Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources

National Research Council of Italy

Francesca Bagnoli

Role: Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Florence
Tel: (39) 055-522-5721
E-mail: francesca.bagnoli@ibbr.cnr.it


Present: researcher at CNR IBBR Firenze, Italy since October 2014


  • researcher at CNR IPSP Firenze, Italy November 2011- September 2014
  • 2002 - Ph.D. in Agricultural and Forest Genetics at the University of Florence, discussing a thesis: “Isolation and molecular characterization of genes coding antioxidant enzymes in trees: Prunus persica and Pinus pinea”

Professional experience

2006-2011 - Postdoc research contract on "Genetic improvement of cypress for resistance to Seiridium cardinale" at the Institute of Plant Protection of CNR, Firenze.

2002-2004 - Postdoc research contract on "Functional genomics in plants of agricultural interest" at the Department of Agricultural Biotechnology of the University of Florence.

2001 - Award of CNR Project Agency 2000 - cod. CNRG000AA1 entitled " Abiotic stress defence mechanisms: isolation and molecular characterization of genes coding for enzymes catalase and superoxidedismutase in Pinus pinea"

1996-1998 - Coordinated and continued collaboration on the project of the European Community PL No. 1496-45 entitled "Development, validation and application of molecular, morphological and physiological markers for juvenile and mature state characterization in woody plant species".

1996 - Collaboration on the project "Plant Biotechnology" Area 8- supported by MRAAF (Italian Agricultural and Forestry Ministry) ; Unit No. 3 (M.L. Racchi) Institute of Forestry University of Florence. Project: "Morphogenesis and development in woody plants: molecular approaches to phase change".

1994-1995 - A two year fellowship on "Valuation of south American maize populations for the tolerance to abiotic stress with particular attention to UV radiation", at the Overseas Agronomic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Florence.

Main research areas

  • population genetics of forest trees
  • conservation genetics of forest trees
  • phylogeography of forest tree
  • identification and characterisation of molecular markers in forest trees (SSRs, SNPs)
  • use of molecular markers in forest genetics and breeding
  • molecular basis of adaptation
  • study of genetics of forest woody species through the application of the main methods of Bayesian statistics


  • Pinosio S, González-Martínez S.C., Bagnoli F., Cattonaro F., Grivet D., Marroni F., Lorenzo Z., Pausas J.G., Verdú M., Vendramin G.G. (2014) First insights into the transcriptome and development of new genomic tools of a widespread circum-Mediterranean tree species, Pinus halepensis Mill. Molecular Ecology Resources DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12232
  • Loreto F, Bagnoli F, Calfapietra C, Cafasso D, De Lillis M, Filibeck G, Fineschi S, Guidolotti G, Sramkó G, Tökölyi J, Ricotta C (2013) Isoprenoid emission in hygrophyte and xerophyte European woody flora: ecological and evolutionary implications. Global Ecology and Biogeography DOI: 10.1111/geb.12124
  • Bruschi P, Angeletti C., González O., Signorini M.A., Bagnoli F. (2013) Genetic and morphological variation of Rhizophora mangle (red mangrove) along the northern Pacific coast of Nicaragua. Nordic Journal Of Botany Article first published online : 27 AUG 2013, DOI: 10.1111/j.1756-1051.2013.00138.x
  • Gatto A., De Paola D., Bagnoli F., Vendramin G.G., Sonnante G. (2013) Population structure of Cynara cardunculus L. complex and the origin of the conspecific crops artichoke and cardoon. Annals of Botany in press
  • Bodénès C, Chancerel E, Gailing O, Vendramin GG, Bagnoli F, et al (2012) Comparative mapping in the Fagaceae and beyond with EST-SSRs. BMC Plant Biology 2012, 12:153 doi:10.1186/1471-2229-12-153 Published: 29 August 2012
  • Bagnoli F, Fady B., Fineschi S., Oddou-Muratorio S., Piotti A., Sebastiani F., and Vendramin G.G. (2011) Neutral pattern of genetic variation and applications to conservation in conifer species. In: Plomion C., Bousquet J., and Kole C. (Eds) Genetics, genomics and breeding of conifer. Science Publisher, New Hampshire, USA, pp. 141-195.
  • Ferreira R.C., Piredda R., Bagnoli F., Bellarosa R., Attimonelli M., Fineschi S., Schirone B, Simeone M.C. (2011). Phylogeography and conservation perspectives of an endangered macaronesian endemic: Picconia azorica (Tutin) Knobl. (Oleaceae). European Journal of Forest Research 130:181-195.
  • Loreto F, Bagnoli F and Fineschi S (2009). One species, many terpenes: matching chemical and biological diversity. Trends in Plant Science,14 (8): 409-462.
  • Bagnoli F., Vendramin G.G., Buonamici A., Doulis A.G., González-Martínez S.C., La Porta N., Magri D., Raddi P., Sebastiani F. and Fineschi S. (2009). Is Cupressus sempervirens native in Italy? An answer from genetic and palaeobotanical data. Molecular Ecology, 18 (10): 2276-2286.
  • Bagnoli F., Bardazzi I., Racchi M.L. (2004) Changes of antioxidant enzyme gene expression during Pinus pinea development. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 26 (3): 304-305 Supplement: Suppl. S.
  • Bagnoli F., Danti S., Magherini V., Cozza R., Innocenti A.M. and Racchi M.L., (2004). Molecular cloning, characterisation and expression of two catalase genes from peach. Functional Plant Biology, 31 (4):349-357.
  • Bagnoli F., Giannino D., Caparrini S., Camussi A., Mariotti D. and Racchi M. L., (2002). Molecular cloning, characterisation and expression of a manganese superoxide dismutase gene from peach (Prunus persica [ L.] Batsch). Molecular Genetics and Genomics, 267 (3): 321-328.
  • Racchi M.L., Bagnoli F., Danti S. (2001) Are Antioxidant Enzymes Convenient markers to study development phase change in woody species? EC-Cost 822-3 Progress in Understanding Phase Change in woody plants. Vol.1, pp. 59-83.
  • Racchi M.L., Bagnoli F., I. Balla, Danti S., (2001). Differential activity of catalase and superoxide dismutase in seedlings and in vitro micro-propagated oak (Quercus robur L.). Plant Cell Reports 20:169-174.
  • Danti S., Bagnoli F., Racchi M.L., (1999): “Catalase and Manganese Superoxide dismutase are differentially expressed during development in woody species”, Proceedings of Biofor99, International Congress “Application of biotechnology to forest Genetics”, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, pp. 465-474.
  • Bagnoli, F., Capuana, M., and Racchi, M.L. (1998). Developmental changes of catalase and superoxide dismutase isoenzymes in zygotic and somatic embryos of horse chestnut. Australian Journal of Plant Physiology 25, 909-913.
  • Racchi M.L., A.P. Chiusi., F Bagnoli., L.A. Manzocchi (1996) Characterization of maize defective kernels (dek) mutants affecting seed germination. Maydica 41: 271-277.

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