Daniela Di Baccio

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Transition metals such as zinc (Zn) are essential micronutrients for many physiological processes, but they become toxic at elevated levels. Zinc is one of the most abundant trace heavy metals present in agro-ecosystems. Populus spp. have been suggested as good candidates for using to study the removal and/or immobilization of environmental organic and(More)
Increasing global background concentrations of tropospheric ozone (O(3)) are expected to affect both crops and forest ecosystems negatively. The phytotoxic effects of O(3) are mainly associated with the O(3)-induced production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in excess of the ability of the plant to maintain ROS below the tolerance threshold. It is the(More)
Salinity is a widespread environmental stress for crop plants. It is common in arid, semiarid, and coast regions. In those environments, seawater infiltrations can occur or the sea provides the only source of water for irrigation. The effects of 10% and 20% seawater in nutrient solutions were studied in 30 day-old plants of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.)(More)
The effects of the bleaching herbicides amitrole (125 micro M) and norflurazon (100 micro M) on etioplast lipids were studied in barley plants (Hordeum vulgare L. cv. Express) grown for 7 d either at 20 degrees C or 30 degrees C in darkness. Total lipid, glycolipid and phospholipid contents of control etioplasts were increased at 30 degrees C in comparison(More)
Soil cadmium (Cd) contamination is becoming a matter of great global concern. The identification of plants differentially sensitive to Cd excess is of interest for the selection of genotype adaptive to grow and develop in polluted areas and capable of ameliorating or reducing the negative environmental effects of this toxic metal. The two poplar clones(More)
Populus x canadensis clone I-214 exhibits a general indicator phenotype in response to excess Zn, and a higher metal uptake in roots than in shoots with a reduced translocation to aerial parts under hydroponic conditions. This physiological adaptation seems mainly regulated by roots, although the molecular mechanisms that underlie these processes are still(More)
Information on plant responses to combined stresses such as ozone (O3) and cadmium (Cd) is scarce in tree species. On the other hand, high O3 concentrations in the atmosphere and heavy metal contaminations in water and soil simultaneously affect forest ecosystems. Toxic metals may exacerbate the consequences of air pollutants. In this research, two poplar(More)
Zinc (Zn) is an essential element for plant growth and development, but at high levels this metal can become toxic. Hyperaccumulator species are often not suitable for phytoremediation technologies because they need to be fast growing and have high biomass production, such as those of the Populus genus. Comparative genomics studies of poplars subjected to(More)
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