Alberto Gianinetti

Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura
Genomics Research Centre
via S. Protaso, 302
I -29017 Fiorenzuola d'Arda PC, Italy

Curriculum vitae
Degree in Agricultural Sciences at the Catholic University of Piacenza (1991). In 1996 I obtained a permanent position at the Experimental Institute for Cereal Research, initially at the Section of Vercelli (rice) and then (2000) at the Section of Fiorenzuola d’Arda (barley), which now is the “Genomics Research Centre” (GPG) of the Agriculture Research Council (CRA). In 1999, I spent 9 months in the U.S.A. to study eco-physiological aspects of seed dormancy in red rice, with Dr. MA Cohn, Professor of Seed Biology, at the Dept. of Plant Pathology and Plant Physiology, LSU (Agricultural Center), Baton Rouge, LA. At the CRA, I have developed studies on: (i)- the biology of seed dormancy, using red rice as a model species, (ii)- biochemical, genetic and functional characteristics of pigmented rices (iii)– the malting quality of barley, (iv)- b-glucan dynamics in the germinating barley grain and (v)- the use of b-glucan in products for human consumption. I also worked on (vi)– the breeding of barley and rice.

Current research interests
At present, I am continuing my research on the physiology of seed dormancy, using red rice as a model species. I am also involved in the breeding of barley and rice for special uses, and in collaborations on other research topics with colleagues at the Genomics Research Centre.

Selected recent publications

    Seed dormancy

  1. Gianinetti A., Cohn M.A. (2007). Seed dormancy in red rice. XII. Population-based analysis of dry-afterripening with a hydrotime model. Seed Science Research., 17:253-271.
  2. Gianinetti A., Vernieri P. (2007). On the role of abscisic acid in seed dormancy of red rice. Journal of Experimental Botany, 58:3449-3462.
  3. Gianinetti A., Laarhoven L. J.J., Persijn S.T., Harren F.J.M., Petruzzelli L. (2007). Ethylene production is associated with germination but not seed dormancy in red rice. Annals of Botany, 99:735-745.
  4. Gianinetti A., Cohn M.A. (2008) Seed dormancy in red rice. XIII. Interaction of dry-afterripening and hydration temperature. Seed Science Research 18:151-159.

  5. Pigmented rices

  6. Finocchiaro F., Ferrari B., Gianinetti A., Dall'asta C., Galaverna G., Scazzina F., Pellegrini N. (2007). Characterization of antioxidant compounds of red and white rice and changes in total antioxidant capacity during processing. Mol. Nutr. Food Res., 51:1006-1019.
  7. Finocchiaro F., Ferrari B., Gianinetti A. (2010). A study of biodiversity of flavonoid content in the rice caryopsis evidencing simultaneous accumulation of anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins in a black-grained genotype. Journal of Cereal Science, 51: 28-34.

  8. Malting quality &b-glucan dynamics in the germinating barley grain

  9. Toffoli F., Gianinetti A., Cavallero A., Finocchiaro F., Stanca A.M. (2003). Effects of pulses of higher temperature on the development of enzyme activity during malting. Journal of the Institute of Brewing, 109(4):337-341.
  10. Gianinetti A., Toffoli F., Cavallero A., Delogu G., Stanca A.M. (2005). Improving discrimination for malting quality in barley breeding programmes. Field Crop Research, 94(2-3):189-200.
  11. Gianinetti A., Ferrari B., Frigeri P., Stanca A.M. (2007). In vivo modelling of b-glucan degradation in contrasting barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) genotypes. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 55:3158-3166.
  12. Gianinetti A., Ferrari B., Finocchiaro F., Frigeri P., Stanca A.M. (2008). A preliminary screening of barleys for differences in beta-glucan-related grain traits. Options Méditerranéennes. Serie A: Séminaires Méditerranéens, 81: 337-340 (Proc. of the Meeting of the Eucarpia Cereal Section, Lleida, Spain, November 13-17-2006).
  13. Gianinetti A. (2009). A theoretical framework for b-glucan degradation during barley malting. Theory in Biosciences 128: 97-108.
  14. Ferrari B., Baronchelli M., Stanca A.M., Gianinetti A. (2010). Constitutive differences between steely and mealy barley samples associated with endosperm modification. Journal of Science Food and Agriculture 90: 2105-2113.
  15. Ferrari B., Baronchelli M., Stanca A.M., Cattivelli L., Gianinetti A. (2013). Differences between steely and mealy barley samples associated with endosperm modification. In: Advance in Barley Sciences: Proceedings of 11th International Barley Genetics Symposium; Zhang, G., Li, C., and Liu, X. (eds.), Zhejiang University Press & Springer Science+Business Media, Dordrecht.

  16. Barley for human consumption

  17. Cavallero A., Gianinetti A., Finocchiaro F., Delogu G., Stanca A.M. (2004). Tocols in hull-less and hulled barley genotypes grown in contrasting environments. Journal of Cereal Science, 39(2):175-180.
  18. Ferrari B., Finocchiaro F., Stanca A.M., Gianinetti A. (2009). Optimisation of air classification for the production of b-glucan-enriched barley flours. Journal of Cereal Science, 50:152-158.
  19. Finocchiaro F., Ferrari B., Gianinetti A., Scazzina F., Pellegrini N., Caramanico R., Salati C., Shirvanian V., Stanca A.M. (2012). Effects of barley b-glucan-enriched flour fractions on the glycaemic index of bread. International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition, 63:23-29.

  20. Miscellanea

  21. Delogu G., Faccini N., Alberici R., Gianinetti A., Stanca A.M. (2003). Soil-borne viruses of barley seriously affect plant growth and grain yield in a monocropping system. Cereal Research Communications, 31:1-2.
  22. Barabaschi D., Campani L., Francia E., Toubia-Rahme H., Vale' G.P., Gianinetti A., Delogu G., Stanca A.M., Pecchioni N. (2007). Haplotype structure around the nud locus in barley and its association with resistance to leaf stripe (Pyrenophora graminea). Plant Breeding, 125: 24-29.
  23. Barabaschi D., Francia E., Tondelli A., Gianinetti A., Stanca A.M., Pecchioni N. (2012). Effect of the nud gene on grain yield in barley. Czech Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding, 48:10-22.
  24. Faccini N., Gianinetti A. (2012). Maculatura da ramularia, malattia emergente dell’orzo - Ramularia collo-cygni, patogeno fungino rinvenuto quest’anno. L'Informatore Agrario LXVIII(38):66-69.
  25. Biselli C., Urso S., Tacconi G., Steuernagel B., Schulte D., Gianinetti A., Bagnaresi P., Stein N., Cattivelli L., Valè G. (2013). Haplotype variability and identification of new functional alleles at the Rdg2a leaf stripe resistance gene locus. Theoret. Appl. Genet. 126: 1575–1586.
  26. Gianinetti A. (2013). A criticism of the value of midparent in polyploidization. J. Exp. Bot. 64:4119–4129.
  27. Caffagni A., Albertazzi G., Gavina G., Ravaglia S., Gianinetti A., Pecchioni N., Milc J. (2013). Characterization of an Italian rice germoplasm collection with genetic markers useful for breeding to improve eating and cooking quality. Euphytica 194:383–399.
  28. Biselli C., Cavalluzzo D., Perrini R., Gianinetti A., Bagnaresi P., Urso S., Orasen G., Lupotto E., Cattivelli L., Valè G. (2014) Improvement of marker-based predictability of Apparent Amylose Content in japonica rice through GBSSI allele mining. Rice 7: 1.


The Genomics Research Centre holds a collection of more than one hundred barley mutants.

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