Pasquale Saldarelli

My main research interests are the study of viral diseases of Mediterranean crops, mainly grapevine, and the investigation of plant virus interactions at molecular level. Applied outputs of these researches are the description of viruses affecting woody plants, the development of advanced tools for their detection to be used in plant production systems and the devise of strategies to protect plants from virus infections. In these research approaches second-generation sequencing allowed identifying new viruses and to dissect the plant antiviral RNA silencing response in woody plants, which  both are subjects of my current studies.




  • 2012 - Molecular characterization and taxonomy of grapevine leafroll-associated virus 7 - Jelkmann, W., Mikona, C., Turturo, C., Navarro, B., Rott, M.E., Menzel, W., Saldarelli, P., Minafra, A. & Martelli, G.P. - Archives of virology, 359-362
  • 2012 - Detection of Grapevine leafroll-associated virus 7 using real time qRT-PCR and conventional RT-PCR - Al Rwahnih, M., Osman, F., Sudarshana, M., Uyemoto, J., Minafra, A., Saldarelli, P., Martelli, G., Rowhani, A. - Journal of virological methods, 383-389
  • 2012 - Identification of a single-stranded DNA virus associated with citrus chlorotic dwarf disease, a new member in the family Geminiviridae - Loconsole, G., Saldarelli, P., Doddapaneni, H., Savino, V., Martelli, G.P., Saponari, M. - Virology, 162-172
  • 2010 - Deep Sequencing Analysis Of Viral Short Rnas From An Infected Pinot Noir Grapevine - Pantaleo V., Saldarelli P., Miozzi L. , Giampetruzzi A., Gisel A., Moxon S., Dalmay T., Bisztray G. & Burgyan J. - Virology (95304J0), volume 408 pag. 49-56
  • 2009 - Application Of A Site-specific Dna Excision Strategy For Marker Gene Removal During Gene Transfer In Vitis Spp. - Martinellii, L., Dalla Costa, L., Vaccari, I., Poletti, V., Gribaudo,i., Gambino, G., Guzzo, F., Saldarelli, P., Minafra, A., Turturo,c. - Acta Horticulturae , volume 827 pag. 399-403
  • 2008 - A New Member Of The Family Flexiviridae From Phlomis. - Saldarelli, P., Boscia, D., De Stradis, A., Vovlas, M. - Journal Of Plant Pathology (00077NN), volume 90 pag. 281-286
  • 2008 - Generation And Characterization Of A Recombinant Antibody Fragment That Binds To The Coat Protein Of Grapevine Leafroll-associated Virus3 - Orecchia, M., Nolke, G., Saldarelli, P., Dell'orco, M., Uhde-holzem, K., Sack,m., Martelli, G.p., Fischer, R., Schillberg, S. - Archives Of Virology (15471J0), volume 153 pag. 1075-1084
  • 2007 - Diagnosi Molecolare Di Virus Delle Piante. Aspetti Di Applicabilità Delle Tecniche. - Saldarelli, P., Saponari, M. - Informatore Fitopatologico , volume 57/11 pag. 21-23
  • 2007 - Recenti Acquisizioni E Tecniche Basate Su Biologia Molecolare Per La Diagnosi Di Virus. - Saldarelli, P. - Informatore Fitopatologico , volume 57/2 pag. 18-22
  • 2007 - Safety Assessment Of Transgenic Plums And Grapevines Expressing Viral Coat Protein Genes: New Insights Into Real Environmental Impact Of Perennial Plants Engineered For Virus Resistance. - M. Fuchs1,9, M. Cambra2, N. Capote2, W. Jelkmann3, J. Kundu4, V. Laval5, G.p . Martelli6, Minafra6, A., Petrovic7, N., Pfeiffer, P,, Pompe-novak7, M., Ravelonandro4, M., Saldarelli, P., Stussi-garaud5, C., Vigne1, E., Zagrai8, I. - Journal Of Plant Pathology (00077NN), volume 89 pag. 5-12
  • 2006 - Partial Characterization Of Two Divergent Variants Of Grapevine Leafroll-associated Virus 4 - Saldarelli, P.(1), Cornuet, P.(2), Vigne, E.(2), Talas, F. (5), Bronnekant, I. (2), Dridi, A.m. (5), Andre-link, P.(2), Boscia, D.(1), Gugerli, P. (3), Fuchs, M.(2), Martelli, J.p. (4) - Journal Of Plant Pathology (00077NN), volume 88 pag. 203-214
  • 2006 - Identification Of A Rna Silencing Suppressor In The Genome Of Grapevine Virus A. - Zhou,, Dell'orco, M., Saldarelli, P., Turturo, C., Minafra, A. & Martelli, G.p. - Journal Of General Virology (54890J0), volume 87 pag. 2387-2395
  • 2005 - Two Grapevine Viruses In An Ornamental Vitis Species From Scotland. - Saldarelli, P., Castellano, M. A., Harrrison, B. D., Martelli, G. P. - Journal Of Plant Pathology (00077NN), volume 87 pag. 75-76
  • 2005 - Genetic Variability And Population Structure Of Grapevine Leafroll-associated Virus 3 Isolates - Turturo C., Saldarelli P., Yafeng D., Digiaro M., Minafra A., Savino V., Martelli G. P. - Journal Of General Virology (54890J0), volume 86 pag. 217-224
  • 2005 - Isolation Of Recombinant Antibodies (scfvs) To Grapevine Virus B - Saldarelli P., Keller H., Dell’orco M., Schots A., Elicio V., Minafra A. - Journal Of Virological Methods (03232J0), volume 124 pag. 191-195
  • 2004 - Cucumber Mosaic Virus As Carrier Of A Hepatitis C Virus-derived Epitope - Natilla A., Piazzola G., Nuzzaci M., Saldarelli, P., Tortorella C., Intonaci S., Piazzola P - Archives Of Virology (15471J0), volume 149 pag. 137-154
  • 2004 - First Record Of Three Grapevine Viruses In The Chinese Province Of Sinkiang. - Ribeiro, G.p., Saldarelli, P., Hong, N., Xiang, B.c., Zhang, X.l., Wang, G.p., Martelli, G.p. - Journal Of Plant Pathology (00077NN), volume 86 pag. 264-x
  • 2004 - Molecular Variability Of Apple Chlorotic Leaf Spot Virus In Different Hosts And Geographical Regions - Al-rwahnih, M., Turturo, C., Minafra, A., Saldarelli, P., Myrta, A., Pallás, V., Savino, V. - Journal Of Plant Pathology (00077NN), volume 86 pag. 117-122
  • 2002 - Epitope Mapping Of Grapevine Virus A Capsid Protein - Dell'orco M., Saldarelli P., Minafra A., Boscia D., Gallitelli D. - Archives Of Virology (15471J0), volume 147 pag. 627-634
  • 2002 - Maculavirus, A New Genus Of Plant Viruses - Martelli Gp., Sabanadzovic S., Abou Ghanem-sabanadzovic N., Saldarelli P. - Archives Of Virology (15471J0), volume 147 pag. 1847-1853
  • 2001 - Complete Nucleotide Sequence And Genome Organization Of Grapevine Fleck Virus. - Sabanadzovic S. 1, Abou Ghanem-sabanadzovic N. 2, Saldarelli P. 3, Martelli G P. 4. - Journal Of General Virology (54890J0), volume 82 pag. 2009-2015