Marina Ciuffo

My main research activity are: -Identification and molecular characterization of new and important plant viruses, with particular focus on ornamental and horticultural crops; – production of diagnostic kits;-characterization of the virus-vector interaction in the system Tospovirus-thrips;- characterization of Resistance breaking strains of Tomato spotted wilt virus; – studies on selection of virus/bacteria resistant horticultural plants especially in tomato, pepper, cucurbits and bean,- collaboration in characterization of micoviruses.

I’m also involved in the popularization of virology, and of science in general, to young and adults, working with other colleagues in the Dissemination team of IPSP (GruDi), participating to events such as “Researchers’ Night”, “ Fascination of plants day”, “ Genoa Science Festival”.


Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 2018 - RT-PCR tests for sensitive detection of the major Ranunculus-infecting viruses: field and in vitro applications - Sacco E., Borghi, C., Rabaglio M., Lenzi R., Ciuffo M., Ruffoni B., Vaira A. M. - Plant Pathology , 67: 1967-1976
  • 2018 - Mycoviruses mediate mycotoxin regulation in Aspergillus ochraceus - Nerva L., Chitarra W., Siciliano I., Gaiotti F., Ciuffo M., Forgia M., Varese G.C., Turina M. - Environmental Microbiology ,
  • 2018 - The Torradovirus-specific RNA2-ORF1 protein is necessary for plant systemic infection - Ferriol I., Vallino M., Ciuffo M., Nigg J.C., Zamora-Macorra E.J., Falk B.W, Turina M. - Molecular Plant Pathology ,
  • 2018 - Identification and characterization of Hibiscus latent Fort Pierce virus in Italy - Nerva L., Vallino M., Turina M., Ciuffo M. - Journal Of Plant Pathology , 100: 145
  • 2017 - Full-length genome sequence of the tospovirus melon severe mosaic virus - Ciuffo M., Nerva L., Turina M. - Archives Of Virology , 162: 1419-1422
  • 2017 - Transmission of Penicillium aurantiogriseum partiti-like virus 1 to a new fungal host (Cryphonectria parasitica) confers higher resistance to salinity and reveals adaptive genomic changes - Nerva L., Silvestri A., Ciuffo M., Palmano S., Varese G.C., Turina M. - Environmental Microbiology , 19: 4480-4492
  • 2016 - Multi-spot, label-free detection of viral infection in complexmediaby a non-reflectingsurface - Salina M., Giavazzi F., Ceccarello E., Damin F., Chiari M., Ciuffo M., Accotto G.P., Buscaglia M. - Sensors And Actuators. B, Chemical (Print), 957-962
  • 2016 - Host-specific accumulation and temperature effects on the generation of dimeric viral RNA species derived from the S-RNA of members of the Tospovirus genus - Bertran A., Ciuffo M., Margaria P., Rosa C., Resende R.O., Turina M. - Journal Of General Virology , 97: 3051-3062
  • 2016 - Molecular identification and biological characterization of a new potyvirus in lettuce - Ciuffo M., Mammella M., Vallino M., Caciagli P., Turina M. - Archives Of Virology , 161: 2549-2554
  • 2016 - A new tobamovirus infecting tomato crops in Jordan - Salem N., Mansour A., Ciuffo M., Falk B.W., Turina M. - Archives Of Virology , 161: 503-506
  • 2016 - Comparison of small RNA profiles in Nicotiana benthamiana and Solanum lycopersicum infected by polygonum ringspot tospovirus reveals host-specific responses to viral infection - Margaria P., Miozzi L., Ciuffo M., Rosa C., Axtell M.J., Pappu H.R., Turina M. - Virus Research , 211: 38-45
  • 2016 - Multiple approaches for the detection and characterization of viral and plasmid symbionts from a collection of marine fungi - Nerva L., Ciuffo M., Vallino M., Margaria P., Varese G.c., Gnavi G., Turina M. - Virus Research , 219: 22-38
  • 2016 - First Report of Colombian datura virus in Mandragora autumnalis in Sicily, Italy - Pacifico D., Crucitti D., Stigliano E., Ciuffo M., Vallino M., Carimi F. - Plant disease, 100: 2338-2339
  • 2015 - The Importance of the KR-Rich Region of the Coat Protein of Ourmia melon virus for Host Specificity, Tissue Tropism, and Interference With Antiviral Defense. - Rossi M., Vallino M., Abbà S., Ciuffo M., Balestrini R., Genre A., Turina M. - Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, 28:30-41
  • 2015 - Evidence of a tomato spotted wilt virus resistance-breaking strain originated through natural reassortment between two evolutionary-distinct isolates - Margaria P., Ciuffo M., Rosa C., Turina M. - Virus Research , 196: 157-161
