National Research Council of Italy

Institute of Biosciences and BioResources

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Francesca Taranto

Role: Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Bari
Tel: (39) 39-5583400

Since 28/11/2019 she is a Researcher at National Research Council of Italy, Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources (CNR-IBBR), Bari (area: Biology, Biotechnology and BioResource - Scientific-disciplinary sector: AGR/07).

Scientific activities

Her research activity is focused on marker assisted breeding and genetics of olive, wheat, legumes and other cultivated trees (almond and grapevine). Genetics, molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics are used to investigate population genetics, biodiversity and gene flow, and identify key genes involved in the expression of important agronomic traits.

She is author of 26 scientific papers on international journals with IF (number of documents: 26; total citations: 389; H index: 11; Scopus database queried on September 4th 2020) and of chapters in international books

She is reviewer for several international scientific journals. Since January 2018 she is Review Editor in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, part of the journal(s) Frontiers in Genetics, Plant Science and Bioengineering and Biotechnology. Since July 2018 she is Review Editor for Plant Breeding, a specialty of Frontiers in Plant Science.

Since 2017 she is a member of the Italian Society of Agricultural Genetics.

Since 1/09/2020 she is Editor of the Special Issue "Genetics and Genomics of Olives" of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).

Research projects

She is scientific responsible of Bilateral agreement (2021-2022)- HCST/NCRD - The Higher Council for Science and Technology /National Centre for Research and Development. Title of project: Assessment of Genetic Diversity among Indigenous Populations of Ancient Olive (Olea europaea L.) Trees from Jordan.

Skills and Expertise

Plant breeding, Population genetics, Evolution, Biodiversity, Genetic resources conservation, Crop domestication, Genomics, Gene flow, Adaptation, Linkage mapping, Genome-wide association mapping.

Nucleic acid extraction and PCR; Office, Statistics (R), SNP data analysis and Association Mapping (Plink, Vcftools, GAPIT, SNP and Variation Suite, TASSEL), population genetics (STRUCTURE, Admixture, GenAlex, Arlequin, Mega, Darwin, Cervus, Bayescan, Pcadapt), Genetic Mapping (JoinMap, MapQTL), Plant functional annotation and classification (Mapman, Mercator 4.0), Gene families and genomic homology (Plaza).

