Dr. Paolo Boccacci at the Turin Headquarter, have been invited to become one of the guest editors of a Special Issue, titled “Biodiversity of Minor Fruit Species“, which will be published in the “Applied Sciences” of MDPI (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/applsci/special_issues/Minor_Fruit_Species).
The increasing interest in alternative crop species throughout the world is attributed to the growing trend within agriculture to identify new old potential uses. This interest stems from various factors, contributing to agricultural diversification, better use of marginal land, and changing environments, besides their economic potential and the opportunities they provide for diet diversification. Furthermore, many minor species are nutritionally rich and well adapted to low input agriculture. Moreover, these species represent an interesting source of genes for resistance to stress and various diseases that can be transferred through the development of resistance breeding program. Authors are invited to this special issue on the biodiversity of minor fruit species to contribute with their results in the evaluation and valorization of the biodiversity of new old species of minor fruit cultivated across the world using techniques in molecular breeding, marker development, transcriptomics, markers assisted selection and comparative genomics (including or not “major” fruit crops).
PHASER is the winner IPSP project in the “Agriculture, forestry and environment” strategic area of the RESEARCH PROJECT AWARD – DISBA 2021. Dr. Marta Vallino presented the project during the annual DiSBA Conference, which took place on 21st December 2020. The aim of PHASER is to study the presence of bacteriophages in four insect vectors of important plant diseases, using both an innovative, based on RNAseq analysis, and a traditional, based on microscopic observations, approach. The project results will widen the knowledge of the microbiome of these important plant pests and will pose the basis for the development of microbe-based strategies for their containment, to reduce the use of chemical pesticides in agriculture.
Dr. Paolo Boccacci, Technician at the Turin Headquarter, have been invited to become one of the guest editors of a Special Issue, titled “Evolutionary Genomics of Crops and Its Wild Relatives“, which will be published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences (https: // www. mdpi.com/journal/ijms).
“Wild relatives of crop plants are recognized as a fundamental resource for agricultural activity. Traditional landraces have been widely sampled and stored in germplasm collections over previous centuries, but collection programs for the respective wild plants have been planned only recently. Domesticated and wild forms have been influenced by human activity over thousands of years and signatures of their activity have been deeply impressed in plant genomes. Both forms are an essential source for genomic studies to unravel the domestication process. Phylogenetic traits can be tracked by genetic and genomic analysis, obser ving the variations accumulated over time. Moreover, genomic analyses permit to obtain important information about the time frames and geographic places of domestication areas, the involvement of putative secondar y domestication events and past and present selection pressures.”
Dr. Raffaella Balestrini, Researcher at the Turin Unit of IPSP, is Guest Editor of the call for paper “A stressful life: how plants cope with multiple biotic and abiotic adverse factors” available online at https://www.journals.elsevier.com/plant-stress/call-for-papers/how-plants-cope-with-multiple-biotic.
“In natural and agricultural ecosystems, plants quickly respond to abiotic and biotic stress factors, alone or in their conjunctions, by complex acclimatization processes and in the long-term by evolving adaptation strategies. Future climate extremes are expected to exacerbate the effects of (a)biotic stresses on plants and further increase the virulence and diffusion of the existing pests, negatively impacting crop yields and plant survival. Therefore, understanding plants’ resistance and resilience mechanisms to the effects of climate change are urgently needed. Among the developed and variegated range of plant responses able to adjust the physiological and phenotypic traits, plants can shape their own microbiome establishing commensal or even mutualistic relationships. The importance of plants and their ecto- and endophytes acting as a unique organism (the so-called holobiont) and interacting with the surrounding environment to withstand stressful conditions has been increasingly recognized.
Understanding the complex interactions between plants, the environment, and the associated microbes is challenging. Thanks to the newly available ´omics approaches, recently, such complex interactions have finally started to be uncovered. In the next future, a mechanistic understanding of the processes underlying the plant-microbe response to climate change and a combination of a multi-faceted and interdisciplinary approach will be crucial for developing successful climate mitigation strategies to reduce chemical, water, and energy consumption. The unraveled beneficial plant-microbe interactions and holobiont responses to climate challenges will open new options to sustain agriculture and recover natural ecosystems under threat.
