Vittorio Venturi

Group Leader,
Scientific Coordinator
International Centre for Genetic Engineering
and Biotechnology
Padriciano 99
34149 Trieste, Italy

E-mail: [email protected] 
Tel: +39-040-3757319/17



University of Edinburgh, UK, BSc (Hons in Molecular Biology) in Biological Sciences, 1998
Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, PhD, 2014 “Gene regulation of siderophore mediated iron assimilation in Pseudomonas putida”

Career History

Since March 1997, Group Leader of the Bacteriology Group of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Trieste, Italy.
1995-1997, Postdoc at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Trieste, Italy
1990-1995, PhD Student at the Department of Molecular Genetics of the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.
1989-1990, EU fellow at the International Centre for Cellular and Molecular Pathology, Medical Faculty of the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Brussels, Belgium.

Scientific Activity

Scientific interests are (i) how plant associated bacteria undergo interspecies communication and interkingdom signaling with plants, (ii) the role of LuxR solos in plant associated proteobacteria and (ii) plant microbiomes and the development of microbial products for a more sustainable agriculture.

Supervised several PhD students and postdocs most of whom coming from developing countries. Invited as speaker to many international symposia, organized several international workshops and courses and managed numerous national and international grants from government agencies, foundations and industry. Acting as editor of two international journals and is a regular reviewer for journals and funding agencies.

Teaching Activity

Organizer of several international workshops and courses. University of Trieste, 48 hour course entitled “Environmental Microbiology”

Selected publications

Published 130 papers in international peer-reviewed scientific journals: Google scholar citations

Bertani, I., Abbruscato, P., Piffanelli, P., Subramoni, S.,  Venturi, V. 2016. Rice bacterial endophytes: isolation of a collection, identification of beneficial strains and microbiome analysis. Environ Microbiol Rep. 8(3): p. 388-98. PubMed link

Venturi, V.  Keel, C. Signaling in the rhizosphere. 2016. Trends Plant Sci. 21: p. 187-198. PubMed link

Lamichhane, J.R., Venturi, V. 2015. Synergisms between microbial pathogens in plant disease complexes: a growing trend. Front Plant Sci. 6: p. 385. PubMed link

Coutinho, B.G., Licastro, D., Mendonca-Previato, L., Camara, M., Venturi, V. 2015. Plant-Influenced Gene Expression in the Rice Endophyte Burkholderia kururiensis M130. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 28(1): p. 10-21. PubMed link

Passos da Silva, D., Castaneda-Ojeda, M.P., C. Moretti, Buonaurio, R., Ramos, C., Venturi, V. 2014. Bacterial multispecies studies and microbiome analysis of a plant disease. Microbiology. 160(Pt 3): p. 556-66. PubMed link

Venturi, V., Fuqua, C. 2013. Chemical signaling between plants and plant-pathogenic bacteria. Annu Rev Phytopathol, 2013. 51: p. 17-37. PubMed link

Venturi, V., Rampioni, G., Pongor, S., Leoni, L. 2011. The virtue of temperance: built-in negative regulators of quorum sensing in Pseudomonas. Mol Microbiol 82, 1060-1070

Hosni, T., Moretti, C., Devescovi, G., Suarez-Moreno, Z.R., Fatmi, M.B., Guarnaccia, C., Pongor, S., Onofri, A., Buonaurio, R., Venturi, V. 2011. Sharing of quorum-sensing signals and role of interspecies communities in a bacterial plant disease. ISME J doi: 10.1038/ismej.2011.65 PubMed link

Mattiuzzo, M., Bertani, I., Ferluga, S., Cabrio, L., Bigirimana, J., Guarnaccia, C., Pongor, S., Maraite, H., Venturi, V. 2011. The plant pathogen Pseudomonas fuscovaginae contains two conserved quorum sensing systems involved in virulence and negatively regulated by RsaL and the novel regulator RsaM. Environ Microbiol 13, 145-162 PubMed link

Subramoni, S., Gonzalez, J.F., Johnson, A., Pechy-Tarr, M., Rochat, L., Paulsen, I., Loper, J.E., Keel, C., Venturi, V. 2011. Bacterial Subfamily of LuxR Regulators that Respond to Plant Compounds. Appl Environ Microbiol 77, 4579-4588 PubMed link

Degrassi, G., Devescovi, G., Bigirimana, J., Venturi, V. 2010. Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae contains an AroQg chorismate mutase that is involved in rice virulence. Phytopathology 100, 262-270 PubMed link

Suarez-Moreno, Z.R., Devescovi, G., Myers, M., Hallack, L., Mendonca-Previato, L., Caballero-Mellado, J., Venturi, V. 2010. Commonalities and differences in regulation of N-acyl homoserine lactone quorum sensing in the beneficial plant-associated Burkholderia species cluster. Appl Environ Microbiol 76, 4302-4317 PubMed link

Venturi, V., Bertani, I., Kerenyi, A., Netotea, S., Pongor, S. 2010. Co-swarming and local collapse: quorum sensing conveys resilience to bacterial communities by localizing cheater mutants in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. PLoS One 5, e9998 PubMed link

Subramoni, S., Venturi, V. 2009. LuxR-family ‘solos’: bachelor sensors/regulators of signalling molecules. Microbiology 155, 1377-1385 PubMed link

Subramoni, S., Suarez-Moreno, Z.S.,  Venturi, V. 2009. Lipases as pathogenicity factors of plant pathogens. Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology. K.N. Timmis. Heidelberg, Springer-Verlag. Volume 4 Consequences of Microbial Interactions with Hydrocarbons, Oils and Lipids, 3269-3277

