Luciana Galetto

Since 2003 I have studied phytoplasma diseases, focusing on diagnosis and interactions among plant-pathogen-insect vector. The main crops studied are strategic crops important for Italian agricolture production and severely affectd by phytoplasmosis, such as grapevine, apple and other fruit trees and herbaceous plants, also used as model system. Interactions among plant-pathogen-insect vector are studied at molecular and cellular level by in vitro and in vivo techniques, on different species of leafhopper and planthopper spread in Italy, with main aim of understanding transmission specificity mechanisms.


Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 2018 - RNA interference of muscle actin and ATP synthase beta increases mortality of the phytoplasma vector Euscelidius variegatus - Abba S., Galetto L., Ripamonti M., Rossi M., Marzachi C. - Pest management science,
  • 2018 - Application of laser microdissection to study phytoplasma site-specific gene expression in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana - Rossi M., Pesando M., Vallino M., Galetto L., Marzachi C., Balestrini R. - Microbiological Research , 217: 60-68
  • 2018 - Two phytoplasmas elicit different responses in the insect vector Euscelidius variegatus Kirschbaum - Galetto L., Abbà S., Rossi M., Vallino M., Pesando M., Arricau-Bouvery N., Dubrana M.-P., Chitarra W., Pegoraro M., Bosco D., Marzachì C. - Infection And Immunity , volume 86
  • 2017 - Genome sequence, prevalence and quantification of the first iflavirus identified in a phytoplasma insect vector - Abbà S., Galetto L., Vallino M., Rossi M., Turina M., Sicard A., Marzachì C. - Archives Of Virology , 162: 799–809
  • 2017 - Identification of putative effector genes and their transcripts in three strains related to ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma aurantifolia’ - Anabestani A., Izadpanah K., Abbà S., Galetto L., Ghorbani A., Palmano S., Siampour M., Veratti F., Marzachì C. - Microbiological Research , 199: 57-66
  • 2016 - Space-time point pattern analyses of Flavescence dorée epidemic in a grapevine field: disease progression and recovery - Maggi F., Bosco D., Galetto L., Palmano S., Marzachì C. - Frontiers In Plant Science , 7: 1987-1998
  • 2016 - Acibenzolar-S-methyl may prevent vector-mediated flavescence dorée phytoplasma transmission, but is ineffective in inducing recovery of infected grapevines - Miliordos D.E., Galetto L., Ferrari E., Pegoraro M., Marzachì C., Bosco D. - Pest management science,
  • 2016 - An 1-Aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate (ACC) deaminase-expressing endophyte increases plant resistance to flavescence dorée phytoplasma infection - Gamalero E., Marzachi C., Galetto L., Veratti F., Massa N., Bona E., Novello G., Glick B.R., Ali S., Cantamessa S., D'Agostino G., Berta G. - Plant Biosystems, 1-10
  • 2016 - Acquisition of flavescence dorée phytoplasma by Scaphoideus titanus ball from different grapevine varieties - Galetto L., Miliordos D.E., Pegoraro M., Sacco D., Veratti F., Marzachì C., Bosco D. - International journal of molecular sciences, 17: 1563
  • 2015 - Decreasing global transcript levels over time suggest that phytoplasma cells enter stationary phase during plant and insect colonization - Pacifico D., Galetto L., Rashidi M., Abbà S., Palmano S., Firrao G., Bosco D., Marzachì C. - Applied And Environmental Microbiology, 81:2602-2591
  • 2015 - Role of the major antigenic membrane protein in phytoplasma transmission by two insect vector species - Rashidi M., Galetto L., Bosco D., Bulgarelli A., Vallino M., Veratti F., Marzachì C. - Bmc Microbiology (Online), volume 15
  • 2014 - Temperature-dependent transmission of Candidatus Phytoplasma asteris by the vector leafhopper Macrosteles quadripunctulatus Kirschbaum - Maggi F.,Galetto L.,Marzachi C.,Bosco D. - Memorie Della Società Entomologica Italiana , 2:87-94
  • 2014 - RNA-Seq profile of flavescence dorée phytoplasma in grapevine - Abbà S., Galetto L., Carle P., Carrère S., Delledonne M., Foissac X., Palmano S., Veratti F., Marzachì C. - BMC Genomics , 15:1088
  • 2014 - In vitro expression of phytoplasma immunodominant membrane proteins - Galetto L., Rashidi M., Yamchi A., Veratti F., Marzachì C. - Phytoplasmas and phytoplasma disease management: how to reduce their economic impact,
  • 2014 - Acquisition capability of the grapevine Flavescence dorée by the leafhopper vector Scaphoideus titanus Ball correlates with phytoplasma titre in the source plant - Galetto L.,Miliordos D.,Roggia C.,Rashidi M.,Sacco D.,Marzachì C.,Bosco D. - Journal Of Pest Science , 87:671-679
  • 2014 - Interactive transmission of two phytoplasmas in the vector inset - Rashidi M.,D'Amelio. R.,Galetto L.,Marzachì C.,Bosco D. - Annals Of Applied Biology , 165:404-413
  • 2013 - Molecular characterization, phylogenetic comparison and serological relationship of the Imp protein of several ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma aurantifolia’ strains - Siampour M., Izadpanah K., Galetto L., Salehi M., Marzachí C. - Plant Pathology, 62:452-459
  • 2013 - Flavescence dorée phytoplasma titre in field-infected Barbera and Nebbiolo grapevines - Roggia C., Caciagli P., Galetto L., Pacifico D., Veratti F., Bosco D., Marzachì C. - Plant Pathology, 63:31–41
  • 2013 - Flavescence dorée phytoplasma deregulates stomatal control of photosynthesis in Vitis vinifera - Vitali M., Chitarra W., Galetto L., Bosco D., Marzachì C., Gullino M.L., Spanna F., Lovisolo, C. - Annals of Applied Biology, 162:335-346
  • 2013 - Preparation of phytoplasma membrane recombinant proteins - Galetto L., Siampour M., Marzachì C. - Methods in molecular biology, 938:351-370
  • 2013 - Selection of reference genes from two leafhopper species challenged by phytoplasma infection, for gene expression studies by RT-qPCR - Galetto L., Bosco D., Marzachì C. - BMC Research Notes, 6:1-10
  • 2011 - Host plant determines the phytoplasma transmission competence of Empoasca decipiens (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) - Galetto L., Marzachì C., Demichelis S., Bosco D. - Journal Of Economic Entomology (53312J0), 104(2): 360-366
  • 2010 - Real-Time PCR diagnosis and quantification of phytoplasmas - Galetto, L., Marzachi, C. - Phytoplasmas - Genomes, Plant Hosts And Vectors , Publisher: P.G. Weintraub & P. Jones, CABI Publishing
  • 2009 - Variation in vector competency depends on chrysanthemum yellows phytoplasma distribution within Euscelidius variegatus - Galetto L., , Nardi M., Saracco P., Bressan A., Marzachì C., Bosco D. - Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 131:200-207
  • 2008 - Characterization of putative membrane protein genes of the ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma asteris’, Chrysanthemum yellows isolate - Galetto, L., Fletcher, J., Bosco, D., Turina, M., Wayadande, A., Marzachi', C. - Canadian Journal Of Microbiology (25960J0), 54(5): 341-351
  • 2008 - Research and friendship: a story from Italy all about chrysanthemums - Galetto L. - The Journal Of National Chrysanthemum Society , 64: 12-15