Federico Sebastiani

Currently my research interest is to understand the molecular mechanisms that plants have evolved to cope with abiotic stresses. Land plants are frequently challenged by the changing physical environment, which often generates various biotic and abiotic stresses. I am particularly interested in the physiological and molecular characterization of plant responses to drought, heat and photo-oxidative stress. We are using genomics, biochemical, computational and physiological approaches to elucidate the mechanisms involved in abiotic stress tolerance in Mediterranean plants.
Another field of interest relates to the evolution of genetic diversity and differentiation between natural populations by using molecular markers.

Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 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 - Plants for Sustainable Improvement of Indoor Air Quality - Brilli F., Fares S., Ghirardo A., De Visser P., Calatayud V., Munoz A., Annesi-Maesano I., Sebastiani F., Alivernini A., Varriale V., Menghini F. - Trends In Plant Science , 23: 507-512
  • 2018 - Modulation of Phytohormone Signaling: A Primary Function of Flavonoids in Plant-Environment Interactions - Brunetti C., Fini A., Sebastiani F., Gori A., Tattini M. - Frontiers In Plant Science , 9: 1042
  • 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 - Dissecting molecular and physiological response mechanisms to high solar radiation in cyanic and acyanic leaves: a case study on red and green basil - Tattini M. Sebastiani F., Brunetti C., Fini A., Torre S., Gori A., Centritto M., Ferrini F., Landi M., Guidi L. - Journal Of Experimental Botany , 68: 2425-2437
  • 2016 - De Novo assembly and comparative transcriptome analyses of red and green morphs of sweet basil grown in full sunlight - Torre S., Tattini M., Brunetti C., Guidi L., Gori A., Marzano C., Landi M., Sebastiani F. - Plos One , volume 11
  • 2015 - Isoprenoids and phenylpropanoids are key components of the antioxidant defense system of plants facing severe excess light stress - Brunetti C., Guidi L., Sebastiani F., Tattini M. - Environmental and experimental botany, 119:54-62
  • 2014 - RNA-Seq analysis of Quercus pubescens leaves: de novo transcriptome assembly, annotation and functional markers development - Torre S., Tattini M., Brunetti C., Fineschi S., Fini A., Ferrini F., Sebastiani F. - Plos One , 9(11):e112487
  • 2009 - Is Cupressus sempervirens native in Italy? An answer from genetic and palaeobotanical data - Bagnoli F., Vendramin G.G., Buonamici A., Doulis A.G., Gonzàles Martinez S.C., La Porta N., Magri D., Raddi P., Sebastiani F., Fineschi S. - Molecular Ecology, 18:2276-2286
  • 2009 - New proteins orthologous to cerato-platanin in various Ceratocystis species and the purification and characterization of cerato-populin from Ceratocystis populicola - Comparini C., Carresi L., Pagni E., Sbrana F., Sebastiani F., Luchi N., Santini A., Capretti P., Tiribilli B., Pazzagli L., Cappugi G., Scala A. - Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology , 84:309-322