National Research Council of Italy

Institute of Biosciences and BioResources

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Francesca Bagnoli

Role: Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Florence
Tel: (39) 055-522-5721


Present: researcher at CNR IBBR Firenze, Italy since October 2014


  • researcher at CNR IPSP Firenze, Italy November 2011- September 2014
  • 2002 - Ph.D. in Agricultural and Forest Genetics at the University of Florence, discussing a thesis: “Isolation and molecular characterization of genes coding antioxidant enzymes in trees: Prunus persica and Pinus pinea”

Professional experience

2006-2011 - Postdoc research contract on "Genetic improvement of cypress for resistance to Seiridium cardinale" at the Institute of Plant Protection of CNR, Firenze.

2002-2004 - Postdoc research contract on "Functional genomics in plants of agricultural interest" at the Department of Agricultural Biotechnology of the University of Florence.

2001 - Award of CNR Project Agency 2000 - cod. CNRG000AA1 entitled " Abiotic stress defence mechanisms: isolation and molecular characterization of genes coding for enzymes catalase and superoxidedismutase in Pinus pinea"

1996-1998 - Coordinated and continued collaboration on the project of the European Community PL No. 1496-45 entitled "Development, validation and application of molecular, morphological and physiological markers for juvenile and mature state characterization in woody plant species".

1996 - Collaboration on the project "Plant Biotechnology" Area 8- supported by MRAAF (Italian Agricultural and Forestry Ministry) ; Unit No. 3 (M.L. Racchi) Institute of Forestry University of Florence. Project: "Morphogenesis and development in woody plants: molecular approaches to phase change".

1994-1995 - A two year fellowship on "Valuation of south American maize populations for the tolerance to abiotic stress with particular attention to UV radiation", at the Overseas Agronomic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Florence.

Main research areas

  • population genetics of forest trees
  • conservation genetics of forest trees
  • phylogeography of forest tree
  • identification and characterisation of molecular markers in forest trees (SSRs, SNPs)
  • use of molecular markers in forest genetics and breeding
  • molecular basis of adaptation
  • study of genetics of forest woody species through the application of the main methods of Bayesian statistics

Partecipation in Projects

2020-2025 EU Project H2020 Forgenius “Improving access to FORest GENetic resources Information and services for end-USers”. Project leader: Dr. Ivan Scotti, INRAE Avignon (France).

2019-2021- Servizi di assistenza tecnica in ambito forestale per la definizione di criteri e linee guida nella gestione dei querceti lombardi - progetto LIFE IP GESTIRE- AZIONE A.18 e C.14

2018- 2021- Progetto “L’ultima foresta incantata” - Fondazione con il Sud

2019-2020- Progetto Bilaterale Italia-Montenegro “Adaptive capacity of Fagus sylvatica along altitudinal transects in the Appenine and the Balkans”.

2018-2022- EU project H2020 B4EST “Adaptive BREEDING for productive, sustainable and resilient FORESTs under climate change”. Project leader: Dr. Catherine Bastien - Amélioration, Génétique et Physiologie Forestières (AGPF), Inra, Orleans (protocollo CNR/IBBR n. 0000100 09/01/2018)

2017-2018- Progetto Bilaterale Italia-Montenegro “Adaptive responses to drought in Pinus heldreichii along altitudinal transects in the Apennines and the Balkans”.

2016-2020- EU project H2020 GenTree “Optimising the management and sustainable use of forest genetic resources in Europe”. Project leader Dr. Bruno Fady - Ecologie des Forêts Méditerranéennes (URFM), Inra, Avignon. (protocollo CNR/IBBR n. 0006139 07/07/2016).

2015-2018- Progetto WOODIV “Origin and congruence of taxonomic, phylogenetic, functional and paleoecological diversity patterns: the model of European-Mediterranean woody plant biodiversity”.

2015-2016- Progetto Bilaterale Italia-Montenegro “Tree fragmented populations from refugial areas: the anfiadriatic connection”.

2013-2016- Progetto relativo al bando “Invito a presentare progetti di ricerca fondamentale o di base annualità 2012” della Regione Sardegna e dal titolo “Tortrix viridana & Quercus: indagini genetiche sull’associazione lepidottero-querce in Sardegna”.

2012-2017- EU project WATBIO “Development of improved perennial non-food biomass and bioproduct crops for water stressed environments”

2012-2016- COST Action “Strengthening conservation: a key issue for adaptation of marginal/peripheral populations (MaP-FGR) of forest tree to climate change in Europe”

2011-2013- EU project EuroVOL-MOMEVIP “Molecular and metabolic bases of volatile isoprenoid-induced resistance to stresses”.

2010- PRIN 2008: “Analisi di SNPs in geni candidati associati alla tolleranza allo stress idrico in popolazioni di conifere mediterranee” U.O. nell’ambito del progetto “Adattamento a cambiamenti climatici in specie forestali mediterranee: un approccio di genomica di popolazioni” (protocollo 2008HTEJY8).

