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  • Teaching
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Prof. Andrea Summer received his PhD in Animal Production, Veterinary Biotechnology, Food Quality and Safety from the University of Parma, 18th cycle. University Researcher (1999), Associate Professor (2006), Full Professor (2020) for the S.S.D. AGR/19 Animal Science, SC Animal Sciences and Technologies 07/G1, at the Department of Veterinary Science of the University of Parma.

Teaching Activity

His teaching activity, at the University of Parma, involved several courses of Livestock and Animal Production, held in different Departments and, previously, different Faculties, Specialization Schools and Masters.

He currently carries out his teaching activities in the study courses of the Department of Veterinary Science, in the Department of Food and Drug and in the Department of Economics and Management, as well as in the School of Specialization in Animal Health, Breeding and Animal Productions.

He is Member of the Commission of the PhD course in "Food Science" of the University of Parma, and is "Codirector de la Investigación" in the Doctorado en Ciencias Agrarias of the Facultad de Ciencias Agropecuarias of the Universidad de Caldas, Manizales (Colombia). In addition, he has been part of several teaching commissions of national and international PhD.

Participation In Scientific Societies

Member of the following Scientific societies:

  • Associazione per la Scienza e le Produzioni Animali (ASPA)
  • Mastitis Council Italia (MCI)
  • Associazione Italiana Tecnici del Latte (AITeL) of which he has been a member of the board since 2004
  • International Dairy Federation FIL-IDF.

Roles In Scientific Societies And Participation In Bodies

President since 2013 of the Associazione Italiana Tecnici del Latte, founded in 1960, and vice President since 2011.

President since 2015 of the Mastitis Council Italia, founded in 2002.

President of the Audit Office of the Accounts of the ASPA Associazione per la Scienza e le Produzioni Animali.

Scientific Responsible of the Animal Welfare Body (OPBA) of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences - Piacenza and Cremona.

Member of the Directive Board of the Italian Committee of the International Dairy Federation FIL-IDF.

Member of the Committee for Safeguarding the impartiality of the OCQPR Organismo Controllo Qualità Produzioni Controllate (including Parmigiano Reggiano) of Reggio Emilia.

Participation In Congresses, Seminarial Activity And Invited Speaker

He has been invited speaker to various national and international conferences and international seminars; as well as numerous national seminars and conferences. More recently at the XX Congresso Chileno de Medicina Veterinaria in 2018 in Chillàn (Chile), at the Minas Lactea 2017 31st Congresso Nacional de Laticínios, in Juiz de Fora (Brazil), at the Round Table Strategies for adapting to warm environment conditions in the dairy cow , in Perugia in 2017 as part of the 22nd ASPA Congress.

Activities As An Expert Valuator

Referee of the PRIN, PRIN2017, FIRB projects, Future Projects in Research 2013, SIR Projects Evaluation and for the Research Quality Assessment 2004-2010 and 2011-2014 (ANVUR).

Expert evaluator of the research, experimentation and demonstration project proposals in agriculture of the Lombardy, Tuscany and Piedmont regions.

He has been evaluator for the assignment of research grants and scholarships for the Universities of Padua, Foggia and Milan.

In addition, he was evaluator of research projects for JSC "National Center of Science and Technology Evaluation" of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Editorial Activity

Member of the Editorial Committee of the scientific journal Scienza e Tecnica Lattiero-Casearia.

Member of the Scientific Committee of the divulgation journal "Informatore Zootecnico".

He was Vice-director of the scientific journal Scienza e Tecnica Lattiero-Casearia from 2001 to 2019.

He was Editor of the Proceedings of the ASPA 15th Congress, Parma, June 18-20, 2003 (edited by Mariani P. Superchi P., Sabbioni A., Summer A.).

He is referee of several national and international scientific journals including:

International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, Journal of Dairy Science, Italian Journal of Animal Science, Animal, Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, Acta Scientiarum Polonorum Technologia Alimentaria, Mljekarstvo, Scienza e Tecnica Lattiero-Casearia, Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, Journal of Dairy Research, Small Ruminant Research.