We welcome submissions containing original findings, from cell to whole plants, related to the proposed Special issue. We recommend a multidisciplinary approach, for instance, using different techniques of molecular biology, proteomics, metabolomics, biochemistry, agronomic, physiology, and ecophysiology. Articles such as original research papers, methods, reviews, mini-reviews, hypotheses & theories, perspectives, and opinions will be considered. In particular, we encourage the submission of contributions to cover a broad audience and be useful tools for students, trainees, and scientists.“
The Horticulturae journal (MDPI), within the ‘Biotic and abiotic stress’ section, has launched the special issue ‘Microbe-assisted production of horticultural crops’ in order to collect review articles and research results covering all aspects of the use of beneficial microorganisms in horticulture. Dr. Giovanni Bubici and Dr. Maria Isabella Prigigallo, working at the Bari section, are editors of the special issue. The deadline for article submission is July 10th, 2021. Further information is available at the following link:
Dr. Biancaelena Maserti, Senior Researcher at the Sesto Fiorentino Unit, have been invited to become the guest editor of a Special Issue, titled “Insight into plant response to abiotic stress: the role of Glyoxalase pathway and antioxidant system“, which will be published in the journal Plants (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/plants).
Plant growth and crop productivity are strongly influenced by abiotic stress such as cold, drought, mineral imbalance, heat, ozone.
As a common consequence of plant exposure to abiotic stresses the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and methylglyoxal (MG) increase. ROS and MG can react with proteins, lipids and nucleic acids resulting into metabolic dysfunction and death.
To scavenge those toxic compounds plants have a complex network of mechanisms, including the activation of antioxidant enzymes such as SOD, CAT, and those of Halliwell-Asada Cycle to control ROS levels. Glyoxalase system directly detoxify MG or can play a role in oxidative stress response by maintaining gluthathione (GSH) homeostasis.
Several studies have showed that increased plant resistance to abiotic stresses are often correlated with high levels of glyoxalase and antioxidant enzyme activity.
This Special Issue will collect novel research papers and original reviews focusing on the response of glyoxalase system and antioxidant enzymes in plants exposed to abiotic stress, with a particular attention to their possible combined regulatory roles in alleviating oxidative damage and increase plant resistance to abiotic stress.
Dr. Emilio Guerrieri, Research Director at the Portici Unit, have been invited to become the guest editor of a Special Issue, titled ‘Plant elicitors of resistance and the future of plant protection’, which will be published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijms).
There is a growing urgency to pass from an agribusiness to an agroecological approach for the protection and the management of agricultural systems. Agroecology is indeed born to promote solutions that guarantee a high level of efficiency and sustainability without sacrifying the productivity. In this context, an important role could be played by the elicitors of plant resistance as a valid alternative to the use of synthetic pesticides.
Strong evidence has accumulated on the role of plant-microorganism symbiosis, particularly at root level, in enhancing plant protection from biotic and abiotic stresses. Interesting results have been recorded on the identity, role and application of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) regulating the interactions among plant, stressors and beneficials in different agricultural systems. Crop diversification has revealed the important role of companion plants to enhance the protection of the main crop. These tools and strategies all belong to an agroecological approach for plant protection and can be considered as a viable alternative to synthetic inputs to protect the agricultural systems.
The species-specificity of these interactions and their final outcome require a thorough understanding of the molecular basis regulating them, in order to develop tools (and strategies) to be exploited in the near future to follow an agroecological approach in plant protection.
Papers submitted to this Special Issue must report high novelty results about the identity of biotic and/or abiotic elicitors of plant resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses in crop or model systems, indicating the possible metabolites and metabolic pathways involved.
Journal: International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067)
Section: Molecular Plant Sciences
Special Issue: Plant elicitors of resistance and the future of plant protection
Special Issue Editor: Dr. Emilio Guerrieri
Dr Giuseppe Parrella, a researcher at the IPSP, is one of the guest editors of the special issue “Biological and Molecular Variability of Plant Viruses” of the prestigious journal “Plants“.
