Maria Saponari

Dr. Maria Saponari graduated in 1997 in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Bari; in 2001 after she got her PhD in Plant Virology at University of Bari, she joined the research group at the Institute of   Plant Virology – CNR. Dr. Saponari originally worked on the detection and characterization of olive-infecting viruses, contributing to extend the knowledge on olive viruses, to develop protocols for sanitary assessment and clean stock program for the production of virus-free olive plants. In 2003, she extented her research to citrus infecting viruses, particularly, on the Citrus tristeza virus (CTV). Through the support of the CNR short-term mobility program 2006 and 2007, she has been visiting scientist at the USDA, Parlier – California. In the framework of these stages, different activities were developed on CTV: biological characterization, molecular characterization, development of protocol through real-time RT-PCR for detection and strain differentiation of CTV, in vitro and in vivo CTV transmission by aphids, field survey. The collaboration established with the USDA resulted in different cooperative agreement with the CNR, to develop innovative researches: one of the first joint project (2008-2012) aimed to characterize the small interfering RNA associated to cross-protection phenomenon in CTV infected plants. Recently, Dr. Saponari partecipated to the project funded by California Department of Food and Agriculture on “Development of high throughput detection of RNA and DNA citrus pathogens” (2010-2013). The activities begun within the above mentioned projects on these new aspects of the molecular research, have been extended in 2011, in the framework of the national project OLEA to olive crops. Specifically, Dr. Saponari is conducting researches aimed to determine the miRNA profile and the role of transposable elements in epigenetic control.


Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 2018 - A negative-stranded RNA virus infecting citrus trees: The second member of a new genus within the order bunyavirales - Navarro B., Zicca S., Minutolo M., Saponari M., Alioto D., Di Serio F. - Frontiers in microbiology, volume 9
  • 2018 - Previsual symptoms of Xylella fastidiosa infection revealed in spectral plant-trait alterations - Zarco-Tejada P.J., Camino C., Beck P.S.A., Calderon R., Hornero A., Hernandez-Clemente R., Kattenborn T., Montes-Borrego M., Susca L., Morelli M., Gonzalez-Dugo V., North P.R.J., Landa B.B., Boscia D., Saponari M., Navas-Cortes J.A. - Nature Plants, 4: 432-439
  • 2017 - Resistenza a Xylella fastidiosa in diverse cultivar di olivo - Boscia D., Altamura G., Ciniero A., Di Carolo M., Dongiovanni C., Fumarola G., Giampetruzzi A., Greco P., La Notte P., Loconsole G, Manni F., Melcarne G., Montilon V., Morelli N., Murrone N., Palmisano F., Pollastro P., Potere O., Roseti V., Saldarelli P., Saponari A., Saponari M., Savino V., Silletti M.R., Specchia F., Susca L., Tauro D., Tavano D., Venerito P., Zicca S., Martelli G.P. - Informatore Agrario, 11: 59-61
  • 2017 - Incidenza di xylella in oliveti con disseccamento rapido - Boscia D., Altamura G., Saponari M., Tavano D., Zicca S., Pollastro P., Silletti M.R., Savino V.N., Martelli G.P., Delle Donne A., Mazzotta S., Signore P.P., Troisi M., Drazza P., Conte P., D'Ostuni V., Merico S., Perrone G., Specchia F., Stanca A., Tanieli M. - Informatore Agrario, 27: 47-51
  • 2017 - Recenti sperimentazioni per il controllo di Xylella - Dongiovanni C., Di Carolo M., Fumarola G., Ciniero A., Tauro D., Palmisano F., Silletti M.R., Pollastro P., Altamura G., Cavalieri V., Morelli M., Saldarelli P., Boscia D., Saponari M., Faretra F. - Olivoeolio, 4: 25-29
  • 2017 - Genome-wide analysis provides evidence on the genetic relatedness of the emergent xylella fastidiosa genotype in Italy to isolates from Central America - Giampetruzzi A., Saponari M., Loconsole G., Boscia D., Savino V.N., Almeida R.P.P., Zicca S., Landa B.B., Chacon-Diaz C., Saldarelli P. - Phytopathology , 107: 816-827
  • 2017 - Complete genome sequence of the olive-infecting strain Xylella fastidiosa subsp. pauca De Donno - Giampetruzzi A., Saponari M., Almeida R.P.P., Essakhi S., Boscia D., Loconsole G., Saldarelli P. - Genome Announcements , 5(27): e00569-17
