies in the college of Agriculture Science of the University of Florence from 1994 up to now.

As contract professor of Animal Breeding worked in the University of Maçambique in 1994, and, as F.A.O. Consultant, worked in Vietnam and trained some Korean, Turkish, Egyptian and Vietnamese technicians on duck and geese breeding

Main research interest: duck production and wild animal breeding, published more than 200 scientific papers

further informations available on: http://bagliacca.altervista.org/

Santilli F., Paci G., Bagliacca M. (2014) – Evaluation of some Habitat Improvement Actions in a Mediterranean Area Through Observation of Reared Pheasant and Red-Legged Partridge Land Uses – Wildl. Biol. Pract., 2014 June 10(1): X-X . doi:10.2461/wbp.2014.10.4

Santilli F., Paci G., Bagliacca M. (2014) – Winter habitat selection by the European hare (Lepus europaeus) during feeding activity in a farmland area of southern Tuscany (Italy) – Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy 25 (1): 1-3. doi:10.4404/hystrix-25.1-7878

Santilli F., Bagliacca M., Paci G. (2013) – Density and habitat use of sympatric brown hares and European rabbits in a Mediterranean farmald area of Tuscany (Central Italy) – Ethology Ecology & Evolution, 2013: 1-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03949370.2013.870607

Fronte B., Bayram I., Akkaya A.B., Rossi G., Bagliacca M. (2013) – Effect of corn particle size and inclusion of organic acid in the diet on growth performance and gastrointestinal structure in young chicks – Italian Journal of Animal Science 2013; volume 12:e93: 567-572.

Santilli F., Paci G., Bagliacca M. (2013) – Habitat improvement actions and pheasant and red-legged partridge land uses – International Union of Game Biologists - Congress IUGB 2013 - Brussels – Belgium: 213-213.


Prof.ssa Paci Gisella

Linee di Ricerca


Dott. Fronte Baldassare

Linee di Ricerca


Dr. Baldassare Fronte is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Veterinary Science, University of Pisa since 2005. He graduated with a degree in Animal Production and got a PhD in 1999.

Research activities

Dr. Fronte has been working with different ruminants such as dairy cattle and sheep as well as game animals like pheasants, partridges and hares. In 2006, he developed an interest for research related to Aquaculture, mainly focusing on rearing system, reproduction and nutrition of marine species such as European sea bass (Dicentrachus labrax), gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata), greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili), octopus (Octopus vulgaris). More recently, he has been testing the effects of 1,3-1,6 β-glucan on fish performances (stress resistance, disease resistance, wounds healing and survival and growth rate), and has been used zebrafish (Danio rerio) as an animal model. In addition, Dr. Fronte has developed methods of preparation (sonication) and administration (live prey enrichment, feed inclusion and water suspension) of 1,3-1,6 β-glucan, mainly tested on gilthead seabream larvae and adult zebrafish.

Teaching activities

At the University of Pisa, Dr. Fronte teaches several curses to BSc, MSc and post-graduate students on animal nutrition and dietetics, feed production technologies, fish farming technologies. He is in charge to develop International seminars held in China, South Korea, Turkey, Poland, and other countries.


Dr. Fronte is a EAS member (European Aquaculture Society) since 2008 and a WPSA member (World Poultry Science Association) since 2005.

Conference organization

Dr. Fronte has organized two editions (2010 and 2012) of PisAqua conference where he invited scientific speakers and industry professional from Bodo University (Norway), NOFIMA (Norway), University of Udine, University of Bologna, University of Pisa, Skretting (Nutreco group), MRS (INVE Aquaculture group), Biorigin Europe and many other Institutions. The conferences were held with the patronage of the Tuscan region, Province of Pisa and Province of Grosseto.

Most relevant publications

Fronte B., Bayram I., Akkaya B., Rossi G., Bagliacca M. (2013). Effect of corn particle size and inclusion of organic acid in the diet on growth performanc and gastrointestinal structure in young chicks. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 12, 4, 567-572.

