Aurelio Ciancio

Main research interests concerns the study of rhizosphere microbiology and microparasites, of biological control and sustainability of agricultural production. Activity began in 1988-89 with a CNR / NATO grant at the Dept. of Nematology, University of California, Riverside studying, in collaboration with R. Mankau, bacteria of the genus Pasteuria. The research on antagonistic microorganisms and biological control continued with national (MAF, Mipaf), EU (CI1.CT94.0042; FAIR5 PL97-3.444; MICOSPA, ICA4-CT-2002-10044) and / or regional (Apulia Region) projects. He studied host-parasite relationships with nonlinear models describing the relationship between bacteria, fungi and nematodes. He developed and introduced, for the first time in the microbiological field (1993), new techniques and non-invasive methods based on Atomic force (Nanoscope) or Photon emission microscopy, producing the first observations in vivo and high resolution of nematodes, bacteria and other microorganisms or organic molecules (enzymes, antibodies), in conditions close to natural ones. The study then focused on the diagnosis of nematodes, associated microorganisms and other pathogens including viruses, and on applied aspects of biological control with trascriptomic analysis of gene expression of endophytes and biocontrol agents. He studied natural nematicidal substances, including mycotoxins and other of plant oringi. The activities led to collaborations with research groups in France, UK, Spain and USA, and received the support of Italian industries of biopesticides (ISAGRO, Agrifutur, ELEP, SACOM – now Microspore), developing a product marketed in Italy under the DPR 23/04/2001 n.290. He is reviewer for several international journals and research agencies, and organized national and international congresses of Nematology. He edited five volumes on integrated pest and disease management, and is the author of over 150 publications in national and international journals and presentations at workshops and conferences. He was Manager of the IPP Section in Bari (2002-2005), and then Delegated manager (2005-2008). He was in charge of sub projects: “Study and development of innovative strategies for plant protection “, and AG.P04.026 “Ecosustainable tecnologies for plant protection from noxious agents” in the CNR Project “Development of the agro-industrial system”. Actually he partecipes to project Eureka!Eurostars E!7364 “Poch_art” on the applications of Pochonia chlamydosporia and its industrial production, in collaboration with Microspore spa (Larino, CB), where IPSP costituted a Third party Research Unit.


Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 2018 - Diversity and biocontrol potential of bacterial consortia associated to rootknot nematodes - Colagiero M.A., Rosso L.C., Ciancio A. - Biological control, 120: 11-16
  • 2018 - Belowground microbiota and the health of tree crops - Mercado-Blanco J., Abrantes I., Barra Caracciolo A., Bevivino A., Ciancio A., Grenni P., Hrynkiewicz K., Kredics L., Proenca D.N. - Frontiers in microbiology, volume 9
  • 2018 - Real-time assays for detection of Phytophthora spp. and identification of an avr3a gene variant - Tolba S.R.T., Finetti Sialer M.M., Rosso L.C., Moustafa M.M.A., Ruggeri C., El-Shawaf I.I.S., Ciancio A. - Journal of plant diseases and protection, 125: 331-337
  • 2017 - A metagenomic study on the effect of aboveground plant cover on soil bacterial diversity - Colagiero M., Pentimone I., Rosso L. C., Ciancio A. - Soil biological communities and ecosystem resilience,
  • 2017 - Regulatory factors in Pochonia chlamydosporia-induced gene expression - Ciancio A., Pentimone I., Colagiero M., Rosso L.C. - Perspectives in Sustainable Nematode Management Through Pochonia chlamydosporia Applications for Root and Rhizosphere Health, 99-109
  • 2017 - Soil biodiversity and tree crops resilience - Ciancio A., Gamboni M. - Soil biological communities and ecosystem resilience,
  • 2016 - Soil microbial communities and their potential for root-knot nematodes management: a review - Ciancio A., Colagiero M.A., Pentimone I., Rosso L. - Environmental Engineering And Management Journal , 15: 1833-1839
  • 2016 - Invertebrate Bacteriology. Function, evolution and biological ties - Ciancio A. - Publisher: Springer Netherlands,
  • 2016 - Regulation of the citrus nematode Tylenchulus semipenetrans by a Pasteuria sp. endoparasite in a naturally infested soil - Ciancio A., Roccuzzo G., Longaron C.O. - Biocontrol , 61: 337-347
