Researcher with more than 10 years of experience on invasive plant pathogens of woody crops gaining experience and contributing to develop novel knowledge about biological, serological and molecular characterization of olive- and citrus-infecting viruses/viroids and virus-like agents and contributing to the development of innovative diagnostic approaches: production of recombinant antisera, molecular hybridization, one tube RT-PCR, development of multiplex Real-time assays to detect citrus-infecting viruses and viroids and differentiate simultaneously severe viral/viroidal strains, using high resolution melting approaches. She has been involved in research projects focusing on the use of next-generation sequencing for the characterization of viral diseases of unknown aetiology (discovery of several novel viruses) and to explore the mechanisms occurring in citrus plants infected by Citrus tristeza virus (CTV), under cross-protection conditions. More recently, she is part of the research team of IPSP-CNR (in Bari) which leads different research studies on Xyllella fastidiosa, subsp. pauca, genotype ST-53, infecting olive trees in Salento. She has also contributed in POnTE and XF-ACTORS (research H2020 projects) to implement molecular diagnosis and genotyping of X. fastidiosa, which led to four revisions of EPPO Standard on diagnosis of Xylella fastidiosa. She has published more than 15 peer reviewed papers.
Responsabile dei progetti: PRODIQUAVI