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Postdoctoral Associate at the Institute of Plant Science, Group of Agroecology


  • Agroecology
  • Plant-plant interaction
  • Weed ecology and management
  • Plant physiology


Contacts information:


Office’s AddressVia Francesco Crispi, Pisa (PI), 56125, Italy

Phone        : (+39) 366 4141 211

WeChat ID: wxid_m53d6oqyt7xy22


I am interested in identifying new agroecological practices to reduce the application of pesticides and intensive soil tillage, increasing biodiversity, ecosystem services, soil health, and water availability to crops.

My research focuses on understanding the ecological and biological interactions between crops, weed communities, and the other biotic/abiotic components of the agroecosystem through a multidisciplinary approach.

One of my principal interests is to study lower-impact or Neutral Weed Communities that can coexist with crops without significantly reducing their yield and quality compared to weed-free conditions.

My research is also focused on understanding how to manipulate the composition of weed species to result in less or non-detrimental weed communities using new technologies such as artificial intelligence, weeder robots, and RNAi.


  • Esposito, M., Westbrook, A., Maggio, A., Cirillo, V., & DiTommaso, A. (2023). Neutral weed communities: The intersection between crop productivity, biodiversity, and weed ecosystem services. Weed Science, 1-30. doi:10.1017/wsc.2023.27
  • Esposito, M., Cirillo, V., De Vita, P., Cozzolino, E., & Maggio, A. (2023). Soil nutrition management may preserve non-detrimental weed communities in rainfed winter wheat (T. aestivum). Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 355, 108596.
  • Esposito, M., Crimaldi, M., Cirillo, V., Sarghini, F., and Maggio, A. (2021). Drone and sensor technology for sustainable weed management: a review. Chemical and Biological Technologies in Agriculture, 8(1), 1-11.
  • Cirillo, V., Esposito, M., Lentini, M., Russo, C., Pollaro, N., & Maggio, A. (2024). Morpho-physiological adaptations to weed competition impair green bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) ability to overcome moderate salt stress. Functional Plant Biology, 51(6).
  • De Pascale, S., Rouphael, Y., Cirillo, V., Esposito, M., Maggio, A. (2021, September). Modular systems to foster circular economy in agriculture. In VIII South-Eastern Europe Symposium on Vegetables and Potatoes 1320 (pp. 205-210).
  • Cirillo, V., D’Amelia, V., Esposito, M., Amitrano, C., Carillo, P., Carputo, D., Maggio, A. (2021). Anthocyanins Are Key Regulators of Drought Stress Tolerance in Tobacco. Biology, 10(2), 139.
  • Di Stasio, E., Cirillo, V., Raimondi, G., Giordano, M., Esposito, M., Maggio, A. (2020). Osmo-priming with seaweed extracts enhances the yield of salt-stressed tomato plants. Agronomy, 10(10), 1559.


  • Weed Science Society of America & Northeastern Weed Science Society Arlington (VA), USA. January 30 – February 2, 2023. Esposito, M.*, Cirillo V., Maggio A., DiTommaso A. Neutral weed communities: The junction point between Crop Productivity, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Services * Speaker
  • XVII. Congress of the European Society for Agronomy Potsdam, Germany. August 29 - September 02, 2022 Cirillo V., Esposito M., Lentini M., Russo C., Maggio A. The effect of different weed communities on the growth and yield of tender wheat.
  • Proceedings of the 51st National Conference of the Italian Society for Agronomy, Agriculture, and Food Availability in 2050 University of Padova (Italy). 19 - 21 September 2022Cirillo V., Esposito M., Lentini M., Russo C., Maggio A. The Effect of Different Weed Communities on Growth and Yield of Tender Wheat (T. aestivum): An Eco-Physiological Perspective.
  • Italian Society for Agronomy (SIA) “Sustainable management of cropping systems” Bari(BA), Italy. 16-18 September 2020Esposito, M., Cirillo, V., Crimaldi, M., Sarghini, F., & Maggio, A. Sustainable Weed Management: Modern Approaches and New Perspectives
  • Italian Society of Agricultural Genetics (SIGA), Young Web Meeting 7 July 202Molisso D., Lentini M., Natale R., Cirillo V., Esposito M., Maggio A., Rao R. Tomato systemin: a potential link between biotic and abiotic stresses.