Luciana Galetto

Since 2003 I have studied phytoplasma diseases, focusing on diagnosis and interactions among plant-pathogen-insect vector. The main crops studied are strategic crops important for Italian agricolture production and severely affectd by phytoplasmosis, such as grapevine, apple and other fruit trees and herbaceous plants, also used as model system. Interactions among plant-pathogen-insect vector are studied at molecular and cellular level by in vitro and in vivo techniques, on different species of leafhopper and planthopper spread in Italy, with main aim of understanding transmission specificity mechanisms.



  • 2013 - Molecular characterization, phylogenetic comparison and serological relationship of the Imp protein of several ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma aurantifolia’ strains - SIAMPOUR, M.; IZADPANAHA, K.; Galetto, L.; SALEHIC, M. & MARZACHI´ C. - Plant Pathology, 62:452-459
  • 2013 - Selection of reference genes from two leafhopper species challenged by phytoplasma infection, for gene expression studies by RT-qPCR - Galetto, L., Bosco, D. and Marzachì, C. - BMC Research Notes, 6:1-10
  • 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,
  • 2013 - Flavescence dorée phytoplasma deregulates stomatal control of photosynthesis in Vitis vinifera - Vitali M., Chitarra W., Galetto L., Bosco D., Marzachì C., Gullino M.L., Spanna F., Lovisolo, C. - Annals of Applied Biology, 335-346
  • 2012 - Preparation of phytoplasma membrane recombinant proteins - Galetto, L., Siampour, M. & Marzachì, C. - Methods in molecular biology, 351-370
  • 2012 - Molecular characterization, phylogenetic comparison and serological relationship of the Imp protein of several ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma aurantifolia’ strains - Siampour, M., Izadpanah, K., Galetto, L., Salehic, M. & Marzachì, C. - Plant pathology, 452–459
  • 2011 - The Major Antigenic Membrane Protein Of ‘‘candidatus Phytoplasma Asteris’’ Selectively Interacts With Atp Synthase And Actin Of Leafhopper Vectors - Galetto L., Bosco D., Balestrini R.3, Genre A.4, Fletcher J.5 & Marzachi' C. - Plos One (00098NN), Publisher: 6(7)
  • 2011 - Host Plant Determines The Phytoplasma Transmission Competence Of Empoasca Decipiens (hemiptera: Cicadellidae) - Galetto L.,marzachi`, Demichelis S.2 & Bosco D.2,3 - Journal Of Economic Entomology (53312J0), volume 104(2 pag. 360-366
  • 2010 - Real-time Pcr Diagnosis And Quantification Of Phytoplasmas - Galetto, L., Marzachi, C. - Phytoplasmas - Genomes, Plant Hosts And Vectors , Publisher: P.G. Weintraub & P. Jones, CABI Publishing
  • 2009 - Variation In Vector Competency Depends On Chrysanthemum Yellows Phytoplasma Distribution Within Euscelidius Variegatus. - L. Galetto1, , M. Nardi2, , .p. Saracco2, , A. Bressan3, , C. Marzachì1, & D. Bosco2 - Entomologia Experimentalis Et Applicata (35508J0), volume 131 pag. 200-207
  • 2008 - Characterization Of Putative Membrane Protein Genes Of The ‘candidatus Phytoplasma Asteris’, Chrysanthemum Yellows Isolate. - Galetto, L., Fletcher, J., Bosco, D., Turina, M., Wayadande, A., Marzachi', C. - Canadian Journal Of Microbiology (25960J0), volume 54(5) pag. 341-351
  • 2008 - Research And Friendship: A Story From Italy All About Chrysanthemums - Galetto L. - The Journal Of National Chrysanthemum Society , volume 64 pag. 12-15
  • 2007 - Pattern Of Chrysanthemum Yellows Phytoplasma (cyp) Multiplication In Three Leafhopper Vector Species (cicadellidae Deltocephalinae) - (1) Bosco, D., (1) Galetto, L., (1)leoncini, P., (1) Saracco, P., (2) Raccah, B., Marzachi, C. - Bulletin Of Insectology (00028NN), volume 60(2) pag. 227-228
  • 2007 - Production Of Polyclonal And Monoclonal Antibodies Specific Against Membrane Proteins Of “candidatus Phytoplasma Asteris”, Chrysanthemum Yellows Isolate (cy)) - Galetto, L., (1) Bosco, D., (2) Fletcher, J., Marzachì, C. - Bulletin Of Insectology (00028NN), volume 60(2) pag. 211-212
  • 2007 - Interrelationships Between “candidatus Phytoplasma Asteris” And Its Leafhopper Vectors (homoptera:cicadellidae). - (1)Bosco, D.,(1)Galetto, L., (1)leoncini, P.,(3)saracco, ,p.(2), Raccah, B., (3)marzachi, C. - Journal Of Economic Entomology (53312J0), volume 100(5 pag. 1504-1511
  • 2005 - Legno Nero Della Vite: Diagnosi Di Legno Nero. - Galetto, L., Marzachi', C. - In: "flavescenza Dorata E Altri Giallumi Della Vite In Toscana E In Italia". Quaderno Arsia 3/2005, 123-127. , Publisher: Ed. Regione Toscana
  • 2005 - Universal And Group-specific Real-time Pcr Diagnosis Of Flavescence Dorée (fd, 16sr-v), Bois Noir (bn, 16sr-xii) And Apple Proliferation (ap, 16sr-x) Phytoplasmas From Field-collected Plant Hosts And Insect Vectors. - L. Galetto, D. Bosco, C. Marzachí - Annals Of Applied Biology (09988J0), volume 147 pag. 191-201