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, 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
  • 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 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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