In recent years, epidemics caused by viruses and virus-like organisms have increasingly occurred in many economically important crops. Global market and ongoing climate changes are today among the main factors capable of influencing the epidemics of viral diseases both in cultivated species and in natural vegetation. The presence of genetic variants in any viral population gives it the ability to adapt quickly to new conditions and to explode if the context becomes favorable. For example, the use of resistant varieties over time has exerted a selection pressure which has been decisive for the selection of virus variants capable of overcoming resistance. In other cases, the accidental introduction of infected plant material or viruliferous vectors into new favorable agroclimatic contexts has favored the explosion of epidemic viral diseases. An important number of virus infections and their epidemic developments demonstrate that ineffectiveness of prevention measures is often due to the mutation rate and variability of viruses. Mutation is undoubtedly the primary source of variation, and several reports in the literature suggest that extreme variability of some viruses may be a consequence of an unusually high mutation rate due to addition, deletion, inversion of nucleic acid base sequences, recombination, suppression, re-assortment and mixed infection that lead to evolution of different strains and new viruses. The distribution of genetic variants in the population of an organism may change with time, in the process called evolution. Investigating the factors affecting the diversity levels of viral populations can undoubtedly provide significant clues for the development of efficient and stable control strategies for viral pathogens.
This Special Issue of “Plants” will focus on recent discoveries and studies of plant virus variability and evolution of old and new viruses, in both cultivated and natural vegetation, with special reference to the effects on virus variability caused by factors such as the host, vector, geographical origin, and environmental factors.
More information can be found on the website
Dr. Luisa Rubino is among the authors of the consensus paper “The new scope of virus taxonomy: partitioning the virosphere into 15 hierarchical ranks”, recently published in Nature Microbiology.
The Executive Committee dell’International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), the non-profit global organization responsible for developing the taxonomy of all viruses, regardless of their hosts, formalizes the implementation of virus taxonomy by extending it to 15 taxonomic ranks. As a result of the change to the classification hierarchy, virus taxonomy finally aligns with the Linnaean taxonomic structure, mirroring the taxonomies of cellular organisms, and may accomodate the whole genomic diversity in the virosphere.
Dr. Raffaella Balestrini is one of the editors of the Frontiers Research Topic: “Adaptation of Trees to Climate Change: Mechanisms Behind Physiological and Ecological Resilience and Vulnerability”
The special focus of this topic is the mechanistic and ecological understanding of processes behind responses of plants to abiotic and biotic stress, with extension to the effects on ecological interactions. Studies on plant secondary metabolites involved in plant-atmosphere, plant-to-plant, plant-insect, and plant-microorganism interactions are welcome as well as omics studies.
Giorgio Gambino and Chiara Pagliarani, colleagues of the headquarter in Turin, have been invited to become guest editors of a Special Issue, titled ‘Molecular Bases of Stress Adaptation in Plants: The Contribute of Regulation by Small RNAs in Plant Development and Stress Response’, which will be published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijms).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.
