Andrea Pieroni

Professor of Food Biodiversity Sciences, Ethnobotany, and Ethnobiology


Trained in medical botany at the University of Pisa, Andrea Pieroni earned his doctorate from the University of Bonn in Germany. He has worked as a Research Assistant at the University of London (200o-2003) and as a tenured Lecturer and, later, Senior Lecturer at the School of Life Sciences at the University of Bradford in northern England (2003-2009). From January 2009 he was Associate Professor in the subject area Environmental and Applied Botany in Pollenzo and from 2016 he is Full Professor in the same subject.
Professor Pieroni has served as the Vice-President and President of the International Society of Ethnobiology (2008-2010), he is the founder and Chief Editor of the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine (, and sits on the boards of diverse international ethnoscientific associations and peer-reviewed publications.
In Pollenzo he coordinates the international Master’s programs (90 ECTS).


  • Food Botany
  • Ethnobotany and Ethnobiology
  • Laboratory of Foodscouting, Ethnobotany, and Foraging
  • Molecular Fundamentals and Physiology of Taste and Nutraceuticals

Research areas

  • Ethnobotany and ethnobiology of “wild” foods
  • Traditional fermented foods
  • Medicinal plants in folk medical practices
  • Folk “food-medicines”
  • Traditional veterinary and fodder plants
  • Cross-cultural and cross-temporal dynamics of plant use
  • Migrants’ ethnobotany (mechanisms of change and adaptation of folk plant/food knowledge systems)

Studied communities

  • Minority groups and cultural boundaries, especially among mountain pastoralists the Balkans and the Middle East
  • Migrant communities in Western Europe

Research relevance areas

  • Food sovereignty
  • Community-based bio-conservation strategies
  • Rural development
  • Bio-cultural heritage
  • Culturally sensitive public health/nutrition policies devoted to migrants

Most recent and significant publications

  • Sõukand R and Pieroni A. The importance of a border: Medical, veterinary, and wild food ethnobotany of the Hutsuls living on the Romanian and Ukrainian sides of Bukovina, Journal of Ethnopharmacology 185 (2016): 17-40
  • Sõukand R et al. An ethnobotanical perspective on traditional fermented plant foods and beverages in Eastern Europe, Journal of Ethnopharmacology 170 (2015):284-296
  • Quave CL and Pieroni A A reservoir of ethnobotanical knowledge informs resilient food security and health strategies in the Balkans Nature Plants 1 (2015), n° 14021
  • Dogan Y et al. Of the importance of a leaf: the ethnobotany of sarma in Turkey and the Balkans, Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 11 (2015), 26
  • Pieroni A and Quave CL (eds.) Ethnobotany and Biocultural Diversities in the Balkans. Perspectives on Sustainable Rural Development and Reconciliation Springer, New York, 2014


Andrea Pieroni
Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, 9
fraz. Pollenzo – 12042 Bra (Cn) – Italy

Phone: +39 0172 458575
Fax: +39 0172 458500
Email: [email protected]