Valentina Sechi

Theme coordinator Soil, Programme Director Master Water Technology


Dr. Valentina Sechi is a soil scientist specialized in soil ecology and functionality. She is coordinator of the Wetsus Soil Theme which aims to promote the reuse of organic residues, strengthening circular economy and increase soil resilience. She also work as Programme Director of the Master Water Technology (Joint degree).


PhD, Soil Ecology, Wageningen University, Netherlands, 2017
MSc, Environmental assessment and Planning, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, 2010
MSc, Ecology and Evolution, University of Rome, Italy, 2008

Research interests

Soil Organic matter stabilization, functional diversity, ecological restoration

Selected list of publications

Full list in Google Scholar

  • Y Luo, JBG Lopez, HPJ van Veelen, V Sechi, A ter Heijne, TM Bezemer, Cees JN Buisman (2022) Bacterial and fungal co-occurrence patterns in agricultural soils amended with compost and bokashi. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 174, 108831
  • VS Chavez-Rico, PLE Bodelier, M van Eekert, V Sechi, A Veeken, Cees JN Buisman (2022) Producing organic amendments: Physicochemical changes in biowaste used in anaerobic digestion, composting, and fermentation, Waste Management 149, 177-185
  • Y Luo, HPJ van Veelen, S Chen, V Sechi, A ter Heijne, A Veeken, Cees JN Buisman (2022) Effects of sterilization and maturity of compost on soil bacterial and fungal communities and wheat growth, Geoderma 409, 1155
  • V. Sechi, L. Brussaard, R.G.M. De Goede, M. Rutgers, C. Mulder (2015). Choice of resolution by functional trait or taxonomy affects allometric scaling in soil food webs. The American Naturalist 185 (1), 142-149 2
  • V. Sechi, A. D’Annibale, P. Ambus, Z. Sárossy, P.H. Krogh, J. Eriksen, (2014). Collembola feeding habits and niche specialization in agricultural grasslands of different composition, Soil Biology and Biochemistry 74, 31-38 1
  • V. Sechi, A. D’Annibale, K. Maraldo, A. Johansen, R. Bossi, J. Jensen, (2014) Species composition of a soil invertebrate multi-species test system determines the level of ecotoxicity, Environmental pollution 184, 586-596