Istituto di Bioscienze e Biorisorse

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche

Gabriella Sonnante

Ruolo: Primo Ricercatore
Comparto: Ricercatori e Tecnologi
Sede: Bari
Tel: (39) 0805583400-240
E-mail: gabriella.sonnante@ibbr.cnr.it

Gabriella Sonnante

Role: SeniorResearcher Tel: (39) 080-5583400 E-mail: gabriella.sonnante@ibbr.cnr.it


Senior Researcher at IBBR/CNR

Previous Positions

2007 - present: Senior Researcher at the Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources (former Institute of Plant Genetics), CNR, Bari

1994 - 2006: Researcher at the Institute of Plant Genetics (former Germplasm Institute), CNR, Bari

Education, training and visits to other Institutions

2008: short visit at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

2003: short visit at the Botanic Institute, CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

1997: visiting scientist at the Institute of Molecular Biology (Prof. G. Kahl), Biozentrum, University of Frankfurt, Germany (2 months)

1993: visiting scientist at the Genetics Department (Prof. J. Orellana), Politenic University of Madrid, Spain for a “Training and Mobility” programme of the European Community (1 month)

1992 - 1994: IITA (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria) fellow at the Germplasm Institute, CNR, Bari

1991: visiting scientist at the Department of Agronomy and Range Science (Prof. P. Gepts), The University of California, Davis (1 year)

1990 - 1991: fellow at the Germplasm Institute, CNR, Bari

1988: Graduated in biology cum laude, University of Bari

Main research topics

Scientific activity includes researches on plant molecular evolution and differentiation of genepools, domestication, identification of molecular markers (AFLP, SSR, SNP, etc.) for evaluation and utilization of plant genetic resources, gene isolation and functional characterization.

Isolation, characterization and expression of structural genes and transcription factors involved in the synthesis of polyphenols and in the use of nitrogen; discovery and characterization of microRNAs and their involvement in the response to stresses; construction of genetic maps; genomics.

Species of interest: artichoke, durum wheat, legumes

Other activities

Management of the Cynara (artichoke and wild relatives) field collection at CNR-IBBR

Delegate for the CNR - Department of Bio-AgriFood Sciences at EPSO (European Plant Science Organization)

Member of SIGA (Italian Society for Agricultural Genetics).

Research Projects (Principal Investigator)

BiodiverSO - "Biodiversità delle Specie Orticole della Puglia" - Progetti Integrati per la Biodiversità - PSR Puglia 2007-2013, Misura 214/4 sub-azione a). Funded by: Regione Puglia (2013-2015).

ISCOCEM - PON 01_01445 “Sviluppo tecnologico e innovazione per la sostenibilità e competitività della cerealicoltura meridionale (ISCOCEM), decreto MIUR prot. n. 658/ ric. del 14/10/2011. Funded by: Ministry of Education and Research (2011-2015).

PRIN 2010-2011 “Identificazione e caratterizzazione di geni utili ad incrementare la produttività e sostenibilità del frumento duro”. Funded by: Ministry of Education and Research (2013-2016).

C.I.S.I.A, project for the innovation of made in Italy agro-food compartment. Funded by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (2011-2015).

CYNARES (AGRI GEN RES 063) “European genetic resources of Cynara spp.”. Funded by the European Union (2007-2011).

CAR-VARVI “Valorizzazione di germoplasma di carciofo attraverso la costituzione varietale e il risanamento da virus” (D.M. 6323/7303/09 del 11/03/2009). Funded by: Ministry of Agriculture and Forest (2009-2013).

SCRIGNO - Sviluppo e Caratterizzazione delle Risorse Genetiche Native in Ortofrutticoltura, Settore Agrobiotecnologie (Legge 449/97) - "Studio della diversità genetica, caratterizzazione e valorizzazione di germoplasma di Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus L.". Funded by: Ministry of University and Research (2002-2004).

