Profile – Andrea Genre



Andrea Genre

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Born 12/12/1970



2006 – PhD in Fungal Biology and biotechnologies – University of Torino 1995 Master degree in Biology – University of Torino



Associate professor in Plant Biology – University of Torino



2017 – Visiting Scientist – INRA, Toulouse, France.

2016 – AUFF Visiting researcher – University of Aarhus, Denmark

2013 – EMBO Fellowship – University of Aarhus, Denmark

2007 – Best poster at the XIII IS-MPMI meeting, Sorrento, Italy

2004 – Marie Curie Fellowship – Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France.



Biology and biotechnology of symbiotic plant-fungus interactions.



3 Postdocs; 3 PhD students; 10 MD students; 12 Graduate students.



Plant cell biology (Plant Biotechnology), University of Turin Applied Plant Biotechnology (Biology), University of Turin Plant Biology (Natural Sciences), University of Turin



Research Committee at DBIOS, University of Turin Teaching Committee – PhD in Biology and Applied Biotechnologies



Associate Editor: Frontiers in Microbiology; Mycorrhiza Editorial Board Member: Frontiers in Plant Science Review Panel Member:

FWF projects, Austria

Assegni Ricerca Junior, Università degli Studi dell’Insubria, Italy National Science Foundation, USA NWO Open Programme, The Netherlands PRIN – MIUR, Italy NWO Medium, The Netherlands Peer reviewer for several international journals, including: Plant Cell, New Phytologist, Plant and Cell Biology, Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Frontiers in Plant Science, PLoS One PhD committee: Grenoble, France. Padova, Italy Torino, Italy



2018 Ricerca di Base – MIUR – € 5.000

2016 AMforQuality – CRC – € 200.000

2015 Ricerca Locale – UNITO – € 3.500



80 papers (58 listed in Scopus) 14 book chapters in English and 5 in Italian. 97 congress communications – 22 invited talks.

H index = 28 (scholar), 25 (scopus)

Total number of citations = 3355 (scholar), 2327 (scopus) Average citations per paper = 40 (scopus), 37 (scholar)


Research Areas:

  • Symbiotic plant-microbe interactions, Arbuscular mycorrhizas

Current N-related Projects:



1. Barker David G, Chabaud Mireille, Russo Guilia, Genre Andrea (2017). Nuclear Ca2+ signalling in arbuscular mycorrhizal and actinorhizal endosymbioses: on the trail of novel underground signals. NEW PHYTOLOGIST, vol. 214, p. 533-538, ISSN: 0028-646X, doi: 10.1111/nph.14350

2. CAROTENUTO, GENNARO, Mireille Chabaud, Kana Miyata, Martina Capozzi, Naoya Takeda, Hanae Kaku, Naoto Shibuya, Tomomi Nakagawa, David G. Barker, GENRE, Andrea (2017). The rice LysM receptor-like kinase OsCERK1 is required for the perception of short-chain chitin oligomers in arbuscular mycorrhizal signaling. NEW PHYTOLOGIST, vol. 214, p. 1440-1446, ISSN: 0028-646X, doi: 10.1111/nph.14539

3. Genre Andrea, Russo Giulia (2016). Does a Common Pathway Transduce Symbiotic Signals in Plant-Microbe Interactions?. FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE, vol. 7, p. 96, ISSN: 1664-462X, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.00096

4. Rasmussen S R, Füchtbauer W, Novero M, Volpe V, Malkov N, Genre A, Bonfante P, Stougaard J, Radutoiu S (2016). Intraradical colonization by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi triggers induction of a lipochitooligosaccharide receptor. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, vol. 6, p. 29733-29744, ISSN: 2045-2322, doi: 10.1038/srep29733

5. Beatrice Lace, Andrea Genre, Sheridan Woo, A. Faccio, Matteo Lorito, Paola Bonfante (2015). Gate crashing arbuscular mycorrhizas:in vivoimaging shows the extensive colonization of both symbionts byTrichoderma atroviride. ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY REPORTS, vol. 7, p. 64-77, ISSN: 1758-2229, doi: 10.1111/1758-2229.12221

6. Fournier Joëlle, Teillet Alice, Chabaud Mireille, Ivanov Sergey, Genre Andrea, Limpens Erik, de Carvalho-Niebel Fernanda, Barker David G (2015). Remodeling of the infection chamber before infection thread formation reveals a two-step mechanism for rhizobial entry into the host legume root hair. PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, vol. 167, p. 1233-1242, ISSN: 0032-0889, doi: 10.1104/pp.114.253302

7. P. Bonfante, A. Genre (2015). Arbuscular mycorrhizal dialogues: do you speak ‘plantish’ or ‘fungish’?. TRENDS IN PLANT SCIENCE, vol. 20, p. 150-154, ISSN: 1360-1385, doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2014.12.002

