Nadia Lombardi

Dr. Lombardi conducts research mainly concerning on biological control of plant diseases caused by fungi and bacteria and on molecular mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis and biocontrol. The research activities in which she is involved is focused on the molecular and biochemical characterization of important pathogenic fungi and antagonists and on the extraction and characterization of metabolites involved in the pathogenesis and biocontrol. She also carries out research on the mechanisms of interaction between plant-antagonist-pathogen which occur in soil and on the plant. Through in vitro and in vivo assays, she devotes part of her research on the evaluation of the role of beneficial microorganisms like Trichoderma and of natural compounds, to produce positive effects for plants, in terms of growth promotion, induction of pathogen resistance and tolerance to both biotic and abiotic stresses.

She is author of articles published on scientific journals, reviews, abstracts and proceedings of national and international congresses, reviewer of various international journals and she collaborates with companies involved in the development and commercialization of biopesticides, and that develop methods to remediate contaminated soil and water by using microorganism.

Research interests:

  • Biochemical and molecular characterization of important pathogenic fungi and antagonists
  • Extraction and characterization of bioactive molecules from beneficial microbes
  • Use of beneficial microorganisms and their metabolites in biological products and in the interaction plant/antagonist/pathogen
  • Evaluation of the role of microorganisms or bioactive molecules in promoting plant growth, induction of pathogen resistance and tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses

Research activities have included the use of various scientific tools: Fungal cultures, Bio-control agents, DNA and RNA extraction, PCR, Real Time q-PCR, RNA-seq, Sequencing, Molecular markers,HPLC,Extraction of antioxidant,Metabolite analysis, Extraction of proteins from plant tissues, Electrophoresis on agarose and polyacrylamide gels, Fungal growth, inhibition assays (in vitro and in vivo).

She had also taken part in numerous activities inthe open field.

Excellent skills of reading,writing and speaking the English language.


Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 2018 - Inhibitory effect of trichodermanone C, a sorbicillinoid produced by Trichoderma citrinoviride associated to the green alga Cladophora sp., on nitrite production in LPSstimulated macrophages - Marra R., Nicoletti R., Pagano E., Della Greca M., Salvatore M.M., Borrelli F., Lombardi N., Vinale F., Woo S.L., Andolfi A. - Natural product research,
  • 2018 - Root exudates of stressed plants stimulate and attract Trichoderma soil fungi - Lombardi N., Vitale S., Turrà D., Reverberi M., Fanelli C., Vinale F., Marra R., Ruocco M., Pascale A., D'Errico G., Woo S.L., Lorito M. - Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions , 10: 982-994
  • 2018 - Deciphering genetic factors that determine melon fruit-quality traits using RNA-Seq-based high-resolution QTL and eQTL mapping - Galpaz N., Gonda I., Shem-Tov D., Barad O., Tzuri G., Lev S., Fei Z., Xu Y., Mao L., Jiao C., Harel-beja R., Doron-Faigenboim A., Tzfadia O., Bar E., Meir A., Sa'ar U., Fait A., Halperin E., Kenigswald M., Fallik E., Lombardi N., Kol G., Ronen G., Burger Y., Gur A., Tadmor Y., Portnoy V., Schaffer A.A., Lewinsohn E., Giovannoni J.J., Katzir N. - Plant Journal , 94: 169-191
  • 2018 - Modulation of Tomato Response to Rhizoctonia solani by Trichoderma harzianum and Its Secondary Metabolite Harzianic Acid - Manganiello G., Sacco A., Ercolano M.R., Vinale F., Lanzuise S., Pascale A., Napolitano M., Lombardi N., Lorito M., Woo S.L. - Frontiers In Microbiology , 9: 1966
  • 2018 - Biochar chemistry defined by 13 C-CPMAS NMR explains opposite effects on soilborne microbes and crop plants - Bonanomi G., Ippolito F., Cesarano G., Vinale F., Lombardi N., Crasto A., Woo S.L., Scala F. - Applied Soil Ecology , 124: 351-361
  • 2017 - Co-Culture of Plant Beneficial Microbes as Source of Bioactive Metabolites - Vinale F., Nicoletti R., Borrelli F., Mangoni A., Parisi O.A., Marra R., Lombardi N., Lacatena F., Grauso L., Finizio S., Lorito M., Woo S.L. - Scientific Reports , volume 7
  • 2017 - Secondary metabolites from the endophytic fungus Talaromyces pinophilus - Vinale F., Nicoletti R., Lacatena F., Marra R., Sacco A., Lombardi N., D'Errico G., Digilio M.C., Lorito M., Woo S.L. - Natural product research, 31(15): 1778-1785
  • 2016 - Trichoderma and its secondary metabolites improve yield and quality of grapes - Pascale A., Vinale F., Manganiello G., Nigro M., Lanzuise S., Ruocco M., Lombardi N., Woo S.L., Lorito M., Marra R. - Crop Protection , 92: 176-181
  • 2016 - Cremenolide, a new antifungal, 10-member lactone from Trichoderma cremeum with plant growth promotion activity - Vinale F., Strakowska J., Mazzei P., Piccolo A., Marra R., Lombardi N., Manganiello G., Pascale A., Woo S.l., Lorito M. - Natural Product Research , 1: 7
  • 2016 - New tools to improve the shelf life of Chestnut fruit during storage - Ruocco M., Lanzuise S., Lombardi N., Varlese R., Aliberti A., Carpenito S., Woo S.L., Scala F., Lorito M. - Acta Horticulturae , 1144: 309-315
  • 2016 - Integrated biomonitoring of airborne pollutants over space and time using tree rings, bark, leaves and epiphytic lichens - Cocozza C., Ravera S., Cherubini P., Lombardi F., Marchetti M., Tognetti R. - Urban Forestry & Urban Greening , 17: 177-191
  • 2015 - Multiple roles and effects of a novel Trichoderma hydrophobin - Ruocco M., Lanzuise S., Lombardi N., Woo S.l., Vinale F., Marra R., Varlese R., Manganiello G., Pascale A., Scala V., Turrà D., Scala F., Lorito M. - Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions , 28:167-169
  • 2014 - Trichoderma-based Products and their Widespread Use in Agriculture - Woo S. L., Ruocco M., Vinale F., Nigro M., Marra R., Lombardi N., Pascale A., Lanzuise S., Manganiello G., Lorito M. - The Open Mycology Journal, 8:71-126
  • 2014 - Trichoderma spp. alleviate phytotoxicity in lettuce plants (Lactuca sativa L.) irrigated with arsenic-contaminated water - Caporale A., Sommella A., Lorito M., Lombardi N., Azam S.m.g.g., Pigna M., Ruocco M. - Journal Of Plant Physiology , 171:1378-1384
  • 2014 - Trichoderma Secondary Metabolites Active on Plants and Fungal Pathogens - Vinale F., Sivasithamparam K., Ghisalberti E. L., Woo S. L., Nigro M., Marra R., Lombardi N., Pascale A., Ruocco M., Lanzuise S., Manganiello G., Lorito M. - The Open Mycology Journal, 8:127-139
  • 2014 - A novel fungal metabolite with beneficial properties for agricultural applications - Vinale F., Manganiello G., Nigro M., Mazzei P., Piccolo A., Pascale A., Ruocco M., Marra R., Lombardi N., Lanzuise S., Varlese R., Cavallo P., Lorito M., Woo S.l. - Molecules , 19:9760-9772