The research activities are focused on the following subject species:
Growth conditions and stresses
- drought resistance
- germplasm characterization
- nutrients deprivation
- Whole plant
- Spikes (wheat)
Some examples of the phenotyping studies already performed and aimed to:
- Investigate how the interaction with beneficial soil microorganisms (i.e. Trichoderma spp.) influences plant growth, architecture and morphology at the shoot and root level.
- Measure photosynthetic performance under control and stress conditions ( Species: Solanum lycopersicum L.).
- Quantify differences in physiological performances under drought and salt stress conditions of mutants and traditional landraces. (Species:Solanum lycopersicum L.).
- Evaluate growth, geometry profile and physiological status of mutants for epigenetic regulators during development. (Species:Solanum lycopersicum L.).
- Phenotype screening by image analysis of a mutant tomato compared with the isogenic line (Species:Solanum lycopersicum L.).
- Characterization of wheat genotypes in the Single seed descent (SSD) collection subjected to water stress, with high-yield methods (Species: Triticum durum Desf.).
- Development of new in vivo sensors in collaboration with IMEM-CNR