BALDAN BARBARA

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Proposals for thesis
a) molecular identification of fungal specimens from the historical Saccardo’s collection, known at international level and conserved in the Herbarium of the Botanic Garden belonging to Padova University;
b) study of MADS-box genes that are expressed in the floral buds and in the reproductive structures of basal angiosperms that belong to the Nymphaeales order, with the purpose to better understand the MADS-box genes expression pattern involved in these species, thus contributing to an update of the ‘ABC(D)E’ model in these organisms.
c) characterization (by molecular, biochemical, physiological approaches) of microbial endophytes, living in grapevine inner tissues, for their potential application to improve crop productivity and plant disease biocontrol.

Curriculum Vitae
EDUCATION
1990: Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology, UniPd, Italy.
1985: Degree in Biology with full marks and honours (110/110 cum laude).

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
2015-up to now: Permanent position at the department of Biology as Full Professor at the University of Padova
2000-2015: Permanent position at the department of Biology as Professor at the University of Padova,
1991-2000: Permanent position as researcher at the University of Padova, Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences, DeBIO
1986-1989: Ph.D Course in Evolutionary Biology- Laboratory of Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology, DeBIO, University of Padova (Italy).
1988: One-year stay at the l'Institut J.Monod, Universitè Paris VII, France in the research group of
Prof.J.Olive.
1989: One-year stay at the Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique, Fondation Edmond de Rothschild, Paris, France in the research group of Prof.F.A.Wollman.
1984-1985: Research activity for graduation thesis- Laboratory of Plant Biology, Botany Institut, University of Padova, Italy.

DISTINCTIONS
1991: Zeiss prize for the best work in electronic microscopy field

ACADEMIC DUTIES AND COMMITTEES:
2017-present: member of scientific committee of the Brera Botanical Garden, UniMI
2016-present: member of the National ASN Panel SSD 05/A1- Botany.
2016-present: Rector’s delegate in the Scientific Committee of the Azienda Agraria Sperimentale "L. Toniolo", Legnaro, Padova
2015-present-: Director of Centro di Ateneo Botanical Garden, UniPd.
2015-present : member of the scientific committee of the Biology Department
2013-2015 Vice-director of Centro di Ateneo Botanical Garden, UniPd.
2012-2015: member of the scientific committee of the Botanical Garden
2012-2015: appointed member of School of Sciences committee, UniPd
2009-present: member of PhD committee, Scuola di Dottorato in Bioscienze e Biotecnologie, Evolutionary Biology
2009-2015: Head of the Course in Molecular Biology (3+2 year Degrees)
2009-2015: member of the Committee for didactics of the Department of Biology, UniPd
2009-present: responsible of the Electronic Microscopy Service of the Biology Department, UniPd

Author of 80 publications in international journals with referees and I.F. and of three book chapters. Total citations: 1713; H-index: 25 (Scopus). In the past, the research work has mainly concerned plant cell biology: programmed cell death in plants and plant propagation (micropropagation, in vitro organogenesis and somatic embryogenesis); in the last years, the research has been addressed to the characterization (by molecular, biochemical, physiological approaches) of microbial endophytes, living in grapevine inner tissues, for their potential application to improve crop productivity and plant disease biocontrol. Very recently, linked to the new research activity in the Botanic Garden of Padova, molecular biology studies have been set up: a) molecular identification of fungal specimens from the historical Saccardo’s collection, known at international level and conserved in the Herbarium of the Botanic Garden belonging to Padova University;
b) the study of MADS-box genes that are expressed in the floral buds and in the reproductive structures of basal angiosperms that belong to the Nymphaeales order, with the purpose to better understand the MADS-box genes expression pattern involved in these species, thus contributing to an update of the ‘ABC(D)E’ model in these organisms.

Lecturer's Curriculum (PDF): FAC64694E1F0CE8CC93CDE0BCA4D9674.pdf

Research areas
Molecular characterization of fungi from Saccardo's mycological herbarium
The main objective of this research project is the molecular identification of fungal specimens belonging to one of the most important collections in the world: Pier Andrea Saccardo's mycological herbarium. This collection, preserved at the Botanical Garden of Padua, has a special scientific importance due to the presence of various specimens that have been used by Saccardo for the morphological descriptions of new fungal species and are therefore known as types. For this purpose, it will be necessary to develop a method for the extraction of DNA from ancient herbarium material and to select specific molecular markers to be used for the univocal identification of the species in the collection. Then, the obtained data will be used for the creation of a database, accessible to the national and international mycological community, in which the analyzed species of the collection will have linked the relevant molecular information used for their identification.

Floral evolution of Nymphaeales using MADS-box genes as markers
Nymphaeales is an order of aquatic plants placed to the base of the angiosperms phylogeny that includes three families: Nymphaeaceae, Cabombaceae and Hydatellaceae (APG III system of flowering plant classification, 2009). The study of MADS-box genes involved in the floral development of some Nymphaeales’ members could offer insights in their phylogeny.
This research line aims to obtain sequences of MADS-box genes from representative species of the Nymphaeales’ families, to use these molecular data to investigate the relationships between these families, and to improve information about the aspect of some of the earliest flowers that appear in the history of angiosperms.

