Morpho-Anatomical Plasticity Linked with Functional Efficiency

Morpho-Anatomical-Plasticity-Linked-with-Functional-Efficiency This research aims to analyse the plasticity of plants at the structural level in the sight of environmental changes. A specific focus is addressed to adaptive strategies in Mediterranean ecosystems. The relations between structural modifications of leaves  and photosynthetic capacity are studied in order to highlight possible photoprotective strategies to overcome limiting environmental conditions. Morpho-functional strategies to avoid drought-induced embolism and herbivory are analysed. The effect of genetic transformation on tissue structure is also investigated to evaluate possible functional alterations which could modify plant adaptive capability.

Activity start 1998
Publications - Arena C., De Micco V., De Maio A., Mistretta C., Aronne G., Vitale L. 2013. Winter and summer leaves of Cistus incanus: differences in leaf morpho-functional traits, photosynthetic energy partitioning and poly-ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) activity. Botany 91: 805-813 (Q3)
- Aversano R., Caruso I., Aronne G., De Micco V., Scognamiglio N., Carputo D. 2013 . Stochastic changes affect Solanum wild species following autopolyploidization. Journal of Experimental Botany, 64: 625-635 (Q1)
- Aronne G., Giovanetti M., De Micco V. 2012. Morpho-functional traits and pollination mechanisms of Coronilla emerus L. flowers (fabaceae). The Scientific World Journal, pp. 1-8. DOI 10.1100/2012/381575 (Q1)
- De Micco V., Aronne G. 2012. Occurrence of morpho-anatomical adaptive traits in young and adult plants of the rare mediterranean cliff species Primula palinuri Petagna. The Scientific World Journal, pp. 1-10. DOI 10.1100/2012/471814 (Q1)
- De Micco V., Aronne G. 2012. Anatomy and lignin characterization of twigs in the chaparral shrub Rhamnus californica. IAWA Journal 33(2): 151-162 (Q3)
- De Micco V., Ruel K., Joseleau J-P., Grima-Pettenati J., Aronne G. 2012. Xylem anatomy and cell wall ultrastructure of Nicotiana tabacum L. after lignin genetic modification through transcriptional activator EGMYB2. IAWA Journal 33(3): 1-18 (Q3)
- De Micco V., Arena C., Vitale L., Aronne G., Virzo De Santo A. 2011. Anatomy and photochemical behaviour of Mediterranean Cistus incanus winter leaves under natural outdoor and warmer indoor conditions. Botany 89:677-688 (Q3)
- De Micco V. & Aronne G. 2007. Anatomical features, monomer lignin composition and accumulation of phenolics in one-year-old branches of the Mediterranean Cistus ladanifer L. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 155: 361-371 (Q1)
- Aronne G., De Micco V. 2004. Hypocotyl features of Myrtus communis L. (Myrtaceae): a manysided strategy for possible enhancement of seedling establishment in the Mediterranean environment, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 145: 195-202 (Q1)
- Aronne G. & De Micco V. 2001. Seasonal dimorphism in the Mediterranean Cistus incanus L. subsp. incanus. Annals of Botany 87 (6): 789-794 (Q1)
Permanent staff Veronica De Micco (BIO/03), Giovanna Aronne (BIO/03)
Temporary or external staff Dr. Carmen Arena (RU, Dip. Biologia, UNINA), Dr. Luca Vitale (CNR - ISAFOM)
Projects - Progetto PRIN "Il fuoco in ambiente mediterraneo: effetti sulla vegetazione e sul suolo" (MIUR, 1999-2001)
- Progetto PRIN "Flussi di carbonio in ecosistemi mediterranei nelle fasi di recupero post-incendio" (MIUR, 1998-2000)
Recognitions and awards Awards
- V. De Micco - Award of the Italian Society of Botany (SBI) for the best Italian PhD Thesis (Title: “Combinations of xylem elements as adaptive strategies in Mediterranean woody species: anatomical, functional and chemical approaches”) in the years 2002-2004 in Botany, Rome (Italy), September 2005

Elective Appointments
- From September 2008 V. De Micco is adviser of the Working Group on Plant Biorhythms and Phenology of the Italian Botanical Society.
- From September 2008 G. Aronne is President of the Working Group on Plant Biorhythms and Phenology of the Italian Botanical Society.
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