Gianni Tacconi

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
March 2004 PhD in Biotechnology “Biotechnological approaches for Plum Pox Virus resistance in peach (Prunus persica L. Patsch) by using the model plant Nicotiana benthamiana”, University of Verona
June 1999 Master Degree in Biotechnology (110/100 cum laude) at University of Verona, “Identificazione di un marcatore molecolare associato alla resistenza in Pyrenophora graminea in orzo Hordeum vulgaris” at GRA-GPG,.
June 1993 technical agriculture degree
march 2001 to present in permanent position al CRA-GPG in Fiorenzuola d’Arda, Piacenza, Italy
Molecular breeding , , plant diseases resistances in, wheat, Kiwifruit (Psa)

Current research interests
Molecular breeding and Marker Assisted Selection (MAS) in barley and rice, plant-pathogen interaction in cereals and in stone fruits (kiwifruit –Psa, peach-PPV), RNA seq analysis, plant genetic transformation, plant roots development, kiwifruit management.

Selected recent publications

  1. Biselli C, Urso S, Tacconi G, Steuernagel B, D Schulte, 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.
  2. Colaiacovo M., Bernardo L., Centomani I., Crosatti C., Giusti L., Orrù L., Tacconi G., Lamontanara A., Cattivelli L., Faccioli P. (2012) A survey of microRNA length variants contributing to miRNome complexity in peach (Prunus persica).Frontiers in Plant Science vol. 3, 165 182.
  3. Tacconi G, Baldassarre V, Lanzanova C, Faivre-Rampant O, Cavigiolo S, Urso S, Lupotto E, Valè G (2010) Polymorphism analysis of genomic regions associated with broad-spectrum effective blast resistance genes for marker development in rice. Molecular Breeding 26:595–617.
  4. Tacconi G., Rizza F. (2009) Pollen quality for kiwifruit pollination. Italus Hortus 16 (5): 139-143.
  5. Biselli C, Urso S, Bernardo L, Tondelli A, Tacconi G, Martino V, Grando S, Valè G (2009) Identification and mapping of the leaf stripe resistance gene Rdg1a in Hordeum spontaneum. Theoretical and Applied Genetics;120(6):1207-18.
  6. G. Tacconi, C. Lanzanova, g. Vale’, E. Lupotto (2007). Development of molecular markers for the introgression of broad spectrum blast resistance genes into rice germplasm cultivated in Italy. 4th International Temperate Rice Conference 2007.
  7. V. Terzi, C. Morcia, P. Faccioli, G. Vale, G. Tacconi and M. Malnati (2007). In vitro antifungal activity of the tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) essential oil and its major components against plant pathogens. Letters in Applied Microbiology, 44 613-618.
  8. G. Tacconi, V. Baldassarre, N. C. Collins, D. Bulgarelli, A. M. Stanca, and G. Valè (2006). Haplotype characterization and markers at the barley Mlo powdery mildew.


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

Our contacts

Genomics Research Centre
Via S. Protaso, 302
29017 Fiorenzuola d'Arda (PC) - ITALY
+39 0523 983758
+39 0523 983750
How to find us

We thank Renzo Alberici, Donata Pagani and Gianni Tacconi for setting up the picture collection.