Cristina Crosatti

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
Master's Degree in Biological Sciences, University of Parma (Italy). Thesis Title “Impatto del genotipo nel
meccanismo di risposta ed adattamento agli stress termici in piante coltivate (Hordeum vulgare L.)""
Intership at VTT Biotechnology and Food Research, Helsinki, Finland. Topic “ Barley genetic transformation
by particle bombardment”
Specialization in Applied Genetics, University of Milano (Italy). Thesis Title “Il gene pt59 di orzo è regolato
da freddo e luce e codifica per una proteina cloroplastica denominata COR14”
Researcher Position at CRA- Genomics Research Centre.

Current research interests
Cristina has developed transformation methods for different plant species.
The main objective of her research activity has been the molecular study to understand the mechanisms involved in abiotic stress tolerance. The study was carried out by identification of gene factors involved in abiotic stress response and by transcriptomics analysis using Affymetrix microarray approach of barley albina / xantha mutants and wheat alloplasmic lines to study the nucleo-cytoplasm interaction and for identifying candidate genes involved in specific biological functions.
The purpose of her current activity is the deep sequencing and analysis of small RNA transcriptomes involved in plant development and environment interaction using next generation sequencing technology.

Selected recent publications

  1. Crosatti C., Quansah L., Marè C., Giusti L., Roncaglia E., Atienza SG., Cattivelli L., Fait A, 2013. Cytoplasmic genome substitution in wheat affects the nuclear-cytoplasmic cross-talk leading to transcript and metabolite alterations BMC Genomics 14:868.
  2. Mazzucotelli E, Crosatti C, Giusti L, Guerra D, Cattivelli L (2013). Post-transcriptional and post-translational modifications controlling cold response. In: Plant and Microbe Adaptations to Cold in a Changing World: Proceedings of the Plant and Microbe Adaptation to Cold Conference, 2012. Edited by Ryozo Imai, Midori Yoshida, and Naoyuki Matsumoto. Published by Springer, New York, USA
  3. Crosatti C., Rizza F., Badeck F.W., Mazzucotelli E., Cattivelli L, 2013. Harden the chloroplast to protect the plant. Physiologia Plantarum 147:55-63.
  4. Colaiacovo M., Bernardo L., Centomani I., Crosatti C., Giusti L., Orrù L., Tacconi G., Lamontanara A., Cattivelli L., Faccioli P., 2012. A survey of miRNA lenght variants contributing to miRNome complexity in peach (Prunus persica). Frontiers in Plant Science doi: 10.3389/fpls.2012.00165.
  5. Colaiacovo M., Lamontanara A., Bernardo L., Alberici R., Crosatti C., Giusti L., Cattivelli L., Faccioli P., 2012. On the complexity of miRNA-mediated regulation in plants: novel insights into the geomic organization of plant miRNAs. Biology Direct 7:15.
  6. Soltesz A, Vagujfalvi A, Rizza F, Kerepesi I, Galiba G, Cattivelli L, Coraggio I, Crosatti C, 2012. The rice Osmyb4 gene enhances tolerance to frost and improves germination under unfavourable conditions in transgenic barley plants. J Applied Genetics 53: 133-143.
  7. Rizza F, Pagani D, Gut M, Prasil IT, Lago C, Tondelli A, Orrù L, Mazzucotelli E, Francia E, Badeck F-W, 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.
  8. Campoli C, Caffarri S, Svensson JT, Bassi R, Stanca AM, Cattivelli L, Crosatti C. 2009. A parallel pigment and transcriptomic analysis of four barley albina and xantha mutants revealed the complex of the network of the chloroplast-dependent metabolism. Plant Mol Biol 71:173-191.
  9. Mazzucotelli E, Mastrangelo AM, Crosatti C, Guerra D, Stanca AM, Cattivelli L, 2008. Abiotic stress response in plants: when post-transcriptional and post-translational regulations control transcription. Plant Science 174:420-431.
  10. Crosatti C, Pagani D, Cattivelli L, Stanca A M, Rizza F, 2008. Effects of growth stage and hardening conditions on the association between frost resistence and the expression of the cold induced protein COR14b in barley. Environmental and Experimental Botany 62: 93-100.
