Bianca Elena Maserti

My current interests are mainly related to the study of plant response to water scarcity and biotic stress, such as fungal, viral and insects. The plant models are citrus fruits, pomegranates, tomatoes and cabbage. In particular, I study the quantitative and qualitative changes of proteins and secondary metabolites produced by plants exposed to the stress, using a proteomic approach, (2-DE, LC-MS /MS) and mass spectrometry and bioinformatics and metabolomics (GC on the solid phase), respectively.

Citrus fruits are often grown on soils subjected to salinity, water scarcity and the exposure to abiotic stress increases the plant sensitivity to attack by insects and fungi. It was observed that double diploid citrus plants are more tolerant to the changes in environmental parameters in comparison to the respective diploid. In collaboration with a research team of CIRAD and INRA (France) and EMBRAPA and the State University of Santa Cruz (Brazil), we are studying the response to water stress and multiple stress (water and biotic) in diploid and double diploid plants of Citrus sp , with the aim at identifying candidate genes of tolerance. The project is funded by CAPES (Brazil).

As part of a bilateral project Italy-Azerbaijan, MOXIVOL, co-funded by the National Research Council (CNR) and the Azerbaijan Academy of Sciences (ANAS), I am working on the response of the antioxidant system of pomegranate plants exposed to drought stress. The study is performed evaluating the changes in the activities of the major antioxidant enzymes (SOD, CAT, APX, GR), the enzyme glyoxalase and the levels of the secondary metabolites related to such as enzymes (ascorbic acid, hydrogen peroxide, methyl glyoxal, BVOC) .

In the framework of the project VOLATOSCA, funded by ‘Regione Toscana’ I am studying the beneficial effect of mycorrhization on the response mechanisms to abiotic and biotic stress in cabbage plants.


Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 2018 - Purification of phycocyanin from Arthrospira platensis by hydrophobic interaction membrane chromatography - Lauceri R., Zittelli G.C., Maserti B., Torzillo G. - Algal Research , 35: 333-340
  • 2018 - The Association With Two Different Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Differently Affects Water Stress Tolerance in Tomato - Volpe V., Chitarra, W., Cascone P., Volpe M.G., Bartolini P., Moneti G., Pieraccini G., Di Serio C., Maserti B., Guerrieri E., Balestrini R. - Frontiers In Plant Science ,
  • 2017 - A L-type lectin gene is involved in the response to hormonal treatment and water deficit in Volkamer lemon - Vieira D.D.S.S., Emiliani G., Bartolini P., Podda A., Centritto M., Luro F., Del Carratore R., Morillon R., Gesteira A., Maserti B. - Journal Of Plant Physiology , 218: 94-99
  • 2017 - Fungal colonization improved growth and modulated the expression of myrosinases in black cabbage - Del Carratore R., Podda A., Maserti B.E. - Advances In Horticultural Science , 31: 115-119
  • 2017 - Better tolerance to water deficit in doubled diploid ‘Carrizo citrange’ compared to diploid seedlings is associated with more limited water consumption - Oliveira T.M., Yahmed J.B., Dutra J., Maserti B.E., Talon M., Navarro L., Ollitraut P., Da S. Gesteira A., Morillon R. - Acta Physiologiae Plantarum , volume 39
  • 2017 - Analysis of Extracellular Vesicles Produced in the Biofilm by the Dimorphic Yeast Pichia fermentans - Leone F., Bellani L., Mucciflora S., Giorgetti L., Bongioanni P., Simili M., Maserti B.E., Del Carratore R. - Journal Of Cellular Physiology ,
  • 2016 - Polyploidization alters constitutive content of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and improves membrane stability under water deficit in Volkamer lemon (Citrus limonia Osb.) leaves - Vieira S. S. Dd., Emiliani G., Michelozzi M., Centritto M., Luro F., Morillon R., Loreto F., Gesteira A., Maserti B.E. - Environmental And Experimental Botany , 126: 1-9
  • 2016 - Arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis-mediated tomato tolerance to drought - Chitarra W., Maserti B.E., Gambino G., Guerrieri E., Balestrini R. - Plant signalling & behavior,
  • 2016 - Physiological and metabolomic analysis of Punica Granatum (L.) under drought stress - Catola S., Marino G., Emiliani G., Huseynova T., Musayev M., Akparov Z., Maserti B.E. - Planta , 243: 441-449
  • 2016 - Insights on the impact of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis on tomato tolerance to water stress - Chitarra W., Pagliarani C., Maserti B.e., Lumini E., Siciliano I., Cascone P., Schubert A., Gambino G., Balestrini R., Guerrieri E. - Plant Physiology , 171: 1009-1023
  • 2015 - Physiological Responses of Diploid and Doubled Diploid ‘Rangpur’ Lime under Water Deficit - Oliveira T.M., Micheli F., Maserti E.B., Navarro L., Talon M., Ollitrault P., Gesteira A.da S., Morillon R. - Acta Horticulturae , 1065: 1393-1397
  • 2015 - Proteome changes during yeast-like and pseudohyphal growth in the biofilm-forming yeast Pichia fermentans - Maserti B., Podda A., Giorgetti L., Del Carratore R., Chevret D., Migheli Q. - Amino acids, 47:1091-1106
  • 2015 - Comparative study of the protein profiles of Sunki mandarin and Rangpur lime plants in response to water deficit - Oliveira T.M., da Silva F.R., Bonatto D., Neves D.M., Morillon R., Maserti B.E., Filho M.A., Costa M.G., Pirovani C.P., Gesteira A.S. - BMC Plant Biology, 15:69-82
  • 2014 - Exogenous application of methyl jasmonate and salycilic acid in the leaves of pistachio (Pistachia vera cv fandoughi) trees and reduces the performance of the phloem-feeding psyliid Agonoscena pistaciae - Shahabinejad M. , Shoaaddini M. , Maserti B.E., Arvin S.M J., Seyedi S.M. - Anthropod-plant interactions, 8: 525-530
  • 2014 - Expression profiling of two stress-inducible genes encoding for miraculin-like proteins in citrus plants under insect infestation or salinity stress - Podda A., Simili M., Del Carratore R., Mouhaya W., Morillon R., Maserti B.E. - Journal Of Plant Physiology , 171:4-54