Fabrizio Cillo

Dr. Fabrizio Cillo deals with research activity in the field of plant virology. Research areas include biological and molecular characterization of plant pathogenic viruses, with a main focus on viruses affecting horticultural crops; genetic engineering of crop plants and evaluation of resistance to viruses in genetically modified plants; characterization of RNA silencing mechanisms in virus-infected plants, in transgenic plants and through virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS).

Main current projects involve the study of molecular plant-virus interactions, in particular: a) identification of host factors involved in defence responses of tomato to viruses such as  Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) and Potato virus Y (PVY), through gene expression profiling and analysis of enzymatic activity: b) identification of genes/traits of resistance to CMV in wild accessions of Solanum spp.; c) analysis of the role of RNA silencing in viral pathogenicity, during single or double infections of different viruses and viroids in tomato.


Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 2019 - Ozone treatments activate defence responses against Meloidogyne incognita and Tomato spotted wilt virus in tomato - Prigigallo M.I., Melillo M.T., Bubici G., Dobrev P.I., Vankova R., Cillo F., Veronico P. - Pest management science,
  • 2019 - Un approccio ecosostenibile per la difesa del banano - Ciancio A., Cillo F. - Sapere, 6: 10-15
  • 2018 - Rapid identification of tomato Sw-5 resistance-breaking isolates of Tomato spotted wilt virus using high resolution melting and TaqMan SNP Genotyping assays as allelic discrimination techniques - Di Rienzo V., Bubici G., Momtemurro C., Cillo F. - Plos one, volume 13
  • 2017 - Prosystemin overexpression induces transcriptional modifications of defenserelated and receptor-like kinase genes and reduces the susceptibility to Cucumber mosaic virus and its satellite RNAs in transgenic tomato plants - Bubici G., Carluccio A.V., Stavolone L., Cillo F. - Plos one, 12(2): e0171902
  • 2017 - Plant growth promoting and inducible antifungal activities of irrigation well water-bacteria - Tabli N., Rai A., Bensidhoum L., Palmieri G., Gogliettino M., Cocca E., Consiglio C., Cillo F., Bubici G., Nabti E. - Biological Control,
  • 2015 - Virus-induced gene silencing of pectin methylesterase protects Nicotiana benthamiana from lethal symptoms caused by Tobacco mosaic virus - Bubici G., Carluccio A.V., Cillo F., Stavolone L. - European Journal Of Plant Pathology , 141:339-347
  • 2014 - First report of Pepino Mosaic Virus on Tomato in Apulia, Italy - Bubici G., De Stradis A., Cillo F. - Journal Of Plant Pathology ,
  • 2010 - RNAi-mediated viral immunity requires amplification of virus-derived siRNAs in Arabidopsis thaliana - Wang X.B., Wu Q., Ito T., Cillo F., Li W.X., Chen X., Yu J.L., Ding S.W. - PNAS, 107:484-489
  • 2010 - Characterization of the interactions between Cucumber Mosaic Virus and Potato Virus Y in mixed infections in tomato - Mascia T., Cillo F., Fanelli V., Finetti-Sialer M.M., De Stradis A., Palukaitis P., Gallitelli D. - Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions, 23:1514-1524
  • 2009 - Differential effects of mild and severe Cucumber mosaic virus strains in the perturbation of microRNA-regulated gene expression in Tomato map to the 32 sequence of RNA 2 - Cillo F., Mascia T., Pasciuto M.M., Gallitelli D. - Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, 22:1239-1249