Francesca De Luca

Francesca De Luca is a researcher at the UOS of Bari of Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection (IPSP-CNR), and she is involved in the following research areas: 1) functional characterization of effector genes involved in plant-nematode interaction (hsp90, endoglucanases, retinoland fatty acid -binding protein or FAR-1, major sperm protein-1 and collagen), localization of transcripts by in situ hybridization and gene silencing in order to identify the function of each transcript during parasitism; 2) molecular identification of plant parasitic and entomopathogenic nematodes (Xiphinema, Longidorus, Pratylenchus, Steinernema and Heterorhabditis) from all over the world by using as molecular markers regions of ribosomal DNA (18S and 28S rDNA and ITS), the gene for the mitochondrial COI and nuclear gene for hsp90; 3) biodiversity of plant parasitic and entomopathogenic nematodes through evolution and phylogenetic analyses; 4) diversity of nematofauna as bioindicator of soils with different health status by using metagenomic approaches. More recently she is involved as partner in a European project, aiming to the molecular identification of plant parasitic nematodes associated with different olive cultivation. Within these lines of research has established several research collaborations and has participated in several national and international projects. Dr. De Luca carries out his experimental research both in Italy and abroad (California, Bulgaria, Hungary and Lebanon). She is also involved in teaching and training of students and fellows.


Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 2016 - Phylogenetic relationships of entomopathogenic nematodes and their bacterial symbionts from coastal areas in Lebanon - Noujeim E., Sakr J., Fanelli E., Troccoli A., Pages S., Tarasco E., De Luca F. - Redia , 99: 127-137
  • 2016 - Morphological and molecular identification of potato and cereal cyst nematode isolates from Algeria and their phylogenetic relationships with other populations from distant their geographical areas - Tirchi N., Troccoli A., Fanelli E., Mokabli A., Mouhouche F., De Luca F. - European Journal Of Plant Pathology , 146: 861-880
  • 2016 - A new stem nematode, Ditylenchus oncogenus n. sp. (Nematoda: Tylenchida), parasitizing sowthistle from Adriatic coast dunes in southern Italy - Vovlas N., Troccoli A., Palomares-Rius J.E., De Luca F., Cantalapiedra-Navarrete C., Liebanas G., Landa B.B., Subbotin S.A., Castillo P. - Journal Of Helminthology , 90: 152-165
  • 2015 - Mononchoides Macrospiculum N. Sp. (Nematoda: Neodiplogastridae) and Teratorhabditis synpapillata Sudhaus, 1985 (Nematoda: Rhabditidae): Nematode associates of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Oliver) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Italy - Troccoli A., Oreste M., Tarasco E., Fanelli E., De Luca F. - Nematology, 17: 953-966
  • 2015 - Description of a new needle nematode, Longidorus asiaticus n. sp. (Nematoda: Longidoridae), from the rhizosphere of crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) bonsai trees imported into Italy from China - Trisciuzzi N., Archidona-yuste A., Troccoli A., Fanelli E., De Luca F., Vovlas N., Castillo P. - European Journal Of Plant Pathology , 143: 567-580
  • 2015 - Oscheius onirici sp. N. (Nematoda: Rhabditidae): A new entomopathogenic nematode from an Italian cave - Torrini G., Mazza G., Carletti B., Benvenuti C., Roversi P.F., Fanelli E., De Luca F., Troccoli A., Tarasco E. - Zootaxa, 3937: 533-548
  • 2014 - Redescription and molecular characterisation of Xiphinema barense Lamberti et al., 1986 (Nematoda: Longidoridae) from wild olive trees in southern Italy - De Luca F., Archidona-Yuste A., Troccoli A., Fanelli E., Vovlas N., Trisciuzzi N., Castillo P. - Nematology , 16: 1079-1089
  • 2014 - Molecular characterization and functional analysis of four ß-1,4-endoglucanases from the root-lesion nematode Pratylenchus vulnus - Fanelli E., Troccoli, A., Picardi E., Pousis C., De Luca F. - Plant Pathology , 63: 1436–1445
  • 2014 - Osservazione e Identificazione dei Nematodi e Relative Tecniche - Troccoli A., Molinari S., De Luca F. - Nematologia Agraria generale e Applicata - Editor: Società Italiana di Nematologia, Bari (ITA),
  • 2014 - Morphological and molecular characterization of a Steinernema carpocapsae (Nematoda Steinernematidae) strain isolated in Veneto region (Italy) - Torrini G., Landi S., Benvenuti C., De Luca F., Fanelli E., Troccoli A ., Tarasco E., Bazzoffi P., Roversi P.F. - Redia , 97: 89-94
  • 2013 - Heterodera elachista the Japanese cyst nematode parasitizing corn in Northern Italy: integrative diagnosis and bionomics. - De Luca F., Vovlas N., Lucarelli G., Troccoli A., Radicci V., Fanelli E., Cantalapiedra-Navarrete C., Palomares-Rius J. E., Castillo P. - European Journal Of Plant Pathology , 136:857-872
  • 2013 - A polyphasic approach with molecular phylogeny for the characterization of Anisakis pegreffii (Anisakidae: Nematoda) in fishes from Adriatic Sea - De Luca F., Vovlas A., Troccoli A., Vovlas N. - Helminthologia , 50:112-118
