My research activity is aimed at the study of plant-pathogen and plant-environment interactions in grapevine.
More in detail, my research interests include:
Genetic transformation (including cisgenesis and genome editing) of grapevine and model plants for functional studies.
Characterization of plastic effects of somatic embryogenesis in grapevine to identify transcripts and epigenetic modifications responsible for different embryogenic aptitudes in different grapevine cultivars. Somatic embryogenesis is currently used in our lab for the elimination of virus and viroid infections, for genetic transformation and genome editing approaches.
Study of the physiological and molecular bases underlying grapevine-virus-fungal pathogen interactions. We are investigating the modifications induced by these pathogens in the eco-physiological traits, in the gene expression (transcriptomic analyses: RNA-seq and qRT-PCR), and in the small RNA pathways (miRNAs and vsiRNA) of infected grapevines.
Genetic characterization of the grapevine cultivar Nebbiolo through the genome sequencing of different clones. These data are the starting point for in-depth studies on i) interactions between the grapevine genetic biodiversity and the environment (terroir); ii) identification of clone-specific genetic markers (SNPs) to improve the traceability of the grapevine propagation material and wine.
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