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Franca Locatelli


Email: locatelli * ibba.cnr.it | Phone: +39-0223699678 | Fax: +39-0223699411

 Education and professional experience

Franca09 2015

i) Regulation of plant gene expression under abiotic and biotic stress conditions ii) in vitro cell culture systems and transformation techniques in plants iii) Myb transcription factors involved in plant stress tolerance


Biotic, Abiotic / Environmental Stress, Gene expression regulation

Plant growth under controlled stress conditions, Molecular biology, Cell Biology


- 2013-2015 Progetto FilAgro “Strategie innovative e sostenibili per la filiera agroalimentare” nell’ambito dell’Accordo Quadro di collaborazione tra Regione Lombardia e il CNR.

- 2012-2016 Progetto FIRST “RICE CONNECTIONS – Interazioni molecolari tra resistenza a malattie, tolleranza alla carenza idrica e periodo di fioritura in riso” finanziato da Agropolis Fondation (Francia) e Fondazione Cariplo (Italia);


- 2011-2013 Progetto VeLiCa nell’ambito dell’accordo CNR – Regione Lombardia dal titolo “Da antiche colture materiali e prodotti per il futuro”;

Selected Publications

  • E. Baldoni, P. Bagnaresi, F. Locatelli, M. Mattana, A. Genga (2016) “Comparative leaf and root transcriptomic analysis of two rice japonica cultivars reveals major differences in the root early response to osmotic stress”. Rice DOI 10.1186/s12284-016-0098-1
  • F. Galbiati, R. Chiozzotto, F. Locatelli, A. Spada, A. Genga, F. Fornara (2016) “Hd3a, RFT1 and Ehd1 integrate photoperiodic and drought stress signals to delay the floral transition in rice”. Plant Cell and Environment DOI: 10.1111/pce.12760;
  • E. Baldoni, M. Mattana, F. Locatelli, R. Consonni, L.R. Cagliani, V. Picchi, P. Abbruscato, A. Genga (2013) “Analysis of transcript and metabolite levels in Italian rice (Oryza sativa L.)cultivars subjected to osmotic stress or benzothiadiazole treatment. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 70: 492-503;
  • E. Baldoni, A. Genga, A. Medici, I. Coraggio, F. Locatelli (2013) “The OsMyb4 gene family: stress response and transcriptional auto-regulation mechanisms”. Biologia Plantarum, 57: 691-700;
  • P. Caruso, E. Baldoni, M. Mattana, D. Pietro Paolo, A. Genga, I. Coraggio, G. Russo, V. Picchi, G. Reforgiato Recupero, F. Locatelli (2012) “Ectopic expression of a rice transcription factor, Mybleu, enhances tolerance of transgenic plants of Carrizo citrange to low oxygen stress”. Plant Cell Tissue & Organ Culture, 109: 327-339;
  • A. Genga, M. Mattana, I. Coraggio, F. Locatelli, P. Piffanelli, R. Consonni (2011) Plant Metabolomics: A Characterisation of Plant Responses to Abiotic Stresses. In “Abiotic Stress in Plants - Mechanisms and Adaptations” InTech-Open Access Publisher, edited by Arun Shanker, pp. 309-350;
  • M. Laura, R. Consonni, F. Locatelli, E. Fumagalli, A. Allavena, I. Coraggio, M. Mattana (2010) “Metabolic response to cold and freezing of Osteospermum ecklonis overexpressing Osmyb4”. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 48: 764-771;
  • G. Pasquali, S. Biricolti, F. Locatelli, E. Baldoni M. Mattana (2008) “Osmyb4 expression improves adaptive responses to drought and cold stress in transgenic apples”. Plant Cell Reports, 27 (10): 1677-1686;
  • M. Mattana, C. Vannini, L. Espen, M. Bracale, A. Genga, M. Marsoni, M. Iriti, V. Bonazza, F. Romagnoli, E. Baldoni, I. Coraggio, F. Locatelli (2007), “The rice Mybleu transcription factor increases tolerance to oxygen deprivation in Arabidopsis plants. Physiologia Plantarum, 131: 106-121;
  • C. Vannini, M. Iriti, M. Bracale, F. Locatelli, F. Faoro, P. Croce, R. Pirona, A. Di Maro, I. Coraggio, A. Genga (2006), “The ectopic expression of the rice Osmyb4 gene in Arabidopsis increases tolerance to abiotic, environmental and biotic stresses”. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology, 69: 26-42;
  • M. Mattana, E. Biazzi, R. Consonni, F. Locatelli, C. Vannini, S. Provera, I. Coraggio (2005), “Overexpression of Osmyb4 enhances compatible solute accumulation and increases stress tolerance of Arabidopsis thaliana”. Physiologia Plantarum, 125: 212-223;
  • C. Vannini, F. Locatelli, M. Bracale, E. Magnani, M. Marsoni, M. Osnato, M. Mattana, E. Baldoni and I. Coraggio (2004), “Overexpression of the rice Osmyb4 gene increases chilling and freezing tolerance of Arabidopsis thaliana plants”. Plant Journal, 37: 115-127;
  • F. Locatelli, C. Vannini, E. Magnani, I. Coraggio, M. Bracale (2003), “Efficiency of transient transformation in tobacco protoplasts is independent of plasmid amount“. Plant Cell Reports, 21: 865-871;
  • F. Locatelli, E. Magnani, C. Vighi, C. Lanzanova, I. Coraggio (2002), “Inhibitory effect of myb7 uORF on downstream gene expression in homologous (rice) and heterologous (tobacco) systems”. Plant Molecular Biology, 48: 309-318;
  • F. Locatelli, L.A. Manzocchi, A. Viotti, A. Genga (2001), “The nitrogen-induced recovery of alfa-zein gene expression in in vitro cultured opaque2 maize endosperms depends on the genetic background”. Physiologia Plantarum , 112 (3): 414-420;
  • F. Locatelli, M. Bracale, F. Magaraggia, F. Faoro, L.A. Manzocchi, I. Coraggio (2000), “The product of the rice myb7 unspliced mRNA dimerizes with the maize leucine zipper Opaque2 and stimulates its activity in a transient expression assay”. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 275 (23): 17619-17625;

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