Dr Paola Elisa Corneo

Postdoctoral Research Associate
School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Member of Sydney Institute of Agriculture

C02F - Centre for Carbon, Water and Food
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 8627 1175
Fax +61 2 8627 1099

Website Room 344, C81 - Biomedical Building

Biographical details

Paola is a postdoc in the Department of Environmental Sciences. She is interested in studying the rhizosphere soil, the most active compartment in the soil, where plants and microbes interact and reciprocally affect each other. She is involved in the study of soil health in agriculture soils. In particular, she is studying the effect of different wheat genotypes on the biological and chemical components of the soil.

Paola received a BSc degree in Molecular Biotechnology and a MSc in Industrial Biotechnology at the “Universita’ degli Studi Milano-Bicocca” in Italy. She did a Ph.D. funded by the Autonomous province of Trento (Italy) that she carried out at the Department of Environmental Systems (D-USYS), ETHZ (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) in collaboration with the Fondazione Edmund Mach (FEM) of San Michele all’Adige (Italy). During her Ph.D. she studied the effect of different abiotic and biotic parameters on the microbial communities living in vineyard soils.

During her Ph.D. she also collaborated to the investigation of the trophic interactions between the plant pathogen Armillaria mellea and potential antagonists isolated in vineyard soils through the use of stable isotopes and isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS).
She also participated to the project Envirochange “global change and sustainable management of agriculture in highly developed mountain environment”, sponsored by the Autonomous Province of Trento, where she focused on the investigation of the effect of climate change on soil microbial communities.

She defended her PhD in Zurich in April 2013 and she started a postdoc with the University of Sydney in June 2013, in the project: Identification of wheat breeding targets to enhance soil function for efficient nutrient and water use, Grains Research and Development Corporation/Research and Development (GRDC): Gene Discovery, under the supervision of Dr. Feike Dijkstra and Dr. Michael Kertesz.

Research interests

Paola is interested in studying the interface between plant and soil: the rhizosphere. In this compartment a complex net of interactions between the plant and soil microorganisms take place.

Plants release roots exudates in return of fundamental mineral nutrients obtained through the interaction with soil fungi and bacteria.

The maintenance of soil microbial diversity in the rhizosphere is crucial to preserve the soil quality and to protect and sustain crop production. She is interested to study the effect of plants on the biological and chemical components of soil. In particular how the structure and diversity of soil bacterial and fungal communities varies in the rhizosphere soil and to investigate how plants affect carbon and nitrogen cycling.

In previous projects Paola studied the structure and diversity of bacterial and fungal communities in vineyard soils and the effect of weeds on the soil microbial communities through the use of fingerprinting techniques as Automated Ribosomal Intergenic Spacer Analysis (ARISA) and Denaturant Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE). She looked how the microbial communities where fluctuating in response to seasonal changes and climatic parameters. This was possible coupling field and chamber experiments.

Current research concerns the study of the effect of different wheat genotypes, environment and management on soil health and key processes of C and N turnover. In particular, she will investigate the structure of bacterial communities in relation to different fertilization treatments and soil management and try to relate wheat traits to soil microbial community structure and diversity and soil nutrient dynamics.