The following articles have been selected by the Journal of Dairy Science Editor as "Editor's Choice Articles":

Rodriguez-Amigo B., Delcanale, P., Rotger, G., Juarez-Jimenez J., Abbruzzetti S., Summer A., Agut M., Luque J., Nonell S., Viappiani C. (2015). The complex of hypericin with beta-lactoglobulin has antimicrobial activity with potential applications in dairy industry. J. Dairy Sci., 98, 89-94. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2014-8691

Amalfitano N, Cipolat-Gotet C., Cecchinato A., Malacarne M., Summer A., Bittante, G. (2019) Milk protein fractions strongly affect the patterns of coagulation, curd firming and syneresis. Journal of Dairy Science, 102(4), 2903-2917.

Stocco G., Summer A., Malacarne M., Cecchinato A., Bittante G. (2019). Detailed macro- and micromineral profile of milk: Effects of herd productivity, parity, and stage of lactation of cows of 6 dairy and dual-purpose breeds. J. Dairy Sci., 102, 9727-9739.

In addition, he received the award for the originality and scientific validity of the research presented in the poster session of the 1st Dairy Congress, organized by the Associazione Italiana Tecnici del Latte and the Emilia-Romagna Region, held in Bologna on 12 June 2008. , for a contribution entitled "The technological maturation of milk in Parmigiano-Reggiano cheesemaking" (in collaboration with Malacarne M, Formaggioni P, Franceschi P, Sandri S, Pecorari M, Vecchia P, Mariani P).

