I did my University studies in Torino, Italy, where I discovered the intriguing world of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis. That's why I obtained a PhD with Prof. Bonfante about plant nutrient transporters involved in arbuscular mycorrhizal nutrient exchange. This led me to investigate plant root development and root responses to nutrient. To follow up this topic, at the moment, my postdoc project in Wolfgang Busch group combines high through-put root phenotyping and Genome Wide Association Studies. Since 2016 I'm based in Vienna, at Gregor Mendel Institute.

Research Areas:
Biotic Interactions, Genetics, Molecular Biology


Giovannetti M*, Volpe V*, Salvioli A, Bonfante P. (2017) Fungal and Plant Tools for the Uptake of Nutrients in Arbuscular Mycorrhizas: A Molecular View, chapter for Mycorrhizal Mediation of Soil

Volpe V*, Giovannetti M*, Sun XG, Fiorilli V, Bonfante P. (2016) The phosphate transporters LjPT4 and MtPT4 mediate early root responses to phosphate status in non mycorrhizal roots. Plant, Cell and Environment. 39:660-71.

Giovannetti M, Mari A, Novero M, Bonfante P. (2015) Early Lotus japonicus root transcriptomic responses to symbiotic and pathogenic fungal exudates. Frontiers in Plant Science. 6:480

Giovannetti M, Tolosano M, Volpe V, Kopriva S, Bonfante P. (2014) Identification and functional characterization of a sulfate transporter induced by both sulfur starvation and mycorrhization in Lotus japonicus. New Phytologist. 204: 609–619. 

Herrmann J, Ravilious GE, McKinney SE, Westfall CS, Soon GL, Baraniecka P, Giovannetti M, Kopriva S, Krishnan HB, Jez JM. (2014). Structure and mechanism of Soybean ATP Sulfurylase and the committed step in plant sulfur assimilation. The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 289 (15): 10919-29. 

Koprivova A, Giovannetti M, Baraniecka P, Lee BR, Grondin C, Loudet O, Kopriva S. (2013) Natural variation in ATPS1 isoform of ATP Sulfurylase contributes to control of sulfate levels in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology. 163(3): 1133-41. 

Volpe V, Dell’Aglio E, Giovannetti M, Ruberti C, Costa A, Genre A, Bonfante P. (2013) An AM-induced, MYB-family gene of Lotus japonicus (LjMAMI) affects root growth in an AM-independent manner. The Plant Journal. 73: 442–455. 

Giovannetti M, Balestrini R, Volpe V, Guether M, Straub D, Costa A, Ludewig U, Bonfante P. (2012) Two putative-aquaporin genes are differentially expressed during arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis in Lotus japonicus. BMC Plant Biology. 12(1):186.

Current Affiliations
Experience & Education