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Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources

National Research Council of Italy

Monica De Palma

Role: Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Portici
Tel: (39) 081-2539245
E-mail: monica.depalma@ibbr.cnr.it


Position:

2011-today: Permanent position as Researcher at the National Research Council, Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources, Research Division: Portici (NA), Italy.

Work experiences

2005-2011: Post-doctoral fellow at CNR, Institute of Plant Genetics (today IBBR), Research Division of Portici (NA);

2004-2005: Research fellow at Centro Regionale di Competenza in Produzioni Agroalimentari, University of Salerno, Fisciano (SA).

Education

2005 - Master in Plant Biotechnology, University of Naples Federico II

2005 - PhD in Plant Biotechnology, University of Naples Federico II

1998 - Degree in Biological Sciences, University of Naples Federico II

Research Interests

My research activity within the group “Genetics and biotechnologies for the improvement of agro-industrial productions” at CNR-IBBR in Portici is currently focused on the following topics:

- Identification of molecular mechanisms and regulatory networks underlying plant-environmental interactions. Using genomic approaches, we investigate the molecular response of tomato to rhizosphere beneficial microorganisms and/or abiotic stresses;

- Isolation, cloning and functional analysis of key genes and transcription factors involved in the biosynthesis of relevant secondary metabolites in crop species (Cynara cardunculus var scolymus and Solanum melongena);

- Study of mechanisms implicated in the merceological and nutritional value of foods.

Research projects

  • MIUR PON_03 “Sviluppo di tecnologie verdi per la produzione di BIOchemicals per la sintesi e l’applicazione industriale di materiali POLImerici a partire da biomasse vegetali ottenute da sistemi colturali Sostenibili nella Regione Campania” (BioPoliS) (2014-2015);
  • MIUR CLUSTER Tecnologico Nazionale CL.A.N., area applicativa AgriFood, “Nuove tecnologie abilitanti per la food safety e l’integrità delle filiere agro-alimentari in uno scenario globale” (Safe&Smart) (2013-2015);
  • MIUR PON_02 “Potenziamento della filiera pomodoro attraverso applicazioni integrate di postgenomica” (GenoPOM-pro) (2012-2015);
  • MIUR PON_02 “Valorizzazione di produzioni ortive campane di eccellenza con strumenti di genomica avanzata” (GenHORT) (2012-2015);
  • MIUR PON_01 “Filiere agro-industriali integrate ad elevata efficienza energetica per la messa a punto di processi di Produzione Eco-compatibili di Energia e Bio-chemicals da fonte rinnovabile e per la valorizzazione del territorio” (EnerbioChem) (2012-2015).

Main publications

  • De Palma M, Fratianni F, Nazzaro F, Tucci M (2014). Isolation and functional characterization of a novel gene coding for flavonoid 3’-hydroxylase from globe artichoke. Biol Plantarum 58(3): 445-455. DOI 10.1007/s10535-014-0424-7.
  • Tucci M, Ruocco M, De Masi L., De Palma M, Lorito M (2011). The beneficial effect of Trichoderma spp. on tomato is modulated by the plant genotype. Mol Plant Pathol 12(4): 341-354. DOI: 10.1111/J.1364-3703.2010.00674.X
  • Sonnante G, D’Amore R, Blanco E, Pierri CL, De Palma M, Luo J, Tucci M, Martin C (2010). Novel Hydroxycinnamoyl-Coenzyme A Quinate Transferase Genes from Artichoke Are Involved in the Synthesis of Chlorogenic Acid. Plant Physiol 153:1224-1238. DOI 10.1104/pp.109.150144
  • De Palma, M., Grillo, S, Massarelli I., Costa A., Balogh, G., Vigh, L., Leone, A. (2008). Regulation of desaturase gene expression, changes in membrane lipid composition and freezing tolerance in potato plants. Molecular Breeding 21:15-26. DOI 10.1007/s11032-007-9105-y
  • Craig, W., Lenzi, P., Scotti, N., De Palma, M., Saggese, P., Carbone, V., McGrath Curran, N., Magee, A.M., Medgyesy, P., Kavanagh, T.A., Dix, P.J., Grillo, S., Cardi, T. (2008). Transplastomic tobacco plants expressing a fatty acid desaturase gene exhibit altered fatty acid profiles and improved cold tolerance. Transgenic Research 17:769-782. DOI 10.1007/s11248-008-9164-9

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

http://scholar.google.it/citations?user=DI2YeGoAAAAJ.

 

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