Dr Francesca Salinari joined Agrii in 2013 as R&D Projects Co-ordinator. In 2007 she received a PhD from the University of Turin (Italy). This explored the effect of climate change on plant disease. Following this, she carried out post-doctoral research on plant disease modelling. In the last 8 years she has been developing and adapting decision support systems for commercial use by agricultural users in both Italy and the UK. In Agrii she specializes in services for crop protection targeted at agronomists and their farmer customers, making use of weather data from the extensive Agrii’s weather stations network. She also participates in collaborative national and international research projects aiming to develop tools and services based on new technologies and innovative approaches for supporting decisions around disease control.