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.