Redia was named in honour of Francesco Redi, the famous XVII century Tuscan
entomologist. Since its beginning, the periodical accepted papers dealing with
researches only in the field of agricultural entomology (insects and mites).
At the end of the 2nd World-War the periodical started with the second series
(vol. XXXI, 1946). In 1969, Redia started again with the third series
(new subtitle “Journal of Zoology”) when the old Station changed in the new
“Experimental Institute for Agricultural Zoology” (ISZA).
Since 1969, Redia accepts papers dealing also with urban zoology and
nematology. Then, it has been publishing works on applied zoology,
in agricultural and forest fields, to achieve knowledge in the pest
management and control of many of the noxious invertebrate phytophagous
Furthermore, the journal has more and more emphasized the improvement and
evolution of means to control the most harmful species in the agricultural and
forest ecosystems, especially in the field of the natural antagonists.
Redia throughout its long time of life has been publishing also basic researches
and general works on cytology, histology, morphology, taxonomy, biology,
ecology, ethology and biosystematics of many of those invertebrate animals
either able to affect cultivated and forest plants or as important components
of the terrestrial ecosystems.
In 2003, its centenary year, Redia changed its format in A4-double columns
and increased remarkably its editorial board reaching n. 32 components in 2007.
Starting with the Vol. XC (2007), Redia will be published by the Research Centre
for Agrobiology and Pedology (ABP) of the Agricultural Research Council (CRA).