Vanni A., Fichi G., Cardeti G., Cersini A. Perrucci S., Lenzi F., De Wolf T. Fronte B., Ricci E., Campeis F., Susini F. Possible pathogens in Octopus vulgaris natural and farmed population (2013). Proceeding of the Italian Society Fish Pathology Conference, 80, Siracusa (I), Nov. 14th-16th 2013.

Vanni A., Susini F., Fichi G., Lenzi C., Verin R., Pirone A., Pretto T., Fronte B., Lenzi F., De Wolf T., Perrucci S.. Parassites population in farmed Octopus vulgaris (2013). Proceeding of the Italian Society Fish Pathology Conference, 81, Siracusa (I), Nov. 14th-16th 2013.

Fronte B., Elvebo O., Baido D., BibbianiC., De Wolf T., De Zoysa M. (2013). Effect of the administration of 1,3-1,6 β-glucan enriched rotifers onstress resistance of Sparus aurata larvae. Proceeding of the European Aquaculture Society Conference, 143. Trondheim (N), Aug 9th-12th 2013

Fronte B., Bennati L., Bronchini S.,  Fusari A., Mazzanti E., Pretti C., Procopio V., Gennari L. (2012). Growth performances of farmed greater amberjack Seriola dumerili, Risso 1810. Proceeding of the European Aquaculture Society Conference, Prague (CZ), Sept 1st-5th 2012.

Lenzi C., Pirone A., Baglini A., Mazzanti E., Fronte B., Franchi G., De Wolf T. (2012). Histological study of the digestive tract of Sparus aurata larvae fed with different feeding regimes. Proceeding of the European Aquaculture Society Conference, Prague (CZ), Sept 1st-5th 2012

Russo, C.; Fronte, B.; Preziuso, G. (2012). Meat quality of three different muscles of Chianina beef fed with maize silage. LARGE ANIMAL REVIEW, 18, 5, 241-244.

Vanni A., Susini F., Fichi G., De Wolf T., Lenzi F., Lenzi C., Pirone A., Fronte B. & Perrucci S. (2012). Aggregata (Apicomplexa: aggregatidae) in Octopus vulgaris breeding. Book of Proceedings of the XVIII SIPI National Congress. Udine, 2011 May 9th-11st, 4.

Sagona S., De Wolf T., Felicioli A., Fronte B. (2011). Expression profile of water-soluble proteinases of octopus vulgaris (cuvier, 1797) investigated by zymography, for a new approach in nutritional requirement determination. Proceeding of the European Aquaculture Society Conference, Rhodes, October 18th-22nd 2011.

Fronte B., Bennati L., Bronchini S.,  Fusari A., Mazzanti E., Pretti C., Procopio V., Gennari L. (2012). Growth performances of farmed greater amberjack Seriola dumerili, Risso 1810. Proceeding of the European Aquaculture Society Conference, Prague (CZ), Sept 1st-5th 2012.

Fusari A., Gennari L., Fronte B., Pretti C., Bennati L. & Bronchini S. (2011). Greater amberjack (Seriola dumerilii) reproduction trials carried out in farm conditions. Book of Proceedings of the XVII SIPI National Congress. Ostuni, 2011 May 19th-21st, 19-21.

Fronte B. (2010). PisAqua 2010 – Technical and Scientific Conference on Aquaculture. Proceedings of the conference PisAqua 2010. Pisa (Italy), May 6-7 2010. ISBN 978-88-8492-746-0

Fronte B., D'Agata M.C., Bagliacca M. (2010). Reproductive Performances of Red-Legged Partridges (Alectoris rufa) in Relation to Age and Season. Book of abstract of the XIII European Poultry Conference, Tours (F), 23-27 August 2010. World's Poultry Science Journal, 66 suppl., 512. ISSN 0043-9339

Bagliacca M., Fronte B., Galardi L., Mani P., Santilli F. (2008). Guidelines for gray partridge and redlegged partridges breeding. ARSIA. ISBN 978-88-8295-103-0

Fronte, B., Paci, G., Montanari, G., Bagliacca, M. (2008). Learning ability of dayold partridges (Alectoris rufa rufa) hatched from eggs laid by hens fed with different n3 levels. British Poultry Science, 49, 6, 776.

