Valeria Terzi

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
Educated in the classic lyceum G.D. Romagnosi, Parma, graduated with maximum in Biological Science at the University of Parma. With a scholarship of Accademia dei Lincei she spent two years training in genetics and molecular biology in Cereal Research Institute at Fiorenzuola. Permanent position as scientist and then senior scientist at the same Institute. At present Research Director at CRA-GPG. At the beginning of her carrier she activated the first strategic research on heat and cold shock response in barley. Since then her work has been increased on basic and applied molecular research on cereal genetics and quality. She had the opportunity to partecipate to different breeding programs to develop barley, oats and durum wheat varieties. She had an important role in supporting the organization to build the new laboratories of the Centre. Invited speaker and reviewer of scientific papers and projects at national and international level. Invited Professor of Plant Genetics in Universities of Modena-Reggio Emilia, Parma and Napoli. Supervision of many undergraduated, graduated and PhD students and post-docs. She has published more than 200 papers in national and international journals. Responsible in the last decade of more than 40 national and international research projects. Member of small grain cereals working group of ECPGR . Member of Accademia dei Georgofili of Florence. Member of the scientific committee of PhD Schools at Universities of Parma and Reggio Emilia.

Current research interests
Genetics and genomics for better understand the gene function in cereals and other crop species for traits related to yield and quality. New technologies to evaluate and utilize the genetic resources for grain quality evaluation. Molecular traceability in animal, plant and microbial species. Responsible of the studies to characterize and exploit the barley developmental mutants collection and the oat collection. Development of bi- and multi-parentals populations for mapping studies and pyramiding genes. Grape genotyping for genetic variability studies and association mapping. Reducing the incidence of cereal head infections and mycotoxins in cereal products with genetic and modelling strategies. Chemogenomics of cereal pathogens-essential oils interaction.

