Daniel Savatin: Resistance in Wheat

Daniel Savatin

Title

Induction of broad-spectrum resistance in wheat through the use of the environmentally friendly oligogalacturonide (OG) elicitors

Location

Viterbo, Italy: Università degli Studi della Tuscia

Mentor

Daniel Savatin

Department

Department of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences (DAFNE)

Biosketch

Dr. Savatin is assistant professor and currently teaches plant physiology and principles of plant biotechnology. Since 2011 his research has contributed to the knowledge of plant innate immunity, mainly focused on the OG biology, by further dissecting the OG signaling pathway through the identification of different signaling elements.

Project Overview

Crop diseases are largely tackled by using pesticides with consequent negative effects on the environment and, to some extent, on farmers and consumers. Natural elicitors such as OGs deserve a great promise for plant protection because they are safe for the environment and easily obtained from agricultural wastes. The use of elicitors has also the advantage of conferring to plants a broad-spectrum resistance and, unlike pesticides, does not favor the selection of resistant pathogenic strains. The Project will be focused on the analyses of resistance to different pathogens in wheat plants capable to self-overproduce OG by expressing a chimeric protein, called OG-machine, composed by a fungal polygalacturonase (PG) and a plant-derived inhibiting protein (PGIP).