Max-Planck-Institut für molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie

Dr. Maria Grazia Annunziata

Am Mühlenberg 1

14476 Potsdam


Dr. Maria Grazia Annunziata

Dr. Maria Grazia Annunziata

Dr. Maria Grazia Annunziata


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  • +49 331 567-8106





NAME:                                    Maria Grazia Annunziata

DATE OF BIRTH:                5th February 1983

NATIONALITY:                   Italian

WORK ADDRESS:               Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology,  

                                                 Wissenschaftspark Golm,

                                                 Am Mühlenberg 1,

                                                 14476 Potsdam (OT) Golm,


TEL:                                       +49 331 567-8106

FAX:                                       +49 331 567 8408





2001-2005 - Laurea Triennale in Scienze Biologiche (equivalent to Bachelors in Biology), Seconda Universitá degli Studi di Napoli, Caserta, Italy  

2005-2008 - Laurea Specialistica in Biologia (equivalent to Masters in Biology) (graduated with Distinction), Seconda Universitá degli Studi di Napoli, Caserta, Italy  

2008-2011 - Ph.D. Seconda Universitá di Napoli, Caserta, Italy

Thesis: “Analysis of metabolites and identification of mutants with altered starch degradation in Brassicaceae”; Supervisor: Prof. Amodio Fuggi



2012 to present – Post-doctoral fellow, System Regulation Group, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam, Germany. Supervisor: Prof. Dr Mark Stitt.



Enymatic analysis of metabolites using spectrophotometric and fluorimetric techniques

LC-MS/MS – analysis of phosphorylated sugars and organic acid determination

HPLC and Ion-Chromatography (Dionex) – measurement of amino acids, sugars, anions and cations (organic and inorganic), glucosinolates

PCR – genotyping

Real-Time qRT-PCR – transcript analysis

Plant growth (Arabidopsis thaliana, Triticum Durum)

Use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), SigmaPlot, LIMS database, XLSTAT (Statistical Software for Excel), Minitab




Italian: mother tongue

English: spoken – excellent; written – excellent

German: spoken – good; written – good




Papers in refereed journals

Fichtner F, Barbier FF, Feil R,Watanabe M, Annunziata MG, Chabikwa TG, Höfgen R, Stitt M, Beveridge CA, Lunn JE. (2017) Trehalose 6-phosphate is involved in triggering axillary bud outgrowth in garden pea (Pisum sativum L.). The Plant Journal, doi: 10.1111/tpj.13705.


Fusari CM, Kooke R, Lauxmann MA, Annunziata MG, Encke B, Hoehne M, Krohn N, Becker FFM, Schlereth A, Sulpice R, Stitt M, Keurentjes JJB. (2017) Genome-wide association mapping reveals that specific and pleiotropic regulatory mechanisms fine-tune central metabolism and growth in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell, doi: 10.1105/tpc.17.00232.

Annunziata MG, Apelt F, Carillo P, Krause U, Feil R, Mengin V, Lauxmann MA, Köhl K, Nikoloski Z, Stitt M, Lunn JE. (2017). Getting back to nature: a reality check for experiments in controlled environments. Journal of Experimental Botany 68, 4463–4477.

Apelt F, Breuer D, Olas JJ, Annunziata MG, Flis A, Nikoloski Z, Kragler F, Stitt M. (2017) Circadian, carbon, and light control of expansion growth and leaf movement. Plant Physiology 174, 1949-1968.

Annunziata MG,  Ciarmiello LF,  Woodrow P,  Maximova E,  Fuggi A,  Carillo P (2017). Durum wheat roots adapt to salinity remodeling the cellular content of nitrogen metabolites and sucrose. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7, 1-16.

Woodrow P, Ciarmiello LF, Annunziata MG, Pacifico S, Iannuzzi F, Mirto A, D´Amelia L, Dell´Aversana E, Piccolella S, Fuggi A and Carillo P. (2017). Durum wheat seedling responses to simultaneous high light and salinity involve a fine reconfiguration of amino acids and carbohydrate metabolism. Physiologia Plantarum 159, 290-312.

Lauxmann MA, Annunziata MG, Brunoud G, Wahl V, Koczut A, Burgos A, Olas JJ, Maximova E, Abel C, Schlereth A, Soja AM, Bläsing OE, Lunn JE, Vernoux T, Stitt M (2016). Reproductive failure in Arabidopsis thaliana under transient carbohydrate limitation: flowers and very young siliques are jettisoned and the meristem is maintained to allow successful resumption of reproductive growth. Plant Cell and Environment, 39: 745-67. 

Ragel P, Streb S, Feil R, Sahrawy M, Annunziata MG, Lunn JE, Zeeman S, Mérida Á (2013). Loss of starch granule initiation has a deleterious effect on the growth of Arabidopsis plants due to an accumulation of ADP-glucose. Plant Physiology, 163:75-85.


Annunziata MG, Carillo P, Fuggi A, Troccoli A, Woodrow P (2013). Metabolic profiling of cauliflower under traditional and reduced tillage systems.  Australian Journal of Crop Science, 7:1317-1323.


Annunziata MG, Attico A, Woodrow P, Oliva MA, Fuggi A, Carillo P (2012). An improved fluorimetric HPLC method for quantifying tocopherols in Brassica rapa L. subsp. sylvestris after harvest. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 27:145-150.


Woodrow P, Ciarmiello LF, Fantaccione S, Annunziata MG, Pontecorvo G, Carillo P (2012). Ty1-copia group retrotransposons and the evolution of retroelements in several angiosperm plants: evidence of horizontal transmission. Bioinformation, vol. 8, p. 267-271.


Woodrow P, Fuggi A, Pontecorvo G, Kafantaris I, Annunziata MG, Massaro G, Carillo P (2012). cDNA cloning and differential expression patterns of ascorbate peroxidase during post-harvest in Brassica rapa L.. Molecular Biology Reports, 39(8):7843-53.


Carillo P, Parisi D, Woodrow P, Pontecorvo G, Massaro G, Annunziata MG, Fuggi A, Sulpice R (2011). Salt induced accumulation of glycine betaine is inhibited by high light in durum wheat. Functional Plant Biology 38,139-150.


Book chapters

Woodrow P, Pontecorvo G, Ciarmiello L.F, Annunziata MG, Fuggi A, Carillo P (2012). Transcription factors and Genes in Abiotic stress. In: Venkateswarlu B, Shanker AK, Shanker C, Maheswari M. Crop stress management: perspective and strategies. p. 317-357, Springer Netherlands, ISBN: 978-94-007-2219-4.


Carillo P, Annunziata MG, Pontecorvo G, Fuggi A, Woodrow P (2011). Salinity stress and salt tolerance. In: Arun Shanker. Abiotic stress - mechanisms and adaptations. vol. 1, p. 21-38, ISBN: 978-953-307-394-1.




Organisationseinheit (Abteilung, Gruppe, Einrichtung):

  • Abteilung 2 (Stitt)
  • PostDoc
  • Systemregulation
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