Angelantonio Minafra

Angelantonio Minafra covers the position of Senior scientist and is involved in studies on molecular diagnosis and taxonomy and phylogeny of woody crops, mainly grapevine and stomne fruits. Recently, he collaborates to the molecular and biological characterization of viruses isolated in fig, olive and mulberry. For these viruses he described for the first time several new viruses and applied molecular tools for their detection. He produced (i) plasmid constructs in Agrobacterium tumefaciens for grapevine transformation to induce resistance against phloem-limited virus infection; (ii) expression constructs to produce recombinant structural and functional virus proteins for immunization and preparation of serological diagnostic tools; (iii) full-genome or partial sequences of several grapevine and stone fruits viruses. Dr Minafra shares active international relationships with Universities and Public Research Institutions (mainly in France, Spain, Turkey and USA).


Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 2018 - Detection of four regulated grapevine viruses in a qualitative, single tube real-time PCR with melting curve analysis - Aloisio M., Morelli M., Elicio V., Saldarelli P., Ura B., Bortot B., Severini G.M., Minafra A. - Journal of virological methods, 257: 42-47
  • 2018 - Small RNA isolation from tissues of grapevine and woody plants - Giampetruzzi A., Chiumenti M., Minafra A., Saldarelli P. - in "Viral Metagenomics. Methods and protocols", 27-36
  • 2017 - Genetic dissection of Sharka disease tolerance in peach (P. persica L. Batsch) - Cirilli M., Rossini L., Geuna F., Palmisano F., Minafra A., Castrignano T., Gattolin S., Ciacciulli A., Babini A.R., Liverani A., Bassi D. - BMC plant biology, 17: 192
  • 2017 - Grapevine Vitiviruses - Minafra A., Mawassi M., Goszczynski D., Saldarelli P. - Grapevine Viruses: Molecular Biology, Diagnostics and Management, 229-256
  • 2017 - Reduction of microbial contamination and improvement of germination of sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) seeds via surface dielectric barrier discharge - Ambrico P.F., Simek M., Morano M., De Miccolis Angelini R.M., Minafra A., Trotti P., Ambrico M., Prukner V., Faretra F. - Journal Of Physics. D, Applied Physics , volume 50
  • 2017 - Virus diseases of fig and their control - Minafra A., Savino V., Martelli G.P. - Acta horticulturae, volume 1173
  • 2016 - Unusual genomic features of a badnavirus infecting mulberry - Chiumenti M., Morelli M., De Stradis A., Elbeaino T., Stavolone L., Minafra A. - Journal Of General Virology , 97: 3073-3087
  • 2016 - Fighting Sharka in Peach: Current Limitations and Future Perspectives - Cirilli M., Geuna F., Babini A.R., Bozhkova V., Catalano L., Cavagna B., Dallot S., Decroocq V., Dondini L., Foschi S., Ilardi V., Liverani A., Mezzetti B., Minafra A., Pancaldi M., Pandolfini T., Pascal T., Savino V., Scorza R., Verde I., Bassi D. - Frontiers In Plant Science , volume 7
  • 2016 - High-throughput-sequencing-based identification of a grapevine fanleaf virus satellite RNA in Vitis vinifera - Chiumenti M., Mohorianu I., Roseti V., Saldarelli P., Dalmay T., Minafra A. - Archives Of Virology , 161:1401-1403
  • 2016 - Highly sensitive and practical detection of plant viruses via electrical impedance of droplets on textured silicon-based devices - Ambrico M., Ambrico P.F., Minafra A., De Stradis A., Vona D., Cicco S.R., Palumbo F., Favia P., Ligonzo T. - Sensors , volume 16
  • 2015 - A survey for fig-infecting viruses in Palestine - Alkowni R., Chiumenti M., Minafra A., Martelli G.p. - Journal Of Plant Pathology , 97: 383-386
  • 2015 - Detection of Grapevine rupestris stem pitting-associated virus in autochthonous grapevine cultivars in Turkey - Buzkan N., La Notte P., Karadag S., Aktan A., Saldarelli P., Minafra A. - Journal Of Plant Pathology , 97: 387-389
  • 2014 - Identification and characterization of a viroid resembling apple dimple fruit viroid in fig (Ficus carica L.) by next generation sequencing of small RNAs - Chiumenti M.,Torchetti E.M.,Di Serio F.,Minafra A. - Virus Research , 188:54-59
  • 2014 - Phylogenetic and recombination analysis of the homing protein domain of grapevine fanleaf virus (GFLV) isolates associated with ‘yellow mosaic’ and ‘infectious malformation’ syndromes in grapevine - Elbeaino T.,Kiyi H.,Boutarfa R.,Minafra A.,Martelli G.P.,Digiaro M. - Archives Of Virology , 159:2757-2764