2007-2009- Progetto ‘Monitoraggio dello stato sanitario e della variabilità genetica di popolamenti di sughera situati nelle aree protette (A.N.P.I.L.) comune di San Giuliano Terme (PI).

1997-2000- E.U. Fair 96-1445 “Development, validation and application of molecular, morphological and physiological markers for juvenile and mature state characterization in woody plant species”.

1996- Progetto MRAAF “Biotecnologie vegetali” Area 8-Biologia dello sviluppo; Unità Operativa n°3 Istituto di Selvicoltura Università degli Studi di Firenze. Programma: Morfogenesi e differenziamento in specie arboree: approcci molecolari allo studio del “phase change” (cambiamento di fase giovanile/adulta) per la propagazione di genotipi superiori.


  • Elisabet Martínez-Sancho et al. (2020). The GenTree Dendroecological Collection, tree-ring and wood density data from seven tree species across Europe Scientific Data 7 (1): 1-7 DOI: 10.1038/s41597-019-0340-y
  • Mutke S., Vendramin G.G., Fady B., Bagnoli F., González-Martínez S.C. (2019). Molecular and Quantitative Genetics of Stone Pine (Pinus pinea) In: Nandwani D. (eds) Genetic Diversity in Horticultural Plants. Sustainable Development and Biodiversity, vol 22. Springer, Cham DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-96454-6_3.
  • Cheikh Albassatneh M., Escudero M., Ponger L., Monnet A.C., Arroyo J., Nikolic T., Bacchetta G., Bagnoli F., Dimopoulos P., Leriche A., Médail F., Roig A., Spanu I., Vendramin G.G., Hampe A., Fady B. (2019). A comprehensive, genus-level time-calibrated phylogeny of the tree flora of Mediterranean Europe and an assessment of its vulnerability. Botany Letters, doi: 10.1080/23818107.2019.1684360
  • Erichsen E.O., Budde K.B., Sagheb-Talebi Kh., Bagnoli F., Vendramin G.G., Hansen O.K. (2018). Hyrcanian Forest - stable rear-edge populations harboring high genetic diversity of Fraxinus excelsior, a common European tree species. Diversity and Distributions DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12783
  • Tóth E.G., Bede-Fazekas A., Vendramin G.G., Bagnoli F., Hohn M. (2017). Mid-Pleistocene and Holocene demographic fluctuation of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris ) in the Carpathian Mountains and the Pannonian Basin: Signs of historical expansions and contractions. Quaternary International DOI:
  • Tóth E.G., Vendramin G.G., Bagnoli F., Cseke C., Höhn M (2017). High genetic diversity and distinct origin of recently fragmented Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) populations along the Carpathians and the Pannonian Basin. Tree Genetics & Genomes 13 (2): 223.
  • Piotti A., Leonarduzzi C., Postolache D., Bagnoli F., Spanu I., Brousseau L., Urbinati C., Leonardi S., Vendramin G.G. (2017). Unexpected scenarios from Mediterranean refugial areas: disentangling complex demographic dynamics along the Apennine distribution of silver fir. Journal of Biogeography, 44(7), 1547-1558.
  • Mousavi S., Mariotti R., Bagnoli F., Costantini L., Cultrera N.G.M., Arzani K., Pandolfi, S. Vendramin G.G., Torkzaban B., Hosseini-Mazinani M., Baldoni L., (2017). The eastern part of the Fertile Crescent concealed an unexpected route of olive (Olea europaea) differentiation. Annals of Botany 119 (8): 1305-1318.
  • Plomion C, Bartholomé J, Lesur I, Boury C, Rodríguez-Quilón I, Lagraulet H, Ehrenmann F, Bouffier L, Gion JM, Grivet D, de Miguel M, de María N, Cervera M, Bagnoli F, Isik F, Vendramin GG, Gonzalez-Martinez SC (2016) High-density SNP assay development for genetic analysis in maritime pine (Pinus pinaster).Mol Ecol Res 16(2):574-587.
  • Bagnoli F., Tsuda Y., Fineschi S., Bruschi P., Magri D., Zhelev P., Paule L., Simeone M.C., González-Martínez S.C. & Vendramin G.G. (2016) Combining molecular and fossil data to infer demographic history of Quercus cerris: insights on European eastern glacial refugia. Journal of Biogeography, 43, 679-690.
  • Mayol, M., Riba, M., González-Martínez, S., Bagnoli, F., de Beaulieu, J.L., Berganzo, E., Burgarella, C., Dubreuil, M., Krajmerova, D., Paule, L., Romsakova, I., Vettori, C., Vincenot, L., Vendramin, G. (2015) Adapting through glacial cycles: insights from a long-lived tree (Taxus baccata) New Phytologist 208: 973-986.
  • Soliani C., Tsuda Y., Bagnoli F., Gallo L.A., Vendramin G.G., Marchelli P. (2015) Halfway encounters: meeting points of colonization routes among the southern beeches Nothofagus pumilio and antarctica. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution Volume: 85 Pages: 197-207 DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2015.01.006
