National Research Council of Italy

Institute of Biosciences and BioResources

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Angela Rosa Piergiovanni

Role: Senior Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Bari
Tel: (39) 0805583400-207

Personal Information

Professional Address: Istituto di Bioscienze e Biorisorse Via G. Amendola 165/a, I-70126 Bari (Italy)

Education and Training

  • Dec 1982: degree in Chemistry, at the University of Bari.
  • Nov 1983-Oct 1986: phD School in Chemistry Science at the University of Bari.
  • Jan 1987- Feb 1990: fellowship IITA (Ibadan, Nigeria) at Germplasm Institute (CNR)
  • Mar 1990: Research Scientist of National Research Council (IGV-CNR).
  • Jan 2010: senior researcher of National Research Council (IBBR-CNR).

Scientific Activities

  • Scientific responsible of research units in some national and international projects.
  • Contact person of pulse section forthe projects SaVeGraINPugllia I and II.
  • Collaboration at more than 25 national and international projects.
  • Member of international working groups dealing with grain crops.
  • Co-advisor of Graduate students.
  • Supervisor of fellowship students, post-graduate students.
  • Training of Italian and foreigner visitors.
  • Member of editorial board of scientific journals.
  • Reviewer for more than 15 international scientific journals.

Main Research Interests

Genetic resources:

  • characterisation of germplasm segments of pulse and hulled wheat species;
  • evaluation of genetic variation within and among species of interest for Mediterranean agriculture by using biochemical techniques;
  • characterisation and evaluation of Italian landraces of legume species.

Seed quality:

  • evaluation of grain and meal composition for nutritional traits;
  • quantisation of anti-nutritional and toxic compounds in legume seeds.


  • analysis of protein fractions by using electrophoretic techniques (CE, SDS-PAGE and PAGE).
  • sequence analysis (including DNA sequences).

She is author of more than 190 scientific contributions, the 40% of which are papers published in international peer-reviewed journals and books.