Anyone interested can find the Call for Papers at the following link:
Within a specific Framework Partnership Agreement (GP/EFSA/ALPHA/2017/02 – Lot 5 GA 1), IPSP experts collaborated with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to perform the pest categorisation of groups of viruses, viroids and phytoplasmas infecting Cydonia, Fragaria, Malus, Prunus, Pyrus, Ribes, Rubus and Vitis. IPSP researchers collected the needed data and participated to the activities of the working groups on plant viruses categorisation and on bacterial plant pathogens established by the EFSA Scientific Panel on Plant Health. Based on extensive literature searches, viruses/viroids or phytoplasmas infecting one or more of the host genera under consideration were listed to collect evidence on their geographic distribution within and outside the European Union (EU). After a consultation with EU Member States to collect further data on the distribution of these pathogens, viruses/viroids and phytoplasmas not known to occur in the European Union (EU) or occurring only in restricted areas of the EU (non-EU pathogens) were further categorised to evaluate whether they meet the criteria assessed by EFSA to qualify as potential European Union quarantine plant pests. In the first step of this process, about 200 viruses/viroids and 27 phytoplasmas infecting fruit trees and small berries were identified. A total of 94 non-EU viruses/viroids and 10 non-EU phytoplasmas were categorised, with the results of this activity detailed in the following EFSA scientific opinions published in the EFSA Journal:
- List of non‐EU viruses and viroids of Cydonia Mill., Fragaria L., Malus Mill., Prunus L., Pyrus L., Ribes L., Rubus L. and Vitis L.: https://efsa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2903/j.efsa.2019.5501
- List of non‐EU phytoplasmas of Cydonia Mill., Fragaria L., Malus Mill., Prunus L., Pyrus L., Ribes L., Rubus L. and Vitis L.: https://efsa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2903/j.efsa.2020.5930
- Pest categorisation of non‐EU viruses and viroids of Cydonia Mill., Malus Mill. and Pyrus L.: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2903/j.efsa.2019.5590/full,
- Pest categorisation of non‐EU viruses and viroids of Vitis L.: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2903/j.efsa.2019.5669/full,
- Pest categorisation of non‐EU viruses and viroids of Prunus L.: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2903/j.efsa.2019.5735/full,
- Pest categorisation of non‐EU viruses of Fragaria L http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2903/j.efsa.2019.5766/full
- Pest categorisation of non‐EU viruses of Ribes L: https://efsa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2903/j.efsa.2019.5859
- Pest categorisation of non‐EU viruses of Rubus L: https://efsa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.2903/j.efsa.2020.5928
- Pest categorisation of the non‐EU phytoplasmas of Cydonia Mill., Fragaria L., Malus Mill., Prunus L., Pyrus L., Ribes L., Rubus L. and Vitis L.: https://efsa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2903/j.efsa.2020.5929
This special issue belongs to the section “Plant Pathogens” of “Pathogens” journal (ISSN 2076-0817).
For the forthcoming Special Issue of “Pathogens“, we invite you to submit research articles, review articles, short notes, as well as communications related to this virus. This Special Issue will provide an overview of recent research, including fundamental as well as applied studies, aiming to increase our current knowledge of the molecular biology of TSWV, its epidemiology, and its interactions with insect vectors and host plants. Contents will also comprise efforts for efficient disease management, in laboratory and in the open field, by improving crops for tolerance or resistance, and using biotechnological and genomic approaches. We look forward to your contribution.
Dr. Fabrizio Cillo, PhD (CNR-IPSP, Italy) - Guest Editor(Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020)
The sustainable protection of plants relying on all tools and strategies that have minimal impact on human and environment health has become mandatory under the increasing demand and pressure from public opinion and, even more, under the dramatic challenges posed by climate change. In this context, an important role could be played by the elicitors of plant resistance as a valid alternative to the use of synthetic pesticides. Strong evidence has accumulated on the role of plant-microorganism symbiosis, particularly at root level, in enhancing plant protection from biotic and abiotic stresses. Conversely, the study of the effects of abiotic elicitors, such as silicon, is still in its infancy.
The species-specificity of these interactions and their final outcome require a thorough understanding of the molecular basis regulating them, in order to develop tools (and strategies) to be exploited in the near future for a sustainable approach in plant protection.
Dr. Emilio Guerrieri
Istituto per la Protezione Sostenibile delle Piante, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Portici (NA), Italy
Interests: Plant Multitrophic interactions, aboveground-belowground interactions, plant root symbionts, sustainable plant protection
Prof. Guido Lingua
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale Amedeo Avogadro, Dipartimento di Scienze e Innovazione Tecnologica, Alessandria, Italy
Interests: Plant-microbe interactions, Arbuscular mycorrhizae, Plant Growth-Promoting Bacteria, Plant biotic and abiotic stress.
Papers submitted to this Special Issue must report high novelty results about the identity of biotic and/or abiotic elicitors of plant resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses in crop or model systems, indicating the possible metabolites and metabolic pathways involved.
