Marta Vallino

I work with microscopic techniques for the study and diagnosis of plant viruses and phytoplasms. My scientific activity is based on the use of transmission electron microscopy, confocal microscopy, laser microdissection on plant and insect tissues. Moreover, I am involved in scientific divulgation.

I obtained University degree in Biological Science in 1999 and PhD degree in 2003. I have been holder of scholarship grants and postDoc positions from 2003 to 2009 at University of Torino, University of Piemonte Orientale, Council for Research in Agriculture of Vercelli.

In the past, my scientific interests concerned mycorrhizal fungi and the study of their biodiversity and interaction with heavy metals. Afterwards, I worked with rice both on its interaction with soil fungi and on breeding using non conventional methods. I have been using techniques of molecular and cellular biology, microbiology, biochemistry and microscopy. From 2007 to 2011 I have been CEO of an Academic Spin-off.


Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 2018 - New tools to study Torradovirus molecular biology and epidemiology - Ferriol I., Turina M., Vallino M., Zamora-Macorra E.J., Nigg J.C., Falk B.W. - Acta Horticulturae , 1207: 177-184
  • 2018 - Identification and characterization of Hibiscus latent Fort Pierce virus in Italy - Nerva L., Vallino M., Turina M., Ciuffo M. - Journal Of Plant Pathology , 100: 145
  • 2018 - The Torradovirus-specific RNA2-ORF1 protein is necessary for plant systemic infection - Ferriol I., Vallino M., Ciuffo M., Nigg J.C., Zamora-Macorra E.J., Falk B.W, Turina M. - Molecular Plant Pathology ,
  • 2018 - Evidence of new viruses infecting freesia hybrids showing necrotic disease - Vaira A.M., Miozzi L., Vallino M., Carra A., Lenzi R., Salvi D., Hammond J., Pappu H.R. - Acta Horticulturae , 1193: 21-27
  • 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
  • 2018 - Broad-spectrum non-toxic antiviral nanoparticles with a virucidal inhibition mechanism - Cagno V., Andreozzi P., D'Alicarnasso M., Silva P.J., Mueller M., Galloux M., Le Goffic R., Jones S.T., Vallino M., Hodek J., Weber J., Sen S., Janecek E-R., Bekdemir A., Sanavio B., Martinelli C., Donalisio M., Rameix Welti M-A., Eleouet J-F., Han Y., Kaiser L., Vukovic L., Tapparel C., Král P., Krol S., Lembo D., Stellacci F. - Nature Materials , 17: 195-203
  • 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
  • 2016 - Multiple approaches for the detection and characterization of viral and plasmid symbionts from a collection of marine fungi - Nerva L., Ciuffo M., Vallino M., Margaria P., Varese G.c., Gnavi G., Turina M. - Virus Research , 219: 22-38
  • 2016 - Molecular identification and biological characterization of a new potyvirus in lettuce - Ciuffo M., Mammella M., Vallino M., Caciagli P., Turina M. - Archives Of Virology , 161: 2549-2554
  • 2016 - First Report of Colombian datura virus in Mandragora autumnalis in Sicily, Italy - Pacifico D., Crucitti D., Stigliano E., Ciuffo M., Vallino M., Carimi F. - Plant disease, 100: 2338-2339
  • 2015 - The Importance of the KR-Rich Region of the Coat Protein of Ourmia melon virus for Host Specificity, Tissue Tropism, and Interference With Antiviral Defense. - Rossi M., Vallino M., Abbà S., Ciuffo M., Balestrini R., Genre A., Turina M. - Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, 28:30-41
  • 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
  • 2015 - The rat ErbB2 tyrosine kinase receptor produced in plants is immunogenic in mice and confers protective immunity against ErbB2+ mammary cancer - Matic S., Quaglino E., Arata L., Riccardo F., Pegoraro M., Vallino M., Cavallo F., Noris E. - Plant Biotechnology Journal (Online), 1-7
  • 2015 - Detection of a mixed virus population in Freesia plants with necrotic disease - Vaira A.M., Vallino M., Lenzi R., Masenga V., Lisa V., Costantini A., Salvi D., Carra A., Hammond J. - Acta Horticulturae , 1072: 173-178
  • 2015 - Shall we share? A repository for Open Research Data in agriculture and environmental sciences - Abbà S., Birello G., Vallino M., Perin A., Ghignone S., Caciagli P. - EPPO Bulletin , 45:311-316
  • 2015 - Host and non-host roots in rice: cellular and molecular approaches reveal differential responses to arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi - Fiorilli V., Vallino M., Biselli C., Faccio A., Bagnaresi P., Bonfante P. - Frontiers In Plant Science , 6:1-17
  • 2015 - A rice GRAS gene has an impact on the success of arbuscular mycorrhizal colonization - Fiorilli V., Volpe V., Zanini S., Vallino M., Abbà S., Bonfante P. - American Journal Of Plant Sciences (Print), 6:1905-1915
  • 2014 - The NSs protein of Tomato spotted wilt virus is required for persistent infection and transmission by Frankliniella occidentalis - Margaria P.,Bosco L.,Vallino M.,Ciuffo M.,Mautino G. C.,Tavella L.,Turina M. - Journal Of Virology , 88:5788-5802
  • 2014 - Inactivation of high-risk human papillomaviruses by Holder pasteurization: implications for donor human milk banking - Donalisio M., Cagno V., Vallino M., Moro G.E., Arslanoglu S., Tonetto P., Bertino E., Lembo D. - Journal Of Perinatal Medicine , 42:1-8
  • 2014 - Rice flooding negatively impacts root branching and arbuscular mycorrhizal colonization, but not fungal viability - Vallino M.,Fiorilli V.,Bonfante P. - Plant, Cell And Environment , 37:557-572
  • 2014 - Innate nuclear sensor IFI16 translocates into the cytoplasm during the early stage of in vitro human cytomegalovirus infection and is entrapped in the egressing virions during the late stage - Dell'Oste V., Gatti D., Gugliesi F., De Andrea M., Bawadekar M., Lo Cigno I., Biolatti M., Vallino M., Marshall M., Gariglio M., Landolfo S. - Journal Of Virology , 88:6970-6982
  • 2011 - Unique arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities uncovered in date palm plantations and surrounding desert habitats of Southern Arabia - Al-yahyaìei M.N., Oehl F., Vallino M., Lumini E., Redecker D., Wiemken A., Bonfante P. - Mycorrhiza (Berl.), 21: 195-209
  • 2011 - Genomic suppression subtractive hybridization as a tool to identify differences in mycorrhizal fungal genomes - Murat C., Zampieri E., Vallino M., Daghino S., Perotto S., Bonfante P. - Fems Microbiology Letters , 318: 115-122
  • 2011 - Different farming and water regimes in Italian rice fields affect arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal soil communities - Lumini E., Vallino M., Alguacil M.M., Romani M., Bianciotto V. - Ecological Applications , 21(5): 1696-1707
  • 2009 - Cu,Zn superoxide dismutase and zinc stress in the metal-tolerant ericoid mycorrhizal fungus Oidiodendron maius Zn - Vallino M., Martino E., Boella F., Murat C., Chiapello M., Perotto S. - Fems Microbiology Letters , 293:48-57