Alessia Lucia Pepori

Degree in Management of Forest Systems, she earned PhD in Agricultural Microbial Biotechnology, Plant Pathology, Department of Agrifood Production and Environmental Sciences on 2012 with a study about the role and interaction between Geosmithia species and pathosystem elm – Dutch elm disease.
Presently, her research focuses on the study of invasive forest pathogens. The study of genetic variability of forest pathogen populations and the study of induced systemic resistance caused by root and foliage pathogens, will improve the knowledge about the host physiological responses, the effects of pathogenic fungi and the genetic changes in native organisms phylogenetically related to invasive species.

Main research topics:
• Invasive forest pathogens: identification and determinants of invasion. Interaction between alien and native pathogen.
• Real‐time PCR assay optimization to detect and quantify DNA from different pathogens in plant and soil and insects.
• Transcriptome analysis by Real-time PCR assay to study the interaction host plant/pathogen.
• Fungus‐fungus interactions (Vegetative Compatibility, association, parasitism, etc.)
• Host‐pathogen‐environment interaction.
• Plants and pathogens population genetics.

Projects

Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 2019 - Real-time loop-mediated isothermal amplifcation: an early-warning tool for quarantine plant pathogen detection - Aglietti C., Luchi N., Pepori A.L., Bartolini P., Pecori F., Raio A., Capretti P., Santini A. - AMB express, volume 9
  • 2019 - Detection and quantification of the air inoculum of Caliciopsis pinea in a plantation of Pinus radiata in Italy - Botella L., Bačová A., Dvorák M., Kudláček T., Pepori A.L., Santini A., Ghelardini L., Luchi N. - Iforest, 12: 193-198
  • 2019 - Comparative transcriptional and metabolic responses of Pinus pinea to a native and a non-native Heterobasidion species - Pepori A.L., Michelozzi M., Santini A., Cencetti G., Bonello P., Gonthier P., Sebastiani F., Luchi N. - Tree physiology, 39: 31-44
  • 2018 - Duplex real-time PCR assay for the simultaneous detection of Caliciopsis pinea and Fusarium circinatum in pine samples - Luchi N., Pepori A.L., Bartolini P., Ioos R., Santini A. - Applied microbiology and biotechnology, 102: 7135-7146
  • 2018 - Comparative transcriptional and metabolic responses of Pinus pinea to a native and a non-native Heterobasidion species - Pepori A.L., Michelozzi M., Santini A., Cencetti G., Bonello P., Gonthier P., Sebastiani F., Luchi N. - Tree physiology,
  • 2017 - Geosmithia-Ophiostoma: a New Fungus-Fungus Association - Pepori A.L., Bettini P.P., Comparini C., Sarrocco S., Bonini A., Frascella A., Ghelardini L., Scala A., Vannacci G., Santini A. - Microbial Ecology ,
  • 2017 - Ecology of invasive forest pathogens - Ghelardini L., Luchi N., Pecori F., Pepori A.L., Danti R., Della Rocca G., Capretti P., Tsopelas P., Santini A. - Biological Invasions , 1-18
  • 2017 - From the Alps to the Apennines: possible spread of ash dieback in Mediterranean areas - Ghelardini L., Migliorini D., Santini A., Pepori A.L., Maresi G., Vai N., Montuschi C., Carrari E., Feducci M., Capretti P., Luchi N. - Dieback of European Ash (Fraxinus spp.) - Consequences and Guidelines for Sustainable Management, 140-149
  • 2017 - Lights and shadows of a possible strategy to cope with alien and destructive forest pathogens: the example of breeding for resistance to Dutch elm disease in Italy - Pecori F., Ghelardini L., Luchi N., Pepori A.L., Santini A. - Baltic Forestry , 23: 255-263
  • 2016 - Drivers of emerging fungal diseases of forest trees - Ghelardini L., Pepori A.L., Luchi N., Capretti P., Santini A. - Forest ecology and management, 381: 235-246
  • 2015 - Morphological and molecular characterisation of Geosmithia species on European elms - Pepori A.l., Kolarik M., Bettini P.p., Vettraino A.m., Santini A. - Fungal Biology , 119: 1063-1074
  • 2014 - Widespread horizontal transfer of the cerato-ulmin gene between Ophiostoma novo-ulmi and Geosmithia species - Bettini P.P., Frascella A., Kolarik M., Comparini C., Pepori A.l., Santini A., Scala F., Scala A. - Fungal Biology , 118(8):663-674
  • 2012 - Gli olmi e la grafiosi In Italia: problemi e prospettive - Pecori F., Pepori A., Santini A. - Bullettino Della Società Toscana Di Orticoltura , 1:10-15
  • 2011 - Sarcodontia pachyodon: a Canker and White-rot Agent of Plane-trees - Luchi N., Pepori A., Capretti P., Santini A. - Journal Of Phytopathology (1986), 159: 117-119
  • 2011 - ‘Morfeo’ Elm: a new variety resistant to Dutch elm disease - Santini A., Pecori F., Pepori A., Brookes A. - Forest Pathology (Print),
  • 2010 - Genotype × environment interaction and growth stability of several elm clones resistant to Dutch elm disease - Santini A., Pecori F., Pepori A. L., Ferrini F., Ghelardini L. - Forest Ecology And Management , 260:1017-1025
  • 2008 - Gli invincibili quattro - Santini A., Ferrini F., Pepori A. - Acer , 24: 53-57
  • 2008 - Persistence of some pine pathogens in coarse woody debris and cones in a Pinus pinea forest - Santini A., Pepori A., Ghelardini L., Capretti P. - Forest Ecology And Management , 256: 502-506
  • 2008 - Un atteso ritorno - Santini A., Ferrini F., Pepori A. - Acer , 24: 47-51