  • 2013 - Description of Longidorus cholevae sp. n. (Nematoda, Dorylaimida) from a riparian habitat in the Rila Mountains, Bulgaria - Peneva V.K, Lazarova S.S., De Luca F., Brown D.J.F. - Zookeys , 1-26
  • 2013 - Morphological And Molecular Characterisation Of Xiphinema Macroacanthum Lamberti, Roca & Agostinelli, 1989 (nematoda: Longidoridae) From Olive Orchards In Southern Italy - De Luca F., Lazarova S., Troccoli A., Vovlas N., Peneva V. - Systematic Parasitology , 85:151-171
  • 2012 - Integrative diagnosis and parasitic habits of Cryphodera brinkmani a non-cyst forming heteroderid nematode intercepted on Japanese white pine bonsai trees imported into Italy - Vovlas N., Trisciuzzi N., Troccoli A., De Luca F., Cantalapiedra-navarrete C., Castillo P. - European Journal of Plant Pathology , 135:717-726
  • 2012 - Pratylenchus speijeri n. ps. (Nematoda: Pratylenchidae), a new root-lesion nematode pest of plantain in West Africa - De Luca F., Troccoli A., Duncan L.W., Subbotin S.A., Waeyenberge L., Coyne D.l., Brentu F.C., Inserra R.N. - Nematology , 14:987-1004
  • 2011 - Ditylenchus gigas n. sp. parasitizing broad bean: a new stem nematode singled out from the Ditylenchus dipsaci species complex using a polyphasic approach with molecular phylogeny - Vovlas N., Troccoli A., Palomares-rius J.E., De Luca F., Liébanas G., Landa B.B., Subbotin S.A., Castillo P. - Plant Pathology (Print), 60: 762-775
  • 2011 - Molecular variability and phylogenetic relationships among different species and populations of Pratylenchus (Nematoda: Pratylenchidae) as inferred from the analysis of the ITS rDNA - De Luca F., Reyes A., Troccoli A., Castillo P. - European Journal Of Plant Pathology , 130: 415-426
  • 2011 - Molecular and morphometric identification of plant parasitic nematodes - De Luca, F., Agostinelli A. - Redia , 94: 143-148
  • 2010 - Molecular characterization of Xiphinema brevicollum (Nematoda: Longidoridae) from the Czech Republic - Kumari S., Decraemer W., De Luca F. - European Journal Of Plant Pathology , 128:243-250
  • 2010 - Molecular variability and phylogeny of Schistonchus caprifici (Gasperrini, 1864) Cobb, 1927 (Nematoda: Aphelenchoididae) from Italy and Spain - De Luca F., Castillo P., Troccoli A., Vovlas N., Landa B. B., Palomares-Rius J. E - Nematology, 12:641-648
  • 2010 - Evaluation of the toxicity of PAH mixtures and organic extract from Apulian particulate matter by the model system ‘Caenorhabditis elegans’ - Daresta B.E., Liuzzi V.C., De Gennaro G., De Giorgi C., De Luca F., Caselli M. - Fresenius Environmental Bulletin , 19:2002-2005
  • 2010 - Cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 analysis of Xiphinema diversicaudatum, X. pachtaicum, X. simile and X. vuittenezi (Nematoda, Dorylaimida) - Kumari S., Decraemer W., De Luca F., Tiefenbrunner W. - European Journal Of Plant Pathology , 127:493-499
  • 2010 - Characterisation of a population of Pratylenchus hippeastri from bromeliads and description of two related new species, P. floridensis n. sp. and P. parafloridensis n. sp., from grasses in Florida - De Luca F., Troccoli A., Duncan L.W., Subbotin S.A., Waeyenberge L., Moens M., Inserra R.N. - Nematology, 12:847-868
  • 2009 - Molecular characterization of the European needle sand dune nematode, Longidorus kuiperi Brinkman, Loof & Barbez, 1987 (Nematoda: Longidoridae) - De Luca F., Landa B.B., Midsuf D., Troccoli A., Vovlas N., Castillo P. - Nematology, 11:155-160
  • 2009 - Characterisation and parasitic habits of a root-lesion nematode from chrysanthemum in Iran and its relationship to Pratylenchus pseudocoffeae - Deimi A.M., De Luca F., Vovlas N., Troccoli A. - Nematology, 11:757-768
  • 2009 - Characterization of the heat shock protein 90 gene in the plant parasitic nematode Meloidogyne artiellia and its expression as related to different developmental stages and temperature - De Luca F., Di Vito M., Fanelli E., Reyes A., Greco N., De Giorgi C. - Gene, 440:16-29
  • 2008 - PPNEMA: a resource of plant-parasitic nematodes multialigned ribosomal cistrons - Rubino F., Voukelatou A., De Luca F., De Giorgi C., Attimonelli M. - International Journal Of Plant Genomics ,
  • 2008 - On two closely related species of the Xiphinema americanum-group: X. simile - Lazarova S. S., De Luca F. , Peneva, V. K. - Zookeys , 3: 29-50
  • 2008 - Morphological and molecular characterization of Longidorus pius (Nematoda: Dorylaimida) from the Republic of Macedonia - Barsi L., De Luca F. - Nematology , 10: 63-68
  • 2008 - Morphological and molecular characterization of Pratylenchus lentis n. sp. (Nematoda: Pratylenchidae) from Sicily - Troccoli A., De Luca F., Handoo Z.A., Di Vito M. - Journal Of Nematology , 40: 190-196
  • 2008 - Morphological and molecular characterization of two putative Xiphinema americanum group species, X parasimile and X. simile (Nematoda: Dorylaimida) from Serbia - Barsi L., De Luca F. - Nematology , 36: 15-25
  • 2008 - Genome sequence of the metazoan plant-parasitic nematode: Meloidogyne incognita - Abad P., Gouzy J., Aury J.M., Castagnone-Sereno P., Danchin E.G.J., Deleury E., Perfus-Barbeoch L., Anthouard V., Artiguenave F., Blok V.C., Caillaud M.C., Coutinho P.M., Dasilva C., De Luca F., Deau F., Esquibet M., Flutre T., Et Al. - Nature Biotechnology , 26: 909-915