Marco Castellacci

Supervisors: Prof. Tommaso Giordani

Research field: Agricultural genetics

Research interests: genetics, genomics, Ficus carica L., FIGGEN, GWAS

Department head office, via del Borghetto, 80, Pisa

Marco Castellacci is a PhD student in Agricultural Food and Environment program at the University of Pisa. In 2019, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Pisa. In 2021, he completed his master’s degree in Agri-food Production and Agro-ecosystem Management from the University of Pisa, with a bioinformatics thesis concerning the analysis of structural variations among homologous chromosomes of Ficus carica L. He is interested in the genetics and genomics of plant species and focuses on the study of crops resistant to abiotic disorders. His research project is part of an international project called FIGGEN. It is a three-year project promoted by the PRIMA (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Region) program supported by the European Union. The project aims to valorize the fig tree biodiversity in the Mediterranean basin and select fig genotypes better adapted to marginal areas affected by drought and salt conditions. Marco will use Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) to analyze about 300 fig genotypes from Spain, Turkey, and Tunisia to identify genes related to phenotypic traits such as productivity, fruit quality, drought, and salinity tolerance to use them in breeding program techniques.


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