Paola is interested to relate wheat genotype to soil health and identifying suitable molecular, biochemical or chemical markers of soil health.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Bakhshandeh, S., Corneo, P., Mariotte, P., Kertesz, M., Dijkstra, F. (2017). Effect of crop rotation on mycorrhizal colonization and wheat yield under different fertilizer treatments. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 247, 130-136. [More Information]
  • Corneo, P., Keitel, C., Kertesz, M., Dijkstra, F. (2017). Variation in specific root length among 23 wheat genotypes affects leaf (delta)13C and yield. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 246, 21-29. [More Information]
  • Bakhshandeh, S., Kertesz, M., Corneo, P., Dijkstra, F. (2016). Dual-labeling with 15N and H218O to investigate water and N uptake of wheat under different water regimes. Plant and Soil, 408(1-2), 429-441. [More Information]
  • Corneo, P., Suenaga, H., Kertesz, M., Dijkstra, F. (2016). Effect of twenty four wheat genotypes on soil biochemical and microbial properties. Plant and Soil, 404(1-2), 141-155. [More Information]
  • Corneo, P., Pellegrini, A., Cappellin, L., Gessler, C., Pertot, I. (2014). Moderate Warming in Microcosm Experiment Does Not Affect Microbial Communities in Temperate Vineyard Soils. Microbial Ecology: an international journal, 67(3), 659-670. [More Information]
  • Pellegrini, A., Corneo, P., Camin, F., Ziller, L., Tosi, S., Pertot, I. (2013). Isotope ratio mass spectrometry identifies soil microbial biocontrol agents having trophic relations with the plant pathogen Armillaria mellea. Applied Soil Ecology, 64, 142-151. [More Information]
  • Corneo, P., Pellegrini, A., Cappellin, L., Rancador, M., Chierici, M., Gessler, C., Pertot, I. (2013). Microbial community structure in vineyard soils across altitudinal gradients and in different seasons. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 84(3), 588-602. [More Information]
  • Corneo, P., Pellegrini, A., Cappellin, L., Gessler, C., Pertot, I. (2013). Weeds influence soil bacterial and fungal communities. Plant and Soil, 373(1-2), 107-123. [More Information]
  • Pancher, M., Ceol, M., Corneo, P., Longa, C., Yousaf, S., Pertot, I., Campisano, A. (2012). Fungal endophytic communities in grapevines (Vitis vinifera L.) Respond to crop management. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 78(12), 4308-4317. [More Information]
  • Pellegrini, A., Corneo, P., Camin, F., Ziller, L., Tosi, S., Pertot, I. (2012). Studying trophic interactions between a plant pathogen and two different antagonistic microorganisms using a 13C-labeled compound and isotope ratio mass spectrometry. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 26(5), 510-516. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Corneo, P., Pellegrini, A., Maurhofer, M., Longa, C., Gessler, C., Pertot, I. (2010). Influence of altitude on soil microbial community variability. IOBC/WPRS Working Group, Switzerland: IOBC/WPRS.

2017

  • Bakhshandeh, S., Corneo, P., Mariotte, P., Kertesz, M., Dijkstra, F. (2017). Effect of crop rotation on mycorrhizal colonization and wheat yield under different fertilizer treatments. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 247, 130-136. [More Information]
  • Corneo, P., Keitel, C., Kertesz, M., Dijkstra, F. (2017). Variation in specific root length among 23 wheat genotypes affects leaf (delta)13C and yield. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 246, 21-29. [More Information]

2016

  • Bakhshandeh, S., Kertesz, M., Corneo, P., Dijkstra, F. (2016). Dual-labeling with 15N and H218O to investigate water and N uptake of wheat under different water regimes. Plant and Soil, 408(1-2), 429-441. [More Information]
  • Corneo, P., Suenaga, H., Kertesz, M., Dijkstra, F. (2016). Effect of twenty four wheat genotypes on soil biochemical and microbial properties. Plant and Soil, 404(1-2), 141-155. [More Information]

2014

  • Corneo, P., Pellegrini, A., Cappellin, L., Gessler, C., Pertot, I. (2014). Moderate Warming in Microcosm Experiment Does Not Affect Microbial Communities in Temperate Vineyard Soils. Microbial Ecology: an international journal, 67(3), 659-670. [More Information]

2013

  • Pellegrini, A., Corneo, P., Camin, F., Ziller, L., Tosi, S., Pertot, I. (2013). Isotope ratio mass spectrometry identifies soil microbial biocontrol agents having trophic relations with the plant pathogen Armillaria mellea. Applied Soil Ecology, 64, 142-151. [More Information]
  • Corneo, P., Pellegrini, A., Cappellin, L., Rancador, M., Chierici, M., Gessler, C., Pertot, I. (2013). Microbial community structure in vineyard soils across altitudinal gradients and in different seasons. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 84(3), 588-602. [More Information]
  • Corneo, P., Pellegrini, A., Cappellin, L., Gessler, C., Pertot, I. (2013). Weeds influence soil bacterial and fungal communities. Plant and Soil, 373(1-2), 107-123. [More Information]

2012

  • Pancher, M., Ceol, M., Corneo, P., Longa, C., Yousaf, S., Pertot, I., Campisano, A. (2012). Fungal endophytic communities in grapevines (Vitis vinifera L.) Respond to crop management. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 78(12), 4308-4317. [More Information]
  • Pellegrini, A., Corneo, P., Camin, F., Ziller, L., Tosi, S., Pertot, I. (2012). Studying trophic interactions between a plant pathogen and two different antagonistic microorganisms using a 13C-labeled compound and isotope ratio mass spectrometry. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 26(5), 510-516. [More Information]

2010

  • Corneo, P., Pellegrini, A., Maurhofer, M., Longa, C., Gessler, C., Pertot, I. (2010). Influence of altitude on soil microbial community variability. IOBC/WPRS Working Group, Switzerland: IOBC/WPRS.

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