Paul Nicholson Department of Crop Genetics, John Innes Centre, UK
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Giovanni Beccari of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Perugia, Italy
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Donald Gardiner Division of Plant Industry, CSIRO, Australia
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Lorenzo Covarelli
  • University of Perugia
Research focus
  • Microbiology
  • 1 Author merit


Ph.D. in Plant Productivity at the University of Perugia, 1997.

Current position

Research scientist and Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Perugia (Italy).

Publications (since 2005)

  1. Covarelli, L., Beccari, G., Tosi, L., Fabre, B. and Frey, P. (2013). Three-year investigations on leaf rust of poplar cultivated for biomass production in Umbria, Central Italy. Biomass Bioenergy 49: 315-322.
  2. Covarelli, L., Beccari, G. and Tosi, L. (2012). Miscanthus rhizome rot: a potential threat for the establishment and the development of biomass cultivations. Biomass Bioenergy 46: 263-269.
  3. Gardiner, D. M., McDonald, M. C., Covarelli, L., Solomon, P. S., Rusu, A. G., Marshall, M., Kazan, K., Chakraborty, S., McDonald, B. A. and Manners, J. M. (2012). Comparative pathogenomics reveals horizontally acquired novel virulence genes in fungi infecting cereal hosts. PLoS Pathog 8(9): e1002952.
  4. Haidukowski, M., Visconti, A., Perrone, G., Vanadia, S., Pancaldi, D., Covarelli, L., Balestrazzi, R. and Pascale, M. (2012). Effect of prothioconazole-based fungicides on Fusarium head blight, grain yield and deoxynivalenol accumulation in wheat under field conditions. Phytopathol Mediterr 51(1): 236-246.
  5. Covarelli, L., Stifano, S., Beccari, G., Raggi, L., Lattanzio, V. M. and Albertini, E. (2012). Characterization of Fusarium verticillioides strains isolated from maize in Italy: fumonisin production, pathogenicity and genetic variability. Food Microbiol 31(1): 17-24.
  6. Covarelli, L., Beccari, G., Marini, A. and Tosi, L. (2012). A review on the occurrence and control of ochratoxigenic fungal species and ochratoxin A in dehydrated grapes, non-fortified dessert wines and dried vine fruit in the Mediterranean area. Food Control 26(2): 347-356.
  7. Covarelli, L., Beccari, G., Steed, A. and Nicholson, P. (2012). Colonization of soft wheat following infection of the stem base by Fusarium culmorum and translocation of deoxynivalenol to the head. Plant pathology 61(6): 1121-1129.
  8. Beccari, G., Covarelli, L. and Nicholson, P. (2011). Infection processes and soft wheat response to root rot and crown rot caused by Fusarium culmorum. Plant pathology 60(4): 671-684.
  9. Covarelli, L., Beccari, G. and Salvi, S. (2011). Infection by mycotoxigenic fungal species and mycotoxin contamination of maize grain in Umbria, central Italy. Food Chem Toxicol 49(9): 2365-2369.( IF 2,999)
  10. Prodi, A., Purahong, W., Tonti, S., Salomoni, D., Nipoti, P., Covarelli, L., Pisi, A., (2011). Difference in chemotype composition of Fusarium graminearum populations isolated from durum wheat in adjacent areas separated by the Apennines in Northern-Central Italy. Plant Pathol J 27, 4, 354-359. DOI: 10.5423/PPJ.2011.27.4.354
  11. Covarelli, L., Pannacci, E., Beccari, G., D’Errico, F. and Tosi, L. (2010). Two-year investigations on the integrated control of weeds and root parasites in Virginia bright tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.) in central Italy. Crop Protection 29(8): 783-788.
  12. Beccari, G., Covarelli, L., Balmas, V. and Tosi, L. (2010). First report of Miscanthus× giganteus rhizome rot caused by Fusarium avenaceum, Fusarium oxysporum and Mucor hiemalis. Australasian Plant Disease Notes 5(1): 28-29.
  13. Quaglia, M., Covarelli, L. and Zazzerini, A. (2009). Epidemiological survey on esca disease in Umbria, central Italy. Phytopathol Mediterr 48(1): 84-91.
  14. Covarelli, L. and Tosi, L. (2006). Presence of sunflower downy mildew in an integrated weed control field trial. J. Phytopathology 154(5): 281-285.
  15. Cappelli, C., Covarelli, L. and Sobiczewski, P. (2005). Methods used in seed pathology and their recent improvements. Phytopathologia Polonica (35): 11-18.
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Authors:  Lorenzo Covarelli, Donald Gardiner, Giovanni Beccari and Paul Nicholson, date: 04/05/2013, view: 11779, Q&A: 0
Fusarium root and crown rot is a very important complex disease of small grain cereals worldwide which may lead to very high yield losses. Traditional virulence assays are time consuming and often require plants to be grown in greenhouses or ...
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