Prior to moving to Australia to study a co-tutele PhD program between Charles Sturt University and University of Naples “ Federico II” (UNINA), Pierluigi conducted a research fellowship on the isolation and chemical and biological characterisation of phytotoxins produced by pathogenic fungi of legumes at the Department of Chemical Sciences, UNINA.
In 2015, he completed a Masters degree in Chemical Sciences with Honours at UNINA. During his studies, he worked mainly in organic synthesis and on the synthesis of C-glycosides with possible biological activity.
In 2010, he was awarded an LLP-Erasmus (European exchange program) scholarship to study for nine months at the Universidad de Alcala, Alcala de Henares, Spain. During that period, he focused his study on biochemistry and carried out research in the field of organic electrosynthesis.
Specialisation: Organic chemistry, chemistry of natural products.
Focus Area: Grapevine trunk diseases, secondary metabolites
Pierluigi’s PhD project aims to investigate the phytotoxic metabolites produced by Botryosphaeriaceae species responsible for grapevine trunk diseases. This is the first study on phytotoxic compounds produced by Botryosphaeriaceae spp. isolated from grapevines in Australian vineyards. Phytotoxic compounds produced by these fungi will be isolated, fully characterised and compared with those produced by isolates of Botryosphaeriaceae spp. found in grapevines in Europe. In addition, the role of phytotoxins in pathogenesis and virulence processes, their toxicity in planta and the genetic mechanisms surrounding the production of phytotoxins, will be investigated. This information will provide additional knowledge on the Botryosphaeriaceae as pathogens and may assist in developing novel and more efficient control strategies for grapevine trunk diseases.
Reveglia, P., Chini, A., Mandoli, A., Masi, M., Cimmino, A., Pescitelli, G., & Evidente, A. (2018). Synthesis and mode of action studies of N-[(-)-jasmonyl]-S-tyrosin and ester seiridin jasmonate. Phytochemistry, 147, 132-139.
Fanelli, F., Reveglia, P., Masi, M., Mulè, G., Zonno, M. C., Cimmino, A., & Evidente, A. (2017). Influence of light on the biosynthesis of Ophiobolin A by Bipolaris maydis. Natural product research, 1-9.
Raio, A., Reveglia, P., Puopolo, G., Cimmino, A., Danti, R., & Evidente, A. (2017). Involvement of phenazine-1-carboxylic acid in the interaction between Pseudomonas chlororaphis subsp. aureofaciens strain M71 and Seiridium cardinale in vivo. Microbiological Research, 199, 49-56.
Cimmino, A., Cinelli, T., Masi, M., Reveglia, P., da Silva, M. A., Mugnai, L.,& Evidente, A. (2017). Phytotoxic lipophylic metabolites produced by grapevine strains of Lasiodiplodia species in Brazil. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,65, 1102-1107.
Reveglia, P., Cinelli, T., Cimmino, A., Masi, M., & Evidente, A. (2017). The main phytotoxic metabolite produced by a strain of Fusarium oxysporum inducing grapevine plant declining in Italy. Natural product research, 1-10.
Masi, M., Zonno, M. C., Cimmino, A., Reveglia, P., Berestetskiy, A., Boari, A., & Evidente, A. (2017). On the metabolites produced by Colletotrichum gloeosporioides a fungus proposed for the Ambrosia artemisiifolia biocontrol; spectroscopic data and absolute configuration assignment of colletochlorin A. Natural product research, 1-11.