Stefano La Malfa

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Citrus phylogeny was investigated using RAPD, SCAR and cpDNA markers. The genotypes analyzed included 36 accessions belonging to Citrus together with 1 accession from each of the related genera Poncirus, Fortunella, Microcitrus and Eremocitrus. Phylogenetic analysis with 262 RAPDs and 14 SCARs indicated that Fortunella is phylogenetically close to Citrus(More)
Constitutive over-expression of antifungal genes from microorganisms involved in plant defence mechanisms represents a promising strategy for conferring genetic resistance against a broad range of plant pathogenic fungi. In the present work, two transgenic lemon clones with the chit42 gene from Trichoderma harzianum were tested for resistance to fungal(More)
In contrast to model species, the self-incompatibility reaction in citrus has been poorly studied. It is assumed to be gametophytically determined and genetically controlled by the S-locus, which in other species encodes for glycoproteins (S-RNases) showing ribonuclease activity. To investigate pollen–pistil interaction, the pollen tube growth of two(More)
Opuntia spp. belong to the Cactaceae family and are native to Central America. The most economically important species is O. ficus indica, cultivated both for fruits and cladodes. The genus includes other important edible species (from diploid to octoploid) that occur worldwide as either wild or cultivated species in many arid or semiarid areas (e.g., the(More)
Pollination of pummelo (Citrus grandis L. Osbeck) pistils has been studied in planta by adding compatible and self-incompatible (SI) pollen to the stigma surface. The pollen germination has been monitored inside the pistil by fluorescent microscopy showing SI altered morphologies with irregular depositions of callose in the tube walls, and heavy callose(More)
ICT for a low carbon society is a new research topic, also supported by the current research programs of the European Commission. The main characteristic of this area is the presence of multi-disciplinary problems spanning from the energy and environment fields to macroeconomics and societal life. Energy plays a key role here as the energy market is tightly(More)
Citrus taxonomy is very complex mainly due to specific aspects of its reproductive biology. A number of studies have been performed using various molecular markers in order to evaluate the level of genetic variability in Citrus. SNP markers have been used for genetic diversity assessment using a variety of different methods. Recently, the availability of(More)
Carob (Ceratonia siliqua L.) is a caesalpinoid legume tree showing labile sex expression. With the main aims of identifying flower-expressed genes and of developing specific markers, 1,056 clones from a complementary DNA library of carob flowers were bidirectionally sequenced. A total of 1,377 high-quality expressed sequence tags were clustered into 1,096(More)
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