  • 2015 - The first complete genome sequences of two distinct European tomato spotted wilt virus isolates - Margaria P., Miozzi L., Ciuffo M., Pappu H.r., Turina M. - Archives Of Virology , 160: 591-595
  • 2014 - The NSs protein of Tomato spotted wilt virus is required for persistent infection and transmission by Frankliniella occidentalis - Margaria P.,Bosco L.,Vallino M.,Ciuffo M.,Mautino G. C.,Tavella L.,Turina M. - Journal Of Virology , 88:5788-5802
  • 2014 - The complete genome sequence of polygonum ringspot virus - Margaria P., Miozzi L., Ciuffo M., Pappu H., Turina M. - Archives Of Virology , 159:3149-3152
  • 2014 - Multi-spot, Label-free Detection of Biomarkers in Complex Media by Reflectionless Surfaces - Salina M., Giavazzi F., Ceccarello E., Damin F., Chiari M., Ciuffo M., Accotto G.P., Buscaglia M. - Procedia Engineering , 87: 58-61
  • 2014 - Molecular characterization of Tomato Spotted Wult Virus in Montenegro - Zindovic J.,Ciuffo M.,Turina M. - Journal Of Plant Pathology , 96:201-205
  • 2014 - Functional characterization of the three mitogen-activated protein kinase kinases (MAP2Ks) present in the Cryphonectria parasitica genome reveals the necessity of Cpkk1 and Cpkk2, but not Cpkk3, for pathogenesis on chestnut (Castanea spp.) - Moretti M.,Rossi M.,Ciuffo M.,Turina M. - Mppol. Molecular Plant Pathology, 15:500-512
  • 2014 - A new ilarvirus isolated from Viola x wittrockiana and its detection in pansy germoplasm by qRT-PCR - Ciuffo M., Pacifico D., Margaria P., Turina M. - Archives Of Virology , 159:561-565
  • 2013 - Protocollo diagnostico per Tomato infectious chlorosis virus e Tomato chlorosis virus su pomodoro - Manglli A.,Ciuffo M.,Mascia T.,Davino S.W.,Gallitelli D.,Turina M.,Tomassoli L. - Petria , 23:545-566
  • 2013 - Strategie di lotta contro le virosi del ranuncolo in Liguria - Mela L., Ciuffo M., Conti M. - Protezione delle colture (suppl. mens. Flortecnica), 5:23-28
  • 2012 - Tospoviruses in the Mediterranean Area - Turina M., Tavella L., Ciuffo M. - Advances in Virus Research, 84:403-437
  • 2012 - Preliminary evidence of recovery from Tomato spotted wilt virus infection in Frankliniella occidentalis individuals - Mautino G.C., Sacco D., Ciuffo M., Turina M., Tavella L. - Annals of Applied Biology, 161:266-276
  • 2011 - Reverse Genetic Analysis of Ourmiaviruses Reveals the Nucleolar Localization of the Coat Protein in Nicotiana benthamiana and Unusual Requirements for Virion Formation - Crivelli G., Ciuffo M., Genre A., Masenga V., Turina M. - Journal Of Virology (62788J0), 85(10): 5091-5104
  • 2011 - Molecular characterization of two distinct strains of blueberry scorch virus (BlScV) in northern Italy - Moretti M., Ciuffo M., Gotta P., Prodorutti D., Bragagna P., Turina M. - Archives Of Virology (15471J0), 156(7): 1295-1297
  • 2011 - Diffusione del virus BlScV sul mirtillo gigante americano - Pansa M.G., Ciuffo M., Gotta P., Frati S., Baudino M., Frontuto A., Prodorutti D., Tavella L., Turina M. - L’informatore Agrario , 34: 76-78
  • 2011 - First Report of Tomato spotted wilt virus on Pepper in Montenegro - J. Zindovic, A. Bulajio, B. Kristic, M. Ciuffo, P. Margaria, M. Turina - Plant Disease (01997J0), 95(7): 882
  • 2011 - Ranunculus latent virus: a strain of artichoke latent virus or a new macluravirus infecting artichoke? - Ciuffo M., Testa M., Lenzi R., Turina M. - Archives Of Virology (15471J0), 156(6): 1053-1057
  • 2010 - Identification of Dictyothrips betae as the vector of Polygonum ring spot virus - Ciuffo M., Mautino G.C., Bosco l., Turina M., Tavella L. - Annals Of Applied Biology, 157:299-307
  • 2009 - A new Tospovirus Cucurbit crops In Mexico. - Ciuffo M., Kurowski C., Vivoda E., Copes B., Masenga V., Falk B.W., Turina M. - Plant Disease, 93:467-474
  • 2008 - A member of a new Tospovirus species isolated in Italy from wild buckwheat (Polygonum convolvulus) - M. Ciuffo, L. Tavella, D. Pacifico, V. Masenga, M. Turina - Archives Of Virology (15471J0), 153: 2059-2068
  • 2008 - The small genomic segment of tomato spotted wilt virus isolate BR20 is necessary but not sufficient to induce lethal necrosis in Nicotiana benthamiana and local necrotic lesions in Nicotiana tabacum cv. white burley - Margaria P., Pacifico D., Ciuffo M., Turina M. - Journal Of Plant Pathology (00077NN), 90: 337-343
  • 2008 - Presenza del virus dell’avvizzimento maculato del pomodoro (TSWV) su carciofo in Sardegna - M. Testa, P. M. Marras, M.turina, M. Ciuffo - Protezione Delle Colture , 2: 31-36