Antonietta Mello

Antonietta Mello is Researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection (IPSP) of the Italian National Research Council c/o the University of Turin. Her main research has been focused on the biodiversity of ectomycorrhizal fungi and the development of diagnostic tools for the identification of edible fungal species in all the phases of their life cycle. Thanks to these tools she has investigated the dynamic of truffles in selected truffle grounds and their interactions with the other soil microorganisms.

Currently she is addressed to the exploitation of the environmental microbiology through the metagenomics in the aim of relating soil microorganisms with factors such as fruiting bodies productivity and the presence of areas that look burned and are associated to some truffle species.

Recently she has also been involved in the genomics of mycorrhizal fungi by annotating genes devolved to the synthesis of volatile organic compounds and in the comparative genomics of stress responses genes in Pezizomycetes within an European Consortium.

Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 2018 - Recent Insights on Biological and Ecological Aspects of Ectomycorrhizal Fungi and Their Interactions - Mello A., Balestrini R. - Frontiers In Microbiology , 9:216
  • 2018 - Assessment of beta-tubulin gene as a complementary molecular marker for desert truffle identification: A study case on Tunisian samples - Radhouani F., Zampieri E., Guasmi F., Ferchichi A., Mello A. - Plant Biosystems ,
  • 2018 - Metabarcoding to Investigate Changes in Soil Microbial Communities within Forensic Burial Contexts - Procopio N., Ghignone S., Williams A., Chamberlain A., Mello A., Buckley M. - Forensic science international. Genetics, 39: 73-85
  • 2017 - Who is out there? What are they doing? Application of metagenomics and metaproteomics to reveal soil functioning - Mello A., Zampieri E. - Italian Journal Of Mycology, 46: 1-7
  • 2017 - Truffle Ecology: Genetic Diversity, Soil Interactions and Functioning - Mello A., Zambonelli A. - Mycorrhiza - Function, Diversity, State of the Art, 231-252
  • 2017 - Gnomoniopsis castaneae associated with Dryocosmus kuriphilus galls in chestnut stands in Sardinia (Italy) - Seddaiu S., Cerboneschi A., Sechi C., Mello A. - Iforest , 10: 440-445
  • 2016 - Soil metaproteomics reveals an inter-kingdom stress response to the presence of black truffles - Zampieri E., Chiapello M., Daghino S., Bonfante P., Mello A. - Scientific Reports , volume 6
  • 2016 - Arbuscular mycorrhizal colonization in black poplar roots after defoliation by a non-native and a native insect - Zampieri E., Toffolo E.P., Mello A., Giorcelli A., Faccoli M., Balestrini R., Gonthier P. - Iforest , 9: 868-874
  • 2015 - Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity in the Tuber melanosporum brulè - Mello A., Lumini E., Napoli C., Bianciotto V., Bonfante P. - Fungal biology, 1-10
  • 2015 - Truffle Research in the Post-Genomics Era - Balestrini R., Mello A. - Food Analytical Methods , 8:1815-1823
  • 2015 - Ectomycorrhizal fungi and their applications - Mello A., Zampieri E., Balestrini R. - Plant Microbes Symbiosis: Applied Facets, 315-326
  • 2014 - Gene expression and metabolite changes during Tuber magnatum fruiting body storage - Zampieri E., Guzzo F., Commisso M., Mello A., Bonfante P., Balestrini R. - Current Genetics , 60:285-294
  • 2013 - 454 Pyrosequencing Analysis of Fungal Assemblages from Geographically Distant, Disparate Soils Reveals Spatial Patterning and a Core Mycobiome in Diversity - Orgiazzi A., Bianciotto V., Bonfante P., Daghino S., Ghignone S., Lazzari A., Lumini E., Mello A., Napoli C., Perotto S., Vizzini A., Bagella S., Murat C., Girlanda M. - Diversity, 5:73-98
  • 2013 - Proteins from Tuber magnatum Pico fruiting bodies naturally grown in different areas of Italy - Vita F., Lucarotti V., Alpi E., Balestrini R., Mello A., Bachi A., Alessio M., Alpi A. - Proteome Science , 11:7
