Maria-Sole Bonarota

Doctoral student
Maria Bonarota
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Maria-Sole Bonarota is interested in understanding crop traits associated with tolerance to abiotic stresses such as drought and salinity. Her research integrates expertise that span from molecular biology to ecophysiology to link gene expression to desired traits.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • Bristow ST, Hernandez-Espinoza LH, Bonarota MS, Barrios-Masias FH. 2021. Tomato Rootstocks Mediate Plant-Water Relations and Leaf Nutrient Profiles of a Common Scion Under Suboptimal Soil Temperatures. Frontiers in Plant Science. Vol. 11, Pg. 2281. DOI=10.3389/fpls.2020.618488.
  • Bonarota, M. S., Kosma, D. K., & Barrios-Masias, F. H. (2021). Salt tolerance mechanisms in the Lycopersicon clade and their tradeoffs. AoB PLANTS.
  • Bonarota, M.S., Barrios-Masias, F.H., & Singletary, L. (2021). Combatting Salinity: Evaluation of Tomato Rootstocks Under Mild and Severe Salt Stress. Extension, University of Nevada, Reno FS-21-08.


  • Bonarota, M. S., Toups, H., Bristow, S. T., Cramer, G., & Barrios-Masias, F. H. (2021). Leaf Gas Exchange Responses of a Common Grapevine Scion Are Influenced By Rootstock Physiological Traits Under Different Water Regimes. In ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting. ASA-CSSA-SSSA.
  • Bonarota, M. S., Fenstemaker, S., Francis, D., & Barrios-Masias, F. H. (2021). A Mechanistic Approach for Identifying Salt Tolerance in an Introgression Population from S. Galapagense and Domesticated Tomato. In ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting. ASA-CSSA-SSSA.


  • M.S. Agricultural Biotechnology, University of Tuscia, Viterbo, IT
  • B.S. Agricultural Sciences, University of Viterbo, IT