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Scientific sector BIO/01 - GENERAL BOTANICS
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Office hours
Friday from 12:00 to 13:00 Dipartimento di Biologia, V piano SUD, stanza 21 E' consigliabile fissare un appuntamento mediante un messaggio di posta elettronica, grazie
(updated on 02/10/2015 14:04)

Proposals for thesis
1) Role of peptide hormones and their receptors on the control of fleshy fruit ripening

2) Development of plat cell cultures for the production of biomolecules useful as drugs or nutraceuticals

Curriculum Vitae
Born in Rovereto (TN, Italy) on 14th March 1968.

October 2006 - now: Associate Professor of Botany, Department of Biology, University of Padova.
December 1998-September 2006: Research scientist (ricercatore) of Plant Physiology, Department of Biology, University of Padova.
October 1997 – December 1998: Post-doc in Prof. G. Casadoro’s laboratory, Department of Biology, University of Padova.

11.11.1992 MS in Biology, University of Padova.
9.7.1997. Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology, University of Padova.

International experience
January-December 1993. Period of permanence in the "Instut fuer Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung” (Gatersleben, Germany) in the Dr. Grimm's laboratory. I have worked on chlorophyll biosynthesis preparing and using antisense tobacco plants.
March 1 - June 30, 1995. Period of permanence at the Carlsberg Laboratory (Copenhagen, Denmark) in the Department of Physiology, guest of Prof. Diter von Wettstein.
April 12 - May 22 1999. Period of permanence at the Department of Botany and Plant Physiology in the Dr. Anita Wallin's laboratory.
July 9 - August 26, 2008. Period of permanence at the Department of Chemistry, Dartmouth College, 6128 Burke Laboratory, Hanover, NH 03755, USA, guest of prof. Dale F. Mierke.

Research interests
The main research interest is the investigation of the genetic, molecular and physiological mechanisms regulating fleshy fruit development and ripening. I am convinced that, by unraveling the biological mechanisms that govern this process, in the future we could produce fruit of better quality, with a better taste, with improved nutritional properties, lasting longer after harvest and needing less energy, water and economic resources to be produced and to reach consumers’ table. In the past years, I developed transcriptomics platforms for peach, still used to investigate the regulation of ripening in Prunus species. Gene and hormonal regulatory networks were, are, and are going to be, explored in order to identify candidate genes to be used in Marker Assisted Selection programs carried out by breeders and, hopefully soon, as targets for genome editing. I determined the function of several transcription factor genes involved in fruit development and ripening. More recently, I ran into signaling peptides and was fascinated by this class of molecules with faceted actions that opens the possibility to play around with natural molecules to regulate, among others, also the ripening process. At present, the function of short secreted signaling peptides during fruit ripening is the main topic of my research activities.
Besides peach, my favorite plants are strawberry, tomato, apple and pear. Of course I use also model systems such as Arabidopsis and tobacco.
Indeed, the latter are used, with other species, also to develop biotechnological approaches for the production of valuable compounds which is a life-long dream that is slowly but constantly coming to reality thank to the collaboration with a couple of private companies. In collaboration with ABR Active Botanicals Research ( I am developing molecules for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and cosmetic industries.

Scientific production
According to the Scopus database, L. Trainotti authored 57 publications that, up to 19th June 2018, have been cited by 1193 documents.
The h-index is 21.
Publication list at

Research areas
Genetic and molecular processes controlling fleshy fruit development and ripening

Plant cell cultures for the production of industrial and food biomolecules

You can find an updated list at my Google Scholar page:

Publication list available also at

Most recent publications:

Busatto, N., Salvagnin, U., Resentini, F., Quaresimin, S., Navazio, L., Marin, O., Pellegrini, M., Costa, F., Mierke, D.F., and Trainotti, L. (2017). The Peach RGF/GLV Signaling Peptide pCTG134 Is Involved in a Regulatory Circuit That Sustains Auxin and Ethylene Actions. Front. Plant Sci. 8.

Lashbrooke J, Cohen H, Levy-Samocha D, et al. 2016. MYB107 and MYB9 Homologs Regulate Suberin Deposition in Angiosperms. The Plant Cell 28, 2097–2116.

Tadiello A, Longhi S, Moretto M, et al. 2016. Interference with ethylene perception at receptor level sheds light on auxin and transcriptional circuits associated with climacteric ripening of apple fruit (Malus x domestica Borkh.). The Plant Journal 88, 963–975.

Tadiello, A., Ziosi, V., Negri, A.S., Noferini, M., Fiori, G., Busatto, N., Espen, L., Costa, G., Trainotti, L.
On the role of ethylene, auxin and a GOLVEN-like peptide hormone in the regulation of peach ripening
(2016) BMC Plant Biology, 16 (1), art. no. 44, .

Pegoraro, C., Tadiello, A., Girardi, C.L., Chaves, F.C., Quecini, V., Costa de Oliveira, A., Trainotti, L., Rombaldi, C.V.
Transcriptional regulatory networks controlling woolliness in peach in response to preharvest gibberellin application and cold storage
(2015) BMC Plant Biology, 15 (1), art. no. 279, .

Vilona, D., Sorarù, A., Maccato, C., Bortolaso, R., Trainotti, L., Valentini, F., Boaretto, A., Cepek, C., Bonchio, M., Carraro, M.
Viral Nanotemplates Armed with Oxygenic Polyoxometalates for Hydrogen Peroxide Detoxification
(2015) European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2015 (21), pp. 3457-3461.

Vilona, D., Di Lorenzo, R., Carraro, M., Licini, G., Trainotti, L., Bonchio, M.
Viral nano-hybrids for innovative energy conversion and storage schemes
(2015) Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 3 (33), pp. 6718-6730.

Bianchi, V.J., Rubio, M., Trainotti, L., Verde, I., Bonghi, C., Martínez-Gómez, P.
Prunus transcription factors: Breeding perspectives
(2015) Frontiers in Plant Science, 6 (June), art. no. 443, 20 p.

Jajo, A., Corso, M., Bonghi, C., Dal Molin, A., Avanzato, C., Ferrarini, A., Delledonne, M., Rahim, Md.A., Trainotti, L., Serra, S., Musacchi, S.
Effect of cool storage duration on ripening initiation of 'Angelys®' pear fruit
(2015) Acta Horticulturae, 1079, pp. 129-136.

Tosetti, R., Tardelli, F., Tadiello, A., Zaffalon, V., Giorgi, F.M., Guidi, L., Trainotti, L., Bonghi, C., Tonutti, P.
Molecular and biochemical responses to wounding in mesocarp of ripe peach (Prunus persica L. Batsch) fruit
(2014) Postharvest Biology and Technology, 90, pp. 40-51.

Rahim, M.A., Busatto, N., Trainotti, L.
Regulation of anthocyanin biosynthesis in peach fruits
(2014) Planta, 240 (5), pp. 913-929.

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2018/19
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
IF1839 COMMON SCP3056723 12 3rd Year First
IF1839 COMMON SCP7081217 6 3rd Year First
IF1839 COMMON SCP7081218 6 3rd Year First
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