Elisabetta Mazzucotelli

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
I graduated in Plant Biotechnology at University of Verona in 2001, and got a PhD in Biology at University of Ferrara in 2005 with the thesis: “Molecular and metabolic changes associated to frost resistance in barley and wheat”. Then, I was post doc at the CRA-Genomics Research Centre of Fiorenzuola and at the CRA-Cereal Research Centre of Foggia. I got an EMBO and a COST fellowship at the Leibniz Institute for Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben (Germany) for a stage on plant proteomics and mass-spectromic technologies. Since 2010 I am in permanent position at the CRA-Genomics Research Centre.
Since 2003 I have been member of the Italian Society of Plant Genetics (SIGA). I am Review Editor of Frontiers in Plant Science.
Since the PhD, the astonishing plant capacity of adaptation to different, extreme and ever changing environmental conditions stimulated my scientific curiosity. Thus, I focussed my research on the molecular components of the plant response to abiotic stresses, in particular in cereal crop species. My contribute has been mainly to highlight that critical features of the molecular response to stress, like activation, regulation and attenuation, depend on refined networks of post-transcriptional and post-translational modifications of stress-related genes/proteins. More recently I have also addressed the genetic basis of the plant adaptation through the study of the germplasm biodiversity, in particular wheat relatives.

Current research interests
Transcriptome wide analysis (RnaSeq) to characterize transcriptional changes associated with: a) cold hardening in olive tree, b) environmental CO2 increase (FACE) in durum wheat, c) heat stress in durum wheat.
Functional analysis of wheat ubiquitin ligases as master regulators of the molecular stress responses.
Identification of QTLs for grain yield, resistance to biotic and abiotic stress in wheat relatives by linkage maps.

Selected recent publications

  1. Guerra D, Crosatti C, Khoshro HH, Mastrangelo AM, Mica E, Mazzucotelli E. Post-transcriptional and post-translational regulations of drought and heat response in plants: a spider’s web of mechanisms. Frontiers in Plant Science, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00057.
  2. Crosatti C, Rizza F, Badeck FW, Mazzucotelli E, Cattivelli L (2013). Harden the chloroplast to protect the plant. Physiologia plantarum 147(1), 55-63.
  3. Guerra D, Cattivelli L, Mazzucotelli E (2012). The E3 ubiquitin ligase WVIP2 highlights the versatility of protein ubiquitination. Plant and Signaling Behavior 7, 1155 - 1157.
  4. Mastrangelo* AM and Mazzucotelli* E, Guerra D, De Vita P, Cattivelli L (2012) Improvement of drought resistance in crops: from conventional breeding to genomic selection. In: Crop stress and its management: perspectives and strategies. Venkateswarlu B, Shanker AK, Shanker C, Maheswari M Eds. Springer Dordrecht, pp225-260.
  5. Crosatti C, Rizza F, Badeck FW, Mazzucotelli E, Cattivelli L (2012). Harden the chloroplast to protect the plant. Physiologia Plantarum 147(1), 55-63.
  6. Guerra D, Mastrangelo AM, Torrejon GL, Marzin S, Schweizer P, Stanca AM, del Pozo JC, Cattivelli L, Mazzucotelli E (2012). Identification of a protein network interacting with TdRF1, a wheat RING ubiquitin ligase with a protective role against cellular dehydration. Plant Physiology, 158, 2777-2789.
  7. Rizza F, Pagani D, Gut M, Prasil 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 a set of representative barley genotypes cultivated in Europe. Crop Science 51, 2759–2779.
  8. De Vita P, Mastrangelo AM, Matteu L, Mazzucotelli E, Virzì N, Palumbo M, Rizza F, Badeck F, Cattivelli L (2010). Genetic improvement effects on yield stability and adaptability in durum wheat genotypes grown in Italy. Field Crops Research 119 (1), 68-77 .
  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. Cattivelli L, Rizza F, Badeck FW, Mazzucotelli E, Mastrangelo AM, Francia E, Marè C, Tondelli A, Stanca AM (2008). Drought tolerance improvement in crop plants: an integrated view from breeding to genomics. Field Crop Research 105 (1), 1-14.
  11. De Leonardis AM, Marone D, Mazzucotelli E, Neffar F, Rizza F, Di Fonzo N, Cattivelli L, Mastrangelo AM (2007). Durum wheat genes up-regulated in the early phases of cold stress are modulated by drought in a development and genotype dependent manner. Plant Science 172, 1005-1016.
  12. Mazzucotelli E, Belloni S, Marone D, De Leonardis AM, Guerra D, Di Fonzo N, Cattivelli L, Mastrangelo AM (2006). The E3 ubiquitin ligase gene family in plants: regulation by degradation. Current Genomics 7(8), 509-522.
  13. Mazzucotelli E, Tartari A, Cattivelli L, Forlani G (2006). Metabolism of GABA acid during cold acclimation and freezing and its relationship to frost tolerance in barley and wheat. Journal of Experimental Botany, 57(14), 3755-66.
  14. Mastrangelo AM, Marè C, Mazzucotelli E, Francia E, Arru L, Di Fonzo N, Pecchioni N, Cattivelli L (2005). Genetic bases of resistance to abiotic stresses in durum wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp. durum). In: Durum Wheat Breeding: current approaches and future strategies. C. Royo, M.N. Nachit, N. Di Fonzo, J.L. Araus, W.H. Pfeiffer, G.A. Slafer Eds. Food Product Press, New York, USA, pp. 255-289.
  15. Marè C* and Mazzucotelli E*, Crosatti C, Stanca AM, Cattivelli L (2004). HvWRKY38: a new transcription factor involved in cold- and drought - response in barley. Plant Molecular Biology, 55(3), 399-416.
  16. Crosatti C, Marè C, Mazzucotelli E, Belloni S, Barilli S, Bassi R, Dubcovsky J, Galiba G, Stanca AM, Cattivelli L (2004). 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.


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

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