National Research Council of Italy

Institute of Biosciences and BioResources

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Maria Stefania Grillo

Role: Research Director
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Portici
Tel: (39) 081-2539213

Born: Naples (Italy), September 12 1957

Nationality: Italian

Professional Address:

Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources, UOS Portici

Via Università 133

80055 Portici (Italy)

Job position: Research Director

Education and Training ( selected , 2013-1980)

Oct 2013 Head of IBBR UOS Portici

Dic 2002-Nov 2010 Head of IGV UOS Portici

Jan 2002 - Senior Scientist of the CNR- Plant Genetics Institute, UOS Portici

Jul 1991-Nov 1992 Research Fellow at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill NC, US

June-September 1990 Visiting Scientist at Purdue University, West Lafayette Indiana , US

1986 Researcher at CNR - Institute of Breeding for Vegetables and Flowers, Portici

March 1982-1984 Research fellow of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei at the University of Naples , Faculty of Agriculture

Jan 1980 Graduated in Biology , magna cum laude, at University of Naples Federico II

Research Projects 2018-today

- Genome Editing in Plants, PlantED - Cost Action 18111 (2020-2023) Role: Action Partecipant Member -Project MIUR PNR 2015-2020 -E-crops - Technologies for Sustainable Digital Agriculture ARS01fl01136 (2020-2023). Role: Project Participant of the CNR Unit , PI of IBBR Portici -Project PSR Campania 2014-2020- ABC -AgroBiodiversità Campana: moltiplicazione, conservazione e caratterizzazione di risorse genetiche vegetali erbacee autoctone (2019-2023) - Misura 10, Sottomisura 10.2, Tipologia 10.2.1 .Role: Project Participant of the CNR Unit

-Project CISGET - "Cisgenesi e genome editing in pomodoro, Programma "BIOTECH", supported by the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry policies (2020-2022). Role: Project Participant of the CNR Unit

-Project EU H2020 SFS-01-2016 TOMRES - A Novel And Integrated Approach To Increase Multiple & Combined Stress Tolerance In Plants Using Tomato As A Model (2017-2020). Role: Project Participant

-Project EU H2020 SFS-7a-2014 TRADITOM - Traditional Tomato Varieties and Cultural Practices: A Case For Agricultural Diversification with Impact on Food Security and Health of European Population (2014-2018) Role: Project Participant

-Project Bilateral Agreement CNR- COREA DEL SUD - NRF “Non canonical & non housekeeping functions of RNA splicing factors in plants (2021-2023) Role: Project Participant

-MIUR PNRR- Missione 4 Componente 2 Investimento 1.4National Research Centre for Agricultural Technologies (Agritech) ( 2022-2025) - Role in Spoke 1- Plant, animal and microbial genetic resources and adaptation to climatic changes : Workpackage leader, Scientific responsible for IBBR; PI of IBBR Portici

PRIN (2023-2025)

Professional Activities (selected 2014-present )

  • 2015-2017- Member of the Board of the Italian Society of Agricultural Genetics (SIGA)
  • 2010-2017 -Member of the Doctorate School Committee ‘Biologia dei Sistemi’ of University of Salerno
  • 2010-present - Member of the Scientific Committee of the Portici Camps Foundation
  • 2010-2020 Member of the Scientific and Management Board of the Public-Private Laboratory on ‘Genomics for innovation and valorization of Tomato’ - MIUR PON02_00666
  • Tutor and supervisor of undergraduate and PhD students and national/international post-doc and fellow
  • Ad hoc Reviewer for journals in Plant Science area

Research Interest

Research activities are in the area of plant genetics and biotechnologies applied to breeding of vegetable crops and the development of sustainable agriculture systems S. Grillo coordinates a research group focused on the identification and characterization of genes with key role in the plant response to stress signals using integrated approaches of functional genomics and advanced plant phenotyping in Solanacee ( omato, pepper, potato) and in the model species Arabidopsis. In recent years, by large scale transcriptomic analyses and functional approaches, the group identified genes involved in RNA regulatory mechanisms as important players of the osmotic stress response pathway impacting plant developmental processes.

