Serenella A Sukno, Ph.D.



Professional Preparation

  • B.S. Plant Genetics, Nat. Univ. of Mar del Plata, Argentina, 1992
  • M.S. Plant Genetics & Breeding, IAMZ, Zaragoza, Spain, 1993
  • Ph.D. Genetics, University of Córdoba, Spain, 1997
  • Postdoctoral Plant-Fungus Interactions, University of Kentucky, USA , 1998-2001
  • Postdoctoral Plant-Nematode Interactions, North Carolina State Univ., USA, 2002-2004
  • Res. Assistant Professor Plant-Fungus Interactions, Texas A&M Univ., USA, 2004-2007
  • Visiting Professor Plant-Fungus Interactions, CIALE, University of Salamanca, Spain, 2007-2008


O’ Connell R.J.,* Thon, M.R.*, …, Sukno, S.A., et al. 2012. Life-style transitions in plant pathogenic Colletotrichum fungi deciphered by genome and transcriptome analyses. Nature Genetics online, doi:10.1038/ng.2372

Vargas, W.A., Sanz-Martín, J.M., Rech, G.E., Rivera, L.P., P Benito, E., Díaz- Mínguez, J.M., Thon, M.R. and Sukno, S.A. 2012. Plant defense mechanisms are activated during biotrophic and necrotrophic development of Colletotricum graminicola in maize. Plant Physiology 158:1342-1358.

Kubicek, C.P., Herrera-Estrella, A., Seidl, V., Martinez, D.A., Druzhinina, I.S., Thon, M., …, Sukno, S., et al.  2011. Comparative genome sequence analysis underscores mycoparasitism as the ancestoral life style of Trichoderma. Genome Biology 12:R40

Jung, J., Yi ,G., Sukno S. And Thon M. PoGO: Prediction of Gene Ontology terms for fungal proteins. 2010. BMC Bioinformatics. 11:215.

Vettraino, A., Sukno, S.,  Vannini, A. and Garbelotto, M. 2010.  Diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of different methods used by two laboratories for the detection of  Phytophthora ramorum on multiple natural hosts. Plant Pathology 59:289-300.

Vargas, W.A., Djonovic, S., Sukno S. A. and Kenerley C.M. 2008. Dimerization controls the activity of fungal elicitors that trigger systemic resistance in plants. JBC ( Journal of Biological Chemistry) 283:19804-19815.

Sukno, S., García, V., Shaw, B. and Thon, M.R. 2008. Root infection and systemic colonization of maize by Colletotrichum graminicola. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 74: 823-832. COVER IMAGE.

Sukno, S.A., McCuiston, J., Wong, M.Y., Wang, X., Thon, M.R., Hussey, R., Baum, T. and Davis, E. 2007. Quantitative detection of double-stranded RNA-mediated gene silencing of parasitism genes in Heterodera glycines. Journal of Nematology 39:145-152. COVER IMAGE

Sukno, S., Shimerling, O., McCuiston, J., Tsabary, G., Shani, Ziv. Shoseyov, O. and Davis, E. 2006. Expression and regulation of the Arabidopsis thaliana Cel1 endo 1,4-B, glucanase gene during compatible plant-nematode interactions. Journal of Nematology 38:354-361.

Mitchum M.G., Sukno, S., Wang, X., Shani, Z., Tsabary, G., Shoseyov, O. and Davis, E. 2004. The promoter of the Arabidopsis thaliana (Cel1) Endo-1,4-B, glucanase gene is differentially expressed in plant feeding cells induced by cyst and root-knot nematodes. Molecular Plant Pathology 5: 175-181. COVER IMAGE.

Sukno, S.A., Taylor, A. and Farman, M. 2002. Development of contamination-free RFLP probes for the obligate biotroph Peronospora tabacina, an oomycete causing blue mold of tobacco. Phytopathology 92:1236-1244.

Sukno, S.A., Taylor, A. and Farman, M. 2002. Genetic Uniformity among isolates of Peronospora tabacina, the tobacco Blue Mold pathogen. Phytopathology 92:1227-1235.

Sukno, S., Fernández-Martínez, J.M. and Melero-Vara, J.M. 2001. Temperature effects on the disease reactions of sunflower to infection by Orobanche cumana. Plant Disease 85: 553-556.

Sukno, S., Melero-Vara, J.M. and Fernández-Martínez, J.M. 1999. Inheritance of resistance to Orobanche cernua Loefl. in six sunflower lines. Crop Science 39:674-678.

Sukno, S., J. Ruso, C. C. Jan, J. M. Melero-Vara, and J. M. Fernández-Martínez. 1999. Interspecific hybridization between sunflower and wild perennial Helianthus species via embryo rescue. Euphytica 106: 69-78.

Sukno, S., Jan, C.C., Melero-Vara, J.M. and Fernández-Martínez, J. M. 1998. Reproductive behavior and broomrape resistance in interspecific hybrids of sunflower. Plant Breeding 117: 279-285.

Ruso, J., Sukno, S., Domínguez-Giménez, J., Melero-Vara, J.M. and Fernández-Martínez, J.M. 1996. Screening of wild Helianthus species and derived lines for resistance to several populations of Orobanche cernua. Plant Disease 80: 1165-1169.

Book Chapters

Wong, M.Y., Huang, J., Davis, E.L. Sukno, S., Tan, Y.H. 2009. Nitric Oxide Synthase -Like Protein in Pea (Pisum sativum L.) . Wiley-VchVerlag (eds).  In: Nitric oxide in Plant Physiology. pp 173-188.

Sukno, S. 2002. Manejo de Orobanche cernua . Manual práctico para el cultivo de girasol. Editorial Hemisferio Sur. Buenos Aires, Argentina. M. Díaz-Zorita, G.A. Duarte (eds). 2002. (Management of Orobanche cernua. In: Manual Práctico para el Cultivo de Girasol. pp 193-210.

Other Publications

Sukno, S., Ruso, J., Melero-Vara, J.M. and Fernández-Martínez, J.M. 1996. Evaluation of wild Helianthusgermplasm for resistance to highly virulent races of Orobanche cernua Loefl. and transfer to cultivated sunflower. In: Adv. in Parasitic Plant Research. Proc. of the 6 Int. Symp. of Parasitic Weed. Córdoba, Spain. pp. 624-632.

Sukno, S., Ruso, J., Melero-Vara, J., Jan, C.C. and Fernández-Martínez, J. 1996. Evaluation of sunflower amphiploid germplasm for Orobanche cernua Loefl. resistance . In: Proc. Sunflower Research Workshop. National Sunflower Assoc., Fargo, ND, USA. pp 145-148.

Sukno, S., Jan, C. C., Melero-Vara, J.M. and Fernández-Martínez, J.M. 1997. Interspecific hybrids between cultivated sunflower susceptible to Orobanche cernua and the wild resistant species H. laevigatus and H. giganteus. In: Proc. Sunflower Research Workshop. National Sunflower Assoc., Fargo, ND, USA. pp. 97-106.

Sukno, S. 1993. Herbicide resistance in photosynthetic membranes: Perspectives in agronomy. Monographic work. Publications of the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza, Spain. May 1993. pp. 1-45.

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