• biotic elicitors
• arbuscular mycorrhizae
• antagonist fungi (Trichoderma)
• PGPR / PGPB
• abiotic elicitors
• secondary metabolites
• molecular mechanisms
• biological control
• Induced systemic resistance
IJMS IF: 3.687
A new study, published in Nature Communications (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-07775-w), performed by the Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection of CNR and the University of Cambridge, documents the initial steps of virus-mediated horizontal transfer of chromosomal DNA between plant species. The propensity of viruses to acquire genetic material from relatives and possibly from infected hosts makes them excellent candidates as vectors for horizontal gene transfer. We report spontaneous and surprisingly efficient generation of hybrid virus/host DNA molecules in the form of minicircles during infection of sugar beet by a single-strand DNA virus. The hybrid minicircles replicated, became encapsidated into viral particles, and spread systemically throughout infected plants in parallel with the viral infection. Importantly, when co-infected with the virus, sugar beet DNA captured in minicircles replicated and was transcribed in other plant species. Thus, we have likely documented in real time the initial steps of a possible path of virus-mediated horizontal transfer of chromosomal DNA between plant species.
The microbiome is generally referred to as the collective microbial genomes found in a particular habitat, while the microbiota is the set of microorganisms living in a specific environment. However, some authors use the term “microbiome” also to indicate the microbes that co-exist within complex communities. In this special issue the term “metabolites” refers only to the small molecules showing important functions in biological processes, with particular emphasis on secondary metabolites. The set of low molecular weight metabolites that are produced by organisms is defined as the “metabolome”. The components of the metabolome represent the end products of gene expression and define the biochemical status of an organism.
In the special issue “Recent Advances in Natural Products Chemistry Related to Metabolites and Microbiomes” of the scientific journal “Molecules”, guest-edited by Dr. Francesco Vinale and Professor Maria Luisa Balestrieri, the following topics will be covered:
- isolation of novel microbial compounds using metabolomic approaches;
- molecules and metabolomes related with agricultural applications (crop and animal productions);
- microbiomes and related natural products with beneficial effect in agriculture;
- plant metabolites with bioactive properties;
- influence of beneficial microbes and/or their metabolites on plant metabolome;
- microbial metabolites involved in plant or animal interactions;
- influence of production technologies on animal metabolomes and microbiomes.
Full research papers, reviews, short communications reporting the finding and the characterization of molecules, metabolomes and related microbiomes showing their potential for agricultural applications both directly (e.g. increased nutritional value of crops) and indirectly (e.g. effects on the environment, agricultural practices, etc…), as well as their effects on health are invited for this editorial project. Deadline: 09 December 2019
In the paper published online this week in Nature Ecology & Evolution (Murat et al., 2018), an international team led by Francis Martin, among which two Researchers at IPSP-CNR, Raffaella Balestrini and Antonietta Mello, has sequenced the genomes of the Piedmont white truffle (Tuber magnatum Pico) and the Burgundy black truffle (Tuber aestivum), as well as of lesser-known edible fungi such as the desert truffles (Terfezia boudieri), of pig truffles (Choiromyces venosus), and the genome of a black morel (Morchella importuna). Comparing these genomes with those of the already sequenced Perigord black truffle (Tuber melanosporum, Martin et al. 2010, Nature) the authors find unexpected genetic commonalities between the white and black truffle species, despite their separate evolutionary paths since their divergence over hundreds of millions of years. They also find that truffles have a limited set of the genes that allow other fungi to specialize in breaking down the cell walls of the plants on which they live. Instead, truffles finely tuned the expression of genes that produce smelly volatile organic compounds, generating the pungent aroma that attracts animals (famously pigs and truffle dogs) to disperse the truffle’s spores.
The Pathogens journal (MDPI), within the ‘Plant pathogens’ section, has launched the special issue ‘Streptomyces microbiomes in agriculture’ in order to collect review articles and research results covering all aspects of the knowledge about Streptomyces microbiomes in agriculture, with the objectives to unveil the mechanistic aspects of biocontrol, suppressive soils or interactions with plants and other organisms, and the dynamics of streptomycetes assemblies under diverse natural and anthropological pressures. Dr. Giovanni Bubici and Dr. Maria Isabella Prigigallo, working at the Bari section, are editors of the special issue. The deadline for article submission is May 31st, 2019. Read the flyer.