Plant endo-microbiome: towards a sustainable crop management
By influencing metabolic and biochemical pathways, beneficial bacterial communities, harbored within plant tissues can interact with their hosts. This project aims to characterize beneficial traits of endophytes, isolated from Vitis vinifera, for their potential utility, as alternative environmentally friendly approach, in plant growth promotion and stress alleviation. In parallel we are considering the biological control as innovative strategy which involves the use of beneficial organisms (bacteria) able to cope with plant pathogens, directly interacting with them by the production of many antimicrobial molecules. Among these metabolites, we are investigating lipopeptides. Insights into biocontrol effects are pivotal to develop new agricultural practices for decreasing plant pathogens and negative impact of agricultural chemicals on the environment.

Publications
1. Sello S, Moscatiello R, Mehlmer N, Leonardelli M, Carraretto L, Zanella F.G, Baldan B, Szabò I, Vothknecht U, Navazio L. (2018). Thylakoid-targeted aequorin probes uncover an integrated role for thylakoids in Ca2+ homeostasis and modulation of chloroplast Ca2+ signals. Plant Physiol 177: 38-51.
2. Palocci C, Valletta A, Chronopoulou L, Donati L, Bramosanti M, Brasili E, Baldan B, Pasqua G. (2017) Endocytic pathways involved in PLGA nanoparticle uptake by grapevine cells and role of cell wall and membrane in size selection. Plant Cell Rep 36: 1917-1928.
3. Sello S, Moscatiello R. La Rocca N, Baldan B, Navazio L (2017). A Rapid and Efficient Method to Obtain Photosynthetic Cell Suspension Cultures of Arabidopsis thaliana. Front Plant Sci 8: 1444.
4. Commisso M, Toffali K, Strazzer P, Stocchero M, Ceoldo S, Baldan B, Levi M, Guzzo F (2016) Impact of phenylpropanoid compounds on heat stress tolerance in carrot cell cultures. Front Plant Sci 7: 1493.
5. Favaro G, Bogialli S, Di Gangi IM, Nigris S, Baldan E, Squartini A, Pastore P, Baldan B (2016) Characterization of lipopeptides produced by Bacillus licheniformis using liquid chromatography with accurate tandem mass spectrometry. Rapid Comm Mass Spectr 30: 2237-2252.
6. Zermiani M, Zonin E, Nonis A, Begheldo M, Ceccato L, Vezzaro A, Baldan B, Trentin A, Masi A, Pegoraro M, Fadanelli L, Teale, W, Palme K, Quintieri L, Ruperti B (2015) Ethylene negatively regulates transcript abundance of ROP-GAP rheostat-encoding genes and affects apoplastic reactive oxygen species homeostasis in epicarps of cold stored apple fruits. J Exp Bot 66: 7255-7270
7. Baldan E, Nigris S, Romualdi C, D'Alessandro S, Clocchiatti A, Zottini M, Stevanato P, Squartini A, Baldan B (2015) Beneficial Bacteria Isolated from Grapevine Inner Tissues Shape Arabidopsis thaliana Roots. PLOS ONE 10: e0140252
8. Lovisetto A, Baldan B, Pavanello A, Casadoro G (2015). Characterization of an AGAMOUS gene expressed throughout development of the fleshy fruit-like structure produced by Ginkgo biloba around its seeds. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15: 139
9. Manara A, DalCorso G, Leister D, Jahns P, Baldan B, Furini A (2014) AtSIA1 AND AtOSA1: two Abc1 proteins involved in oxidative stress responses and iron distribution within chloroplasts. New Phytol, 201: 452–465.
10. Moscatiello R, Baldan B, Navazio L (2013). Plant cell suspension cultures. Methods in Molecular Biology, 953: 77-93. In: Plant Mineral Nutrients: Methods and Protocols. Chapter 5. Maathuis FJM ed. Humana Press, New York, USA 
11. Torche A, Benhizia H, Rosselli R, Romoli O, Zanardo M, Baldan E, Alberghini S, Tondello A, Baldan B, Benguedouar A, Benhizia Y, Squartini A (2014) Characterization of bacteria associated to nodules of two endemic legumes of Algeria: Hedysarum naudinianum and Hedysarum perrauderianum. Ann Microbiol 64: 1065-1071
12. Muresu R, Tondello A, Polone E, Sulas L, Baldan B, Squartini A (2013) Antioxidant treatments counteract the non-culturability of bacterial endophytes isolated from legume nodules. Arch Microbiol, 195: 395-391.
13. Nigris S, Baldan E, Zottini M, Squartini A, Baldan B (2013). Is the bacterial endophyte community, living in Glera (Vitis vinifera) plants, active in biocontrol? In: Schneider C., Leifert C., Feldmann F. (Eds), Endophytes for plant protection: the state of the art, pp. 12-16. Deutsche Phytomedizinische Gesellschaft, Braunschweig, ISBN: 978-3-941261-11-2.

Lecturer's Publications (PDF): FAC64694E1F0CE8CC93CDE0BCA4D9674.pdf

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
SC1179 COMMON SCP8084939 6 1st Year First
semester
ITA CARLOTTA MAZZOLDI
SC2445 COMMON SCP8085062 9 1st Year First
semester
ENG BARBARA BALDAN
IF0320 COMMON SCL1001885 11 2nd Year First
semester
ITA BARBARA BALDAN