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Pietro (Pete) Iannetta

Staff picture: Pietro (Pete) Iannetta
Ecological Sciences
Ecological Sciences
Molecular Ecologist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK


I am a Plant Biologist and Ecologist who studies the mechanisms which may underpin the design of more sustainable systems. I have a special focus on the role of biological nitrogen fixation by legumes, including the use of rhizobial, AMF and PGPR based inoculum. These interests also extend to applied research in native seed science and biotechnology. My interests are focused on the utility of legumes in production and semi-natural systems. Towards these ends, I enjoy very good working relationships with a wide range of academic and industrial partners, and also non-governmental organisations and to whom I am very grateful.  

Current research interests


  • Principle Investigator (2012-2016): Technology Strategy Board, Beans4feeds project. This project aims to deliver improved faba beans for sustainable protein production for (primarily) the farmed fish market
  • Partner:EU-FP7 AMIGA (2012-2016): Assessing and Monitoring Impacts of Genetically modified plants on agroecosystems
  • Partner:EU-FP7 PURE (2011-2015): Pesticide Use-and-risk Reduction in European farming systems with Integrated Pest Management
  • Principal Investigator (2011-2016): Scottish Government's Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division (RESAS): to work packages: 3.4, 'Understanding of the responses of Scotland’s biodiversity to climate change and land-use change: to inform policy', and; 1.1, "Mapping key ecosystem services in Scotland at appropriate spatial and temporal scales"
  • Work package Leader (2010-14):Novel Rotation Design, EU-FP7 Legume Futures

Past research

Pete has a broad research experience spanning over 20 years during and has reported extensively on biology and ecology in relation to:

  • biological nitrogen fixation
  • environmental pathology
  • crop ripening and quality traits
  • functional and genetic diversity of wild plants
  • wild plant and crop coexistence.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.