StaffElena Loreti



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ORCID: 0000-0002-5255-4983
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Scopus Author ID: 6603046003
WoS Researcher ID: AAN-4920-2020

Loreti Elena

Senior Researcher


1999–2001: Post-doctoral fellowship, University of Pisa

1998: MSc in Biology, with full marks  (University of Pisa, Italy).

1995-1998: PhD student at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSUP), Agricultural Sciences Department, Pisa, Italy).

Professional experience

2003-2004: Lecturer, Plant Biotechnology,  Sviluppo Italia

2002-2004: Lecturer, Plant Biotechnology,  University of Modena e Reggio Emilia

2001-Present: Researcher National Research Council, Institute of Biology and Agricultural Biotechnology

Research interests


  • Physiological and molecular response of plants to stress. Climate change represents a very current phenomenon: temperatures rise, rainfall regimes change, we will increasingly have to face extreme climates such as floods and droughts. Plants are sessile organisms that necessarily have to adapt to a changing environment. The productivity of plants is therefore limited by biotic and abiotic factors, among the latter the lack of oxygen is of scientific importance.
  • Characterization of the molecular and physiological mechanisms of a plant subjected to conditions of limited oxygen availability; study of the role of miRNAs in plants subjected to hypoxic stress.
  • Hormonal physiology, perception of sugars and their signal through the use of gene expression techniques: analysis of single genes by q-PC, transcriptomic analysis by microarray, functional analysis of genes using molecular approaches (sense / antisense transgenesis), confocal microscopy.

Projects in progress

Start date: 15/10/2021   End date: 15/02/2024


Milano, Lodi, Pisa, Roma
Flavia Pizzi, Aldo Ceriotti

Project duration:
15/10/2021 - 15/02/2024
Financing body:
Project research leader:
Flavia Pizzi, Aldo Ceriotti
Milano, Lodi, Pisa, Roma


The project is organized in 3 main activities:

1) Implementation and updating of the BioGenRes network of biobanks, with a focus on nationally/internationally recognized collections of animal, plant or microorganism species samples (animal and plant germplasm banks, microbial strain libraries of pathogenic/toxigenic organisms, nematodes, soil and water microflora and microorganisms used in agro-industry and food (e.g. microbial starters for fermentations)).

2) Replication (rejuvenation) and expansion of material stored in collections. For plant and microbial collections: multiplication of accessions for which a small amount of material is available and rejuvenation of accessions whose seed viability data are below the expected standards (> 85%). For animal collections of zootechnical interest: collection and freezing of genetic material of local breeds to complete sampling carried out in previous projects or expansion of the number of species and breeds stored in cryobanks.

3) Biochemical, molecular, metabolic, functional and phenotypic characterization of the material conserved in the biobanks of the BioGenRes network, also in order to carry out association studies and to identify markers associated with traits linked to production and/or adaptation to biotic and abiotic stress factors.

Projects completed


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