Institute of Plant Virology

The Institute of Plant Virology (IVV) represents the most important and the largest research group in the field of plant virology in Italy.  The staff (47 people) is divided into a central Headquarter (Turin) and two Support Units (Grugliasco and Bari). The Institute belongs to the Agricultural and Food Department of the Italian National Research Council (CNR).

The mission of the Institute is to develop research programs about viruses and virus-like agents (such as viroids and phytoplasmas) that cause plant diseases.

The understanding of the molecular basis of viral infection and the study of the interactions among plant hosts, virus/virus-like agents and their vectors are instrumental in defining, validating and applying control and defence strategies against these infective agents, with the aim of improving the quality and the quantity of plant productions and their economic and environmental sustainability.

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International symposium on the European outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa in olive

The Institute of Plant Virology (CNR, Bari), the Department of Soil, Plant and Food Science of the University of Bari, the Research Center “Basile Caramia” (CRSFA) of Locorotondo, Bari, and the National and Regional Plant Health Services are pleased to announce the “International Symposium on the European outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa in olive”, to be [...]


V2P2 repository project kick-off

V2P2 repository: digitizing, storing, preserving, searching, exploiting, sharing data from the research in the field of plant, (micro)organism, virus interactions. This project is partially funded by MIUR in the framework of the Scientific Dissemination programs (Annual Projects, L.6/2000, D.D. 369/Ric. del 26/06/2012) which involves three CNR Institutes: Institute of Plant Virology (IVV), Institute of Plant [...]


A cartoon illustrating plant virus replication

The gorgeous Virginia Tobamo, also known as tobacco mosaic virus, explains how she manages to enter the cell, replicate and finally conquer the whole plant. The cartoon, which is intended to show the replication of a plant virus, has been realized by Unito Media, the Web TV of the University of Turin (Italy) and by [...]


Science Festival 2012

Once again this year the Institute of Plant Virology will take part in the Science Festival. The tenth edition  will be held in Genoa from 25 October to 4 November 2012. Imagination will be the keyword. IVV is organizing a laboratory for children, boys and girls (8-13 years old) called “C’era una volta un virus… [...]


Today the tomato genome has been published in Nature

The genome of the tomato and its wild ancestor, Solanum pimpinellifolium, was sequenced by the Tomato Genome Consortium (TGC), a group of over 300 scientists from fourteen different countries. This important result, which will reduce costs and will simplify the efforts to improve tomato production fighting pests and drought is reported as cover story this [...]


Projects update

V2P2 repository
NEBBIOLO EPIGENOMICS: epigenetic modifications in grapevine caused by genotype/environment interactions
Improvement of autochthonous grape varieties of Calabria Region

Recents pubblications

Functional genomics in fruit trees
From root to fruit: RNA-Seq analysis shows that arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis may affect tomato fruit metabolism
Molecular characterization of Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus in Montenegro

Useful links

Congressi e Workshop 2014 Convegno Annuale SIGA, Alghero (SS) presso il Quartè Sayàl 15-18 Settembre 2014

Società scientifiche

EPSO - The European Plant Science Organisation AISSA - Associazione Italiana Società Scientifiche Agrarie SOI - Società di Ortoflorofrutticoltura Italiana SIPaV - Società Italiana di Patologia Vegetale SIV - Società Italiana di Virologia SIGA - Società Italiana Genetica Agraria ACOVIT - Associazione Costitutori Viticoli Italiani

Materiale scientifico