  11. Frigerio S, Campoli C, Zorzan S, Fantoni LI, Crosatti C, Drepper F, Haehnel W, Cattivelli L, Morosinotto T, Bassi R, 2007. Photosynthetic antenna size in higher plants is controlled by plastoquinone redox state at post-transcriptional rather than transcriptional level. Journal of Biological Chemistry 282: 29457-29469.
  12. Cervelli M, Bianchi M, Cona A, Crosatti C, Stanca M, Angelini R, Federico R, Mariottini P, 2006. Barley polyamine oxidase isoforms 1 and 2, a peculiar case of gene duplication. FEBS Journal, 273: 3990-4002.
  13. Svensson JT, Crosatti C, Campoli C, Bassi R, Stanca AM, Close TJ, Cattivelli L, 2006 Analysis of cold acclimation in barley albina and xantha mutants reveals a key role of the chloroplast during plant adaptation to low temperature. Plant Physiology, 141: 257-270.
  14. Francia E, Tacconi G, Crosatti C, Bulgarelli D, Barabaschi D, Dall’Aglio E, Valè G, 2005. Marker assisted selection in crop plants. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 82: 317-342.
  15. Marè C, Mazzucotelli E, Crosatti C, Francia E, Stanca AM, Cattivelli L, 2004. Hv-WRKY38: a new transcription factor involved in cold- and drought-response in barley. Plant Molecular Biology, 55: 399-416.
  16. Crosatti C, Marè C, Mazzucotelli E, Belloni S, Barilli S, Bassi R, Dubcovsky J, Galiba G, Stanca A M, Cattivelli L, 2003. Genetic analysis of the expression of the cold-regulated gene cor14b: a way toward the identification of components of the cold response signal transduction in Triticeae. Canadian Journal of Botany, 81: 1162-1167.
  17. Dal Bosco C, Busconi M, Govoni C, Baldi P, Stanca AM, Crosatti C, Bassi R, Cattivelli L, 2003. Cor gene expression in barley mutants affected in chloroplast development and photosynthetic electron transport. Plant Physiology, 131:793-802.
  18. Grossi M, Giuntini P, Mazzucotelli E, Crosatti C, Pistelli L, De Bellis L, Alpi A Stanca AM, Cattivelli L, 2003. Cloning and characterization of barley long–chain acyl-CoA oxidase and its possible regulation by glucose. Physiologia Plantarum, 117: 22-32.
  19. Spanò C, Crosatti C, Pacchini C, Meletti P, Grilli I, 2002. Ribonucleases during cold acclimation in winter and spring wheats. Plant Science, 162: 809-815.
  20. Cattivelli L, Baldi P, Crosatti C, Di Fonzo N, Faccioli P, Grossi M, Mastrangelo AM, Pecchioni N, Stanca AM, 2002. Chromosome regions and stress-related sequences involved in resistance to abiotic stress in Triticeae. Plant Molecular Biology, 48: 649-665.
  21. Vagujfalvi A, Crosatti C, Galiba G, Dubcovsky J, Cattivelli L, 2000. Two loci on wheat chromosome 5A regulate the differential cold-dependent expression of the cor14b gene in frost tolerant and sensitive genotypes. Molecular and General Genetics, 263: 194-200.
  22. Crosatti C, Polverino de Laureto P, Bassi R, Cattivelli L, 1999. The interaction between cold and light controls the expression of the cold-regulated barley gene cor14b and the accumulation of the corresponding protein. Plant Physiology, 119: 671-680.
  23. Stanca AM, Crosatti C, Grossi M, Lacerenza NG, Rizza F, Cattivelli L, 1996. Molecular adaptation of barley to cold and drought. Euphytica, 92: 215-219.
  24. Crosatti C, Nevo E, Stanca AM, Cattivelli L, 1996. Genetic analysis of the COR14 proteins accumulation in wild (Hordeum spontaneum) and cultivated (Hordeum vulgare) barley. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 93: 975-981.
  25. Cattivelli L, Crosatti C, Rizza F, 1995. Increasing in membrane stability and COR14 accumulation associated with cold-hardening in oats. Journal of Genetics and Breeding, 49:333-338.
  26. Crosatti C, Soncini C, Stanca A M, Cattivelli L, 1995. The accumulation of a cold-regulated chloroplastic protein is light-dependent. Planta, 196: 458-463.


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

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