Chiara Pagliarani

My main scientific interest is focused on the study of plant (grapevine in particular) responses to environmental stresses, with specific attention to the physiological and molecular mechanisms either triggering or regulating these processes. Deepening current knowledge on these topics is indeed a necessary research challenge not only for improving the sustainability of current agronomical practices, but also for supporting and empowering future breeding programs aimed at selecting new crop genotypes with enhanced adaptability to recent climate changes.
The research activity carried out during the PhD concerned the characterization of eco-physiological and molecular responses in grapevine plants exposed to drought stress, by combining the application of physiology, transcriptomics and metabolomics.
During the following period as Post Doc at the University of Torino, I further deepened the study of biological processes underlying plant physiological responses to abiotic stress, working not only on grapevine, but also on other species of agronomic interest, such as poplar and tomato. Particular care was directed to the crucial role of key molecules involved in signalling cascades, such as small RNAs, by using grafted plants. In parallel, a specific research line was addressed to investigate molecular and biochemical mechanisms involved in the recovery of xylem embolisms induced by water stress in woody plant stem.
More recently, I have also studied the physiological and molecular interactions at the base of the still debated recovery process spontaneously occurring in grapevine plants affected by Flavescence dorèe phytoplasma (INTEFLAVI project).
Moreover, I am co-founder of the start-up company GRAPE.


Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 2018 - miRVIT: A novel miRNA database and its application to uncover vitis responses to flavescence dorée infection - Chitarra W., Pagliarani C., Abbà S., Boccacci P., Birello G., Rossi M., Palmano S., Marzachì C., Perrone I., Gambino G. - Frontiers in plant science, volume 9
  • 2018 - Exogenous strigolactone interacts with abscisic acidmediated accumulation of anthocyanins in grapevine berries - Ferrero M., Pagliarani C., Novák O., Ferrandino A., Cardinale F., Visentin I., Schubert A. - Journal Of Experimental Botany , 69: 2391-2401
  • 2018 - Dissecting interplays between Vitis vinifera L. and grapevine virus B (GVB) under field conditions - Chitarra W., Cuozzo D., Ferrandino A., Secchi F., Palmano S., Perrone I., Boccacci P., Pagliarani C., Gribaudo I., Mannini F., Gambino G. - Molecular Plant Pathology , 19: 2651-2666
  • 2016 - Insights on the impact of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis on tomato tolerance to water stress - Chitarra W., Pagliarani C., Maserti B.e., Lumini E., Siciliano I., Cascone P., Schubert A., Gambino G., Balestrini R., Guerrieri E. - Plant Physiology , 171: 1009-1023
  • 2014 - Gene expression in vessel-associated cells upon xylem embolism repair in Vitis vinifera L. petioles - Chitarra W., Balestrini R., Vitali M., Pagliarani C., Perrone I., Schubert A., Lovisolo C. - Planta , 239:887-899
  • 2014 - Functional genomics in fruit trees. - Gambino G., Pagliarani C., Gribaudo I. - In: K.G. Ramawat, J-M. Mérillon, M.R. Ahuja (eds.) Tree Biotechnology. Science Publishers, an imprint of CRC press (Taylor & Francis group co.), Boca Raton, FL, USA., 578-607
  • 2012 - Co-evolution between Grapevine rupestris stem pitting-associated virus and Vitis vinifera L. leads to decreased defence responses and increased transcription of genes related to photosynthesis. - Gambino G., Cuozzo D., Fasoli M., Pagliarani C., Vitali M., Boccacci P., Pezzotti M., Mannini F. - JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY, 63:5919-5933
  • 2012 - The grapevine root-specific aquaporin VvPIP2;4N controls root hydraulic conductance and leaf gas exchange under well watered conditions but not under water stress - Perrone I., Gambino G., Chitarra W., Vitali M., Pagliarani C., Riccomagno N., Balestrini R., Kaldenhoff R., Uehlein N., Gribaudo I., Schubert A., Lovisolo C. - Plant Physiology , 160:965-977
  • 2010 - Transgene Silencing In Plants: Mechanisms, Applications And New Perspectives - Pagliarani C., Perrone I., Carra A., Gambino G. - In: Gene Silencing: Theory, Techniques And Applications, A.J. Catalano (eds), Publisher: Nova Science Publishers , NY, USA