Selected recent publications

  1. MARMIROLI N., V. TERZI, M. ODOARDI STANCA, C. LORENZONI, A.M. STANCA (1986). Protein synthesis during cold shock in barley tissues. Comparison of two genotypes with winter and spring growth habit. Theor. Appl. Genet., 73: 190-196.
  2. MARMIROLI N., C. LORENZONI, A.M. STANCA, V. TERZI (1989). Preliminary study of the inheritance of temperature stress proteins in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Plant Science, 62: 147-156
  3. MARMIROLI N., C. LORENZONI, L. CATTIVELLI, A.M. STANCA, V. TERZI (1989). Induction of heat shock proteins and acquisition of thermotolerance in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Variations associated with growth habit and plant development. J. Plant Physiol., 135: 267-273
  4. GROSSI M., L. CATTIVELLI, V. TERZI, A.M. STANCA, 1992. Modification of gene expression induced by ABA, in relation to drought and cold stress in barley shoots. Plant Physiol. Biochem., 30(1): 97-103
  5. GATTI A., F. RIZZA, G. DELOGU, V. TERZI, A. PORTA-PUGLIA, G. VANNACCI (1992). Physiological and biochemical variability in a population of Drechslera graminea. J. Genet. & Breed., 46: 179-186
  6. PECCHIONI N., A.M. STANCA, V. TERZI, L. CATTIVELLI (1993). RFLP analysis of highly polymorphic loci in barley. Theor. Appl. Genet., 85: 926-930
  7. FACCIOLI P., V. TERZI, A. MONETTI, J. NICOLA, N. PECCHIONI (1995). B-hordein STSs markers for barley genotype identification: comparison with RFLPs, hordein A-PAGE and morpho-physiological traits. Seed Sci. & Technol., 23: 415-427
  8. PECCHIONI N., P. FACCIOLI, H. TOUBIA-RAHME, G. VALE’, V. TERZI (1996). Quantitative resistance to barley leaf stripe (Pyrenophora graminea) is dominated by one major locus. Theor. Appl. Genet., 93: 97-101
  9. CASTIGLIONI P., C. POZZI, M. HEUN, V. TERZI, K.J. MÜLLER, W. ROHDE, F. SALAMINI (1998). An AFLP-based procedure for the efficient mapping of mutants and DNA probes in barley. Genetics, 149: 2039-2056
  10. PECCHIONI N., G. VALE’, H. TOUBIA-RAHME, P. FACCIOLI, V. TERZI, G. DELOGU (1999). Barley-Pyrenophora graminea interaction: QTL analysis and gene mapping. Plant Breeding, 118: 29-35
  11. FACCIOLI P., N. PECCHIONI, A.M. STANCA, V. TERZI (1999). Amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) markers for barley malt fingerprinting. Journal of Cereal Science, 29: 257-260
  12. POZZI C., P. FACCIOLI, V. TERZI, A.M. STANCA, S. CERIOLI, P. CASTIGLIONI, R. FINK, R. CAPONE, K.J. MÜLLER, G. BOSSINGER, W. ROHDE, F. SALAMINI (2000). Genetics of mutations affecting the development of a barley floral bract. Genetics, 154(3): 1335-1346
  13. FACCIOLI P., V. TERZI, N. PECCHIONI, T. BERIO, A. GIOVANNINI, A. ALLAVENA (2000). Genetic diversity in cultivated Osteospermum as revealed by random amplified polymorphic DNA analysis. Plant Breeding, 119: 351-355
  14. MASTRANGELO A.M., P. BALDI, C. MARE’, V. TERZI, G. GALIBA, L. CATTIVELLI, N. DI FONZO (2000). The cold dependent accumulation on COR TMC-AP3 in cereals with contrasting, frost tolerance is regulated by different mRNA expression and protein turnover. Plant Science, 156: 47-54
  15. TERZI V., N. PECCHIONI, P. FACCIOLI, L. KUCERA, A.M. STANCA. (2001) Phyletic relationships within the genus Hordeum using PCR-based markers. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 48:447-458
  16. FACCIOLI P., N. PECCHIONI, L. CATTIVELLI, A.M. STANCA, V. TERZI. (2001) Expressed Sequence Tags (ESTs) from cold-acclimated barley identify novel plant genes. Plant Breeding, 120:497-502
  17. FACCIOLI P., LAGONIGRO M.S., DE CECCO L., STANCA A.M., ALBERICI R., TERZI V. (2002) Analysis of differential expression of barley ESTs during cold acclimatization using microarray technology. Plant Biology, 4:630-639
  18. TERZI V., FERRARI B., F. FINOCCHIARO, N. DI FONZO, A.M. STANCA, C. LAMACCHIA, J. NAPIER, P.R. SHEWRY, P. FACCIOLI (2003). TaqMan PCR for detection of genetically modified durum wheat. Journal of Cereal Science, 37(2): 157-163
  19. TERZI V., M. MALNATI, M. BARBANERA, A.M. STANCA, P. FACCIOLI (2003). Development of analytical systems based on real time PCR for Triticum species-specific detection and quantitation of bread wheat contamination in semolina and pasta. Journal of Cereal Science, 38: 87-94
  20. TERZI V.,INFASCELLI F., TUDISCO R., RUSSO G., STANCA A.M., FACCIOLI P. 2004. Quantitative detection of Secale cereale by real time PCR amplification. Food Science and Technology (LWT):37:239-246
  21. TERZI V, MORCIA C., GIOVANARDI D., D’EGIDIO M.G., STANCA A.M., FACCIOLI P. 2004. DNA-based analysis for authenticity assessment of monovarietal pasta. European Food Research and Technology, 219 (4): 428-431
  22. TERZI V., PASTORI G., SHEWRY PR., FACCIOLI P. 2005 Real time PCR assisted selection of wheat plants transformed with a HMW glutenin subunit. Journal of Cereal Science, 41: 133-136
  23. SPANO G., BENEDUCE L., TERZI V., STANCA A.M., MASSA S. Real time PCR for the detection of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in dairy and cattle wastewater. 2005 Letters in Applied Microbiology, 40: 164-171
  24. FACCIOLI P., PROVERO P., HERRMANN K., STANCA A.M., MORCIA C., TERZI V. 2005 From single genes to co-expression network: extracting knowledge from barley functional genomics. Plant Molecular Biology, 58 (5): 739-750
  25. TUDISCO R., LOMBARDI P., BOVERA F., D’ANGELO D., CUTRIGNELLI M.I.,MASTELLONE V., TERZI V., AVALLONE L., INFASCELLI F. 2006 Genetically modified soya bean in rabbit feeding: detection of DNA fragments and evaluation of metabolic effects by enzymatic analysis. Animal Science, 82: 193-199