Further information is available at the following links:
The European Biotech Week comprises a week-long series of events celebrating biotechnology, an innovative and vibrant sector launched by the discovery of the DNA molecule back in 1953. The first European Biotech Week took place in 2013, marking the 60th anniversary of this pivotal moment in history. Thanks to that discovery, the deeper knowledge of genes, proteins, viruses, bacteria and genetic structures in general has allowed scientists and biotech entrepreneurs to translate knowledge into applications in sectors such as healthcare, agriculture, food, energy, water sanitation and biochemical processing, all of which have changed the world for the better.
The European Biotech Week in Italy is coordinated and promoted by Assobiotec (http://assobiotec.federchimica.it/).
IPSP together with DBIOS of University of Torino organizes the event “Microorganisms at the service of environmental and human health”.
In the morning, four seminars will introduce some examples of microorganisms that can be used in different fields, such as agriculture, industry, medicine, in order to improve environmental, plants and human health.
In the afternoon, the same organisms and some of their possible biotech use will be presented with short experiments and displays.
If you are interested in the seminars, it is mandatory to book your seat in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more information you can download the program of the event.
On September 7th at 2.30 pm Dr. Jeremy Thompson (Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section – Cornell University) will held the seminar entitled “The ever expanding virome of Vitis vinifera – grabloviruses and asteroids” at the IPSP Headquarters in Strada delle Cacce 73, Torino
A synthesis of the results obtained in the two H2020 projects POnTE and XF-ACTORS can be downloaded at https://goo.gl/XTda7A
Viroid-2018: International Conference on Viroids and Viroid-Like RNAs will be held in Valencia, Spain, from July 5-7, 2018. The meeting is a key appointment for scientists interested in disseminating the latest scientific advances on all aspect of viroids and viroid-like RNAs. During the congress, Dr. Francesco Di Serio will propose the foundation of The International Council for the Study of Viroids and Viroid-like RNAs (ICVd), a study group that will encourage dialogue and international collaborations between researchers interested in epidemiology, molecular biology, pathogenesis, taxonomy and all aspects related to these tiny and interesting infectious agents. Read the announcement and updated information
A document including the main results of the research on Xylella fastidiosa carried out so far by the H2020 EU-funded projects POnTE and XF-ACTORS, international consortia composed by prominent European research centres (CNR, INRA, ANSES, CSIC, IVIA, JRC, CIHEAM, etc…), is now available for free download on the websites of the two projects.
The document resumes the contributions brought by the projects’ researchers at the “European conference on Xylella fastidiosa”, held in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) last November 2017, and co-organized by EFSA, the University of the Balearic Islands, the Euphresco network, the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission (DG RTD) and the two research projects POnTE and XF-ACTORS. For more information, please consult the XF-ACTORS official website.
The upcoming Congress of the Mediterranean Phytopathological Union entitled “Plant health sustaining Mediterranean Ecosystems” will be held in Córdoba, Spain, from June 20-23, 2017. The meeting promotes dissemination of the latest scientific advances and encourages dialogue and collaboration between researchers interested in all aspects of Phytopathology. The conference language is English. Read the first announcement. For updated information: http://mpucordoba.mpunion.eu/
On Wednesday May 11th at 3.30 pm Marina Ciuffo from the IPSP Headquarter in Turin will hold a seminar entitled: “Searching for mycoviruses in a collection of marine fungi isolated from the sea grass Posidonia oceanica“.
