Scientific interests. Molecular diagnosis and characterization of RNA plant viruses with scientific and economic value, infecting both ornamental and vegetable crops. Particular interest in diagnosis and molecular/taxonomical characterization of viruses in Ophiovirus Genus. Plant expression of plant virus-derived virus-like particles. Development of molecular diagnostic tools. Genetic modification of model plants through A. tumefaciens. Production of virus-resistant plants by genetic engineering. Studies on viral protein functions and sub-cellular localization through fusion with fluorescent molecules. Virus-host proteins interaction. Development of viral infectious clones and viral vectors for protein expression and VIGS studies in mono- and dicots.