Dr Carloalberto Petti

BSc, PhD

e: carloalberto.petti@itcarlow.ie t: 059 9175595

  • Research Interests
  • Publications
  • Research Supervision

Carloalberto Petti is a plant molecular biologist and a genetic engineer with more than 10 year of experience in the field. Botanist by primary degree with extensive experience in various fields of Plant Science. He obtained his PhD from NUIM as a WALSH fellow in collaboration with Teagasc, Oakpark, Carlow. He continued his research as a Post-doctoral researcher in UCD and as a Research Associate in the University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA authoring various peer-reviewed publications. His interests are broad with focus on the following areas:

  1. Plant Microbe Interactions
  2. Plant Genetics, Genomics and Transgenesis
  3. Plant Development and Cell Wall Biology and in particular the Phenylpropanoid Pathway
  4. Plant Breeding
  5. Bioconversion and Bioeconomy
  6. Phytoremediation
  7. Conservation of Nature

He has extensive experience on model dicot plants (i.d. Arabidopsis, Nicotiana) and non-model dicot and monocot plants (i.d. Potato, Barley, Sorghum, Brachypodium and Setaria) as well as an established availability of genetic resources, encompassing transgenic and mutant lines. His current research interests encompass the establishment of in-vitro tissue culture systems, terrestrial orchidinae genetic diversity evaluation and invasive species characterization. His research aims to answer fundamental and applied biological questions.


Welker C., Balasubramanyan VK; Petti C., Rai, KM., Debolt S., and Mendu Venugopal. (2015) Secondary Energy sources and Energy Carriers-Biomass and Biofuels. Energies 8(8) 7654-7676.

Petti C., Hirano K., Stork J. and Debolt S. (2015). Mapping of a cellulose deficient mutant named dwarf1-1 in Sorghum bicolor to the ‘Green Revolution’ gene GA20-oxidase reveals a positive regulatory association between gibberellin and cellulose biosynthesis. Plant Physiology 169(1) 706-716.

Petti C., M. Nair and S. DeBolt (2014). The involvement of a J-protein AtDjC17, in root radial patterning. Frontiers in Plant Science doi: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00532.

Xia Ye, Petti C., Williams, MA. And S. Debolt (2014). Experimental approaches to study plant cell walls during plant-microbe interactions. Frontiers in Plant Science, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00540

Petti C., Kushwaha R., Tateno M., Harman-Ware AE., Crocker M., Awika J. and DeBolt S. (2014) Mutagenesis breeding for increased 3-Deoxyanthocyanidins accumulation in leaves of Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench: a source of natural food. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. (DOI: 10.1021/jf405324j).

Petti C., Harman-Ware AE., Tateno M., Kushwaha R., Shearer A., Downie AB., Croker M., and Debolt S. (2013) Sorghum mutant RG displays antithetic leaf shoot lignin accumulation resulting in improved stem saccharification properties. Biotechnology for Biofuel 6:146.

Petti C., Shearer A, Tateno M, Ruwaya M, Nokes S, Brutnell T and DeBolt S. (2013) Comparative feedstock analysis in Setaria viridis L. as a model for C4 bioenergy grasses and panicoid crop species. Frontiers in Plant Science, 4:181. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2013.00181

Petti C., Reiber K., Ali SS., Byrne M. and Doohan F. (2012) Auxin as a player in the biocontrol of Fusarium head blight disease of barley and its potential as a disease control agent. BMC Plant Biology., 12, 224

Harris D M., Kendall C., T. Wang., Gutierrez R., A.L. Bertolo, C. Petti, D.-M. Smilgies, J.M. Estevez, D. Bonetta, B. R. Urbanowicz , D. W. Ehrhardt, C. R. Somerville, J. K. C. Rose, M. Hong, and S. DeBolt. (2012) Cellulose microfibril crystallinity is reduced by mutating C-terminal transmembrane region residues CESA1A903V and CESA3T942I of cellulose synthase. Proceeding of the National Academy of Science USA 109 (11): 4098-4103.

Petti C., Khan M., and Doohan F. (2010) Lipid transfer proteins and protease inhibitors as key factors in the priming of barley responses to Fusarium head blight disease by a biocontrol strain of Pseudomonas fluorescens. Functional Integrated Genomics. 10(4): 619-27.

Petti C., Wendt T., Meade C., and Mullins E. (2009) Evidence of genotype dependency within Agrobacterium tumefaciens in relation to the integration of vector backbone sequence in transgenic Phytophthora infestans-tolerant potato. Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering. 107 (3): 301-306.

Petti C., Khan M., and Doohan F. (2008) investigating the mechanisms underpinning bacterium-mediated control of FHB disease. Cereal Research Communications, 36, Supplement 6: 689-693.

Petti C., Meade, C., Downes M. and Mullins E. (2007). Facilitating co-existence by tracking gene dispersal in conventional potato systems with microsatellite markers. Environmental Biosafety Research, 6 (4): 223-235.

Mullins, E. Milbourne, D., Petti, C., Doyle-Prestwich, B. and Meade, C. (2006). The potato in the age of biotechnology. Trends Plant Science, 11 (5): 254-260.

Book Chapters

Harris D., Petti C., and Debolt S. The synthesis, regulation and modification of lignocellulosic biomass as a resource for biofuels and bioproducts. In Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (2013) (Lee JW, Ed.), New York: Springer Science+Business Media, LLC Chapter 17: 281-314.

Petti C. and Kumar S.G.B. The Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.): An Overview of Genetic Transformation and Related Biosafety Issues In Applications Of Plant Biotechnology In Vitro Propagation, Plant Transformation And Secondary Metabolite Production. (2010) (Ashwani K. Ed); I.K. International Publishers Pvt Ltd, Chapter 18: 614-653.

Other Publications

Nazzaro, N., Petti, C., Taddei, R., Taddei, A. and Varriale, A. (2005) La Vegetazione del Parco Regionale del Taburno-Camposauro (Campania). Delpinoa 47, pages 27-36.

Nazzaro, N., Petti, C., Taddei, R., Taddei, A. and Varriale, A. (2000). Vegetazione del parco del Matese. Una veritá dei data a terra e quelli ottenuti via LANDSAT-TM (Vegetation of the Matese Park. A comparison between field data and LANDSAT-TM data). Sistema terra/System earth (Bilingual review). Year IX, Number 1-3, pg 24- 32.

Selected Presentations

Petti C., Tateno M., and Debolt S. (2013). A lignocellulosic analysis of Setaria viridis L. as a model for the panoicoideae clade C4 grasses. Presented to the XIIIth Cell Wall Meeting, July 7-12, Nantes, France (poster).

Petti C., Khan M., and Doohan F. (2009). Towards the understanding of the molecular mechanisms determining the activation of plant defences by non‐pathogenic biocontrol bacteria. Presented at IPSAM, March 19-20, Dublin, Ireland.

Petti C., Khan M., and Doohan F. (2008). Investigating the mechanisms underpinning bacterium-mediated control of FHB disease. Presented at the 3rd international Symposium on FBH, September 2-7, 2008, Szeged, Hungary.

Petti, C. Meade, C. and Mullins E. (2007). Agrobacterium-based in planta transformation – An effective system to deliver novel genes into potato? Presented to Plant Transformation Technology, International conference, February 4-7, Vienna, Austria (poster).


Research Supervision

His supervision experience extends over a period of 10 years and encompasses high school students as well as pre-and-post-graduating students.