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Silvio Salvi

Full Professor

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Academic discipline: AGR/07 Agricultural Genetics

Director of Second Cycle Degree in Plant and Agricultural Biotechnology

Curriculum vitae

Curriculum Vitae of Silvio Salvi

Personal information

Name: Silvio Salvi. Date of birth: 09.09.1967, Cento (FE). e-mail:

Silvio Salvi graduated in Biology and obtained his PhD in Biotechnology at the University of Bologna. He worked as visiting scientist at the John Innes Centre, UK, and at the Dept of Agronomy e Plant Breeding, University of Minnesota, USA. In the period 2007-2010 he joined the Foundation E. Mach - Research and Innovation Centre (San Michele all'Adige, Trento), where he worked in the field of apple molecular genetics and breeding and participated to the apple genome project. He is now Associate Professor at the School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine of the University of Bologna where he works on cereal genomics. He teaches Plant Genetics in several courses of the School.

Scientific competence and research activity

My research activity is in the area of crop molecular genetics and genomics, including: linkage mapping, gene and QTL mapping and cloning in both cereals and fruit crop species; development of innovative strategies and tools for mapping, including LD-based association mapping, and marker-assisted selection; assembly and molecular analysis of germplasm collections for breeding porpuses; mutagenesis and TILLING.


Italian Society of Agricultural Genetics (SIGA) (member of advisory board from 2006-2007). Italian Society of Plant Physiology (SIFV).


Member of the Editorial Board of Molecular Breeding, for the area of fruit tree crops molecular genetics and breeding. Referee for the following journals: Genetics, New Phytologist, TAG, TGG, Plant Breeding, Genome, Plant Biology, BMC Plant Biology, Plant Molecular Biology, etc.


1.      Castelletti S, Tuberosa R, Pindo M, Salvi S (2014) A MITE transposon insertion is associated with differential methylation at the maize flowering time QTL Vgt1. G3 Genes Genomes Genetics 4:805-812. doi: 10.1534/g3.114.010686.

2.     Salvi S, Micheletti D, Magnago P, Fontanari M, Viola R, Pindo M, Velasco R (2014) One-step reconstruction of multigeneration pedigree networks in apple (Malus × domesticaBorkh.) and the parentage of Golden Delicious. Molecular Breeding. In press. On line since 12 April 2014. doi 10.1007/s11032-014-0054-y.

3.     Wang S, Wong D, Forrest K, Allen A, Chao S, Huang B, Maccaferri M, Salvi S et al. (2014) Characterization of polyploid wheat genomic diversity using a high-density 90,000 SNP array. Plant Biotech J (in press) doi: 10.1111/pbi.12183.

4.     Milner SG, Ferradini N, Nicolia A, Veronesi F, Salvi S, Rosellini D (2014) Copy number estimation of a plant-derived selectable marker gene by high resolution melting analysis: a tool to simplify transgenic plant breeding. Crop Science 54:1133-1138.

5.     Letta TD, Olivera P, Maccaferri M, Jin Y, Ammar K, Badebo A, Salvi S, Noli E, Crossa J, and Tuberosa R (2014) Association Mapping Reveals Novel Stem Rust Resistance Loci in Durum Wheat at the Seedling Stage. The Plant Genome 7:1-13.

6.     Pont C, Murat F, Guizard S, Flores R, Foucrier S, Bidet Y, Quraishi UM, Alaux M, Dolezel J, Fahima T,; Budak H, Keller B, Salvi S, Maccaferri M, Steinbach D, Feuillet C, Quesneville H, Salse J (2013) Wheat syntenome unveils new evidences of contrasted evolutionary plasticity between paleo- and neoduplicatedsubgenomes. Plant J. 76:1030-1044.

7.     van Poecke R, Maccaferri M, Tang J, Truong H, Janssen A, van Orsouw N, Salvi S, Sanguineti M, Tuberosa R, van der Vossen E (2013) Sequence-based SNP genotyping in durum wheat. Plant Biotechnology J. 11:809-817.

8.     Terracciano I, Maccaferri M, Bassi F, Mantovani P, Sanguineti MC, Salvi S, Simková H, Doležel J, Massi A, Ammar K, Kolmer J, Tuberosa R. (2013) Development of COS-SNP and HRM markers for high-throughput and reliable haplotype-based detection of Lr14a in durum wheat (Triticum durumDesf.). TheorAppl Genet. 126:1077-1101.

9.     Baldi P, Wolters PJ, Komjanc M, Viola R, Velasco R, Salvi S. (2013) Genetic and physical characterisation of the locus controlling columnar habit in apple (Malus × domesticaBorkh.) Molecular Breeding 31:429-440.