Ferluga, S., Steindler, L. Venturi, V. 2008. N-acyl homoserine lactone quorum sensing in Gram-negative rhizobacteria. Secondary Metabolites in Soil Ecology. P. Karlovsky. Heidelberg, Germany, Springer. 14, 69-92

Ahmadian, G., Degrassi, G., Venturi, V., Zeigler, D. R., Soudi, M. Zanguinejad, P. 2007. Bacillus pumilus SG2 isolated from saline conditions produces and secretes two chitinases. J Appl Microbiol 103, 1081-1089

Degrassi, G., Devescovi, G., Solis, R. Steindler, L., Venturi, V. 2007. Oryza sativa rice plants contain molecules which activate different quourm sensing N-acyl homoserine lactone biosensors and are sensitive to the specific AiiA lactonase. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 269, 213-200

Devescovi, G., Bigirimana, J., Degrassi, G., Cabrio, L., LiPuma, J., Kim, J., Hwang, I. and Venturi, V. 2007. Involvement of a quorum sensing regulated lipase secreted by a clinical isolate of Burkholderia glumae in severe disease symptoms in rice. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 73, 4950-4958

Ferluga, S., Bigirimana, J., Höfte, M., Venturi, V. 2007. A LuxR homologue of Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae is required for optimal rice virulence. Mol. Plant Pathol. 8, 529-538

Gonzalez, C. F., Venturi, V. Engledow, A. S. 2007. The Phytopathogenic Burkholderia. Burkholderia: Molecular Microbiology and Genomics. T. Coeyne and P. Vandamme. Norfolk, U.K., Horizon Bioscience: 153-176

Licciardello, G., Bertani, I., Steindler, L., Bella, P., Venturi, V., Catara, V. 2007. Pseudomonas corrugata contains a conserved N-acyl homoserine lactone quorum sensing system; its role in tomato pathogenicity and tobacco hypersensitivity response. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 61, 222-234

Massa, C., Degrassi, G., Devescovi, G., Venturi, V. Lamba, D. 2007. Isolation, heterologous expression and characterization of an endo-polygalacturonase produced by the phytopathogen Burkholderia cepacia. Protein Expr Purif 54, 300-308

Rampioni, G., Polticelli F., Bertani, I., Righetti, K., Venturi, V., Zennaro, E., Leoni, L. 2007. The Pseudomonas quorum sensing regulator RsaL belongs to the tetra-helical superclass of H-T-H proteins. J. Bacteriol. 189, 1922-1930

Rampioni, G., Schuster, M., Greenberg, E. P., Bertani, I., Grasso, M., Venturi, V., Zennaro, E. Leoni, L. 2007. RsaL provides quorum sensing homeostasis and functions as a global regulator of gene expression in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Mol Microbiol 66, 1557-1565

Steindler, L., Venturi, V. 2007. Detection of quorum-sensing N-acyl homoserine lactone signal molecules by bacterial biosensors. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 266, 1-9

Devescovi, G., Venturi, V. 2006. The Burkholderia cepacia rpoE gene is not involved in exopolysaccharide production and onion pathogenicity. Can. J. Microbiol. 52, 260-265

Rampioni, G., Bertani, I., Zennaro, E., Polticelli, F., Venturi, V., Leoni, L. 2006. The quorum-sensing negative regulator RsaL of Pseudomonas aeruginosa binds to the lasI promoter. J. Bacteriol. 188, 815-819.

Solis, R., Bertani, I., Degrassi, G., Devescovi, G., Venturi, V. 2006. Involvement of quorum sensing and RpoS in rice seedling blight caused by Burkholderia plantarii. FEMS Microbial. Lett. 259, 106-112

Venturi, V. 2006. Regulation of quorum sensing in Pseudomonas. FEMS Microbiol. Rev. 30, 274-291

Kojic, M., Jovcic, B., Odreman, F., Vindigni, A., Venturi, V. 2005. Novel target genes of PsrA transcriptional regulator of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 246, 175-181

Bertani, I.,  Venturi, V. 2004. Regulation of the N-acyl homoserine lactone-dependent quorum sensing system in rhizosphere Pseudomonas putida WCS358 and cross-talk with the stationary phase RpoS sigma factor and global regulator GacA. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 70, 5493-5502

Sevo, M., Buratti, E., Venturi, V. 2004. Ribosomal protein S1 specifically binds to the 5′ untranslated region of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa stationary-phase sigma factor rpoS mRNA in the logarithmic phase of growth. J Bacteriol 186, 4903-4909

Venturi, V., Friscina, A., Bertani, I., Devescovi, G., Aguilar, C. 2004. Quorum sensing in the Burkholderia cepacia complex. Res Microbiol 155, 238-244

Venturi, V., Venuti, C., Devescovi G., Lucchese C., Friscina A., Degrassi G., Aguilar C., Mazzucchi U. 2004. The plant pathogen Erwinia amylovora produces acyl-homoserine lactone signal molecules in vitro and in planta. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 241, 179-183

Aguilar, C., Friscina, A., Devescovi, G., Kojic, M., Venturi, V. 2003. Identification of quorum sensing regulated genes of Burkholderia cepacia. J. Bacteriol. 185, 6456-6462

Venturi, V. 2003. Control of rpoS transcription in Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas: why so different? Mol Microbiol 49, 1-9

Kojic, M., Aguilar, C., Venturi, V. 2002. TetR family member psrA directly binds the Pseudomonas rpoS and psrA promoters. J Bacteriol 184, 2324-2330