University of Parma
Cristina Menta is responsible of the Soil Biology Laboratory (Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability), she is titular professor of the Systematic Zoology and she is the Scientific Director of the Natural History Museum of Parma University (Italy). She is scientific administrator, as soil fauna expert, of several research projects related to the characterization of soil fauna in natural and degraded areas. She is conducting some studies in natural and agricultural lands to define soil biodiversity and soil biological quality. She conceived a new biological soil quality index based on soil micro-arthropod community, named QBS-ar, from some years applied at international scale. She was trainer in the European ExpeER project “Soil Macrofauna Protocol – ExpeER WP2”. She was a member of the project for the definition of Biodiversity index Protocol: “Biodiversity Friend”, WBA Onlus and of the International Commission ISO/TC 190/SC 04/WG 02 for the standardization of the ISO norms “Soil quality – Biological Methods” and she is a member of LANDMARK European project.
Soil invertebrates - Biodiversity edaphic