The research group of plant genetics and genomics deals with various research topics applied to viticulture including (i) genotype x environment (GxE) interactions, with particular reference to the plastic response of the vine to several terroir factors such as soil; (ii) the grapevine transcriptional response to both biotic/abiotic stresses; (iii) the genetic and epigenetic determinants related to the transcriptional regulation of biosynthetic genes associated to grape quality; (iv) the establishment of crossbreeding populations for the development of resilient genotypes; (iv) the sequencing and/or resequencing of varieties of regional and national interest for the identification of polymorphism and structural variants linked to traits of viticultural interest.

Group Leader: Alessandro Vannozzi – Associate Professor (

Research group members

Publications (selection)

  • Past, present and future of genetic strategies to control tolerance to the main fungal and oomycete pathogens in grapevine – by Carlotta Pirrello, Gabriele Magon, Fabio Palumbo, Silvia Farinati, Margherita Lucchin, Gianni Barcaccia, Alessandro Vannozzi. Journal of Experimental Botany, 2022, erac487.
  • The grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) floral transcriptome in Pinot noir variety: identification of tissue-related gene networks and whorl-specific markers in pre- and post-anthesis phases – by Alessandro Vannozzi, Fabio Palumbo, Gabriele Magon, Margherita Lucchin, Gianni Barcaccia. Horticulture Research, 2021, 8.
  • Phytostilbenes as agrochemicals: biosynthesis, bioactivity, metabolic engineering, and biotechnology – by Philippe Jeandet, Alessandro Vannozzi, Eduardo Sobarzo-Sánchez, Md. Sahab Uddin, Roque Bru, Ascension Martínez-Márquez, Christophe Clément, Sylvain Cordelier, Azadeh Manayi, Seyed Fazel Nabavi, Mahsa Rasekhian, Gaber El-Saber Batiha, Haroon Khan, Iwona Morkunas, Tarun Belwal, Jingjie Jiang, Mattheos Koffaso, Seyed Mohammad Nabavii. Natural Product Reports, 2021,38, 1282-1329.
  • The Effect of Soil on the Biochemical Plasticity of Berry Skin in Two Italian Grapevine (V. vinifera L.) Cultivars – by Corrado Perin, Aron Fait, Fabio Palumbo, Margherita Lucchin, Alessandro Vannozzi. Frontiers in Plant Science, 2020, 26;11:822.
  • Genomics of flower identity in grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) – by Fabio Palumbo, Alessandro Vannozzi, Gabriele Magon, Margherita Lucchin, Gianni Barcaccia. Frontiers in Plant Science, 2019, 10:316.
  • Combinatorial Regulation of Stilbene Synthase Genes by WRKY and MYB Transcription Factors in Grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) – by Alessandro Vannozzi, Darren Chern Jan Wong, Janine Höll, Ibrahim Hmmam, José Tomás Matus, Jochen Bogs, Tobias Ziegler, Ian Dry, Gianni Barcaccia, Margherita Lucchin. Plant and Cell Physiology, 2018, 59, 5:1043–1059.