Nicola Luchi

My primary research interest is the study of invasive and native fungal pathogens on forest and ornamental plants.
The development of rapid diagnostic tests to detect fungal pathogens is of primary importance to contain the spreading of these microrganisms, including the invasive species. During the last decade new molecular techniques able to detect a pathogen before disease outbreak, have been developed in plant pathology. Our primary research, financed by National and Interantional projects, has been on the development of new molecular tools for the early detection of fungal pathogens in forest and in nursery.
During the last few years my research activity has been focused on the study of the plant-invasive pathogen interaction based on a trascriptome analysis. Other researches are based on: a) population studies of fungal forest pathogens and; b) systemic induced resistance (SIR) in conifers after fungal pathogen infections.


Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 2019 - Transferability of pCR-based diagnostic protocols: An international collaborative case study assessing protocols targeting the quarantine pine pathogen Fusarium circinatum - Ioos R., Aloi F., Piškur B., Guinet C., Mullett M., Berbegal M., Bragança H., Cacciola S.A., Oskay F., Cornejo C., Adamson K., Douanla-Meli C., Kačergius A., Martínez-Álvarez P., Nowakowska J.A., Luchi N., Vettraino A.M., Ahumada R., Pasquali M., Fourie G., Kanetis L., Alves A., Ghelardini L., Dvořák M., Sanz-Ros A., Diez J.J., Baskarathevan J., Aguayo J. - Scientific reports, volume 9
  • 2019 - Real-time loop-mediated isothermal amplifcation: an early-warning tool for quarantine plant pathogen detection - Aglietti C., Luchi N., Pepori A.L., Bartolini P., Pecori F., Raio A., Capretti P., Santini A. - AMB express, volume 9
  • 2019 - Detection and quantification of the air inoculum of Caliciopsis pinea in a plantation of Pinus radiata in Italy - Botella L., Bačová A., Dvorák M., Kudláček T., Pepori A.L., Santini A., Ghelardini L., Luchi N. - Iforest, 12: 193-198
  • 2019 - Diplodia Tip Blight on Its Way to the North: Drivers of Disease Emergence in Northern Europe - Brodde L., Adamson K., Camarero J.J., Castaño C., Drenkhan R.,Lehtijärvi A., Luchi N., Migliorini D., Sánchez-Miranda A., Stenlid J., Özdag S., Oliva J. - Frontiers in Plant Science,
  • 2019 - Comparative transcriptional and metabolic responses of Pinus pinea to a native and a non-native Heterobasidion species - Pepori A.L., Michelozzi M., Santini A., Cencetti G., Bonello P., Gonthier P., Sebastiani F., Luchi N. - Tree physiology, 39: 31-44
  • 2018 - Il deperimento del frassino – La situazione in Italia - Luchi N., Santini A., Capretti P., Ghelardini L., Maresi G. - Sherwood, 235: 39-42
  • 2018 - Avversità degli alberi e delle foreste - Roversi P.F., Capretti P., Ghelardini L., Sabbatini Peverieri G., MarianelliL., Paoli F., Mazza G., Simoncini S., Pennacchio F., Francardi V., Torrini G., Bastanti G.P., Danti R., Santini A., Turchetti T., Della Rocca G., Luchi N., Guidotti A., Del Nista D., Franchini G., Marziali L., Toccafondi P., Benassai D., Squarcini M., Benesperi F. - in: Rapporto Sullo Stato Delle Foreste In Toscana 2016 , pag. 94-102
  • 2018 - Duplex real-time PCR assay for the simultaneous detection of Caliciopsis pinea and Fusarium circinatum in pine samples - Luchi N., Pepori A.L., Bartolini P., Ioos R., Santini A. - Applied microbiology and biotechnology, 102: 7135-7146
  • 2018 - Temporal patterns of airborne Phytophthora spp. in a woody plant nursery area detected using real-time PCR - Migliorini D., Ghelardini L., Luchi N., Capretti P., Onorari M., Santini A. - Aerobiologia,
  • 2018 - Comparative transcriptional and metabolic responses of Pinus pinea to a native and a non-native Heterobasidion species - Pepori A.L., Michelozzi M., Santini A., Cencetti G., Bonello P., Gonthier P., Sebastiani F., Luchi N. - Tree physiology,
  • 2017 - Predicting current and future disease outbreaks of Diplodia sapinea shoot blight in Italy: species distribution models as a tool for forest management planning - Bosso L., Luchi N., Maresi G., Cristinzio G., Smeraldo S., Russo D. - Forest ecology and management, 400: 655-664
  • 2017 - Impact of the invasive painted bug Bagrada hilaris on physiological traits of its host Brassica oleracea var botrytis - Guarino S., Peri E., Colazza S., Luchi N., Michelozzi M., Loreto F. - Anthropod-plant Interactions ,
  • 2017 - Phytophthora nicotianae and P. cryptogea causing gummosis of citrus crops in Tunisia - Boughalleb-M'hamdi N., Benfradj N., Migliorini D., Luchi N., Santini A. - Tropical plant pathology,
  • 2017 - Lights and shadows of a possible strategy to cope with alien and destructive forest pathogens: the example of breeding for resistance to Dutch elm disease in Italy - Pecori F., Ghelardini L., Luchi N., Pepori A.L., Santini A. - Baltic Forestry , 23: 255-263
