Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources

National Research Council of Italy

Luciana Baldoni

Role: Senior Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Perugia
Tel: (39) 075-5014866
E-mail: luciana.baldoni@ibbr.cnr.it

National Research Council - Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources (CNR-IBBR), Division of Perugia, Via Madonna Alta, 130 - 06128 Perugia, Italy

Research interests: Olive genomics, evaluation of genetic resources, breeding

Main focus of the research includes the biology, genetics, genomics and breeding of olive (Olea europaea L.), with current activities carried out on:

  • characterizing genes and regulatory elements involved in important metabolic pathways (oil accumulation, secoiridoid synthesis, fruit ripening),
  • sequencing and analysing fruit and flower transcriptomes,
  • evaluating plant response to biological (Bactrocera oleae, Spilocaea oleagina) and environmental (drought, salt) stresses,
  • analysing sexual reproduction (incompatibility system) and vegetative propagation (adventitious root formation),
  • developing new SNP and SSR markers,
  • genotyping and phenotyping cultivated and wild olives,
  • identifying functional markers and QTLs by genetic mapping,
  • association mapping of stress resistance and adaptation,
  • testing varietal composition and detecting frauds in olive oil by DNA-based markers,
  • participating to the olive genome sequencing,
  • cross breeding aimed at selecting drought/salt tolerant rootstocks, modifying tree architecture, reducing energy intakes and producing bioactive compounds (more than 1.000 cross-pollinated seedlings under selection),
  • conserving and phenotyping a wide collection of olive genotypes (about 500), including varieties, wild plants and related sub-species.

Research Group:

  • Nicolò Cultrera - Researcher
  • Roberto Mariotti - Research Assistant
  • Saverio Pandolfi - Research Assistant

Current main projects

  • 2016-2019. OLIVE4CLIMATE - Climate Change Mitigation through a Sustainable Supply Chain for the Olive Oil Sector (LIFE15 CCM/IT/000141)
  • 2015-2019. BeFOre - Establishing common protocols for the conservation and evaluation of the olive genetic resources (European Project H2020-MSCA-RISE-2014).
  • 2011-2015. OLEA - Olive Genomics and Breeding, responsible for ‘Olive germplasm characterization and breeding’ (MIPAAF).
  • 2014-2017. SAFE&SMART - Development of new molecular tools to detect pathogens on food products (MIUR, Cluster CL.A.N.).
  • 2013-2015. ‘Development of methods to control olive oil and olive fruits authenticity and quality’ (UNAPROL).
  • 2013-2015. - TiBorG - ‘Establishing olive cultivation in areas previously occupied by tobacco’, Amerolio - ‘Developing new strategies of olive cultivation in Southern Umbria by the use of traditional varieties’, Inside Olive Oil - ‘Molecular characterization of extra virgin olive oils’, and Pollinator - ‘Evaluating the best pollinators for the Umbria varieties’ (PSR projects, Umbria).

Research Activities

  • Participation and scientific coordination of more than 20 international and national research projects
  • Invited speaker and chairperson at international and national congresses
  • Attendance in scientific committees of national and international congresses
  • Participation at advisory panels for the evaluation of EU research proposals
  • Advisor of numerous national and international post doc researchers and research fellows
  • Supervisor of undergraduate, master and PhD students
  • Teaching in national and international theoretical and practical courses
  • Collaboration with universities and research institutes at national level and throughout numerous countries in Europe, America and Asia
  • Provider of molecular analysis for cultivars/clones identification and for the assessment of olive oil varietal composition
  • Member of national and international scientific societies and academies
  • Ad Hoc reviewer for 15 scientific journals

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