Selected Publications

De Lisi A., Montesano V., Negro D., Sarli G., Blanco E., Sonnante G., Laghetti G. (2014) Genetic diversity in Borago officinalis germplasm as revealed by seed oils and AFLP polymorphism. Genet. Resour. Crop Evol. 61: 853-859 - DOI 10.1007/s10722-014-0081-x

Gatto A., De Paola D., Bagnoli F., Vendramin G.G., Sonnante G. (2013) Population structure of Cynara cardunculus L. complex and the origin of the conspecific crops artichoke and cardoon. Annals of Botany, 112: 855-865 - DOI 10.1093/aob/mct150

Zaccardelli M., Sonnante G., Lupo F., Piergiovanni A.R., Laghetti G., Sparvoli F., Lioi L. (2013) Characterization of Italian chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) germplasm by multidisciplinary approach. Genet. Resour. Crop Evol. 60:865-877 - Published online: 12 July 2012 - DOI 10.1007/s10722-012-9884-9

De Paola D., Cattonaro F., Pignone D., Sonnante G. (2012) The miRNAome of globe artichoke: conserved and novel micro RNAs and target analysis. BMC Genomics 13:41

De Paola D, Blanco E, Pierri CL, Sonnante G. (2012) Isolation and characterization of novel variants of BBI coding genes from the legume Lathyrus sativus. Plant Physiol. Biochem. 57: 45-53

Catalano D., Pignone D., Sonnante G., Finetti-Sialer MM. (2012) In-silico and in-vivo analyses of EST databases unveil conserved miRNAs from Carthamus tinctorius and Cynara cardunculus. BMC Bioinformatics. Mar 28;13 Suppl 4:S12 - DOI 10.1186/1471-2105-13-S4-S12

Negro D., Montesano V., Grieco S., Crupi P., Sarli G., De Lisi A., Sonnante G. (2012) Polyphenol Compounds in Artichoke Plant Tissues and Varieties. Journal Food Science 77: 244-252 - DOI 10.1111/j.1750-3841.2011.02531.x

Khaldi S., Sonnante G., El Gazzah M. (2012) Analysis of molecular genetic diversity of cardoon (Cynara cardunculus L.) in Tunisia. Comptes Rendus Biologies 335: 389-397

Sonnante G., Gatto A., Morgese A., Montemurro F., Sarli G., Blanco E., Pignone D. (2011)Genetic map of artichoke × wild cardoon: toward a consensus map for Cynara cardunculus. Theor. Appl. Genet. 123:1215-1229 -DOI 10.1007/s00122-011-1661-1

Clemente A., Sonnante G., Domoney C. (2011) Bowman-Birk inhibitors from legumes and human gastrointestinal health: current status and perspectives. Curr. Protein Pept . Sci . 12: 358-373

Cardinali A., Tursi N., Ligorio A., Giuffrida M.G., Napolitano L., Caliandro R., Sergio L., Di Venere D., Lattanzio V., Sonnante G. (2011) Purification, biochemical characterization and cloning of a new cationic peroxidase isoenzyme from artichoke. Plant Physiol. Biochem. 49: 395-403 - DOI: 10.1016/j.plaphy.2011.01.028

Lioi L., Sparvoli F., Sonnante G., Laghetti G., Lupo F., Zaccardelli M. (2011) Characterization of Italian grasspea (Lathyrus sativus L.) germplasm using agronomic traits, biochemical and molecular markers. Genet. Res. Crop Evol. 58:425-437 - DOI 10.1007/s10722-010-9589-x

Caccialupi P., Ceci L.R., Siciliano R.A., Pignone D., Clemente A., Sonnante G. (2010) - Bowman-Birk inhibitors in lentil: heterologous expression, functional characterization and anti-proliferative properties in human colon cancer cells. Food Chem. 120: 1058-1066

Sonnante G., D’Amore R., Blanco E., Pierri C.L, De Palma M., Luo J., Tucci M., Martin C. (2010). Novel hydroxycinnamoyl-Coenzyme A quinate transferase genes from artichoke are involved in the synthesis of chlorogenic acid. Plant Physiol. 153: 1-15

Vilatersana R., Garcia-Jacas N., Garnatje T., Molero J., Sonnante G., Susanna A. (2010) Molecular phylogeny of the genus Ptilostemon (Compositae: Cardueae) and its relationships with Cynara and Lamyropsis. Systematic Botany 35: 907-917

Sonnante G., Montemurro C., Morgese A., Sabetta W., Blanco A., Pasqualone A. (2009) - DNA microsatellite region for a reliable quantification of soft wheat adulteration in durum wheat-based foodstuffs by real-time PCR. J Agric. Food Chem. 57: 10199-10204

Sonnante G., Hammer K., Pignone D. (2009) From the cradle of agriculture a handful of lentils: history of a domestication. Rendiconti Lincei 20: 21-37

Volpicella M., De Leo F., Sonnante G., Pignone D., Gallerani R., Ceci L.R. (2009) -Identification and characterization of novel protease inhibitors from Diplotaxis species. Plant Physiol. Biochem. 47: 175-180 - DOI 10.1016/j.plaphy.2008.11.008