Pubblicazioni più recenti

  • PIERGIOVANNI AR (2021) Legumes: staple foods used in rituals and festive events of Apulia region (southern Italy). Food, culture & Society (on line first)
  • PIERGIOVANNI AR, MARGIOTTA B. (2021) On farm survival of Apulian legume and cereal landraces in relation to land cover/land use changes. Ital. J. Agron. 16: 67-75
  • PIERGIOVANNI AR, PROCINO G., CIFARELLI S., LIOI L (2019) Monti Dauni district (Apulia region,southern Italy): an environment promoting on farm conservation of common bean landraces. Genet Res Crop Evol. 66: 1459-1468
  • Idrissi O., Piergiovanni A.R., Toklu F., Houasli C., Udupa S.M., De Keyser E., Van Damme P., De Riek J. (2018). Molecular variance and population structure of lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) landraces from Mediterranean countries as revealed by simple sequence repeat DNA markers: implications for conservation and use. Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization 16: 249-259
  • PIERGIOVANNI AR, LIOI L., MONTESANO V., SARLI G (2017) Comparative evaluation of phosphorus accumulation and partitioning in seeds of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L) Italian J. of Agronomy 12:144-150
  • Piergiovanni A.R. (2016). Minor wheat protein fractions analysis by using capillary zone electrophoresis. Separations 3, 17. Special Issue Electrophoretic Analyses in Capillaries and Microfluidic Devices. (DOI:
  • PIERGIOVANNI AR, VILLECCO D., LIOI L., ZACCARDELLI M. (2015). Comparison among recognized and non-recognized Phaseolus vulgaris L. landraces as traditional agro food products of the Campania region (Italy). Genet Res Crop Evol 62: 1009-1019
  • PIERGIOVANNI AR (2013). Capillary electrophoresis: a useful tool for the management of plant geneticresources. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 405: 481-491
  • PIERGIOVANNI AR. (2013). Evaluation of genetic variation and grain quality of old bread wheat varieties introduced in North-western Italian environments. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 60: 325-333, doi: 10.1007/s10722-012-9838-2
  • Lioi L, PIERGIOVANNI AR. (2013). Genetic diversity and seed quality of the "Badda" common bean from Sicily (Italy). Diversity, 5: 843-855, doi: 10.3390/d5040843
  • Lioi L, PIERGIOVANNI AR. (2013). European common bean. In: Genetic and Genomic Resources of Grain Legume Improvement. p. 11-40, Oxford: Elsevier, doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-397935-3.00002-5
  • PIERGIOVANNI AR, Bisignano V, Polignano GB, Lioi L (2013). Dark and bright facets of the nutritional value of grass pea (Lathyrus sativus L.) seeds. In: Legumes: Types, Nutritional composition and Health benefits. p. 179-192, New York: Nova Science Publishers, Zaccardelli M, Sonnante G, Lupo F, PIERGIOVANNI AR, Laghetti G, Sparvoli F, and Lioi L (2013).
  • Characterization of Italian Chickpea (Cicer Arietinum L.) Germplasm by Multidisciplinary Approach. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 60: 865-877, doi: 10.1007/s10722-012-9884-9
  • PIERGIOVANNI AR. (2013). Capillary electrophoresis: a useful tool for the management of plant genetic resources. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 405: 481-491, doi: 10.1007/s00216-012-6127-z
  • Zaccardelli M, Lupo F, PIERGIOVANNI AR, Laghetti G, Sonnante G, Daminati MG, Sparvoli F, Lioi L (2012). Characterization of Italian lentil (Lens culinaris Medik) germplasm by agronomic traits, biochemical and molecular markers. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 59: 727-738, doi:10.1007/s10722-011-9714-5 Lioi L, Nuzzi A, Campion B,
  • PIERGIOVANNI AR. (2012). Assessment of genetic variation in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) from Nebrodi mountains (Sicily, Italy). Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 59: 455-464, doi:10.1007/s10722-011-9696-3
  • PIERGIOVANNI AR, Sparvoli F, Zaccardelli M (2012). ’Fagiolo a Formella’ an Italian lima bean ecotype. Biochemical and nutritional characterisation of dry and processed seeds. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 92: 2387-2393, doi: 10.1002/jsfa.5645 Pasqualone A,
  • PIERGIOVANNI AR, Caponio F, Paradiso V, Summo C, Simeone R (2011). Evaluation of the technological characteristics and bread-making quality of alternative wheat cereals in comparison with common and durum wheat. Food Science and Technology International, 17: 135-138, doi: 10.1177/1082013210381547
  • PIERGIOVANNI AR, Lupo F, Zaccardelli M (2011). Environmental effect on yield, composition and technological seed traits of some Italian ecotypes of grass pea (Lathyrus sativus L.). Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 91: 122-129, doi: 10.1002/jsfa.4161
  • PIERGIOVANNI AR, Damascelli A (2011). L-homoarginine accumulation in grass pea (Lathyrus sativus L.) dry seeds. A preliminary survey. Food and Nutrition Sciences, 2: 207-213, doi: 10.4236/fns.2011.23028
  • PIERGIOVANNI AR. (2011). Kinetic of water adsorption in common bean: considerations on the suitability of Peleg’s model for describing bean hydration. Journal of Food Processing and Preservation, 35: 447-452, doi: 10.1111/j.1745-4549.2010.00486.x
  • Lioi L, Galasso I, Daminati MG, PIERGIOVANNI AR. (2010). Inhibitory properties and binding loop polymorphism in Bowman-Birk inhibitors from Phaseolus species. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 57: 533-542, doi: 10.1007/s10722-009-9491-6 PIERGIOVANNI AR. (2009). Estimating gliadin and albumin variation at intra and inter-accession level in the USDA Oriental wheat (T. turanicum Jakubz.) collection using capillary zone electrophoresis. Cereal Chemistry, 86: 37-43,
  • Galasso I, PIERGIOVANNI AR, Lioi L, Campion B, Bollini R, Sparvoli F (2009). Genome organization of Bowman-Birk inhibitor in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). Molecular Breeding, 23: 617-624, doi: 10.1007/s11032-009-9260-4
  • PIERGIOVANNI AR, Simeone R, Pasqualone A (2009). Composition of whole and refined meals of Kamut under southern Italian conditions. Chemical Engineering Transactions. vol. 17, p. 891-896, Sauro Pierucci Editor, doi: 10.3303/CET0917149
  • LAGHETTI G, PIERGIOVANNI AR, SONNANTE G, LIOI L, PIGNONE D (2008). The Italian lentil genetic resources: a worthy basic tool for breeders. The European Journal of Plant Science and Biotechnology, 2: 48-59
  • PIERGIOVANNI AR, (2007). Extraction and separation of water-soluble proteins from different wheat species by acidic capillary electrophoresis. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 55: 3850-3856

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