Institute of Plant Virology

On May 1st 2014 the merger between the Institute of Plant Virology and the Institute for Plant Protection of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) led to the newly formed Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection (IPSP), directed by Dr. Gian Paolo Accotto.

Please, visit the new website of the Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection, which is now online at the following address


The Institute of Plant Virology (IVV) represents the most important and the largest research group in the field of plant virology in Italy.  The staff (47 people) is divided into a central Headquarter (Turin) and two Support Units (Grugliasco and Bari). The Institute belongs to the Agricultural and Food Department of the Italian National Research Council (CNR).

The mission of the Institute is to develop research programs about viruses and virus-like agents (such as viroids and phytoplasmas) that cause plant diseases.

The understanding of the molecular basis of viral infection and the study of the interactions among plant hosts, virus/virus-like agents and their vectors are instrumental in defining, validating and applying control and defence strategies against these infective agents, with the aim of improving the quality and the quantity of plant productions and their economic and environmental sustainability.

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On Monday December 22nd at the IPSP-CNR in Strada delle Cacce, 73 Torino dr. Marco Catoni from The Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK will hold the seminar entitled “Genetic determinants of epigenetic switches”.


Welcome to the brand new Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection

On May 1st the merger between the Institute of Plant Virology and the Institute for Plant Protection of the Italian National Council (CNR) led to the newly formed Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection (IPSP), directed by Dr. Gian Paolo Accotto. Here are the main research themes of the new institute: 1. Biotic and abiotic stress, [...]


International symposium on the European outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa in olive

The Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection – CNR in Bari, the Department of Soil, Plant and Food Science of the University of Bari, the Research Center “Basile Caramia” (CRSFA) of Locorotondo, Bari, and the National and Regional Plant Health Services are pleased to announce the “International Symposium on the European outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa in [...]


V2P2 repository project kick-off

V2P2 repository: digitizing, storing, preserving, searching, exploiting, sharing data from the research in the field of plant, (micro)organism, virus interactions. This project is partially funded by MIUR in the framework of the Scientific Dissemination programs (Annual Projects, L.6/2000, D.D. 369/Ric. del 26/06/2012) which involves three CNR Institutes: Institute of Plant Virology (IVV), Institute of Plant [...]


A cartoon illustrating plant virus replication

The gorgeous Virginia Tobamo, also known as tobacco mosaic virus, explains how she manages to enter the cell, replicate and finally conquer the whole plant. The cartoon, which is intended to show the replication of a plant virus, has been realized by Unito Media, the Web TV of the University of Turin (Italy) and by [...]


Projects update

INTEFLAVI: An integrated approach for the control of grapevine Flavescence dorée
MicroGenVine: Traceability in the grapevine nursery through genetic markers and radio-frequency identification technique
NEBBIOLO EPIGENOMICS 2014: epigenetic modifications in grapevine caused by genotype/environment interactions
Enhancement of grape genetic resources through conservation, characterization and evaluation of wine grape varieties of Calabria (Castiglione e Toccarino)

Recents pubblications

Functional genomics in fruit trees
From root to fruit: RNA-Seq analysis shows that arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis may affect tomato fruit metabolism
Molecular characterization of Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus in Montenegro

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Società scientifiche

EPSO - The European Plant Science Organisation AISSA - Associazione Italiana Società Scientifiche Agrarie SIPaV - Società Italiana di Patologia Vegetale SIV - Società Italiana di Virologia SIGA - Società Italiana Genetica Agraria

Amministrazione trasparente al CNR

Codice di comportamento del CNR

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