  • 2013 - Truffle Brûlés Have An Impact On The Diversity Of Soil Bacterial Communities - Mello A., Ding G.C., Piceno Y.M., Napoli C., Tom L.M., De Santis T.S., Andersen G.L., Smalla K., Bonfante P. - Plos One , 8:e61945
  • 2013 - Interactions of fungi with other organisms - Perotto S., Angelini P., Bianciotto V., Bonfante P., Girlanda M., Kull T., Mello A., Pecoraro L., Perini C., Persiani A.M., Saitta A., Sarrocco S., Vannacci G., Venanzoni R., Venturella G., Selosse M.A. - Plant Biosystems, 147:208-218
  • 2012 - Authentication of prized white and black truffles in processed products using quantitative real-time PCR - Rizzello R., Zampieri E., Vizzini A., Autino A., Cresti M., Bonfante P., Mello A. - Food Research International , 48:792-797
  • 2012 - The detection of mating type genes of Tuber melanosporum in productive and non productive soils - Zampieri E., Rizzello R., Bonfante P., Mello A. - Applied Soil Ecology , 57:9-15
  • 2012 - The unraveled truffle secrets - Zampieri E., Mello A. - Mushroom Research, 21(1):1-9
  • 2011 - Truffle volatiles: from chemical ecology to aroma biosynthesis - Splivallo R., Ottonello S., Mello A., Karlovsky P. - New Phytologist (Print), 189: 688-699
  • 2011 - ITS-1 versus ITS-2 pyrosequencing: a comparison of fungal populations in truffle grounds - Mello A, Napoli C., Murat C., Morin E., Marceddu G., Bonfante P. - Mycologia , 103(6): 1184-1193
  • 2011 - Il genoma del tartufo nero - Bonfante P., Mello A., Balestrini R. - Georgofili Info ,
  • 2010 - Soil analysis reveals the presence of an extended mycelial network in a Tuber magnatum truffle-ground - Zampieri E., Murat C., Cagnasso M., Bonfante P., Mello A. - FEMS Microbiology, Ecology, 71:43-49
  • 2010 - Bacterial and fungal communities associated with Tuber Magnatum-productive niches - Mello A., Miozzi L., Vizzini A., Napoli C., Kowalchuk G., Bonfante P. - Plant Biosystems, 144:323-332
  • 2010 - Un genoma di nicchia per tracciare il tartufo: dalla rizosfera alla tavola - Mello A., Bonfante P. - Quaderni Accademia Georgofili, 35-45
  • 2010 - Bacterial and fungal communities associated to Tuber Magnatum-productive niches - Mello A., Miozzi L., Vizzini A., Napoli C., Kowalchuk G., Bonfante P. - Plant Biosystems, 144:323-332
  • 2010 - Tuber melanosporum, when dominant, affects fungal dynamics in truffle grounds - Napoli C., Mello A., Borra A., Vizzini A., Sourzat P., Bonfante P. - New Phytologist, 185:237-247
  • 2010 - Périgord black truffle genome uncovers evolutionary origins and mechanisms of symbiosis - Francis M., Kohler A., Murat C., Balestrini R., Coutinho P.M., Jaillon O., Montanini B., Morin E., Noel B., Percudani R., Porcel B., Rubini A., Amicucci A., Amselem J., Anthouard V., Arcioni S., Artiguenave F., Aury J.M., Ballario P., Bolchi A., Brenna A., Brun A., Buée M., Cantarel B., Chevalier G., Couloux A., Da Silva C., Denoeud F., Duplessis S., Ghignone S., Hilselberger B., Iotti M., Marçais B., Mello A., Miranda M., Pacioni G., Quesneville H., Riccioni C., Ruotolo R., Splivallo R., Stocchi V., Tisserant E., Viscomi A.R, Zambonelli A., Zampieri E., Henrissat B., Lebrun M.H., Paolocci F., Bonfante P., Ottonello S., Wincker P. - Nature, 464:1033-1038
  • 2009 - Alien fungal species distribution: the study case of Favolaschia calocera - Vizzini A., Zotti M., Mello A. - Biological Invasions , 11:417-429
  • 2009 - PCR primers specific for the genus Tuber reveal the presence of several truffle species in a truffle-ground - Zampieri E., Mello A., Bonfante P., Murat C. - Fems Microbiology Letters , 297:67-72
  • 2008 - Boletus edulis complex: from phylogenetic relationships to specific primers - Vizzini A., Mello A., Ghignone S., Sechi C., Ruiu P., Bonfante P. - Pagine di micologia A.M.B. - Centro Studi Micologici, 30:48-52
  • 2008 - Dissecting the rhizosphere complexity: the truffle-ground study case - Napoli C., Mello A., Bonfante P. - Rendiconti Lincei. Scienze Fisiche E Naturali , 19: 241-259