Giampiero Valè

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
1990, degree in Agricultural Science at the Catholic University of Piacenza;
1994, PhD in Applied Genetics, University of Milan, Italy
2000-2001, visiting postdoctoral scientist at the Sainsbury Laboratory of John Innes Centre in Norwich, (UK);
1991-2011, researcher at the Genomics research centre of the CRA, Fiorenzuola d’Arda (PC), Italy;
2003-2006, professor of Plant Molecular Biology at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Modena e Reggio Emilia (Italy);
2005-2010, professor of Molecular Plant Pathology and Plant Genomics at the Faculty of Biology of the University of Parma (Italy);
from 2011, acting director of the CRA-Rice research unit of Vercelli.

Current research interests
His research activity has been focused on plant-pathogens interaction studies that include map-based cloning of disease resistance genes in barley, identification and mapping of new disease resistance genes in barley, durum wheat and rice. His research activities include the development of a physical map for bread wheat chromosome 5A, transcriptomic studies on cereal-fungal pathogen interactions, identification and mapping of useful traits in eggplant and evaluation of rice germplasm for agronomically relevant traits to be used in association mapping studies.

Selected recent publications

  1. Desiderio F, Guerra D, Rubiales D, Piarulli L, Pasquini M, Mastrangelo AM, Simeone R, Blanco A, Cattivelli L, Vale’ G (2014). Identification and mapping of quantitative trait loci for leaf rust resistance derived from a tetraploid wheat Triticum dicoccum accession. Molecular Breeding, 34:1659-1675.
  2. Gadaleta A, Giancaspro A, Nigro D, Giove SL, Incerti O, Simeone R, Piarulli L, Colasuonno P, Valè G, Cattivelli L, Blanco A (2014). A new genetic and deletion map of wheat chromosome 5A to detect candidate genes for quantitative traits. Molecular Breeding, 34: 1599-1611.
  3. Aragona M, Minio A, Ferrarini A, Valente MT, Bagnaresi P, Orrù L, Tononi P, Zamperin G, Infantino A, Valè G, Cattivelli L, Delledonne M. (2014) De novo genome assembly of the soil-borne fungus and tomato pathogen Pyrenochaeta lycopersici. BMC Genomics, 15:313.
  4. Portis E, Barchi L, Toppino L, Lanteri S, Acciarri N, Felicioni N, Fusari F, Barbierato V,Cericola F, Valè G, Rotino GL. (2014) QTL mapping in eggplant reveals clusters of yield-related loci and orthology with the tomato genome. PLoS ONE, 9(2): e89499.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 126:1575–1586.
  7. Urso S, Zottini M, Ruberti C, Lo Schiavo F, Stanca AM, Cattivelli L, Valè G. (2013) An Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated gene silencing system for functional analysis in grapevine leaves. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture 114: 49-60.
  8. Campos-Soriano L, Valè G, Lupotto E, San Segundo B (2013) Investigation of rice blast development in susceptible and resistant rice cultivars using a gfp-expressing Magnaporthe oryzae strain. Plant Pathology, 62: 1030-1037.
  9. Bagnaresi P, Biselli C, Orrù L, Urso S, Crispino L, Abbruscato P, Piffanelli P, Lupotto E, Cattivelli L, Valè G (2012) Comparative transcriptome profiling of the early response to Magnaporthe oryzae in durable resistant vs susceptible rice (Oryza sativa L.) genotypes. PLoS ONE, 7(12): e51609.
  10. Bernardo L, Prinsi B, Negri AS, Cattivelli L, Espen L, Valè G. (2012) Proteomic characterization of the Rph15 barley resistance gene-mediated responses to leaf rust. BMC Genomics, 13: 642.
  11. Gadaleta A., Giancaspro A., Giove S.L., Zacheo S., Incerti O., Simeone R., Colasuonno P., Nigro D.,, Valè G., Cattivelli L. , Stanca M. , Blanco A. (2012) Development of a deletion and genetic linkage map for the 5A and 5B chromosomes of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Genome, 55(6): 417-427.
  12. Barchi L, Lanteri S, Portis E, Valè G, Volante A, Pulcini L, Ciriaci T, Acciarri N, Barbierato V, Toppino L, Rotino GL (2012) A RAD Tag derived marker based eggplant linkage map and the location of QTLs determining anthocyanin pigmentation. PLoS ONE 7(8): e43740.
  13. Barabaschi D., Guerra D., Lacrima K., Laino P., Michelotti V., Urso S., Valè G., Cattivelli L. (2012) Emerging Knowledge from Genome Sequencing of Crop Species. Mol Biotech 50: 250-266.