  • 2016 - Effect of Pochonia chlamydosporia-based formulates on the regulation of root-knot nematodes and plant growth response - Sellitto V.M., Curto G., Dallavalle E., Ciancio A., Colagiero M., Pietrantonio L., Bireescu G., Stoleru V., Storari M. - Frontiers In Life Science , 9: 177-181
  • 2016 - Formulation of pochonia chlamydosporia for plant and nematode management - Ciancio A., Colagiero M., Pentimone I., Rosso L.C. - Bioformulations: for Sustainable Agriculture, 177-197
  • 2016 - Editorial: Harnessing useful rhizosphere microorganisms for pathogen and pest biocontrol - Ciancio A., Pieterse C.M.J., Mercado-Blanco J. - Frontiers In Microbiology , volume 7
  • 2016 - Effect of Pochonia chlamydosporia-based formulates on the regulation of root-knot nematodes and plant growth response - Sellitto V.M., Curto G., Dallavalle E., Ciancio A., Colagiero M., Pietrantonio L., Bireescu G., Stoleru V., Storari M. - Frontiers In Life Science , 9: 177-181
  • 2015 - Nematology, crop protection and food security - Ciancio A. - Nematology , 17: 1127-1140
  • 2014 - Observations on the effect of trophic conditions on Pochonia chlamydosporia gene expression - Rosso L.C., Colagiero M., Salatino N., Ciancio A. - Annals Of Applied Biology , 164: 232-243
  • 2013 - Phylogeny and morphology of Hirsutella tunicata sp. nov. (Ophiocordycipitaceae), a novel mite parasite from Peru - Ciancio A., Colagiero M., Rosso L.c., Murga-Gutierrez S. N., Grasso G. - Mycoscience , 54:378–386
  • 2011 - The reproductive potential of the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne incognita is affected by selection for virulence against major resistance genes from tomato and pepper - Djian-Caporalino C., Molinari S., Palloix A., Ciancio A., Fazari A., Marteu N., Ris N., Castagnone-Sereno P. - European Journal Of Plant Pathology , 131: 431-440
  • 2011 - Detection and biocontrol potential of Verticillium leptobactrum parasitizing Meloidogyne spp. - Regaieg H., Ciancio A., Raouani N.H., Rosso L., - World Journal Of Microbiology & Biotechnology , 27: 1615-1623
  • 2011 - Climate changes and nematodes: expected effects and perspectives for plant protection - Colagiero M., Ciancio A. - Redia (Testo stamp.), 94: 113-118
  • 2011 - Transcriptome analysis shows differential gene expression in the saprotrophic to parasitic transition of Pochonia chlamydosporia - Rosso L.C., Finetti-Sialer M.M., Hirsch P.R., Ciancio A., Kerry B.R., Clark I.M. - Applied Microbiology And Biotechnology , 90: 1981-1994
  • 2011 - Effects of sub-lethal food grade antioxidant doses and environmental stressors on growth, sclerotia, aflatoxins and aflD (nor-1) expression by Aspergillus parasiticus RCP08300 - Passone M.A., Rosso L.C., Varela M.C., Ciancio A., Etcheverry M. - World Mycotoxin Journal (Online), 4: 157-167
  • 2011 - Observations on the biology of a predatory nematode belonging to Diplogasteridae - Colagiero M., Rosso L.C., Ciancio A., Murga-Gutierrez S.N. - Redia , 94: 133-135
  • 2010 - Detection and quantification of Aspergillus section Flavi spp. in stored peanuts by real-time PCR of nor-1 gene, and effects of storage conditions on aflatoxin production - Passone M. A., Rosso L. C., Ciancio A., Etcheverry M. - International Journal Of Food Microbiology , 138:276-281
  • 2010 - Effects of culture filtrates from the nematophagous fungus Verticillium leptobactrum on viability of the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne incognita - Regaieg H., Ciancio A., Horrigue R. N., Grasso G., Rosso L. - World Journal Of Microbiology & Biotechnology , 26:2285-2289
  • 2009 - Colonisation of barley roots by endophytic Fusarium equiseti and Pochonia chlamydosporia: Effects on plant growth and disease - Maciá-Vicente J.G., Rosso L.C., Ciancio A., Jansson H.-B., Lopez-llorca L.V. - Annals of Applied Biology , 155:391-401
  • 2008 - Redescription of Cardiosporidium cionae (Van Gaver and Stephan, 1907) (Apicomplexa: Piroplasmida), a plasmodial parasite of ascidian haemocytes - Ciancio A., Scippa S., Finetti-Sialer M., De Candia A., Avallone B., De Vincentiis M. - European Journal Of Protistology , 44: 181-196
  • 2008 - Diagnostic assays for detection of Pasteuria penetrans - Maresca Di Serracapriola M.t., Rosso L.c., Ciancio A. - Redia , volume 91
  • 2008 - Observations on secondary metabolites of Pochonia chlamydosporia parasitizing root-knot nematodes - Napola A., Rosso L.c., Ciancio A. - Redia , volume 91