The pilot project conducted by IPSP-CNR, in collaboration with the University of Bari and “Centro di Ricerca, Sperimentazione e Formazione in Agricoltura” of Locorotondo, aimed at “a better understanding of the susceptibility of some important perennial crop species to the Apulian strain of X. fastidiosa (denoted CoDiRO), by testing the susceptibility of major Mediterranean crops such as grapes, citrus, peach and plum, but also of forest species such as oak or other temperate trees. [...] Results from needle inoculations revealed the high susceptibility of olives, oleander and Polygala myrtifolia (high rate of infected plants) to the CoDiRO strain. From these hosts, the bacterium was successfully re-isolated and symptoms resembling those associated to X. fastidiosa (leaf scorching, die back, discoloration) were recorded during the experiments. Conversely, the experimental plants for the remaining species (citrus, grapes and Q. ilex) did not support bacterial infections nor developed symptoms” (excerpt from the EFSA scientific Report). Therefore, Giuseppe Stancanelli, head of EFSA’s Animal and Plant Health Unit, stated: “These findings confirm that the CoDiRO strain of X. fastidiosa causes olive dieback”.
The IPSP in collaboration with the Biophysics Institute is present at the Biophysics Week of Genova with the “Plant Science Box”
What if the science is a box full of surprises? Let’s look inside the box and let’s take an object: what can it tell us? Ranging from mathematics to physics, from biology to chemistry, we discover that each object, also those of everyday life, can tell us a little bit of science. “Science in a box” is a set of games and interactive educational activities designed by researches of CNR, to learn and play with science.
During the Biophysics Week you can experience the “Plant Science Box”: you will get a closer look to plants through mortar and pestle e will investigate the relationships between plants, virus and other microorganisms.
On Wednesday March 16th at 3.30 pm Luisa Rubino from the IPSPBari Unit will hold a seminar entitled: “Heterologous expression of a viral protein changes the nature of acetic acid-induced programmed cell death in Saccharomyces cerevisiae“.
On Wednesday January 13th at 3.30 pm Livia Stavolone from the IPSP Unit in Bari will hold a seminar entitled: “Cassava, the plant of the future : biodiversity, resistance to viruses and an intriguing physiology”.
The Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection will lead the International Research Consortium “POnTE” developing a four-year project, recently funded by the European Commission, under the Horizon 2020 programme. POnTE, whose acronym stands for Pest Organism Threatening Europe, will focus its activities on those phytopathogenic agents, nowadays recognized as some of the most relevant threats for European agriculture and forestry ecosystems.
Xylella fastidiosa and Candidatus Liberibacter Solanacearum bacteria, together with their vectors of transmission, and Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus e Phytophtora spp. fungi, will be characterized for their genetic and epidemiological features, in order to examine efficient and sustainable strategies for their control and containment, with the aim to avert their threatening advance throughoutourcontinent.
The project, coordinated by Dr. Donato Boscia, Responsible of Bari Research Unit of the Institute, will involve 25 partners, including Research Institutions as well as SMEs, distributed in 13 EU and extra-EU countries.
For further information, please visit the project page.
On Wednesday November 11th at 3.30 pm Simona Abbà from the IPSP Headquarter in Turin will hold a seminar entitled: “Phytoplasma, plant host and insect vector: harnessing the transcriptomes of a disease triangle”.
IPSP will be present at the XIII edition of the Genoa Science Festival, which is a chance for everybody, irrespective of the age or the education, to be in touch with the scientific world in a funny but effective manner. The Festival will be held from the 22nd of October to the 1st of November and will have “Equilibrium” as leading subject. IPSP will bring a game where delving into the world of plants and the diverse factors influencing their growth. The challenge will be trying to grow a plant as much as possible finding the right balance among the need of the plant and the adverse factors. If you want to play with us, go to the Natural History Museum Giacomo Doria. For info and booking go to (link in Italian): http://www.festivalscienza.it/site/home/programma/eventi-per-tipo/laboratori/cresce…non-cresce.html
On Wednesday October 14th at 3.30 pm Silvia Fineschi from the IPSP Florence Unit will hold a seminar entitled: “Diversification of Volatile Isoprenoid Emissions from Trees: Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives”.
After a fire that destroyed 20,000 hectares of forest in Spain, a group of cypresses was still standing tall and green. The Spanish scientists, in collaboration with the IPSP-CNR Florence Unit, are investigating this intriguing phenomenon. Learn more.