Recent Publications ( selected 2018-present)

Landi S , Punzo P, Nurcato R, Albrizio R, Sanseverino W, Aiese Cigliano R, Giorio P , Fratianni , Batelli G, Esposito S, Grillo S (2023) Transcriptomic landscape of tomato traditional long shelf-life landraces under low water regimes. PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY 201 . DOI 10.1016/j.plaphy.2023.107877

Genangeli A, Avola G, Bindi M, Cantini C, Cellini F, Grillo S, Petrozza A, Riggi E, Ruggiero A, Summerer S, Tedeschi A, Gioli B (2023) Low-Cost Hyperspectral Imaging to Detect Drought Stress in High-Throughput Phenotyping .PLANTS 12: 1-19.DOI 10.3390/plants12081730

Pons C, Casals J, Palombieri S, Fontanet L, Riccini A, Rambla JL, Ruggiero A, Figás M, Plazas M, Koukounaras A, Picarella ME, Sulli M, Fisher J, Ziarsolo P, Blanca J, Cañizares J Cammareri M, Vitiello A, Batelli G, Kanellis A, Brouwer M, Finkers R, Nikoloudis K, Soler S, Giuliano G, Grillo S, GrandilloS, Zamir D, Mazzucato A, Causse M, et al. (2022). Atlas of phenotypic, genotypic and geographical diversity present in the European traditional tomato. HORTICULTURE RESEARCH, vol. 9, uhac112, ISSN: 2052-7276

Ruggiero A, Punzo P, Van Oosten MJ, Cirillo V, Esposito S, Costa A, Maggio A, Grillo S, Batelli G (2022). Transcriptomic and splicing changes underlying tomato responses to combined water and nutrient stress.. FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE, ISSN: 1664-462X

Blanca J., Pons C., Montero-Pau J., Sanchez-Matarredona D., Ziarsolo P., Fontanet L., Fisher J., Plazas M., Casals J., Rambla J. L., Riccini A., Pombarelli S., Ruggiero A, Sulli M., Grillo S., Kanellis A., Giuliano G., Finkers R., Cammareri M., Grandillo S., Mazzuccato A., Causse M., Diez M. J., Prohens J., Zamir D., Canizares J., Monforte A. J., Granell A. (2022). European Vintage tomatoes galore: a result of farmers combinatorial assorting/swapping of a few diversity rich loci. JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY, vol. 73, p. 3431-3445, ISSN: 0022-0957

Akrimi R, Hajlaoui H, Batelli G, Ruggiero A, Badri M, Grillo S., Mhamdi M (2020). Electromagnetic water enhanced metabolism and agro-physiological responses of potato (Solanum tuberosumL) under saline conditions. JOURNAL OF AGRONOMY AND CROP SCIENCE, ISSN: 0931-2250, doi: 10.1111/jac.12449 EA OCT 2020

Fratianni F, d’Acierno A, Cozzolino A, Spigno P, Riccardi R, Raimo F, Pane C, Zaccardelli M, Lombardo VT, Tucci M, Grillo S., Coppola R, Nazzaro F (2020). Biochemical Characterization of Traditional Varieties of Sweet Pepper (Capsicum annuumL.) of the Campania Region, Southern Italy (2020) . ANTIOXIDANTS, vol. 9, ISSN: 2076-3921, doi: 10.3390/antiox9060556

Giorio P, Cirillo V, Caramante M, Oliva M, Guida G, Venezia A, Grillo S., Maggio A, Albrizio R (2020). Physiological Basis of Salt Stress Tolerance in a Landrace and a Commercial Variety of Sweet Pepper (Capsicum annuum L.). PLANTS, vol. 9, ISSN: 2223-7747, doi: 10.3390/plants9060795

