Stefano Biricolti

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Constitutive expression of the rice cold-inducible Osmyb4 gene in transgenic Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) plants improves adaptive responses to cold and drought stress, most likely due to the constitutive activation of several stress-inducible pathways and to the accumulation of several compatible solutes (e.g., glucose, fructose, sucrose, proline,(More)
Flavonoids have recently been suggested to have the potential to serve as antioxidants other than effective UV attenuators in photoprotection. Here, we tested the hypothesis that flavonoids accumulate in response to "excess light" in the presence or in the absence of UV radiation. In a UV exclusion experiment, we grew Ligustrum vulgare plants outdoors under(More)
It is desirable that the expression of transgenes in genetically modified crops is restricted to the tissues requiring the encoded activity. To this end, we have studied the ability of the heterologous ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) small-subunit (SSU) gene promoters, RBCS3CP (0.8 kbp) from tomato (hycopersion esculentum Mill.)(More)
The experiment was conducted using Fraxinus ornus plants grown outside under full sunlight irradiance, and supplied with 100% (well-watered, WW), 40% (mild drought, MD), or 20% (severe drought, SD) of the daily evapotranspiration demand, with the main objective of exploring the effect of excess light stress on the activity of antioxidant enzymes and(More)
The Brassica napus extensin A gene is highly expressed in root tissue of oilseed rape. In an attempt to identify an effective root-specific promoter for biotechnological applications, we have examined the ability of the −940 extA promoter to drive expression of the gusA reporter gene in the vegetative tissues of apple (Malus pumila Mill cv. Greensleeves).(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Flavonoids have the potential to serve as antioxidants in addition to their function of UV screening in photoprotective mechanisms. However, flavonoids have long been reported to accumulate mostly in epidermal cells and surface organs in response to high sunlight. Therefore, how leaf flavonoids actually carry out their antioxidant(More)
Transgenic biotechnology can assist forest tree improvement programs but it may also raise environmental safety concerns. The environmental effects of genetically modified transgenic trees (GMTs) have been studied in many countries during the last 15 years. Today there is an urgent need of putting together this scattered knowledge to build-up a European(More)
The ability of the heterologous promoters, rolCP and CoYMVP, to drive expression of the gusA reporter gene in the vegetative tissues of apple (Malus pumila Mill.) has been studied using transgenic plants produced by Agrobacterium-mediated transformation. Replicate plants of each transgenic clone were propagated in soil to a uniform size and samples of leaf,(More)
Two bean cultivars with different sensitivity to ozone, i.e. the O3-sensitive Cannellino and the O3-tolerant Top Crop, were exposed to acute O3-stress (165 nL L(-1)) with the aim of evaluating physiological and biochemical traits that may confer O3-tolerance. Stomatal conductance was smaller and the ability to dissipate excess energy, via regulated and(More)
In this study wild type Nicotiana langsdorffii plants were genetically transformed by the insertion of the rat gene (gr) encoding the glucocorticoid receptor or the rolC gene and exposed to water and heat stress. Water stress was induced for 15 days by adding 20% PEG 6000 in the growth medium, whereas the heat treatment was performed at 50 °C for 2 h, after(More)