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Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources

National Research Council of Italy

Gabriella Sonnante

Role: Senior Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Bari
Tel: (39) 0805583400-240
E-mail: gabriella.sonnante@ibbr.cnr.it


Gabriella Sonnante

Role: SeniorResearcher Tel: (39) 080-5583400 E-mail: gabriella.sonnante@ibbr.cnr.it

Position

Senior Researcher at IBBR/CNR

Previous Positions

2007 - present: Senior Researcher at the Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources (former Institute of Plant Genetics), CNR, Bari

1994 - 2006: Researcher at the Institute of Plant Genetics (former Germplasm Institute), CNR, Bari

Education, training and visits to other Institutions

2008: short visit at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

2003: short visit at the Botanic Institute, CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

1997: visiting scientist at the Institute of Molecular Biology (Prof. G. Kahl), Biozentrum, University of Frankfurt, Germany (2 months)

1993: visiting scientist at the Genetics Department (Prof. J. Orellana), Politenic University of Madrid, Spain for a “Training and Mobility” programme of the European Community (1 month)

1992 - 1994: IITA (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria) fellow at the Germplasm Institute, CNR, Bari

1991: visiting scientist at the Department of Agronomy and Range Science (Prof. P. Gepts), The University of California, Davis (1 year)

1990 - 1991: fellow at the Germplasm Institute, CNR, Bari

1988: Graduated in biology cum laude, University of Bari

Main research topics

Scientific activity includes researches on plant molecular evolution and differentiation of genepools, domestication, identification of molecular markers (AFLP, SSR, SNP, etc.) for evaluation and utilization of plant genetic resources, gene isolation and functional characterization.

Isolation, characterization and expression of structural genes and transcription factors involved in the synthesis of polyphenols and in the use of nitrogen; discovery and characterization of microRNAs and their involvement in the response to stresses; construction of genetic maps; genomics.

Species of interest: artichoke, durum wheat, legumes

Other activities

Management of the Cynara (artichoke and wild relatives) field collection at CNR-IBBR

Delegate for the CNR - Department of Bio-AgriFood Sciences at EPSO (European Plant Science Organization)

Member of SIGA (Italian Society for Agricultural Genetics).

Research Projects (Principal Investigator)

BiodiverSO - "Biodiversità delle Specie Orticole della Puglia" - Progetti Integrati per la Biodiversità - PSR Puglia 2007-2013, Misura 214/4 sub-azione a). Funded by: Regione Puglia (2013-2015).

BioNet - PTP, Biodiversità per la valorizzazione e sicurezza delle produzioni alimentari tipiche pugliesi - Cod. Progetto 73 - Progetto Reti di Laboratorio, Bando BURP n. 41 del 13/03/2008. Funded by: Regione Puglia (2013-2015).

ISCOCEM - PON 01_01445 “Sviluppo tecnologico e innovazione per la sostenibilità e competitività della cerealicoltura meridionale (ISCOCEM), decreto MIUR prot. n. 658/ ric. del 14/10/2011. Funded by: Ministry of Education and Research (2011-2015).

BIOforIU - PONA3_00025 D.D. 957/ric del 18/11/2011 prot. N. 1424/29 “Infrastuttura multidisciplinare per lo studio e la valorizzazione della biodiversità marina e terrestre nella prospettiva della Innovation Union”. Funded by: Ministry of Education and Research (2012-2014).

PRIN 2010-2011 “Identificazione e caratterizzazione di geni utili ad incrementare la produttività e sostenibilità del frumento duro”. Funded by: Ministry of Education and Research (2013-2016).

“Valorizzazione di leguminose tipiche pugliesi attraverso la caratterizzazione e la determinazione delle proprietà farmacologiche di nuovi inibitori Bowman-Birk”. Funded by: Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Puglia” (2011-2012).

C.I.S.I.A. - Conoscenze Integrate per la Sostenibilità e l’Innovazione del made in Italy Agroalimentare, project for the innovation of made in Italy agro-food compartment. Funded by the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Legge n. 191/2009 (2011-2015).

CYNARES (AGRI GEN RES 063) “European genetic resources of Cynara spp.”. Funded by the European Union (2007-2011).

CAR-VARVI “Valorizzazione di germoplasma di carciofo attraverso la costituzione varietale e il risanamento da virus” (D.M. 6323/7303/09 del 11/03/2009). Funded by: Ministry of Agriculture and Forest (2009-2013).

SCRIGNO - Sviluppo e Caratterizzazione delle Risorse Genetiche Native in Ortofrutticoltura, Settore Agrobiotecnologie (Legge 449/97) - "Studio della diversità genetica, caratterizzazione e valorizzazione di germoplasma di Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus L.". Funded by: Ministry of University and Research (2002-2004).

Publications, Books and Articles

Please find the full list of my publications at the following URL:

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=QDPFbPQAAAAJ

 

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(full list available at CNR People)

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