Alessandro Tondelli

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
2004: M.S. Industrial Biotechnology, University of Parma
2008: Ph.D. in Plant Biology and Crop Production, University of Milano. Ph.D. Dissertation: 'Candidate Genes and QTLs for barley adaptation to the environment’. Supervisor: Prof. A. Michele Stanca
From September 2006 to March 2007: Visiting student at the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, The Ohio State University, Wooster (USA). Supervisor: Prof. Eric J. Stockinger.

Current research interests
My work is mainly devoted to the genetic dissection of quantitative traits in barley, through genotypic and phenotypic analysis of mapping populations and germplasm collections. In particular, main research topics focus on several aspects of barley adaptation to the environment:
• tolerance to low temperatures (EU propject ExBarDiv; MIPAAF project Esplora)
• regulation of plant morphology and phenology (EU-MABDE, EU-ExBarDiv and EU-Whealbi)
• yield and yield components under Mediterranean conditions (EU-MABDE)
• adaptation to climate changes (EU-ClimBar)
• resistance to seed borne pathogens(EU-ExBarDiv; MIPAAF-Esplora)
• plant biomass and straw-related traits (MIPAAF-Biomassval)
• root development (MIPAAF-Esplora)
I am also fascinated by barley population genomics, and how genetic and genomic resources and molecular information can help us in deciphering barley diversity and evolution. As an outcome from all these studies, I am interested in the development of molecular markers for barley assisted breeding.

Selected recent publications

  1. Tondelli A, Pagani D, Naseh Ghafoori I, Rahimi M, Ataei R, Rizza F, Flavell AJ, Cattivelli L (2014) Allelic variation at Fr-H1/Vrn-H1 and Fr-H2 loci is the main determinant of frost tolerance in spring barley. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 106:148-155. .
  2. Tondelli A*, Francia E*, Visioni A, Comadran J, Mastrangelo AM, Akar T, Al-Yassin A, Ceccarelli S, Grando S, Benbelkacem A, van Eeuwijk FA, Thomas WTB, Stanca AM, Romagosa I, Pecchioni N (2014) QTLs for barley yield adaptation to Mediterranean environments in the ‘Nure’ × ‘Tremois’ biparental population. Euphytica, 197:73-86. *Both authors contributed equally to this work. .
  3. Visioni A, Tondelli A, Francia E, Pswarayi A, Malosetti M, Russell J, Thomas WTB, Waugh R, Pecchioni N, Romagosa I, Comadran J (2013) Genome-wide association mapping of frost tolerance in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). BMC genomics, 14:424. .
  4. Tondelli A, Xu X, Moragues M, Sharma R, Schnaithmann F, Ingvardsen C, Manninen O, Comadran J, Russell J, Waugh R, Schulman AH, Pillen K, Rasmussen SK, Kilian B, Cattivelli L, Thomas WTB, Flavell AJ (2013) Structural and temporal variation in genetic diversity of European spring 2-row barley cultivars and association mapping of quantitative traits. The Plant Genome, 6. .
  5. Comadran J, Kilian B, Russell J, Ramsay L, Stein N, Ganal M, Shaw P, Bayer M, Thomas W, Marshall D, Hedley P, Tondelli A, Pecchioni N, Francia E, Korzun V, Walther A, Waugh R (2012) Natural variation in a homolog of Antirrhinum CENTRORADIALIS contributed to spring growth habit and environmental adaptation in cultivated barley. Nature Genetics, 44(12):1388-92.
  6. Rizza F, Pagani D, Gut M, Prášil IT, Lago C, Tondelli A, Orrù L, Mazzucotelli E, Francia E, Badeck FW, Crosatti C, Terzi V, Cattivelli L, Stanca AM (2011) Diversity in the response to low temperature in representative barley genotypes cultivated in Europe. Crop Science, 51: 2759–2779.
  7. Francia E*, Tondelli A*, Rizza F, Badeck FW, Li Destri Nicosia O, Akar T, Grando S, Al-Yassin A, Benbelkacem A, Thomas WTB, van Eeuwijk F, Romagosa I, Stanca AM, Pecchioni N (2011) Determinants of barley grain yield in a wide range of Mediterranean environments. Field Crop Research 120: 169–178. *Both authors contributed equally to this work.
  8. Tondelli A, Francia E, Barabaschi D, Pasquariello M, Pecchioni N (2011) Inside the CBF locus in Poaceae. Plant Science, 180:39–45.
  9. Biselli C, Urso S, Bernardo L, Tondelli A, Tacconi G, Martino V, Grando S, Valè G (2010) Identification and mapping of the leaf stripe resistance gene Rdg1a in Hordeum spontaneum. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 120:1207-18.
  10. Knox AK, Dhillon T, Cheng H, Tondelli A, Pecchioni N, Stockinger EJ (2010) CBF gene copy number variation at Frost Resistance-2 is associated with levels of freezing tolerance in temperate-climate cereals. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 121:21–35.
  11. Kapazoglou A, Papaefthimiou D, Ampatzidou H, Tondelli A, Francia E, Stanca AM, Bladenopoulos K, Tsaftaris AS (2010) Epigenetic chromatin modifiers in barley: IV. The study of barley Polycomb group (PcG) genes during seed development and in response to external ABA. BMC Plant Biology, 10:73.
  12. Demetriou K, Kapazoglou A, Tondelli A, Francia E, Stanca AM, Bladenopoulos K, Tsaftaris AS (2009) Epigenetic chromatin modifiers in barley: I. Cloning, mapping and expression analysis of the plant specific HD2 family of histone deacetylases from barley. Physiologia Plantarum, 136:358–368.
  13. Akar T, Francia E, Tondelli A, Rizza F, Stanca AM, Pecchioni N (2009) Marker-assisted characterization of highly frost tolerant barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) genotypes. Plant Breeding, 128:381-386.
  14. Laidò G, Barabaschi D, Tondelli A, Gianinetti A, Stanca AM, Lidestri O, Di Fonzo N, Francia E, Pecchioni N (2009) QTL alleles from a winter feed type can improve malting quality in barley. Plant Breeding, 128: 598-605.
  15. Pswarayi A, van Eeuwijk FA, Ceccarelli S, Grando S, Comadran J, Russell JR, Pecchioni N, Tondelli A, Akar T, Al-Yassin A, Benbelkacem A, Ouabbou H, Thomas WTB, Romagosa I (2008) Changes in allele frequencies in landraces, old and modern barley cultivars of marker loci close to QTL for grain yield under high and low input conditions. Euphytica, 163:435–447.
  16. Cattivelli L, Rizza F, Badeck F, Mazzucotelli E, Mastrangelo AM, Francia E, Marè C, Tondelli A, Stanca AM (2007). Drought tolerance improvement in crop plants: an integrated view from breeding to genomics (Review paper). Field Crop Research, 105: 1-14.
  17. Francia E, Barabaschi D, Tondelli A, Laidò G, Rizza F, Stanca AM, Busconi M, Fogher C, Stockinger EJ, Pecchioni N (2007). Fine mapping of a HvCBF gene cluster at the frost resistance locus Fr-H2 in barley. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 115: 1083-1091.
  18. Tondelli A, Francia E, Barabaschi D, Aprile A, Skinner JS, Stockinger EJ, Stanca AM, Pecchioni N (2006). Mapping regulatory genes as candidates for cold and drought stress tolerance in barley. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 112: 445-454.


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

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