Author: Massimo Turina

Quinoa is a domesticated plant species, which has exceptional nutritional characteristics (such as the content and quality of proteins, minerals, lipids, and tocopherols) and many traits of abiotic stress resistance. These features determines a growing interest for the quinoa crop by the scientific community and international organizations since they provide opportunities to produce high-value grains in arid, high-salt and high-UV agroecological environments.  Viroplant IPSP-CNR partner, together with researchers from CNR of Milano and from University of Torino, discovered that a mitovirus can help quinoa to face drought conditions. Mitoviruses are cryptic viruses infecting mitochondria, which do not cause obvious symptoms and can provide resilience against abiotic and biotic stress.  Results of this study were published in Biology journal. To read the paper, please go the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/2079-7737/11/1/95/htm.  ...

The Viroplant project was presented on December 20th 2021 to students of the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Milano. Massimo Turina from IPSP-CNR showed the potential use of viruses in sustainable and innovative strategies for biocontrol of plant pests and pathogens....

Viroplant partners met in-person and in-remote for the closing meeting held in Valencia on October 29th. Results obtained in the second part of the project were presented and exploitation plans were discussed. The next appointment is on January 17th for the final review meeting. ...

The insect viral resources and their potential for biocontrol of phytoplasma vectors have been presented at the VIII National Congress of Phytoplasma and Phytoplasma Diseases, held on 14th-15th October 2021 and organized by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the University of Catania....

Viroplant Project was on the stage during the Research Marathon of the European Researchers’ Night in Torino on September 24th. Marina Ciuffo, of the IPSP-CNR, talked about the ecological role of viruses and in particular of bacteriophages and their possible use in agriculture against plant...

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