Dr Antonietta Aliberti

Postdoctoral Scientist Molecules from Nature

Antonietta’s work is mostly focused on improving fruit quality in tomato exploiting genomics tools and molecular breeding approaches.

Ascorbic acid (AsA), also known L-ascorbic acid or Vitamin C, is one of the most important antioxidant compounds in plants, which are the major source of this vitamin in the human diet since humans are unable to produce it.

Despite its enormous importance, the regulation of AsA biosynthesis in tomato fruit is not well understood and genome editing approaches could be helpful to clarify the role of specific genes in controlling the AsA content in red ripe fruit.

Currently, Antonietta’s research is focused on the functional validation of candidate genes potentially involved in the control of ascorbic acid content in tomato fruit using genome editing approaches.