Laboratorio di Genetica Microbica



Develop Synthetic Communities (SynComms) composed by symbiotic nitrogen-fixing rhizobia and nonsymbiotic endophytes with plant-growth promotion activities (auxin production, nitrogen-fixation) for improving growth and resistance of alfalfa to drought conditions


IBBR-CNR, Naples (Italy)

University of Palermo, Italy)


WP1 SynComms constitution

1.1 Strain selection

1.2 Testing physiological features of single strains and consorzia

1.3 Genome sequencing and annotation of strains

1.4 Pilot trials of inoculation in vitro

WP2 Efficacy of SynComms

2.1 Set-up of the greenhouse experiment

2.2 Growth evaluation

2.3 Agronomic analyses and yield evaluation

2.4 Identification of the optimal combination of SynComm-plant variety and effect on soil microbiome

WP3 Coordination and Dissemination

3.1 Coordination

3.2 Dissemination


Interviews for local radio broadcast Controradio 20.11.2020: Bright - Notte della ricerca

Round table chat during Bright 2020: Youtube channel UniFI

Symposium at "Accademia dei Georgofili" (Evento Georgofili Leguminose e Agricoltura Sostenibile )


 Fagorzi C., et al (2020) Symbiotic and non-symbiotic members of the genus Ensifer (syn. Sinorhizobium) are separated into two clades based on comparative genomics and high-throughput phenotypingGenome Biology and Evolution evaa221

diCenzo G.C., et al. (2020) Genome-scale metabolic reconstruction of the symbiosis between a leguminous plant and a nitrogen-fixing bacteriumNature Communications 11, Article number: 2574

Fagorzi C.,  et al. (2021)  Nonadditive Transcriptomic Signatures of Genotype-by-Genotype Interactions during the Initiation of Plant-Rhizobium SymbiosismSystems, 6: e00974-20


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