  • 2014 - Discovery and molecular characterization of a new cryptovirus dsRNA genome from Japanese persimmon through conventional cloning and high-throughput sequencing - Morelli M.,Chiumenti M.,De Stradis A.,La Notte P.,Minafra A. - Virus Genes , 50:160–164
  • 2014 - Le opportunità del next generation sequencing nella ricerca e nella diagnosi fitovirologica - Saldarelli P.,Giampetruzzi A.,Loconsole G.,Chiumenti M.,Saponari M.,Minafra A. - Protezione Delle Colture , 1:6-10
  • 2012 - Occurrence of Fig badnavirus 1 in Fig trees from different countries and in symptomless seedlings - Minafra A., Chiumenti M., Elbeaino T., Digiaro M., Bottalico G., Pantaleo V., Martelli G.P. - Journal of Plant Pathology, 94:S4.105
  • 2012 - Molecular characterization and taxonomy of grapevine leafroll-associated virus 7 - Jelkmann W., Mikona C., Turturo C., Navarro B., Rott M.E., Menzel W., Saldarelli P., Minafra A., Martelli G.P. - Archives of Virology, 157:359-362
  • 2012 - Next-Generation sequencing and metagenomic analysis advances in plant virus diagnosis and discovery. - Loconsole G, Giampetruzzi A, Roberto R, Saponari M, Palmisano F, Chiumenti M, Morelli M., Minafra A, Savino V, Saldarelli P - Journal of Plant Pathology, 94:S4.48
  • 2012 - Detection of Grapevine leafroll-associated virus 7 using real time qRT-PCR and conventional RT-PCR - Al Rwahnih M., Osman F., Sudarshana M., Uyemoto J., Minafra A., Saldarelli P., Martelli G., Rowhani A. - Journal of Virological Methods, 179:383-389
  • 2012 - Detection and molecular characterization of a novel cryptovirus from persimmon (Diospyros kaki). - Morelli M., De Stradis A., La Notte P., Merkuri J., Boscia D., Minafra A. - Petria, 22:181-181
  • 2010 - Complete nucleotide sequence of a new variant of Grapevine rupestris stem pitting-associated virus from southern Italy - Morelli M., Minafra A., Boscia D., Martelli G. P. - Archives of Virology, 156:543-546
  • 2010 - Grapevine rupestris stem pitting-associated virus: an indexing trial to further evaluate the role of genetic variants in the aetiology of vein necrosis - Pirolo C., Morelli M., Bouyahia H., Della Bartola P., Casati P., Minafra A., Materazzi A., Bianco P. A., Boscia D., Martelli G. P. - Journal of Plant Pathology, 92 (4, Supplement):S4.61-S4.61
  • 2010 - Molecular properties of an Apulian isolate of Grapevine rupestris stem pitting-associated virus from Vitis vinifera. - Morelli M., Minafra A., Boscia D., Martelli G. P. - Petria, 20:354-355
  • 2009 - Application of a site-specific DNA excision strategy for marker gene removal during gene transfer in Vitis spp. - Martinellii L., Dalla Costa L., Vaccari I., Poletti V., Gribaudo I., Gambino G., Guzzo F., Saldarelli P., Minafra A., Turturo C. - Acta Horticulturae , 827:399-403
  • 2009 - Viruses In Mosaic Affected Figs In Portugal And The Island Of Crete. - Minafra A., De Stradis A., Clara M.I., Martelli G.P. - Journal of Plant Pathology, 91:238
  • 2009 - Some properties of Fig latent virus 1, a new member of the family Flexiviridae. - Gattoni G., Minafra A., Castellano M.A., De Stradis A., Boscia D., Elbeaino T., Digiaro M., Martelli G.P. - Journal of Plant Pathology, 91:555-564
  • 2009 - Molecular variability and seed transmission of Grapevine rupestris stem pitting-associated virus isolates from Southern Italy - Morelli M., Minafra A., Boscia D. - Journal of Plant Pathology, 91:S4.75
  • 2009 - A multipartite single-stranded negative-sense RNA virus is the putative agent of fig mosaic disease - Elbeaino T., Digiaro M., Alabdullah A., De Stradis A., Minafra A., Mielke N., Castellano M.A., Martelli G.P. - Journal of General Virology, 90:1281-1288
  • 2009 - Seed transmission of Fig Latent Virus 1. - Castellano M.A., De Stradis A., Minafra A., Boscia D., Martelli G.P. - Journal of Plant Pathology, 91:697-700
  • 2008 - Genetic variability and population structure of Grapevine virus A coat protein gene from naturally infected Italian vines - Murolo S, Romanazzi G, Rowhani A, Minafra A, La Notte P, Branzanti Mb, Savino V - European Journal Of Plant Pathology (10845J0), 120: 137-145
  • 2008 - Virus associated with fig mosaic in Hungary - De Stradis A., Pantaleo V., Salamon P., Minafra A., Martelli G.P. - Journal of Plant Pathology, 90:585
  • 2008 - Apricot Latent Virus and Peach Asteroid Spot - Myrta A., Minafra A., Castellano M. - Disease, Characterization, Diagnosis & Management Of Plant Viruses, Vol.2-horticultural Crops (Eds. Rao GP, Myrta, A., Ling KS ), Publisher: Studium Press