The 18th Congress of the International Council for the Study of Virus and Virus-like Diseases of the Grapevine (ICVG) will be held in Ankara on 7-11 September, 2015. For more info visit the official website http://www.icvg2015.org/
On Wednesday July 15th at 3.30 pm Andrea Berruti from the IPSP Turin Unit will hold a seminar entitled: “Targeted metagenomics to reveal mycorrhizal fungal communities associated to wild Camellia japonica specimens in the Shimane prefecture, Japan”.
On 6 July 2015 at 3 p.m. in the Library Hall of the IPSP Headquarter in Turin Dr. Luca SARDO (National Cancer Institute NIH, Frederick, Maryland, USA) will hold a seminar entitled: “The Dynamics of HIV-1 RNA Near the Plasma Membrane During Virus Assembly”.
“Nature” supports the Italian scientists working on the Xylella emergency against the public criticism and the attempts to delegitimize the results of their scientific research. Read the article.
On Thursday 21 May at 1:00 p.m. Dr. Nancy P. Keller from the University of Wisconsin at Madison USA will hold a seminar entitled: “Pathogenic fungi: genome and biological insights into the secondary metabolome arsenal” at the “Aula Magna” DBIOS in Viale P.A. Mattioli 25, Turin.
On Wednesday May 13th at 3.30 pm Raffaella Balestrini (IPSP- Turin Unit) will hold the seminar entitled: “Laser microdissection to explore cell-specificity in plant interactions”.
On April 15th 2015 Raffaella Balestrini received the “Marcello Sgarlata Award 2015″, upon designation by the CNR President Luigi Nicolais, for her research activities in the field of plant biology. Each year the award is assigned by the Association Marcello Sgarlata to a scientific researcher for the excellence of his/her work.
Our colleagues of the BARI Unit, in collaboration with the University of Bari, have recently published the draft genome sequence of the Xylella fastidiosa CoDiRO strain, which has been isolated from olive plants in southern Italy (Apulia). It is associated with olive quick decline syndrome (OQDS) and characterized by extensive scorching and desiccation of leaves and twigs.
From August 2014 until July 2015 Massimo Turina and Marina Ciuffo at the IPSP in Torino will host Andrè Bertran and Renato Resende, a PhD student and his tutor respectively, from the University of Brasilia. They will work on a number of shared projects on Tospoviruses.
Dr. Deborah N. Ade from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria) will be hosted by the CNR-IPSP, Bari Unit, from April 1st to July 31st 2015. Coworker of Dr. Livia Stavolone , Dr. Fabrizio Cillo. and Dr. A.V. Carluccio, Dr. Ade will prepare small RNA libraries from virus-infected plants, in the framework of studies aiming to reaveal resistance mechanisms in cassava – African cassava mosaic virus interactions.
On Wednesday March 11th at 3.30 pm Piero Caciagli (IPSP- Turin Headquarter) will hold the seminar entitled: “A Cyber Age Approach for the Management of Barley Yellow Dwarf Disease in Winter Cereals”.
On February 11th at 3:30 pm in streaming video from the Bari Unit Sergio Molinari will hold a seminar entitled: “Activation of the plant immune system as a sustainable strategy for plant protection”.
On May 1st the merger between the Institute of Plant Virology and the Institute for Plant Protection of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) led to the newly formed Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection (IPSP), directed by Dr. Gian Paolo Accotto.
Here are the main research themes of the new institute:
1. Biotic and abiotic stress, plant defence and adaptation mechanisms;
2. Plant disease interactions with other organisms and the surrounding environment;
3. Genetic, epigenetic and molecular approaches to study the biodiversity of the microorganisms that support and protect plants;
4. Diagnosis for plant protection;
5. Sustainable technologies for plant protection.
The merger is still in progress, so, during this transition period, the official web sites of the two previous institutes will be still operational, waiting for the new IPSP website.
The Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection – CNR in Bari, the Department of Soil, Plant and Food Science of the University of Bari, the Research Center “Basile Caramia” (CRSFA) of Locorotondo, Bari, and the National and Regional Plant Health Services are pleased to announce the “International Symposium on the European outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa in olive”, to be held in Gallipoli (October 21-22, 2014), and followed by technical laboratory workshops at the CRSFA, Locorotondo (October 23-24, 2014).