Grassi Fabrizio

Associate Professor of Plant Biology

Grassi-Fabrizio- BtBs UNIMIB


room 4013, building U4, tel.: +39 02 6448 3328

lab 4047, building U4

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The activity is focused on the following research lines

Enviromental Biodiversity and Ecosystem Reasearch area BtBs UNIMIB

Enviromental Biodiversity and Ecosystem

Integrative taxonomy, Interaction Biology and Functional Ecology, Plant Biodiversity and Agrobiodiversity


Plant diversity, phylogenetics, phylogeography, domestication, crop wild relatives

Research interest

-    Origin and domestication of crops and genetic relationships between crops and their wild relative resources.
-    Evolutionary processes such as natural selection, gene flow, hybridization and introgression.
-    Phylogenetic, phylogeographic and phylogenomics methods to reconstruct the origin and diffusion of taxa.
-    Molecular methods to explore the plant biodiversity.

Selected articles

-    Panzeri, D., Guidi Nissim, W., Labra, M., Grassi, F. (2022). Revisiting the domestication process of African Vigna species (Fabaceae): background, perspectives and challenges. PLANTS, 11(4). DOI: 10.3390/plants11040532

-    Zecca, G., Panzeri, D., Grassi, F. (2022). Detecting signals of adaptive evolution in grape plastomes with a focus on the Cretaceous-Palaeogene (K/Pg) transition. ANNALS OF BOTANY, 130(7), 965-980.  DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcac128

-    Grassi, F., De Lorenzis, G. (2021). Back to the origins: Background and perspectives of grapevine domestication. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR SCIENCES, 22(9). DOI: 10.3390/ijms22094518

-    Zecca, G., Labra, M., Grassi, F. (2020). Untangling the evolution of American wild grapes: Admixed species and how to find them. FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE, 10(7).  DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2019.01814

International and national collaborations

-    Prof. Sean Myles. Associate Professor, University Research Chair, Agriculture Genetic Diversity, Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences, Dalhousie University, USA.
-    Prof. Sun Weibang, Professor of botany.  Key Laboratory of Economic Plants and Biotechnology, Kunming Institute of Botany, Kunming. China.
-    Prof. Bao Rong Lu, Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Biodiversity and Ecological Engineering, Institute of Biodiversity Science, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
-    Dr. Wei Chen, Senior Research Scientist, Yunnan Agricultural University, Kunming, China.
-    Dr. Rosa Arroyo Garcia, Senior Research Scientist, INIA-CBGP, Spain.


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last update: May 2023