  • Pinosio S, González-Martínez S.C., Bagnoli F., Cattonaro F., Grivet D., Marroni F., Lorenzo Z., Pausas J.G., Verdú M., Vendramin G.G. (2014) First insights into the transcriptome and development of new genomic tools of a widespread circum-Mediterranean tree species, Pinus halepensis Mill. Molecular Ecology Resources DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12232
  • Lagercrantz, F. Bagnoli, T. Källman, G.G. Vendramin (2013) Genetics: Next generation sequencing: opportunities and challenges for forest genetics and breeding. Congresso sulla biodiversità delle foreste mediterranee Novel Tree Breeding
  • Loreto F, Bagnoli F, Calfapietra C, Cafasso D, De Lillis M, Filibeck G, Fineschi S, Guidolotti G, Sramkó G, Tökölyi J, Ricotta C (2013) Isoprenoid emission in hygrophyte and xerophyte European woody flora: ecological and evolutionary implications. Global Ecology and Biogeography DOI: 10.1111/geb.12124
  • Bruschi P, Angeletti C., González O., Signorini M.A., Bagnoli F. (2013) Genetic and morphological variation of Rhizophora mangle (red mangrove) along the northern Pacific coast of Nicaragua. Nordic Journal Of Botany Article first published online : 27 AUG 2013, DOI: 10.1111/j.1756-1051.2013.00138.x
  • Gatto A., De Paola D., Bagnoli F., Vendramin G.G., Sonnante G. (2013) Population structure of Cynara cardunculus L. complex and the origin of the conspecific crops artichoke and cardoon. Annals of Botany in press
  • Bodénès C, Chancerel E, Gailing O, Vendramin GG, Bagnoli F, et al (2012) Comparative mapping in the Fagaceae and beyond with EST-SSRs. BMC Plant Biology 2012, 12:153 doi:10.1186/1471-2229-12-153 Published: 29 August 2012
  • Bagnoli F, Fady B., Fineschi S., Oddou-Muratorio S., Piotti A., Sebastiani F., and Vendramin G.G. (2011) Neutral pattern of genetic variation and applications to conservation in conifer species. In: Plomion C., Bousquet J., and Kole C. (Eds) Genetics, genomics and breeding of conifer. Science Publisher, New Hampshire, USA, pp. 141-195.
  • Ferreira R.C., Piredda R., Bagnoli F., Bellarosa R., Attimonelli M., Fineschi S., Schirone B, Simeone M.C. (2011). Phylogeography and conservation perspectives of an endangered macaronesian endemic: Picconia azorica (Tutin) Knobl. (Oleaceae). European Journal of Forest Research 130:181-195.
  • Loreto F, Bagnoli F and Fineschi S (2009). One species, many terpenes: matching chemical and biological diversity. Trends in Plant Science,14 (8): 409-462.
  • Bagnoli F., Vendramin G.G., Buonamici A., Doulis A.G., González-Martínez S.C., La Porta N., Magri D., Raddi P., Sebastiani F. and Fineschi S. (2009). Is Cupressus sempervirens native in Italy? An answer from genetic and palaeobotanical data. Molecular Ecology, 18 (10): 2276-2286.
  • Bagnoli F., Bardazzi I., Racchi M.L. (2004) Changes of antioxidant enzyme gene expression during Pinus pinea development. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 26 (3): 304-305 Supplement: Suppl. S.
  • Bagnoli F., Danti S., Magherini V., Cozza R., Innocenti A.M. and Racchi M.L., (2004). Molecular cloning, characterisation and expression of two catalase genes from peach. Functional Plant Biology, 31 (4):349-357.
  • Bagnoli F., Giannino D., Caparrini S., Camussi A., Mariotti D. and Racchi M. L., (2002). Molecular cloning, characterisation and expression of a manganese superoxide dismutase gene from peach (Prunus persica [ L.] Batsch). Molecular Genetics and Genomics, 267 (3): 321-328.
  • Racchi M.L., Bagnoli F., Danti S. (2001) Are Antioxidant Enzymes Convenient markers to study development phase change in woody species? EC-Cost 822-3 Progress in Understanding Phase Change in woody plants. Vol.1, pp. 59-83.
  • Racchi M.L., Bagnoli F., I. Balla, Danti S., (2001). Differential activity of catalase and superoxide dismutase in seedlings and in vitro micro-propagated oak (Quercus robur L.). Plant Cell Reports 20:169-174.
  • Danti S., Bagnoli F., Racchi M.L., (1999): “Catalase and Manganese Superoxide dismutase are differentially expressed during development in woody species”, Proceedings of Biofor99, International Congress “Application of biotechnology to forest Genetics”, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, pp. 465-474.
  • Bagnoli, F., Capuana, M., and Racchi, M.L. (1998). Developmental changes of catalase and superoxide dismutase isoenzymes in zygotic and somatic embryos of horse chestnut. Australian Journal of Plant Physiology 25, 909-913.
  • Racchi M.L., A.P. Chiusi., F Bagnoli., L.A. Manzocchi (1996) Characterization of maize defective kernels (dek) mutants affecting seed germination. Maydica 41: 271-277.

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