Davide Spadaro


Affiliation: University of Turin
Country: Italy


  1. Prencipe S, Siciliano I, Gatti C, Gullino M, Garibaldi A, Spadaro D. Chestnut Drying Is Critical in Determining Aspergillus flavus Growth and Aflatoxin Contamination. Toxins (Basel). 2018;10: pubmed publisher
    ..This study provides preliminary data useful to improve the current drying conditions used in chestnut mills, to reduce both fungal growth and aflatoxin production. ..
  2. Prencipe S, Siciliano I, Gatti C, Garibaldi A, Gullino M, Botta R, et al. Several species of Penicillium isolated from chestnut flour processing are pathogenic on fresh chestnuts and produce mycotoxins. Food Microbiol. 2018;76:396-404 pubmed publisher
    ..Information about the occurrence of Penicillium spp. and their mycotoxins will help producers to set up management procedures that can help to control the fungal growth and the mycotoxin production of chestnuts. ..
  3. Spadaro D, Patharajan S, Lore A, Garibaldi A, Gullino M. Ochratoxigenic black species of Aspergilli in grape fruits of northern Italy identified by an improved PCR-RFLP procedure. Toxins (Basel). 2012;4:42-54 pubmed publisher
    ..7%) isolates produced OTA ranging from 0.05 to 3.0 µg mL(-1). Most of the ochratoxigenic isolates were A. carbonarius (46) in both years, but also some strains of A. tubingensis (11) and A. japonicus (6) produced lower amounts of OTA. ..
  4. Banani H, Spadaro D, Zhang D, Matic S, Garibaldi A, Gullino M. Postharvest application of a novel chitinase cloned from Metschnikowia fructicola and overexpressed in Pichia pastoris to control brown rot of peaches. Int J Food Microbiol. 2015;199:54-61 pubmed publisher
    ..pastoris KM71 is a suitable microorganism for cost-effective large-scale production of recombinant chitinases. ..
  5. Spadaro D, Ciavorella A, Dianpeng Z, Garibaldi A, Gullino M. Effect of culture media and pH on the biomass production and biocontrol efficacy of a Metschnikowia pulcherrima strain to be used as a biofungicide for postharvest disease control. Can J Microbiol. 2010;56:128-37 pubmed publisher
    ..1% and 70.8%, respectively) and Penicillium expansum (41.7% and 14.0%, respectively). Also on 'Gala' apples, the best reduction of grey and blue mould incidence was obtained with cells grown in YEMS (58.1% and 50.5%, respectively). ..
  6. Banani H, Marcet Houben M, Ballester A, Abbruscato P, González Candelas L, Gabaldón T, et al. Genome sequencing and secondary metabolism of the postharvest pathogen Penicillium griseofulvum. BMC Genomics. 2016;17:19 pubmed publisher
    ..These findings provide relevant information to understand the molecular basis of SM biosynthesis in P. griseofulvum, to allow further research directed to the overexpression or blocking the synthesis of specific SM. ..
  7. Siciliano I, Spadaro D, Prelle A, Vallauri D, Cavallero M, Garibaldi A, et al. Use of Cold Atmospheric Plasma to Detoxify Hazelnuts from Aflatoxins. Toxins (Basel). 2016;8: pubmed publisher
    ..9 °C. Cold atmospheric plasma has the potential to be a promising method for aflatoxin detoxification on food, because it is effective and it could help to maintain the organoleptic characteristics. ..
  8. Santoro K, Maghenzani M, Chiabrando V, Bosio P, Gullino M, Spadaro D, et al. Thyme and Savory Essential Oil Vapor Treatments Control Brown Rot and Improve the Storage Quality of Peaches and Nectarines, but Could Favor Gray Mold. Foods. 2018;7: pubmed publisher
    ..The application of thyme and savory essential oil vapors represents a promising tool for reducing postharvest losses and preserving the quality of peaches and nectarines. ..
  9. Banani H, Spadaro D, Zhang D, Matic S, Garibaldi A, Gullino M. Biocontrol activity of an alkaline serine protease from Aureobasidium pullulans expressed in Pichia pastoris against four postharvest pathogens on apple. Int J Food Microbiol. 2014;182-183:1-8 pubmed publisher
    ..The alkaline serine protease could be developed as a postharvest treatment with antimicrobial activity for fruit undergoing a short storage period. ..

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  1. Matic S, Bagnaresi P, Biselli C, Orrù L, Amaral Carneiro G, Siciliano I, et al. Comparative transcriptome profiling of resistant and susceptible rice genotypes in response to the seedborne pathogen Fusarium fujikuroi. BMC Genomics. 2016;17:608 pubmed publisher
    ..Collectively, this provides important information to elucidate the molecular and cellular processes occurring in rice during F. fujikuroi infection and to develop bakanae resistant rice germplasm. ..
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    Matic S, Gullino M, Spadaro D. The puzzle of bakanae disease through interactions between Fusarium fujikuroi and rice. Front Biosci (Elite Ed). 2017;9:333-344 pubmed
    ..Here, some new aspects of F. fujikuroi epidemiology and pathogenicity, as well as its interactions with rice, are reported, and recent approaches applied to control bakanae disease are summarized. ..
  3. Siahmoshteh F, Siciliano I, Banani H, Hamidi Esfahani Z, Razzaghi Abyaneh M, Gullino M, et al. Efficacy of Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus amyloliquefaciens in the control of Aspergillus parasiticus growth and aflatoxins production on pistachio. Int J Food Microbiol. 2017;254:47-53 pubmed publisher
    ..Altogether, these results indicate that Bacillus species could be considered as potential biocontrol agents to combat toxigenic fungal growth and subsequent aflatoxin contamination of nuts and agricultural crops in practice. ..
  4. Banani H, Olivieri L, Santoro K, Garibaldi A, Gullino M, Spadaro D. Thyme and Savory Essential Oil Efficacy and Induction of Resistance against Botrytis cinerea through Priming of Defense Responses in Apple. Foods. 2018;7: pubmed publisher
    ..cinerea through the priming of defense responses in apple fruit, and the PR-8 gene of apple may play a key role in the mechanism by which thyme essential oil effectively inhibits gray mold in apple fruit. ..
  5. Spadaro D, Ciavorella A, Lopez Reyes J, Garibaldi A, Gullino M. Effect of culture age, protectants, and initial cell concentration on viability of freeze-dried cells of Metschnikowia pulcherrima. Can J Microbiol. 2010;56:809-15 pubmed publisher
    ..pulcherrima cells was similar to that obtained in other studies. The results constitute a first step towards the commercial development of M. pulcherrima as a biocontrol agent. ..
  6. Siciliano I, Dal Bello B, Zeppa G, Spadaro D, Gullino M. Static Hot Air and Infrared Rays Roasting are Efficient Methods for Aflatoxin Decontamination on Hazelnuts. Toxins (Basel). 2017;9: pubmed publisher
    ..After roasting, the lipid profile and the nutritional quality of hazelnuts were not affected. Fatty acid methyl esters analyses showed a similar composition for Italian and Turkish hazelnuts. ..
  7. Prencipe S, Siciliano I, Contessa C, Botta R, Garibaldi A, Gullino M, et al. Characterization of Aspergillus section Flavi isolated from fresh chestnuts and along the chestnut flour process. Food Microbiol. 2018;69:159-169 pubmed publisher