10. Troggio M, Gleave A, Salvi S, Chagné D, Cestaro A, Kumar S, Crowhurst RN, Gardiner SE (2012) Apple, from genome to breeding. Tree Genetics and Genomes 8:509–529

11. Bovina R, Talame` R, Salvi S, Sanguineti MC, Trost P, Sparla F and Tuberosa R (2011) Starch metabolism mutants in barley:  A TILLING approach. Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization 9:170-173

12. Celton J-M, Martinez S., James M-J, Bechti A, Salvi S, Legave J-M, Costes E. (2011) Deciphering the genetic determinism of bud phenology in apple progenies: a new insight in chilling and heating requirement effects on flowering dates and positional candidate genes. The New Phytologist 192:378-392.

13. Welcker C, Sadok W, Dignat G, Renault M, Salvi S, Charcosset A, Tardieu FA (2011) Common genetic determinism for sensitivities to soil water deficit and evaporative demand: meta-analysis of quantitative trait Loci and introgression lines of maize. Plant Physiology 157: 718 - 729. 

14. Trebbi D, Maccaferri M, de Heer P, Sørensen A, Giuliani S, Salvi S, Sanguineti MC, Massi A, van der Vossen EAG, and Tuberosa R (2011) High-throughput SNP discovery and genotyping in durum wheat (Triticum durumDesf.). Theoretical and Applied Genetics 123:555-569.

15. Costa F, Cappellin L, Longhi S, Guerra W, Magnago P, Porro D, Soukoulis C, Salvi S, Velasco R, Biasioli F, Gasperi F. (2011) Assessment of apple (Malus x domesticaBorkh.) fruit texture by a combined acousticmechanical profiling strategy. Postharvest Biology and Technology 6:21–28. 16. Micheletti D, Troggio M, Zharkikh A, Costa F, Malnoy M, Velasco R, Salvi S (2011) Genetic diversity of the genus Malus and implications for linkage mapping with SNPs. Tree Genetics and Genomes 7:857–868.

17. Salvi S, Corneti S, Bellotti M, Carraro N, Sanguineti MC, Castelletti S, Tuberosa R (2011). Genetic dissection of maize phenology using an intraspecific introgression library. BMC Plant Biology 11:4.

18. Velasco R, Zharkikh A, Affourtit J, Dhingra A, Cestaro A, Kalyanaraman A, Fontana P, Bhatnagar S, Troggio M, Pruss D, Salvi S, et al. (2010) The genome of the domesticated apple (Malus × domesticaBorkh.) Nature Genetics 42:833-839.

19. Landi P, Giuliani S, Salvi S, Ferri M, Tuberosa R and Sanguineti MC (2010) Characterization of root-yield-1.06, a major constitutive QTL affecting root and agronomic traits in maize across water regimes. J Exp Bot 61:3553-3562.

20. Salvi S, Castelletti S, Tuberosa R (2009). An updated consensus map for flowering time QTLs in maize. Maydica 54: 501-512.

21. Talamè V, Bovina R, Sanguineti MC, Tuberosa R, Lundqvist U, Salvi S. (2008) TILLMore, a resource for the discovery of chemically induced mutants in barley. Plant Biotechnology J. 6:477-485.

22. Tuberosa R., Salvi S., Giuliani S., Sanguineti MC, Bellotti M, Conti S, and Landi P (2007) Genome-wide Approaches to Investigate and Improve Maize Response to Drought. Crop Sci., 47(Supplement_3): S-120 - S-141.

23. Salvi S, Sponza G, Morgante M, Fengler K, Meeley R, Ananiev E, Bruggemann E, Niu X, Li B, Rafalski A, Tingey SV, Miao G-H, Phillips RL, Tomes D, Tuberosa R. (2007) Conserved non-coding genomic sequences controlling flowering time differences in maize. PNAS 104:11376-11381.

24. Landi P, Sanguineti MC, Liu C, Li Y, Wang TY, Giuliani S, Bellotti M, Salvi S, Tuberosa R (2007) Root-ABA1 QTL affects root lodging, grain yield, and other agronomic traits in maize grown under well-watered and water-stressed conditions. J Exp Bot. 58:319-26.

25. Tuberosa R and Salvi S. (2006) Genomics approaches to improve drought tolerance. Trends in Plant Science 11:405-412.

26. Li MS, Li XH, Salvi S, Tuberosa R, Yuan LX, Rotono F, Bai L Zhang SH (2006) Genetic relationships among CIMMYT subtropical QPM and Chinese maize inbred lines based on SSRs. Maydica 51: 543-549.

