Roberta Marra

Dr. Roberta Marra has been largely interested in the study of the interactions between plants and microorganisms, that represented the main topic of her PhD and of numerous research contracts that involved academic partners and private companies. Research activities have included the use of various techniques, such as molecular analysis (in particular genomics, proteomics and metabolomics) applied to the study of the interactions that involve plants, pathogens and biocontrol agents like Trichoderma; chemical and biochemical characterization of compounds using advanced analytical techniques (enzymatic activity assays, chromatography, spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, etc.); the design and setup of in vitro and in vivo assays using plants and microorganisms; analysis and processing of data obtained from the experiments with preparation of scientific reports.
Dr Marra is author of over 50 articles published in national and international scientific journals, reviews, book chapters, abstracts and proceedings of congresses largely in the field of plant pathology. She is reviewer of various international journals in the fields of plant pathology, microbiology, biotechnology and biology. Dr Marra is co-author of a patent for a new biopesticide and biotechnology applied to Plant Pathology.
Research interests include:

  • Study of molecular factors that regulate multi-component interaction between plant, pathogen and biocontrol agent.
  • Screening and evaluation of the efficacy of new biocontrol agents to be used for plant disease control.
  • Characterization of enzymes and toxins produced by phytopatogenic fungi and bacteria.
  • Study of microbial agents and secondary metabolites produced by beneficial microbes to be used in biocontrol or bioremediation strategies.
  • Evaluation of the role of microbial agents or natural compounds to promote plant growth.

 

Projects

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 - Biochars from olive mill waste have contrasting effects on plants, fungi and phytoparasitic nematodes - Marra R., Vinale F., Cesarano G., Lombardi N., D'Errico G., Crasto A., Mazzei P., Piccolo A., Incerti G., Woo S.L., Scala F., Bonanomi G. - Plos one, volume 13
  • 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
  • 2017 - Nematicidal efficacy of new Abamectin-based products used alone and in combination with Indolebutyric acid against the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne Incognita - D'Errico G., Marra R., Vinale F., Landi S., Roversi P.F., Woo S.L. - Redia , 100: 95-101
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 - 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
  • 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 - 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
  • 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
  • 2013 - Harzianic acid: a novel siderophore from Trichoderma harzianum - Vinale F., Nigro M., Sivasithamparam K., Ghisalberti E.L., Flematti G., Ruocco M., Varlese R., Marra R., Lanzuise S., Eid A., Woo S.L., Lorito M. - Fems Microbiology Letters , 347:123-129
  • 2012 - Analysis of apple fruit proteomes induced by alternative post-harvest treatments. - Eid A.M.E., Sanzani S.E., Woo S.l., Vinale F., Lanzuise S., Nigro M., Varlese R., Marra R., Matteoli V., Manganiello G., Pascale A., Stellitano D., Lorito M. - Journal of Plant Pathology , 94(4):S4.62
  • 2012 - Beneficial effects of Trichoderma and its secondary metabolites on Vitis vinifera - Pascale A., Vinale F.., Nigro M., Ruocco M., Woo S.l., Lanzuise S., Marra R., Eid A., Varlese R., Matteoli V., Manganiello G., Stellitano D., Lorito M. - Journal of Plant Pathology , 94:S4.73
  • 2012 - Classical and modern techniques to assess the effects of crop rotation on the soil microbial community - Varlese D.G.C., Ruocco M., Vinale F., Lanzuise S., Nigro M., Eid A.M.E., Pascale A., Manganiello G., Matteoli V., Stellitano D., Marra R., Lorito M., Woo S.l. - Journal of Plant Pathology , 94:S4.83
  • 2012 - Role of Trichoderma secondary metabolites in plant interactions: the metabolic changes in Arabidopsis thaliana - Nigro M., Vinale F., Ruocco M., Woo S.l., Lanzuise S., Marra R. , Eid A., Varlese R., Matteoli V., Manganiello G., Pascale A., Stellitano D., Perera V. , Grant M., Lorito M. - Journal of Plant Pathology , 94:S4.71
  • 2012 - Iso-harzianic acid a new bioactive metabolite from Trichoderma harzianum - Manganiello G., Vinale F., Nigro M., Mazzei P., Piccolo A., Pascale A., Ruocco M., Woo S.I., Lanzuise S., Marra R., Eid A., Varlese R., Matteoli V., Stellitano D., Lorito M. - Journal of Plant Pathology , 94:S4.67
  • 2009 - Induction Of Systemic Resistance: A Main Mechanism Of Action Of Biopesticides Based On Antagonistic Fungi. - Vinale F., Woo S.l., Ruocco M., Marra R., Lanzuise S., Scala F., Cavallo P., Lorito M. - Petria , 19:70-72
  • 2009 - Identification of a new biocontrol gene in Trichoderma atroviride: the role of an ABC transporter membrane pump in the interaction with different plant-pathogenic fungi - Ruocco M., Lanzuise S., Vinale F., Marra R., Turrà D., Woo S.l., Lorito M. - Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions , 22:291-301