  • 2017 - A possible role of CTV.20 gene methylation in response to Citrus tristeza virus infection - Fanelli V., De Giovanni C., Saponari M., Leonetti P., Ricciardi L., Montemurro C. - European Journal Of Plant Pathology ,
  • 2016 - Intercepted isolates of Xylella fastidiosa in Europe reveal novel genetic diversity - Loconsole G., Saponari M., Boscia D., D'Attoma G., Morelli M., Martelli G.P., Almeida R.P.P. - European journal of plant pathology (Dordr., Online), 1-10
  • 2016 - Transcriptome profiling of two olive cultivars in response to infection by the CoDiRO strain of Xylella fastidiosa subsp. pauca - Giampetruzzi A., Morelli M., Saponari M., Loconsole G., Chiumenti M., Boscia D., Savino V.N., Martelli G.P., Saldarelli P. - BMC genomics, volume 17
  • 2016 - The olive quick decline syndrome in south-east Italy: a threatening phytosanitary emergency - Martelli G.P., Boscia D., Porcelli F., Saponari M. - European Journal Of Plant Pathology , 144: 235-243
  • 2015 - Survey for the presence of Xylella fastidiosa subsp. pauca (strain CoDiRO) in some forestry and ornamental species in the Salento Peninsula - Potere O., Susca L., Loconsole G., Saponari M., Boscia D., Savino V., Martelli G.P. - Journal Of Plant Pathology , 97: 373-376
  • 2015 - Isolation and partial characterization of a novel cytorhabdovirus from citrus trees showing foliar symptoms in Iran - Sadeghi M.S., Afsharifar A., Izadpanah K., Loconsole G., De Stradis A., Martelli G.P., Saponari M. - Plant Disease ,
  • 2015 - How do plant disease caused by Xylella fastidiosa emerge? – The European outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa associated with a severe disease of olive - Almeida R., Nunney L., Boscia D., Saponari M. - Plant Disease , 99: 1457-1467
  • 2015 - Draft Genome Sequence of the Xylella fastidiosa CoDiRO Strain - Giampetruzzi A., Chiumenti M., Saponari M., Donvito G., Italiano A., Loconsole G., Boscia D., Cariddi C., Martelli G.P., Saldarelli P. - Genome Announcements, 3:e01538-14
  • 2015 - Draft Genome Sequence of CO33, a Coffee-Infecting Isolate of Xylella Fastidiosa - Giampetruzzi A., Loconsole G., Boscia D., Calzolari A., Chiumenti M., Martelli G.p., Saldarelli P., Almeida R., Saponari M. - Genome Announcements , volume 3
  • 2014 - Isolation of a Xylella fastidiosa strain infecting olive and oleander in Apulia, Italy - Cariddi C., Saponari M., Boscia D., De Stradis A., Loconsole G., Nigro F., Porcelli F., Potere O., Martelli G.P. - Journal Of Plant Pathology , 96: 425-429
  • 2014 - Infectivity and transmission of Xylella fastidiosa by Philaenus spumarius (Hemiptera: Aphrophoridae) in Apulia, Italy - Saponari M., Loconsole G., Cornara D., Yokomi R.K., De Stradis A., Boscia D., Bosco D., Martelli G.p., Krugner R., Porcelli F. - Journal Of Economic Entomology , 107: 1316-1319
  • 2014 - New hosts of Xylella fastidiosa strain CoDiRO in Apulia - Saponari M., Boscia D., Loconsole G., Palmisano F., Savino V., Potere O., Martelli G.P. - Journal of plant pathology, 96: 611
  • 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 - Identification and characterization of Citrus yellow vein clearing virus, a putative new member of the genus Mandarivirus infecting Citrus spp. - Loconsole G., Önelge N. , Potere O., Giampetruzzi A., Bozan O., Satar S., De Stradis A., Savino V., Yokomi R.K., Saponari M. - Phytopathology, 102:1168-1175
  • 2012 - Identification of a single-stranded DNA virus associated with citrus chlorotic dwarf disease, a new member in the family Geminiviridae - Loconsole G., Saldarelli P., Doddapaneni H., Savino V., Martelli G.P., Saponari M. - Virology, 432:162-172
  • 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
  • 2010 - La tristeza degli agrumi e i rischi per l’agrumicoltura in Italia. - Barbarossa L., Saponari M. - Protezione Delle Colture , 3:22-27
  • 2008 - Quantitative Detection of Citrus tristeza virus (CTV) in Citrus and Aphids by Real-time Reverse Transcription-PCR (TaqMan®) - Saponari M., Keremane M.l., Yokomi R.k. - Journal Of Virological Methods (03232J0), 147: 43-53
  • 2008 - PCR-based Detection of Spiroplasma Citri Associated with Citrus Stubborn Disease - Yokomi R.k., Mello A., Saponari M., Fletcher J. - Plant Disease (01997J0), 92: 253-260