Genes and mechanisms involved in plant defense against biotic stress

MEDIPLANT points to contain crop losses caused by viruses and viroids by developing innovative and alternative defense strategies to be proposed to farmers, PMI, technological districts and other major players involved in plant protection. Based on the characterization of germplasm biodiversity through functional genomics and transcriptomics studies, performed using advanced and high-throughput technologies, MEDIPLANT has the main objectives of identifying genetic resources potentially resistant or tolerant to intracellular pathogens and developing innovative defense strategies against biotic stress, thus being of strategic relevance to typical Italian agricultural productions (Made in Italy). General objectives of this project are: i) identification and functional characterization of genes involved in antiviral defense of grapevine and tomato plants; ii) characterization of defense responses to biotic stress of different genetic sources through the analysis of expression profiles of miRNAs and other regulatory non-coding small RNAs; iii) use of small RNAs as molecular markers to identify and characterize germplasm of particular interest for the Southern Italy agrifood chain; iv) development of innovative antiviral defense strategies.

Research staff

Research activity

  • Plant/environment interactions