National Research Council of Italy

Institute of Biosciences and BioResources

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Monica De Palma

Role: Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Portici
Tel: (39) 081-2539245


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 and Training

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

From June 2001 to July 2001. Visiting scientist at laboratory of Prof. L. Vigh. Biochemistry Institute, Biological Research Centre of National Academy of Science”, Szeged-Hungary.

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.

- Characterization of genotypes of lignocellulosic species (A. donax, Cynara cardunculus var altilis) for tolerance to abiotic stress (salinity and drought).

Research projects (selection)

  • PSR CAMPANIA 2014-2020, Mis. 10 Sottomisura 10.2 Tipologia d’intervento 10.2.1 Conservazione delle risorse genetiche autoctone a tutela della biodiversità Risorse Genetiche Vegetali "AgroBiodiversità Campana: moltiplicazione, conservazione e caratterizzazione di risorse genetiche vegetali erbacee autoctone-ABC", (2019-2023);
  • Fondazione CARIPLO, Bando 2018 ricerca scientifica - Economia circolare: ricerca per un futuro sostenibile. "Biotechnologies for sustainable production of bio-based commodities and specialty products in a cardoon-based biorefinery-BOBCAT" (2019-2021);
  • 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

  • Docimo T, De Stefano R, Cappetta E, Piccinelli AL, Rita Celano R, De Palma M and Tucci M. (2020). Physiological, biochemical, and metabolic responses to short and prolonged saline stress in two cultivated cardoon genotypes. Plants 9, 554; doi:10.3390/plants9050554
  • De Palma M, Salzano M , Villano C, Aversano R, Lorito M, Ruocco M, Docimo T, Piccinelli AL, D’Agostino N and Tucci M. (2019) Transcriptome reprogramming, epigenetic modifications and alternative splicing orchestrate the tomato root response to the beneficial fungus Trichoderma harzianum. Horticulture Research 6 (5): 1-15
  • Mudau SP, Steenkamp PA, Piater LA, De Palma M, Tucci M, Madala NE, Dubery IA. (2018). Metabolomics-guided investigations of unintended effects of the expression of the hydroxycinnamoyl quinate hydroxycinnamoyltransferase (hqt1) gene from Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus in Nicotiana tabacum cell cultures. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 127: 287-298
  • Docimo T, Francese G, Ruggiero A, Batelli G, De Palma M, Bassolino L, Toppino L, Rotino GL, Mennella G, Tucci M. (2016). Phenylpropanoids Accumulation in Eggplant Fruit: Characterization of Biosynthetic Genes and Regulation by a MYB Transcription Factor. Front Plant Sci., 6: 1233. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2015.01233
  • De Palma M, D’Agostino N, Proietti S, Bertini L, Lorito M, Ruocco M, Caruso C, Chiusano ML, Tucci M. (2016). Suppression Subtractive Hybridization analysis provides new insights into the tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) response to the plant probiotic microorganism Trichoderma longibrachiatum MK1. Journal of Plant Physiology, 190:79-94.
  • 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

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