27. Tuberosa R., Frascaroli E., Salvi S., Sanguineti M.C., Conti S., Landi P. (2005) QTLs for tolerance to abiotic stresses in maize: present status and prospects. Maydica 50:559-569.

28. Giuliani S, Sanguineti MC, Tuberosa R, Bellotti M, Salvi S and Landi P (2005) Root-ABA1, a major constitutive QTL, affects maize root architecture and leaf ABA concentration at different water regimes. J Exp Bot 422:3061-3070.

29. Salvi S, Tuberosa R (2005) To clone or not to clone plant QTLs: present and future challenges. Trends in Plant Science 10:297-304.

30. Landi P, Sanguineti MC, Salvi S, Giuliani S, Bellotti M, Maccaferri M, Conti S, and Tuberosa R. (2005).Validation and characterization of a major QTL affecting leaf ABA concentration in maize. Molecular Breeding 15:291-303.

31. Blanco A, Simeone R, Cenci A, Gadaleta A, Tanzarella OA, Porceddu E, Salvi S, Tuberosa R, Figliuolo G, Spagnoletti P, Roder MS, Korzun V (2004) Extension of the Messapia x Dicoccoides linkage map of Triticumturgidum (L.). Cellular & Molecular Biology Letters  9:529-541.

32. Hund A,  Fracheboud Y, Soldati A, Frascaroli E, Salvi S, Stamp P (2004) QTL controlling root and shoot traits of maize seedlings under cold stress. TheorAppl Genet 109:618-629

33. Tuberosa R., Salvi S., Sanguineti M.C., Maccaferri M., Giuliani S., Landi P. (2003) Searching for QTLs controlling root traits in maize: a critical appraisal. Plant Soil 255(1): 35-54.

34. Salvi S, Tuberosa R, Chiapparino E, Maccaferri M, Veillet S, van Beuningen L, Isaac P, Edward KJ, Phillips RL (2002) Toward positional cloning of Vgt1, a QTL controlling the transition from the vegetative to the reproductive phase in maize. Plant MolBiol 48:601-613.

35. Landi P, Sanguineti MC Darrah LL, Giuliani MM, Salvi S, Tuberosa R (2002) Detection of QTLs for vertical root pulling resistance in maize and overlaps with QTLs for root traits in hydroponics and for grain yield at different water regimes. Maydica. 47: 233-243.

36. Landi P, Chiappetta L, Salvi S, Frascaroli E, Lucchese C, Tuberosa R (2002) Responses and allelic frequency changes associated with recurrent selection for plant regeneration from callus cultures in maize. Maydica 47:21-32.

37. Tuberosa R, Salvi S, Sanguineti MC, Landi P, Maccaferri M, Conti S (2002) Mapping QTLs regulating morpho-physiological traits and yield in drought-stressed maize: case studies, shortcomings and perspectives. Annals of Botany 89:941-963.

38. Tuberosa R, Sanguineti MC, Landi P, Giuliani M, Salvi S, Conti S (2002) Identification of QTLs for root characteristics in maize grown in hydroponics and analysis of their overlap with QTLs for grain yield in the field at two water regimes. Plant MolBiol 48:697-712.

39. Van Buuren ML, Salvi S, Morgante M, Serhani B, Tuberosa R. (2002). Comparative genomic mapping between a 4 cM region flanking DREB1 in Arabidopsis thaliana and maize. Plant MolBiol 48:741-750.

40. Salvi S, Phillips RL, Tuberosa R (2001) Development of PCR-based assays for allelic discrimination in maize by using the 5'-nuclease procedure. Molecular Breeding 8:169-176.

41. Lotti C, Salvi S, Pasqualone A, Tuberosa R, Blanco A (2000) Integration of AFLP markers into an RFLP-based map of durum wheat. Plant Breeding 119:393-401.

42. Sanguineti MC, Tuberosa R, Landi P, Salvi S, Maccaferri M, Casarini E, Conti S (1999) QTL analysis of drought-related traits and grain yield in relation to genetic variation for leaf abscisic acid concentration in field-grown maize. J. Exp. Bot. 50:1289-1297.

43.Tuberosa R., Sanguineti M.C., Landi P., Salvi S., Casarini E., Conti S. (1998). RFLP mapping of quantitative trait loci controlling abscisic acid concentration in leaves of drought-stressed maize (Zea  mays L.). TheorAppl Genet 97:744-755.

44. Noli E, Salvi S, Tuberosa R (1997) Comparative analysis of genetic relationships in barley based on RFLP and RAPD markers. Genome 40:607-616.