Piero Caciagli

Born in Torino, April 2, 1950, University degree (laurea) in Biological Sciences in 1974, teacher in state middle schools  (1976-1977),  scholarship  grant holder (1977-1982), then researcher at the CNR from July 1982.
Since the beginning, my research activity has been mainly focused on the epidemiology of both plant viruses and phytoplasmas, and on the pathogen-insect vector relationships, working also on the biological and biochemical characterization of viruses infecting crops and weeds. In the 80s, the research was mainly aimed to viruses of gramineae transmitted either by aphids or planthoppers. Later on, main subject have been vegetable viruses transmitted by whiteflies. In the last few years I have been involved in projects on grapevine viruses and phytoplasmas. I’m also very interested and involved in the popularization  of virology, and of science in general, to young and  adults.



  • 2013 - Flavescence dorée phytoplasma titre in field-infected Barbera and Nebbiolo grapevines - Roggia C., Caciagli P., Galetto L., Pacifico D., Veratti F., Bosco D., Marzachì C. - Plant Pathology,
  • 2011 - A Multidisciplinary Study On The Effects Of Fhloem – Limited Viruses On The Agronomical Perfomance And Berry Quality Of Vitis Vinifera Cv Nebbiolo - Giribaldi M., Purrotti M., Pacifico D., Santini D., Mannini F., Caciagli P., Rolle L., Cavallarin L., Giuffrida M.g .& Marzachi' C. - Journal Of Proteomics (00463NN), volume 75 pag. 306-315
  • 2011 - Quantitation Of Grapevine Leafroll Associated Virus-1 And -3, Grapevine Virus A, Grapevine Fanleaf Virus And Grapevine Fleck Virus In Field-collected Vitis Vinifera L. ‘nebbiolo’ By Real-time Reverse Transcription-pcr - Pacifico D., Caciagli P., Palmano S., Mannini F. & Marzachi' C. - Journal Of Virological Methods (03232J0), volume 172 pag. 1-7
  • 2009 - Il Seme Di Mais Va Protetto Solo Quando Serve Davvero. - Furlan, L., Caciagli, P., Causin, R., Di Bernardo, A. - Informatore Agrario , volume 5 pag. 36-44
  • 2009 - Virion Stability Is Important For The Circulative Transmission Of Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Sardinia Virus By Bemisia Tabaci, But Virion Access To Salivary Glands Does Not Guarantee Transmissibility. - Caciagli P, Medina Piles V, Marian D, Vecchiati M, Masenga V, Mason G, Falcioni T, Noris E. - Journal Of Virology (62788J0), volume x pag. x-x
  • 2009 - Long-term Changes Of Aphid Vectors Of Barley Yellow Dwarf Viruses In North-eastern Italy (friuli-venezia Giulia). - Coceano, P.g., Peressini, S., Bianchi, G.l. , Caciagli, P. - Annals Of Applied Biology (09988J0), volume 155 pag. 37-50
  • 2008 - Real-time Pcr For The Quantitation Of Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Sardinia Virus In Tomato Plants And In Bemisia Tabaci. - Mason, G., Caciagli, P., Accotto, G.p., Noris, E., - Journal Of Virological Methods (03232J0), volume 147 pag. 282-289
  • 2008 - Vegetable Viruses - Caciagli, P. - Encyclopedia Of Virology, Third Edition , Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
  • 2007 - Survival Of Whiteflies During Long-distance Transportation Of Agricultural Products And Plants - Caciagli, P. - Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Disease , Publisher: Springer
  • 2004 - Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Sardinia Virus Can Overcome Transgene-mediated Rna Silencing Of Two Essential Viral Genes. - Noris, E., Lucioli, A., Tavazza, R., Caciagli, P., Accotto, G.p. , And Tavazza, M. - Journal Of General Virology (54890J0), volume 85 pag. 1745-1749
  • 2004 - Occurrence Of Cucumber Vein Yellowing Virus In Cucurbitaceous Species In Southern Portugal. - Louro, D., Quinot, A., Neto, E., Fernandes, J.e., Marian, D., Vecchiati, M., Caciagli, P. & Vaira, A.m. - Plant Pathology (77264J0), Publisher: 53
  • 2003 - Survey Of Bemisia Tabaci (hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) Bitoypes In Italy With The Description Of A New Biotype (t) From Euphorbia Characias. - Simon B., Cenis J.l., Demichelis S., Rapisarda C., Caciagli P., Bosco D. - Bulletin Of Entomological Research (23452J0), volume 93 pag. 259-264
  • 2003 - Experimental Layout, Data Analisys, And Thresholds In Elisa Testing Of Maize For Aphid-borne Viruses. - Caciagli P. 1, Verderio A. 2. - Journal Of Virological Methods (03232J0), volume 110 pag. 143-152
  • 2001 - Whitefly-borne Viruses In Continental Europe , P. 279-292 - Caciagli P. 1. - In: Virus-insect-plant Interactions , Publisher: Academic Press