Matteo is a molecular biologist with experience in the functional characterisation of plant defence responses to pathogens and pests.
By using a reverse genetic approach, Matteo has characterised the role of different pathways acting downstream of the plant cell wall signalling in the defence against fungi, bacteria and insects.
Currently, Matteo’s research is focused on plant-aphid interactions and on the mechanisms underlying the adaptation of the green peach aphid Myzus persicae to different plant species.
Matteo is exploiting the RNA interference (RNAi) technology for aphids to study the role of specific genes in the rapid adaptation of M. persicae to a new host.
Gravino M., Locci F., Tundo S., Cervone F., Savatin D. V., De Lorenzo G. (2017)Immune responses induced by oligogalacturonides are differentially affected by AvrPto and loss of BAK1/BKK1 and PEPR1/PEPR2.Molecular plant pathology (18)Publisher's version: 1364-3703
Gravino M., Savatin D. V., Macone A., De Lorenzo G. (2015)Ethylene production in Botrytis cinerea- and oligogalacturonide-induced immunity requires calcium-dependent protein kinases.Plant Journal (84)Publisher's version: 0960-7412
Savatin D. V., Bisceglia N. G., Gravino M., Fabbri C., Pontiggia D., Mattei B. (2015)Camalexin Quantification in Arabidopsis thaliana Leaves Infected with Botrytis cinerea.Bio-protocol (5)Publisher's version: 2331-8325