Dr Carloalberto Petti



Carlow Campus
e: Carloalberto.petti@setu.ie | t: 059 9175595
ORCID ID:0000-0001-7521-3615      ResearchGate

  • Research Interests
  • Publications
  • Research Supervision
  • Engagement and Collaboration

Research Interests

I have been involved in active Research since 2003, touching on a variety of fundamental and applied research. These numerous years of research have shaped me as a researcher as well as my interests. My areas of interest are quite diverse and they necessarily cover aspects of pure research as well as applied research. From the basic understanding of what makes a species invasive, to what can we learn from microbes that exist in highly specialised symbiotic relationships. I have extensive experience with  model dicot plants (i.d. Arabidopsis, Nicotiana) and non-model dicot and monocot plants (i.d. Potato, Barley, Sorghum, Brachypodium and Setaria viridis) as well as an established availability of genetic resources, encompassing transgenic and mutant lines. My areas of interest therefore can be summarised as being:  Fundamental Plant biology, Genetic, genetic engineering and Molecular Biology, Microbiology and plant microbe interaction and Cell wall biology and Phenylpropanoid pathway, plant variety development and Tissue culture.


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Petti, C., 2020. Phloroglucinol Mediated Plant Regeneration of Ornithogalum dubium as the Sole “Hormone-Like Supplement” in Plant Tissue Culture Long-Term Experiments. Plants, 9(8), p.929.

Coakley, S., Cahill, G., Enright, A.M., O’Rourke, B. and Petti, C., 2019. Cadmium hyperaccumulation and translocation in Impatiens glandulifera: From foe to friend?. Sustainability, 11(18), p.5018.

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 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 and 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 in Plant Science, 11 (5): 254-260.

Books and 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 Research Outputs

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.

Research Supervision

"Investigating the broader impact of microbial mediated environmental changes" Student Huili He. Dr Ann-Marie Enright Dr Guiomar Garcia-Cabellos  and Dr Carloalberto Petti

Spectral and chemical properties of the invasive species Impatiens glandulifera. Relevance for its invasiveness and potential biocontrol strategy (Master). Stephanie Coakley (postgraduate). Dr Brian O’ Rourke, Dr Gary Cahill, Dr Ann-Marie Enright and Dr Carloalberto Petti (PI)

Characterising lignocellulose degradation in mushroom substrate by Agaricus bisporus strains. (PhD). Ankit Singh (postgraduate), Dr Helen Grogan (Teagasc, Ashtown), Dr Brian O’ Rourke and Dr Carloalberto Petti (PI).

Engagement and Collaboration

Currently, I am the Principal Investigator involved in a major collaboration with Teagasc, the food  authority Ashtown and EnviroCore at SETU Carlow, to fund a PhD programme for a period of four years which commenced November 2017. Teagasc is the leading authority in Agricultural oriented research, with a strong direct application approach.