  14. Barchi L., Lanteri S., Portis E., Acquadro A., Valè G., Toppino L., Rotino G.L. (2011) Identification of SNP and SSR markers in eggplant using RAD tag sequencing. BMC Genomics, 12: 304.
  15. Bulgarelli D, Biselli C, Collins NC, Consonni G, Stanca AM, Schulze-Lefert P, Valè G (2010) The CC-NB-LRR-type Rdg2a resistance gene confers immunity to the seed-borne barley leaf stripe pathogen in the absence of hypersensitive cell death. PLoS ONE, 5:e12599.
  16. Barchi L, Lanteri S, Portis E, Stàgel A, Valè G, Toppino L, Rotino GL (2010) Segregation distortion and linkage analysis in eggplant (Solanum melongena L.). Genome, 53:805-815.
  17. Tacconi G, Baldassarre V, Lanzanova C, Faivre-Rampant O, Cavigiolo S, Urso S, Lupotto E, Valè G (2010) Haplotype analysis of genomic regions associated to broad effective blast resistance genes for marker development in rice. Molecular Breeding, 26:595–617.
  18. 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: 1207-1218.
  19. Haegi A., Bonardi V., Dall’Aglio E., Glissant D., Tumino G., Collins N., Bulgarelli D., Infantino A., Stanca A.M., Delledonne M., Valè G. (2008). Histological and molecular analysis of Rdg2a barley resistance to leaf stripe. Molecular Plant Pathology, 9(4): 463-478.
  20. Toppino L., Valè G., Rotino GL., (2008). Inheritance of Fusarium wilt resistance introgressed from Solanum aethiopicum Gilo and Aculeatum groups into cultivated eggplant (S. melongena) and development of associated PCR-based markers. Molecular Breeding, 22: 237-250.
  21. Licciardello C, Russo MP, Valè G, Reforgiato-Recupero G (2008). Identification of differentially expressed genes in the flesh of blood and common oranges. Tree Genetics and Genomes, 4: 315-331.
  22. Terzi V, Morcia C, Faccioli P, Valè G, Tacconi G, Malnati M, (2007). In vitro antifungal activity of the Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) essential oil and its major components against plant pathogens. Letters of Applied Microbiology 44: 613-618.
  23. Barabaschi D, Campani L, Francia E, Toubia-Rahme H, Valè G, Gianinetti A, Delogu G, Stanca AM, Pecchioni N. (2007). Haplotype structure around the nud locus in barley and its association with resistance to leaf stripe (Pyrenophora graminea). Plant Breeding 126: 24-29.
  24. Tacconi G, V. Baldassarre, N. C. Collins, D. Bulgarelli, A. M. Stanca, and G. Valè (2006). Haplotype characterization and markers at the barley Mlo powdery mildew resistance locus as tools for marker-assisted selection, Genome 49: 864-872.
  25. Francia E., Tacconi G., Crosatti C., Bulgarelli D., Barabaschi D., Dall’Aglio E., G. Valè (2005). Marker-assisted selection in crop plants. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Colture 82: 317-342.
  26. Bulgarelli D., N.C. Collins, G. Tacconi, E. Dall’Aglio, R. Brueggeman, A. Kleinhofs, A.M. Stanca, G. Valè (2004). High-resolution genetic mapping of the leaf stripe resistance gene Rdg2a in barley. Theoretical and Applied Genetics,108: 1401-1408.
  27. Arru L., N. Faccini, C. Govoni, L. Cattivelli, N. Pecchioni, G. Delogu, A.M. Stanca, G. Valè (2003). The PCR-based marker MWG2018 linked to the Rdg2a leaf stripe resistance gene is a useful tool for assesing barley resistance in breeding programs. Crop Science, 43, 1036-1042.
  28. Arru L., R.E. Nicks, P. Lindhout, G. Valè, E. Francia, N. Pecchioni (2002). Genomic regions determining resistance to leaf stripe (Pyrenophora graminea) in barley. Genome 45: 460-466.
  29. Baldi P., G. Valè, E. Mazzucotelli, C. Govoni, P. Faccioli, A.M. Stanca, L. Cattivelli (2001). Several components of the protein synthesis machinery are cold regulated in barley and wheat. Journal of Plant Physiology 158: 1541-1546.
  30. Tacconi G., L. Cattivelli, N. Faccini, N. Pecchioni, A.M. Stanca, G. Valè (2001). Identification and mapping of a new leaf stripe resistance gene in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Theoretical and Applied Genetics 102: 1286-1291.
  31. Zhou F., J. Kurth, F. Wei, C. Elliot, G. Valè, N. Yahiaoui, B. Keller, S. Somerville, R. Wise, P. Schulze-Lefert (2001). Cell-autonomous expression of barley Mla1 confers race-specific resistance to the powdery mildew fungus via a Rar1 independent signaling pathway. Plant Cell 13: 337-350.


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

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