Renato D'Ovidio obtained his Ph.D. degree at the University ‘La Sapienza’ of Rome, Italy, studying the molecular mechanisms induced in plant following fungal infection. Since 2006, he has been a Full Professor of plant physiology and biotechnology at the Agricultural Faculty of the University of Tuscia (Viterbo, Italy). His research activity has been focused on topics related to plant-pathogen interactions and wheat storage proteins from gene cloning to structural and functional analysis of gene family members. Currently, D'Ovidio is investigating the role of plant glycosidase inhibitors in plant defence and exploits them to improve wheat resistance against fungal pathogens. Recently, his group demonstrated the possibility to prevent or reduce fungal infection and colonization by limiting the cell wall pectin degradation by manipulating protein inhibitors of cell wall degrading enzymes in wheat.
Biography Updated on 2 October 2011