Sonnante G., Carluccio A.V., De Paolis A., Pignone D. (2008) Identification of artichoke SSR markers: molecular variation and patterns of diversity in genetically cohesive taxa and wild allies. Genet. Res. Crop Evol. 55: 1029-1046

De Paolis A., Pignone D., Morgese A., Sonnante G. (2008) Characterization and differential expression analysis of artichoke phenylalanine ammonia-lyase coding sequences. Physiologia Plantarum 132: 33-43

Pasqualone A., Montemurro C., Grinn-Gofron A., Sonnante G., Blanco A. (2007) Detection of soft wheat in semolina and durum wheat bread by analysis of DNA microsatellites. J Agric. Food Chem. 55: 3312-3318

Sonnante G., Pignone D., Hammer K. (2007) - The domestication of artichoke and cardoon: from Roman times to the genomic age. Annals of Botany 100: 1095-1100

Sonnante G., Pignone D. (2007) The major Italian landraces of lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.): their molecular diversity and possible origin. Genet. Res. Crop Evol. 54: 1023-1031.

Sonnante G., Carluccio A.V., Vilatersana R., Pignone D. (2007) - On the origin of artichoke and cardoon from the Cynara gene pool as revealed by rDNA sequence variation. Genet. Res. Crop Evol. 54:483-495

Lioi L., Piergiovanni A.R., Pignone D., Puglisi S., Santantonio M., Sonnante G. (2005) Genetic diversity of some surviving on-farm Italian common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) landraces Plant Breeding 124: 576-581

Sonnante G., De Paolis A., Pignone D. (2005) Bowman-Birk inhibitors in Lens: identification and characterization of two paralogous gene classes in cultivated lentil and wild relatives. Theor. Appl. Genet. 110: 596-604 - DOI 10.1007/s00122-004-1888-1

Pignone D., Sonnante G. (2004) Wild artichokes of south Italy: did the story begin here? Genet. Res. Crop Evol. 51: 577-580

Sonnante G., De Paolis A., Pignone D. (2003) Relationships among artichoke cultivars and some related wild taxa based on AFLP markers. Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization 1: 125-133

Sonnante G., Galasso I., Pignone D. (2003) ITS Sequence Analysis and Phylogenetic Inference in the Genus Lens Mill. Annals of Botany 91: 49-54 - DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcg007

Sonnante G., De Paolis A., Lattanzio V., Perrino P. (2002) Genetic variation in wild and cultivated artichoke revealed by RAPD markers. Genet. Resour. Crop Evol. 49: 247-252

Winter P., Benko-Issepon A.M., Hüttel B., Ratnaparkhe M., Tullu A., Sonnante G., Pfaff T., Tekeoglu M., Santra D., Sant V.J., Rajesh P.N., Kahl G., Muehlbauer F.J. (2000) A linkage map of the chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) genome based on recombinant inbred lines from a C. arietinum x C. reticulatum cross: localization of resistance genes for Fusarium wilt races 4 and 5. Theor. Appl. Genet. 101: 1155-1163

Spinosa A., Pignone D., Sonnante G. (1998) Assessment of genetic variation in a working collection of Vigna vexillata (L.) A. Rich. by isozyme and RAPD analyses. Genet. Resour. Crop Evol. 45: 347-354

Sonnante G., Spinosa A., Marangi A., Pignone D. (1997) Isozyme and RAPD analysis of the genetic diversity within and between Vigna luteola and V. marina. Annals of Botany 80: 741-746

Galasso I., Sonnante G., Tota D.G., Pignone D. (1997) Comparison of molecular cytogenetic and genetic analyses in accessions of the two biotypes of Vicia benghalensis L. Annals of Botany 79: 311-317

Sonnante G., Piergiovanni A.R., Pignone D. (1997) Distribution of allozyme variation in Vicia benghalensis L. suggests the existence of two genepools. Plant Syst. Evol. 207: 99-110

Sonnante G., Piergiovanni A.R., Ng Q.N., Perrino P. (1996) Relationships of Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp., V. vexillata (L.) Rich. and species of section Vigna based on isozyme variation. Genet. Resour. Crop Evol. 43: 157-165

Sonnante G., Stockton T., Nodari R., Gepts P. (1994) Evolution of genetic diversity during the domestication of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). Theor. Appl. Genet. 89: 629-635

Stockton T., Sonnante G., Gepts P. (1992) Detection of minisatellite sequences in Phaseolus vulgaris. Plant Molec. Biol. Reporter 10: 47-59


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