Selected publications



  1. Pavan, S., Delvento, C., Mazzeo, R., Ricciardi, F., Losciale, P., Gaeta, L., D’Agostino, N., Taranto, F., Sánchez-Pérez, R., Ricciardi, L., Lotti, C. Almond diversity and homozygosity define structure, kinship, inbreeding, and linkage disequilibrium in cultivated germplasm, and reveal genomic associations with nut and seed weight. Horticulture Research, 2021, 8(1), 15.
  2. Taranto, F. D’Agostino, N. Catellani, M. Laviano, L. Ronga, D. Milc, J. & and Francia, E. (2020) Characterization of Celiac Disease-Related Epitopes and Gluten Fractions, and Identification of Associated Loci in Durum Wheat. Agronomy 10, 1231.
  3. Taranto, F., D’Agostino, N., Rodriguez, M., Pavan, S., Minervini, A. P., Pecchioni, N., Papa R., De Vita, P. (2020). Whole genome scan reveals molecular signatures of divergence and selection related to important traits in durum wheat germplasm. Frontiers in Genetics, 11, 217.
  4. Pavan S, Bardaro N, Fanelli F, Marcotrigiano A R, Mangini G, Taranto F, Catalano M, Montemurro C, De Giovanni C, Lotti C, Ricciardi L. (2019) Genotyping by Sequencing of Cultivated Lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) Highlights Population Structure in the Mediterranean Gene Pool Associated With Geographic Patterns and Phenotypic Variables. Frontiers in Genetics, September 2019
  5. Pasquale De Vita, Francesca Taranto “Durum Wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp. durum) Breeding to Meet the Challenge of Climate Change Advances in Plant Breeding Strategies, Vol 5 Cereals and Legumes to be published by Springer in 2019
  6. Sion S, Taranto F, Montemurro C, Mangini G, Camposeo S, Falco V, Gallo A, Mita G, Debbabi OS, Amar FB, Pavan S, Roseti V, Miazzi MM. (2019) Genetic Characterization of Apulian Olive Germplasm as Potential Source in New Breeding Programs. Plants 8(8):268.
  7. Spadoni A., Sion S., Gadaleta S., Savoia M.A., Piarulli L., Fanelli V., Di Rienzo V., Taranto F., Miazzi M. M., Montemurro C., Sabetta W. (2019) A simple and rapid method for genomic DNA extraction and microsatellite analysis in tree plants. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology. Vol 21, Issue 5. September 2019.
  8. Piarulli L, Savoia MA, Taranto F, D’Agostino N, Sardaro R, Girone S, Gadaleta S, Fucili V, De Giovanni C, Montemurro C, Pasqualone A, Fanelli V. (2019) A Robust DNA Isolation Protocol from Filtered Commercial Olive Oil for PCR-Based Fingerprinting. Foods, 8(10), 462.
  9. Taranto F, Nicolia A, Pavan S, De Vita P, D’Agostino N. Biotechnological and digital revolution in crop breeding for climate-smart agriculture. Agronomy 2018, 8, 277.
  10. D’Agostino, N., Taranto, F., Camposeo, S., Mangini, G., Fanelli, V., Gadaleta, S., Miazzi, M.M., Pavan, S., di Rienzo, V., Sabetta, W., Lombardo, L., Zelasco, S., Perri, E., Lotti, C., Ciani, E., Montemurro, C. (2018). GBS-derived SNP catalogue unveiled wide genetic variability and geographical relationships of Italian olive cultivars. Scientific reports, 8(1), 15877.
  11. Taranto, F., D’Agostino, N., Pavan, S., Fanelli, V., di Rienzo, V., Sabetta, W., Miazzi, M.M., Zelasco, S., Perri, E., Montemurro, C., Montemurro, C. (2018). Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) diversity in an olive germplasm collection. Acta Horticulturae. In VIII International Olive Symposium 1199 (pp. 27-32).
  12. di Rienzo, V., Sion, S., Taranto, F., D’Agostino, N., Montemurro, C., Fanelli, V., Sabetta, W., Boucheffa, S., Tamendjari, A., Pasqualone, A., Zammit-Mangion, M., Miazzi, M.M. (2018) Genetic flow among olive populations within the Mediterranean basin. PeerJ, 6: e5260.
  13. Taranto, F., Pasqualone, A., Mangini, G., Tripodi, P., Miazzi, M.M., Pavan, S., Montemurro, C. (2017) Polyphenol oxidases in crops: Biochemical, physiological and genetic aspects. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 18 (2), 377.
  14. De Giovanni, C., Pavan, S., Taranto, F., Di Rienzo, V., Miazzi, M.M., Marcotrigiano, A.R., Mangini, G., Montemurro, C., Ricciardi, L., Lotti, C. (2017) Genetic variation of a global germplasm collection of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) including Italian accessions at risk of genetic erosion. Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants.
  15. Pavan, S., Lotti, C., Marcotrigiano, A.R., Mazzeo, R., Bardaro, N., Bracuto, V., Ricciardi, F., Taranto, F., D’Agostino, N., Schiavulli, A., De Giovanni, C., Montemurro, C., Sonnante, G., Ricciardi, L. (2017) A distinct genetic cluster in cultivated chickpea as revealed by genome-wide marker discovery and genotyping. Plant Genome 10 (2).
  16. Taranto F, D’Agostino N, Tripodi P (2016). An overview of genotyping by sequencing in crop species and its application in pepper. Springer book "Bringing Math to Life" DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-45723-9_9
  17. Taranto, F., D’Agostino, N., Greco, B., Cardi, T., Tripodi, P. (2016) Genome-wide SNP discovery and population structure analysis in pepper (Capsicum annuum) using genotyping by sequencing. BMC Genomics 17 (1), 943.
  18. Taranto F, Francese G, Di Dato F, D’Alessandro A; Greco B, Onofaro S, V, Pentangelo A, Mennella G, Tripodi P. (2016) Leaf Metabolic, Genetic and Morpho-physiological Profiles of Cultivated and Wild Rocket Salad (Eruca and Diplotaxis spp.) Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 64 (29), pp. 5824-5836.
  19. Taranto F, Mangini G, Pasqualone A, Gadaleta A, Blanco A (2015). Mapping and allelic variations of Ppo-B1 and Ppo-B2 gene-related polyphenol oxidase activity in durum wheat. Molecular Breeding (2015) 35:80.
  20. Pasqualone A, Delvecchio LN, Mangini G, Taranto F, Blanco A (2014) Variability of total soluble phenolic compounds and antioxidant activity in a collection of tetraploid wheat. Agricultural and food science. 23:307-316.
  21. Mangini G, Taranto F, Delvecchio LN, Pasqualone A, Blanco A (2014) Development and validation of a new Ppo-A1 marker useful for marker-assisted selection in tetraploid wheats. Molecular Breeding 34:385-392
  22. Laidò G, Mangini G, Taranto F, Gadaleta A, Blanco A, Cattivelli L, Marone D, Mastrangelo AM, Papa R, De Vita P (2013) Genetic diversity and population structure of tetraploid wheats (Triticum turgidum L.) estimated by SSR, DArT and pedigree data. Plos One 8(6):e67280 17 pp. ISSN 1932-203.
  23. Taranto F, Delvecchio LN, Mangini G, Del Faro L, Blanco A, Pasqualone A (2012). Molecular and physico-chemical evaluetion of enzymatic browing of whole meal and dough in a collection of tetraploid wheat. Journal of Cereal Science. 55 pp. 405-414.
  24. Mangini G, Taranto F, Giove SL, Gadaleta A, Blanco A (2010) Identification of durum wheat cultivars by a minimum number of microsatellite markers. Journal Cereal Research Communications 38(2), pp. 155-162.

Selected Publications

(full list available at CNR People)

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