Massimiliano CORSO Research Scientist

Seed Development and Quality

I am a plant biologist interested in the study of plant specialized metabolites. I am a researcher of the SEEDEV team of the IJPB (INRAE-Versailles, FR) since 2019. I did my PhD at the University of Padova (IT, 2011-2014) and a Post-Doc at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (BE, 2014-2018).
Specialized Metabolites Metabolomics Transcriptomics Arabidopsis Multi-Omic Data Integration
I am a plant biologist interested in the study of specialized metabolites (or secondary metabolites) diversity and in the characterization of their role in plant adaptation to unfavourable environments. My work aims at the discovery of specialized metabolites diversity and regulation in plant seeds of different Brassicaceae, including Arabidopsis, Camelina and Brassica species. I am particularly interested in studying the plasticity and the induction by abiotic and biotic stresses of the seed specialized metabolome.
During my Ph.D. (2011-2014) at the University of Padova (IT) I used omic techniques to characterize the role of specialized metabolites and hormones on grapevine tolerance to drought and high salinity stresses (Ziliotto et al., 2012; Corso et al., 2015, 2016). During my post (2014-2018) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (BE) I characterized the transcriptomic and metabolomic profiles in several populations of the metal hypertolerant species Arabidopsis halleri. I suggested a dual role for flavonoids specialized metabolites as metal chelators and antioxidant metabolites, with a strong impact on metal tolerance and/or accumulation traits in plants (Corso et al., 2018b, 2021a; Schvartzman et al., 2018). In a second project, I characterized Arabidopsis CCX2, encoding a Ca2+ transporter localized in the ER. Using Cameleon fluorescent sensors, I identified CCX2 as a major player in the regulation of ER and cytosol Ca2+ dynamics upon salt stress (Corso et al., 2018a). In September 2019, I have been recruited at the IJPB-INRAE institute, where I am developing my own research topic on the diversity and the induction of seed specialized metabolome (Corso et al., 2020, 2021b; Boutet et al., 2021).

Boutet S, Barreda L, Perreau F, Mouille G, Delannoy E, Magniette M-L, Monti A, Lepiniec L, Zanetti F, Corso M. 2021. Untargeted metabolomic analyses reveal the diversity and plasticity of the specialized metabolome in seeds of different Camelina sativa varieties. bioRxiv: DOI: 10.1101/2021.01.18.427130 (Preprint). Corso M, An X, Jones CY, Doblas VG, Schvartzman MS, Malkowski E, Willats WGT, Hanikenne M, Verbruggen1 N. 2021a. Adaptation of Arabidopsis halleri to extreme metal pollution through limited metal accumulation involves changes in cell wall composition and metal homeostasis. New Phytologist 30: 669–682. Corso M, Doccula FG, Romário J, De Melo F, Costa A, Verbruggen N. 2018a. Endoplasmic reticulum-localized CCX2 is required for osmotolerance by regulating ER and cytosolic Ca 2+ dynamics in Arabidopsis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 115: 3966–3971.
Corso M, Perreau F, Mouille G, Lepiniec L. 2020. Specialized Phenolic compounds in seeds: structures, functions, and regulations. Plant Science 296: 110471.
Corso M, Perreau F, Rajjou L, Ben Malek R, Lepiniec L, Mouille G. 2021b. Specialized metabolites in seeds. In: Advances in Botanical Research. 35–70.
Corso M, Schvartzman MS, Guzzo F, Souard F, Malkowski E, Hanikenne M, Verbruggen N. 2018b. Contrasting cadmium resistance strategies in two metallicolous populations of Arabidopsis halleri. New Phytologist 218: 283–297.
Corso M, Vannozzi A, Maza E, Vitulo N, Meggio F, Pitacco A, Telatin A, D’Angelo M, Feltrin E, Negri AS, et al. 2015. Comprehensive transcript profiling of two grapevine rootstock genotypes contrasting in drought susceptibility links the phenylpropanoid pathway to enhanced tolerance. Journal of Experimental Botany 66: 5739–5752.
Corso M, Vannozzi A, Ziliotto F, Zouine M, Maza E, Nicolato T, Vitulo N, Meggio F, Valle G, Bouzayen M, et al. 2016. Grapevine Rootstocks Differentially Affect the Rate of Ripening and Modulate Auxin-Related Genes in Cabernet Sauvignon Berries. Frontiers in Plant Science 7: 69.
Schvartzman MS, Corso M, Fataftah N, Scheepers M, Nouet C, Bosman B, Carnol M, Motte P, Verbruggen N, Hanikenne M. 2018. Adaptation to high zinc depends on distinct mechanisms in metallicolous populations of Arabidopsis halleri. New Phytologist 218: 269–282.
Ziliotto F, Corso M, Rizzini FM, Rasori A, Botton A, Bonghi C. 2012. Grape berry ripening delay induced by a pre-veraison NAA treatment is paralleled by a shift in the expression pattern of auxin- and ethylene-related genes. BMC Plant Biology 12: 185.

Massimiliano Corso


Seed Development and Quality team





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