Punzo P, Grillo S., Batelli G (2020). Alternative splicing in plant abiotic stress responses. BIOCHEMICAL SOCIETY TRANSACTIONS, vol. 48, p. 2117-2126, ISSN: 0300-5127, doi: 10.1042/BST20200281

Punzo P, Ruggiero A, Possenti M, Perrella G, Nurcato R, Costa A, Morelli G, Grillo S., Batelli G (2020). DRT111/SFPS Splicing Factor Controls Abscisic Acid Sensitivity during Seed Development and Germination. PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, vol. 183, p. 793-807, ISSN: 0032-0889, doi: 10.1104/pp.20.00037

Ruggiero A, Landi S, Punzo P, Possenti M, Van Oosten MJ, Costa A, Morelli G, Maggio A, Grillo S., Batelli G (2019). Salinity and ABA Seed Responses in Pepper: Expression and Interaction of ABA Core Signaling Components. FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE, vol. 10, ISSN: 1664-462X, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.00304

Tranchida-Lombardo V, Mercati F, Avino M, Punzo P, Fiore MC, Poma I, Patane C, Guarracino MR, Sunseri F, Tucci M, Grillo S. (2019). Genetic diversity in a collection of Italian long storage tomato landraces as revealed by SNP markers array. PLANT BIOSYSTEMS, vol. 153, p. 288-297, ISSN: 1126-3504, doi: 10.1080/11263504.2018.1478900

Castiglia D, Leone S, Tamburino R, Sannino L, Fonderico J, Melchiorre, Carpentieri A, Grillo S, Picone D, Scotti N (2018). High-level production of single chain monellin mutants with enhanced sweetness and stability in tobacco chloroplasts. PLANTA, vol. 248, p. 465-476, ISSN: 0032-0935, doi: 10.1007/s00425-018-2920-z

Giorio P, Guida G, Mistretta C, Sellami MH, Oliva M, Punzo P, Iovieno P, Arena C, De Maio A, Grillo S., Albrizio R (2018). Physiological, biochemical and molecular responses to water stress and rehydration in Mediterranean adapted tomato landraces. PLANT BIOLOGY, vol. 20, p. 995-1004, ISSN: 1435-8603, doi: 10.1111/plb.12891

Mazzeo MF, Cacace G, Iovieno P, Massarelli I, Grillo S., Siciliano RA (2018). Response mechanisms induced by exposure to high temperature in anthers from thermo-tolerant and thermo-sensitive tomato plants: A proteomic perspective. PLOS ONE, vol. 13, ISSN: 1932-6203, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201027

Punzo P, Ruggiero A, Grillo S., Batelli G (2018). TIP41 network analysis and mutant phenotypes predict interactions between the TOR and ABA pathways. PLANT SIGNALING & BEHAVIOR, vol. 13, ISSN: 1559-2316, doi: 10.1080/15592324.2018.1537698

Punzo P, Ruggiero A, Possenti M, Nurcato R, Costa A, Morelli G, Grillo S., Batelli G (2018). The PP2A-interactor TIP41 modulates ABA responses in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLANT JOURNAL, vol. 94, p. 991-1009, ISSN: 0960-7412, doi: 10.1111/tpj.13913

Tranchida-Lombardo V, Aiese Cigliano R, Anzar I, Landi S, Palombieri S, Colantuono C, Bostan H, Termolino P, Aversano R, Batelli G, Cammareri M, Carputo D, Chiusano ML, Conicella C, Consiglio F, D’Agostino N, De Palma M, Di Matteo A, Grandillo S, Sanseverino W, Tucci M, Grillo S (2018). Whole-genome re-sequencing of two Italian tomato landraces reveals sequence variations in genes associated with stress tolerance, fruit quality and long shelf-life traits. DNA RESEARCH, vol. 25, p. 149-160, ISSN: 1340-2838, doi: 10.1093/dnares/dsx045


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