8. Venkateshwaran Muthusubramanian, Jayaraman Dhileepkumar, Chabaud Mireille, Genre Andrea, Balloon Allison J, Maeda Junko, Forshey Kari, Os Désirée den, Kwiecien Nicholas W, Coon Joshua J, Barker David G, Ané Jean-Michel (2015). A role for the mevalonate pathway in early plant symbiotic signaling. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, vol. 112, p. 9781-9786, ISSN: 0027-8424, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1413762112

9. GENRE, Andrea, M. Chabaud, C. Balzergue, V. Puech Pagès, NOVERO, Mara, T. Rey, J. Fournier, S. Rochange, G. Bécard, BONFANTE, Paola, D. G. Barker (2013). Short-chain chitin oligomers from arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi trigger nuclear Ca2+ spiking in Medicago truncatula roots and their production is enhanced by strigolactone. NEW PHYTOLOGIST, vol. 198(1), p. 190-202, ISSN: 0028-646X, doi:

10.1111/nph.12146 10. Giulia Russo, Salvatore Spinella, Eva Sciacca, Paola Bonfante, Andrea Genre (2013). Automated analysis of calcium spiking profiles with CaSA software: two case studies from root-microbe symbioses. BMC PLANT BIOLOGY, vol. 13, p. 224-236, ISSN: 1471-2229, doi: 10.1186/1471-2229-13-224

11. R.S.L. Veiga, A. Faccio, A. Genre, C.M.J. Pieterse, P. Bonfante, M.G.A. van der Heijden (2013). Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi reduce growth and infect roots of the non-host plant Arabidopsis thaliana. PLANT, CELL AND ENVIRONMENT, vol. 36, p. 1926-1937, ISSN: 0140-7791, doi: 10.1111/pce.12102

12. V. Volpe, E. Dell’Aglio, M. Giovannetti, C. Ruberti, A. Costa, A. Genre, M. Guether, P. Bonfante (2013). An AM-induced, MYB-family gene of Lotus japonicus (LjMAMI) affects root growth in an AM-independent manner. PLANT JOURNAL, vol. 73(3), p. 442-455, ISSN: 0960-7412, doi: 10.1111/tpj.12045

13. A. Genre, S. Ivanov, M. Fendrych, A. Faccio, V. Žárský, T. Bisseling, P. Bonfante (2012). Multiple exocytotic markers accumulate at the sites of perifungal membrane biogenesis in arbuscular mycorrhizas. PLANT AND CELL PHYSIOLOGY, vol. 53(1), p. 244-255, ISSN: 0032-0781, doi: 10.1093/pcp/pcr170

14. C. Calcagno, M. Novero, A. Genre, P. Bonfante, L. Lanfranco (2012). The exudate from an arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus induces nitric oxide accumulation in Medicago truncatula roots. MYCORRHIZA, vol. 22, p. 259-269, ISSN: 0940-6360, doi: 10.1007/s00572-011-0400-4

15. S. Ivanov, E.E. Fedorova, E. Limpens, S. De Mita, A. Genre, P. Bonfante, T. Bisseling (2012). Rhizobium–legume symbiosis shares an exocytotic pathway required for arbuscule formation. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, vol. 109(21), p. 8316-8321, ISSN: 0027-8424, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1200407109

16. M. Chabaud, A. Genre, B.J. Sieberer, A. Faccio, J. Fournier, M. Novero, D.G. Barker, P. Bonfante (2011). Arbuscular mycorrhizal hyphopodia and germinated spore exudates trigger Ca2+ spiking in the legume and nonlegume root epidermis. NEW PHYTOLOGIST, vol. 189(1), p. 347-355, ISSN: 0028-646X, doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2010.03464.x

17. P. Bonfante, A. Genre (2010). Mechanisms underlying beneficial plant–fungus interactions in mycorrhizal symbiosis. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, vol. 1, p. 48, ISSN: 2041-1723, doi: 10.1038/ncomms1046

18. A. GENRE, G. ORTU, C. BERTOLDO, E. MARTINO, P. BONFANTE (2009). Biotic and abiotic stimulation of root epidermal cells reveals common and specific responses to arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, vol. 149(3), p. 1424-1434, ISSN: 0032-0889, doi: 10.1104/pp.108.132225

19. A. GENRE, M. CHABAUD, A. FACCIO, D.G. BARKER, P. BONFANTE (2008). Prepenetration apparatus assembly precedes and predicts the colonization patterns of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi within the root cortex of both Medicago truncatula and Daucus carota. PLANT CELL, vol. 20(5), p. 1407-1420, ISSN: 1040-4651, doi: 10.1105/tpc.108.059014 20. P. BONFANTE, A. GENRE (2008). Plants and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: an evolutionary-developmental perspective. TRENDS IN PLANT SCIENCE, vol. 13(9), p. 492-498, ISSN: 1360-1385, doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2008.07.001