  • 2017 - Ecology of invasive forest pathogens - Ghelardini L., Luchi N., Pecori F., Pepori A.L., Danti R., Della Rocca G., Capretti P., Tsopelas P., Santini A. - Biological Invasions , 1-18
  • 2017 - From the Alps to the Apennines: possible spread of ash dieback in Mediterranean areas - Ghelardini L., Migliorini D., Santini A., Pepori A.L., Maresi G., Vai N., Montuschi C., Carrari E., Feducci M., Capretti P., Luchi N. - Dieback of European Ash (Fraxinus spp.) - Consequences and Guidelines for Sustainable Management, 140-149
  • 2017 - Occurrence of Pythium and Phytopythium species isolated from citrus trees infected with gummosis disease in Tunisia - Benfradj N., Migliorini D., Luchi N., Santini A., Boughalleb-M'Hamdi N. - Archiv für Phytopathologie und Pflanzenschutz, 50: 286-302
  • 2016 - Drivers of emerging fungal diseases of forest trees - Ghelardini L., Pepori A.L., Luchi N., Capretti P., Santini A. - Forest ecology and management, 381: 235-246
  • 2016 - Effect of temperature on GaRV6 accumulation and its fungal host, the conifer pathogen Gremmeniella abietina - Botella L., Dvorak M., Capretti P., Luchi N. - Forest pathology , volume 46
  • 2016 - Powerful qPCR assays for the early detection of latent invaders: interdisciplinary approaches in clinical cancer research and plant pathology - Luchi N., Capretti P., Pazzagli M., Pinzani P. - Applied Microbiology And Biotechnology , 100: 5189-5204
  • 2016 - First Record of Ash Dieback Caused by Hymenoscyphus fraxineus on Fraxinus excelsior in the Apennines (Tuscany, Italy) - Luchi N., Ghelardini L., Santini A., Migliorini D., Capretti P. - Plant Disease , 100: 535
  • 2015 - The potential of symptomless potted plants for carrying invasive soilborne plant pathogens - Migliorini D., Ghelardini L., Tondini E., Luchi N., Santini A. - Diversity and distributions, 21:1218-1229
  • 2015 - Hymenoscyphus fraxineus mycelial growth on media containing leaf extracts of different Oleaceae - Carrari E., Capretti P., Santini A., Luchi N. - Forest Pathology , 45: 540-543
  • 2015 - Latent infection of Biscogniauxia nummularia in Fagus sylvatica: a possible bioindicator of beech health conditions - Luchi N., Capretti P., Feducci M., Vannini A., Ceccarelli B., Vettraino A.M. - Iforest , 9: 49-54
  • 2015 - Heterobasidion irregulare un patogeno forestale invasivo in Italia - Gonthier P., Anselmi N., Capretti P., Bussotti F., Feducci M., Giordano L., Honorati T., Lione G., Luchi N., Michelozzi M., Paparatti B., Sillo F., Vettraino A.M., Garbelotto M. - Sherwood, 209:15-17
  • 2015 - Early physiological responses of Pinus pinea L. seedlings infected by Heterobasidion in an ozone-enriched atmospheric environment - Pollastrini M., Luchi N., Michelozzi M., Gerosa G., Marzuoli R., Bussotti F., Capretti P. - Tree physiology, 35:331-340
  • 2014 - An integrated approach to control the introduced forest pathogen Heterobasidion irregulare in Europe - Gonthier P., Anselmi N., Capretti P., Bussotti F., Feducci M., Giordano L., Honorati T., Lione G., Luchi N., Michelozzi M., Paparatti B., Sillo F., Vettraino A.M., Garbelotto M. - Forestry , 87:471-481
  • 2014 - Diplodia sapinea: the main fungal species involved in the colonization of pine shoots in Italy - Luchi N., Oliveira Longa C.M., Danti R., Capretti P., Maresi G. - Forest Pathology , 44:372–381
  • 2013 - Upward movement of Verticillium dahliae from soil to olive plants detected by qPCR - Ceccherini M.T., Pantani O., Capretti P., Luchi N., Ascher J., Pietramellara G. - World Journal Of Microbiology & Biotechnology , 29:1961-1967
  • 2013 - Rapid detection of Ceratocystis platani inoculum by quantitative real-time PCR assay - Luchi N., Ghelardini L., Belbahri L., Quartier M., Santini A. - Applied And Environmental Microbiology , 79:5394-5404
  • 2013 - Phenotypic characterization of cryptic Diplodia species by MALDI-TOF MS and the bias of mycelium age - Mancini V., Dapporto L., Baracchi D., Luchi N., Turillazzi S., Capretti P. - Forest Pathology , 43:455–461
  • 2012 - Leptoglossus occidentalis and Diplodia pinea: a new insect-fungus association in Mediterranean forests - Luchi N., Mancini V., Peducci M., Santini A., Capretti P. - Forest Pathology , 42:246-251
  • 2011 - High-Resolution Melting Analysis: a new molecular approach for the early detection of Diplodia pinea in Austrian pine - Luchi N., Pratesi N., Simi L., Pazzagli M., Capretti M., Scala A., Slippers B., Pinzani P. - Fungal Biology (Print), 115: 715-723
  • 2009 - New proteins orthologous to cerato-platanin in various Ceratocystis species and the purification and characterization of cerato-populin from Ceratocystis populicola - Comparini C., Carresi L., Pagni E., Sbrana F., Sebastiani F., Luchi N., Santini A., Capretti P., Tiribilli B., Pazzagli L., Cappugi G., Scala A. - Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology , 84:309-322