Pasqua Veronico

Main interest is to study the molecular mechanisms involved in the susceptible and resistant response of plants to nematode challenge. In particular we are studying genes that codify for enzymes that play a principal role both during the oxidative burst and during plant defence response to both root-knot and cyst nematodes specifically in tomato-Meloidogyne incognita and pea-Heterodera goettingiana interactions. Actually we are unravelling the role of chemical (BTH an analogue of salicylic acid) and physical (ozone) inducers on gene expression of targets involved in detoxification processes or mainly in plant defence response (e.g. lignin synthesis). The aim is to use the knowledge of these mechanisms to obtain valid tools for the control of infections by nematodes in crop plants.

Methodologies utilized include molecular techniques that can identify and characterize genes and gene products involved in the plant response to nematode challenge: polymerase chain reactions (RT-PCR and qPCR), cDNA-AFLP analysis of gene expression, in situ hybridization on plant sections.

Another field of interest is the characterization of specie-specific genes coding for cuticular collagens in the root-knot nematode M. incognita with the aim to evaluate their role during the life-cycle “in planta” and to elaborate strategies to contain the infection.


Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 2019 - Ozone treatments activate defence responses against Meloidogyne incognita and Tomato spotted wilt virus in tomato - Prigigallo M.I., Melillo M.T., Bubici G., Dobrev P.I., Vankova R., Cillo F., Veronico P. - Pest management science,
  • 2019 - Effect of coffee silver skin and brewers’ spent grain in the control of root-knot nematodes - Thligene N., Mezzapesa G.N., Mondelli D., Trani A., Veronico P., Melillo M. T., Dumontet S., Miano T., Sasanelli N. - Helminthologia, 56: 30-41
  • 2018 - Changes in lignin biosynthesis and monomer composition in response to benzothiadiazole and root-knot nematode Meloidogyne incognita infection in tomato - Veronico P., Paciolla C., Pomar F., De Leonardis S., Garcia-Ulloa A., Melillo M.T. - Journal Of Plant Physiology , 230: 40-50
  • 2016 - Ozonated water reduces susceptibility in tomato plants to Meloidogyne incognita by the modulation of the antioxidant system - Veronico P., Paciolla C., Sasanelli N., De Leonardis S., Melillo M.T. - Molecular plant pathology,
  • 2015 - Atmospheric particulate matter (PM) effect on the growth of Solanum lycopersicum cv. Roma plants - Daresta B.E., Italiano F., Gennaro G.D., Trotta M., Tutino M., Veronico P. - Chemosphere , 119:37-42
  • 2014 - Benzothiadiazole effect in the compatible tomato-Meloidogyne incognita interaction: changes in giant cell development and priming of two root anionic peroxidases - Melillo M.T., Leonetti P., Veronico P. - Planta , 240: 841-854
  • 2011 - ROS and NO production in compatible and incompatible tomato-Meloidogyne incognita interactions - Melillo M.T., Leonetti P., Leone A., Veronico P., Bleve-Zacheo T. - European Journal Of Plant Pathology , 130: 489-502
  • 2010 - A polygalacturonase-inhibiting protein with a role in pea defence against the cyst nematode Heterodera goettingiana - Veronico P., Melillo M.T., Saponaro C., Leonetti P., Picardi E., Jones J.T. - Molecular Plant Pathology , 12:275-287
  • 2009 - Analysis of class III peroxidase genes expressed in roots of resistant and susceptible wheat lines infected by Heterodera avenae - Simonetti E., Veronico P., Melillo M.T., Delibes A., Fe Andrés M.F., Lopez-brana I. - Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions , 22:1081-1092
  • 2008 - Genome sequence of the metazoan plant-parasitic nematode: Meloidogyne incognita - Abad P., Gouzy J., Aury J.M., Castagnone-Sereno P., Danchin E.G.J., Deleury E., Perfus-Barbeoch L., Anthouard V., Artiguenave F., Blok V.C., Caillaud M.C., Coutinho P.M., Dasilva C., De Luca F., Deau F., Esquibet M., Flutre T., Et Al. - Nature Biotechnology , 26: 909-915