Completion accademic year: 2019/2020

Completion accademic year: 2018/2019

Completion accademic year: 2017/2018

Completion accademic year: 2016/2017

Completion accademic year: 2015/2016

Completion accademic year: 2014/2015


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Lines of research

MAIN RESEARCH THEMES • Effects of cattle breeds and genetic polymorphism of milk proteins on milk quality • Sources of variation of milk quality • Effects of seasonal/monthly variations and thermal stress on milk quality • Effects of milk storage conditions on the physico-chemical and dairy properties of the milk • Mineral content and equilibria and milk quality for cheese making • Dairy characteristics of the milk and relative quality of the products • Study of the main physico-chemical and structural characteristics of goat's, sheep's, wild ungulates, mare's and donkey's milk • Development of animal management systems • Planning and development of new analytical methods for determining the quality of milk RESPONSIBILITY AND PARTICIPATION IN RESEARCH PROGRAMS EUROPEAN FINANCING RESEARCH PROGRAMS He is Participant Contact for UNIPR for the following European projects:  Horizon 2020 - RIA (Research and Innovation action), Pathways to phase-out contentious inputs from organic agriculture in Europe - Acronym: Organic-PLUS - Project n. 77434 (H2020 –Call: H2020-SFS-2016-2017 submitted for H2020-SFS-2017-2 / 13 Sep 2017 (Sustainable Food Security - Resilient and resource-efficient value chains) Topic: SFS-08-2017 - Organic inputs - contentious inputs in organic farming Type of action: RIA (Research and Innovation action).  Horizon 2020 - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (MSCA) - CALL: H2020 - MSCA-RISE-2017 Upgrading and implementing mathematical models to increase nitrogen use efficiency of lactating dairy cows - Acronym: CowficieNcy Project no. 777974 (H2020 - MSCA - RISE-2017 - Grant Agreement n.777974 - Call / Topic: Research and Innovation Staff Exchange - Type of Action: RISE). In addition, he was local coordinator for the European project SUSMILK Re-design of the dairy industry for sustainable milk processing of the Seventh Framework Program. Theme [KBBE.2013.2.5-02] [Saving water and energy for resource-efficient food processing], Grant agreement no: 613589. MIPAAFT MINISTERIAL FINANCING RESEARCH PROGRAMS  Scientific Coordinator of the Project "From genomics to milk minerals: a better use of proteins in the cheesemaking process - GENETOCHEESE", belonging to the selection procedure for the granting of contributions aimed at carrying out research projects within the fund for investments in the dairy sector of the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies and Tourism (Ministerial Decree No. 27443 of 09/25/2018 and Ministerial Decree No. 36296 of 12/19/2018).  Scientific OU Manager of the Project "The breeding systems of the Parmigiano Reggiano DOP area: effects on lactic acid bacteria and dairy characteristics of milk - FARM4PR", which is part of the selection procedure for the granting of grants aimed at carrying out research projects as part of the investment fund in the dairy sector of the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies and Tourism (Ministerial Decree No. 27443 of 09/25/2018 and Ministerial Decree No. 36296 of 12/19/2018).  Participant in the project "Innovative technologies for the feeding of dairy cattle in order to guarantee animal welfare and production quality - INNOVALAT", which is part of the selection procedure for the granting of grants aimed at carrying out research projects in the field of the fund for investments in the dairy sector of the Ministry of Agricultural Food and Forestry Policies and Tourism (Ministerial Decree No. 27443 of 09/25/2018 and Ministerial Decree No. 36296 of 12/19/2018). REGIONAL AND NATIONAL PSR FINANCING RESEARCH PROGRAMS Scientific Responsible of the PSR project 2014-2020 of the Emilia Romagna region Stabilized alternative litter for dairy cows: optimization of the use of litter deriving from solid fraction separated from sewage, subjected to sanitation and stabilization treatment" (LETTIERA STABILIZZATA) (PSR 2014- 2020 operation “16.1.01” Focus Area 2 °). Scientific Responsible for the Supply Chain Project "The impact of innovative technologies on Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese-making" Emilia Romagna Rural Development Program 2014-2020, FOCUS AREA 3A Operation 16.2.01 Innovation plan for the supply chain project - F104. Scientific referent for Parma of the LATTeco project, under the National Rural Development Program (PSRN) Approved by decision (CE2015) 8312 of 20/11/2015, SUBMeasure 10.2 - Biodiversity, ANARB Leader, National Association of Brown Cattle Breeders. Scientific referent for Parma of the USEFUL project (Product Uniqueness, Sustainability and Production Efficiency: the Union of the Milk Supply Chain), EAFRD - Rural Development Program of the Lombardy Region 2014-2020, Measure 16 - "Cooperation", Submeasure 16.1 - "Support for the establishment and management of the IEP Operational Groups on productivity and sustainability of agriculture", Operation 16.1.01 - "IEP Operational Groups". He participates to the following 2014-2020 RDP Projects of the Emilia Romagna Region: Valeurisation of dairy products of indigenous regional breeds - Biodiversity (PSR 2014-2020 - operation 16.1.01 - focus area 2A) Conservation and valeurisation of indigenous breeds in danger of extinction - GOI CONVENIENT (PSR 2014-2020 - operation 16.1.01 - focus area 4A) BANK FOUNDATION FINANCING RESEARCH PROGRAMS AS participates in the AGER project called Dairy Products Farm-level interventions supporting dairy industry innovation (FARM-INN). PROJECTS FINANCED UNDER CONVENTIONS Scientific responsible for the research contracts with the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese consortium “Analysis of genomic divergence between populations of Italian Friesian cattle" of 1.8.2019, "Effect of milk storage times on milk characteristics" of 5.10.2017 and "Effect of milk storage times on milk characteristics" of 6.11.2017, and of the research contract with SOLAT, Società Agr. Cooperativa. Scientific responsible for the agreement with ANAFI (National Association of Italian Friesian Breeders). MINISTERIAL PROJECTS CONCLUDED Italian co-ordinator of the bilateral mobility project between Italy and Ecuador within the Iº EXECUTIVE PROGRAM OF CULTURAL, SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL COLLABORATION between the Italian republic and the Republic of the Ecuador for the years 2005-2008: Project related to food safety of Southern Region and project related to the study of over 100 years old people in the Southern Region of Ecuador.




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Strada del Taglio, 10
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