  26. TUDISCO R., INFASCELLI F., CUTRIGNELLI M.I., BOVERA F., MORCIA C., FACCIOLI P., TERZI V. 2006. Fate of plant DNA monitored in water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) and rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Livestock Science, 105:12-18
  27. TERZI V., MORCIA C., STANCA AM, KUCERA L, FARES C, CODIANNI P, DI FONZO N, FACCIOLI P. 2007 Assessment of genetic diversity in emmer (Triticum dicoccon Schrank) x durum wheat (Triticum durum Desf.) derived lines and their parents using mapped and unmapped molecular markers. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 54 (7): 1613-1621
  28. FACCIOLI P., CICERI G.P., PROVERO P., STANCA A. M., MORCIA C., TERZI V. 2007 A A combined strategy of “in silico” transcriptome analysis and web search engine optimization allows an agile identification of reference genes suitable for normalization in gene expression studies. Plant Molecular Biology, 63:679-688
  29. TERZI V., MORCIA C., FACCIOLI P., FACCINI N., ROSSI V., CIGOLINI M., CORBELLINI M., SCUDELLARI D., DELOGU G. 2007. Fusarium DNA traceability along the bread production chain. International Journal of Food Science and Technology, doi10.1111/j.1365-2621.2006.01344.x., vol 42 (12): 1390-1396.
  30. BENEDUCE L.M, SPANO G., NABI A., TERZI V., LASALANDRA G., MASSA S. 2007. Assessment of a quantitative PCR method for the detection of Helicobacter pilori in environmental samples. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 16(7): 749-755
  31. TERZI V, MORCIA C, FACCIOLI P, VALE’ 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 in Applied Microbiology (LAM) 44:613-618
  32. ROSSI V, TERZI V, MOGGI F, MORCIA C, FACCIOLI P, HAIDUKOWSKI M, PASCALE M. 2007 Assessment of Fusarium infection in wheat heads using a quantitative polymerase chain (qPCR) assay. Food Additives and Contaminants, 24(10):1121-1130
  34. TUDISCO R., CALABRÒ S., TERZI V., PICCOLO V., GUGLIELMELLI A., INFASCELLI F. 2009. In vitro fermentation of ten cultivars of barley silage. Italian J. of Anim. Sci., 8 (Suppl. 2): 241-243
  35. FACCIOLI P, MORCIA C, TERZI V. 2009. FROM GENOME TO PHENOME New Plant Physiology Research, R.T. Devane ed. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., New York: 241-246
  36. TERZI V., MORCIA C, SPINI M., TUDISCO R., CUTRIGNELLI M.I., INFASCELLI F., STANCA A.M., FACCIOLI P. 2010. Identification and validation of reference genes for gene expression studies in water buffalo. Animal, doi 10.1017/S1751731110000042
  37. FACCIOLI P., STANCA A.M., MORCIA C., ALBERICI R., TERZI V. 2010. Identification of a set of widely expressed genes in grape (Vitis vinifera L.) and its functional characterization: a multi-evidence based study. Vitis 49(4): 175-179
  38. RIZZA F, PAGANI D, GUT M, PRASIL IT, LAGO C, TONDELLI A, ORRU’ L, MAZZUCCOTELLI 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
  39. MORCIA C, MALNATI M, TERZI V. 2012. In vitro antifungal activity of terpinen-4-ol, eugenol, carvone, 1,8-cineole (eucalyptol) and thymol against mycotoxigenic plant pathogens. Food Additives and Contaminants, 29: 415-422
  40. MORCIA C., RATTOTTI E., STANCA A.M., TUMINO G., ROSSI V., RAVAGLIA S., GERMEIER C., HERRMANN M., POLISENSKA I., TERZI V. 2013. Fusarium genetic traceability: Role for mycotoxin control in small grain cereals agro-food chains. Journal of Cereal Science, 57: 175-182
  41. STANCA, A. M, TUMINO, G, PAGANI, D, RIZZA, F. ALBERICI, R, LUNDQVIST, U. MORCIA, C. TONDELLI, A. TERZI, V. 2013. The “Italian” barley genetics mutant collection: conservation, development of new mutants and use. Advance in Barley Sciences, 30-35
  42. MORCIA C., TUMINO G., TERZI V. 2013. Plant bioactive metabolites for cereal protection against fungal pathogens. In : “Antifungal metabolites from plants”, pages 1/27, ISBN 978-3-642-738075-4, Eds. M. Razzaghi-Abyaneh and M. Rai, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
  43. Morcia, C.; Tumino, G.; Terzi, V. 2013. Plant bioactive metabolites for cereal protection against fungal pathogens. Antifungal metabolites from plants 401-427. M. Razzaghi, M. Rai eds. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-642-38075-4
  44. TERZI, V. MORCIA, C. RATTOTTI, E. TUMINO, G. FACCIOLI, P. 2013. Plant bioactive metabolites for crop protection: the barley-powdery mildew-essential oils model of study. Worldwide research efforts in the fighting against microbial pathogens 209-211, Brown Walker Press
  45. TERZI, V. TUMINO, G. RATTOTTI, E. STANCA, A.M. MORCIA, C. 2013. Essential oils for crop protection and healthier food and feed. Recent progress in medicinal plants 37: 219-231. Studium Press LLC, Houston.
  46. STANCA, M., MAROCCO, A., PECCHIONI, N., VALÈ, G., ODOARDI, M., FACCIOLI, P., CATTIVELLI, L., TERZI, V. 2014. Genetica Vegetale. Capitolo 9, pp. 155-221. In: Genetica, ISBN 978-88-08-18368-2, Casa Editrice Ambrosiana
  47. NAZARI L., PATTORI E., TERZI V., MORCIA C., ROSSI V. 2014. Influence of temperature on infection, growth, and mycotoxin production by Fusarium langsethiae and F. sporotrichioides in durum wheat. Food microbiology, 39, 19-26.
  48. TERZI V., TUMINO G., STANCA A.M., MORCIA C. 2014. Reducing the incidence of cereal head infection and mycotoxins in small grain cereal species. Journal of Cereal Science, 59(3): 284-293
  49. DEGOLA, F., MORCIA, C., BISCEGLIE, F., MUSSI, F., TUMINO, G., GHIZZONI, R., PELOSI, G.,TERZI, V., BUSCHINI, A., RESTIVO, F.M. 2015. In vitro evaluation of the activity of thiosemicarbazone derivatives against mycotoxigenic fungi affecting cereals. International Journal of Food Microbiology, doi: 10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2015.02.009


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

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