Elena Fanelli

My research is based on the functional study of nematode genes involved in the host plant interaction. Currently, my research is focused on the isolation and molecular characterization of a gene family of endoclucanases, hydrolytic enzymes which degrade the cellulose, in the lesion nematode Pratylenchus vulnus. This migratory endoparasite feeds of the content of the root cortical cells, moving freely between them.
The invasion, migration, and the ability of the nematode to live in the host plant is due to the product of these parasitism genes, which are the target of my research. The tissue localization of these transcripts is determined through in situ hibridization, while the quantification by means of qRT-PCR.
Functional analysis of these transcripts and other genes involved in the parasitism (FAR-1) is carried out by RNA interference.

Another research area involves the molecular identification of species of parasitic nematodes (Xiphinema, Longidorus and Pratylenchus) from around the world, by using as molecular markers regions of ribosomal DNA (18S and 28S rDNA and ITS), the mitochondrial gene for COI and the nuclear gene for hsp90.


Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 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 - 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 - Expression of tomato salicylic acid (SA)-responsive pathogenesis-related genes in Mi-1-mediated and SA-induced resistance to root-knot nematodes - Molinari S., Fanelli E., Leonetti P. - Molecular Plant Pathology , 15:255-264
  • 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
  • 2012 - Different levels of anti-oxidant enzyme activities in tomato genotypes susceptible and resistant to root-knot nematodes - Abd-elgawad M.M.M., Kabeil S.S.A., Fanelli E., Molinari S. - Nematropica , 42:328-334
  • 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 - Inducible antibacterial defence in the plant parasitic nematode Meloidogyne artiellia - Fanelli E., Dileo C., Di Vito M., De Giorgi C. - International Journal For Parasitology , 38: 609-615