Porrini, S., Falcini, F., Zalli, F., Fronte, B., Bagliacca, M. (2008). Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) hens of different origin. Dispersion and habitat use after release. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 7/3, 112-122.

Mozzon, M., Frega, N., Fronte, B., Tocchini, M. (2002). Effect of dietary fish oil supplements on level of n-3 Polynsatutated Fatty Acid, trans Acids and Conjugated linoleic Acid in Ewe Milk. Food Technol. Biotechnol. 40, 213-219.



Dott.ssa Marzoni Fecia di Cossato Margherita

Linee di Ricerca

Laurea con lode in Scienze della Produzione Animale presso l'Università degli Studi di Pisa, nel Marzo 1988. Tesi di laurea sperimentale dal titolo “Osservazioni sul comportamento sessuale dell’anatra muschiata e dell’anatra comune”, relatori Proff. Romboli I. e Fedeli Avanzi C.

Dottore di Ricerca in "Alimentazione e Tecnologie dell'Allevamento Animale" presso l'Università di Pisa nel giugno 1993, progetto di studio nell’ambito della produzione avicola e programma di ricerca sulla tecnologia della riproduzione assistita nell’anatra muschiata (Cairina moschata domestica). Dissertazione finale dal titolo "Valutazione analitica dello sperma e tecniche di inseminazione artificiale in alcune piccole specie".

Borsa di Studio C.N.R., nel biennio 1994-1995, nell'ambito della tematica "Meccanismi regolatori della qualità dei prodotti animali" con programma di ricerca sull’alimentazione degli anatidi e le caratteristiche qualitative delle loro carni.

Borsa di Studio biennale per attività di ricerca Post-Dottorato, nel 1996, con programma di ricerca sul sistema di allevamento del coniglio e della lepre e sulle caratteristiche qualitative della carne cunicola e la sua conservabilità.

Ricercatore universitario dal 21/12/1998 nel settore scientifico disciplinare AGR/20 Zoocolture, presso l’Università di Pisa.

Responsabile zootecnico dell’allevamento avicolo Podere le Querciole, situato presso l’omonimo podere del Dipartimento, alla cui gestione ha collaborato dal 1999.

Marzoni M., Castillo A., Sagona S., Citti L., Rocchiccioli S., Romboli I., Felicioli A. (2013). A proteomic approach to identify seminal plasma proteins in roosters (Gallus gallus domesticus). Animal Reproduction Science, 140 (3-4): 216-223.       http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anireprosci.2013.06.009 (ISSN: 0378-4320)


Iaffaldano N., Paventi G., Passarella S., Cerolini S., Zaniboni L., Marzoni M., Castillo A., Rosato M.P. (2013). The post-thaw irradiation of avian spermatozoa with He-Ne laser differently affects chicken, pheasant and turkey sperm quality. Animal Reproduction Science, 142 (3-4): 168-172.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anireprosci.2013.09.010 (ISSN: 0378-4320)


Marzoni M., Castillo A., Romboli I. (2012). Hatchability of pheasant eggs fertilized with cryopreserved semen from dietary manipulated males. Avian Biology Research, 5 (3): 172-173. http://dx.doi.org/10.3184/175815512X13421912660767 (ISSN: 1758-1559)


Schiavone A., Marzoni M., Castillo A., Nery J., Romboli I. (2010). Dietary lipid sources and vitamin E affect fatty acid composition or lipid stability of breast meat from Muscovy duck. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 90: 371-378.       (ISSN 0008-3984