Schillaci Martino

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Curriculum Vitae

I studied Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florence and Plant and Microbial Biotechnologies at the University of Pisa. In 2021, I earned a PhD in Plant Biology at the University of Melbourne (AU), within a collaboration with the Forschungszentrum Jülich (DE). My project focused on the phenotype and metabolome of model plant Brachypodium distachyon inoculated with the beneficial bacteria Azospirillum brasilense and subjected to low temperatures and low P availability stress.
In 2021 I was awarded with a research grant at the IPSP institute (National Research Council) in Turin, under the joint project “Selection and evaluation of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria to increase climate-resilient crop production”, which focused on the effects of the interaction with various beneficial bacteria on the phenotype, transcriptome and selected metabolites of high agricultural value crops (wheat and pea) under drought stress.
In 2024, I joined the research program ‘Natural and BIOtechnological genetic RESistances against Flavescence dorée for vineyard sustainability’, which aims to develope new strategies for increasing resistance to Flavescence dorée (FD) in grapevine. In particular, V. vinifera cv. Chardonnay carrying the 35S::VriATL156 construct (Ch-ATL156), coding for a gene involved in immune response, will be tested for their resistance to FD under controlled conditions. In vitro/generated plants will be caged with the natural vector Scaphoideus titanus, previously inoculated with the FD phytoplasm (Fdp). After 10 weeks, Ch-ATL156 plants will be tested for FDp presence and titre, which will be compared to non transformed plants (WT).