Dr Marco Catoni PhD

Dr Marco Catoni

School of Biosciences
Lecturer in Plant Biology

Contact details

S216, School of Biosciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Catoni integrates computational biology with a range of experimental molecular biology approaches to study the epigenetic mechanisms controlling genome plasticity in plants.

The group investigates the relations between epigenetic and evolution, and develops epigenetic-based approaches to improve plant production, to support a more sustainable agriculture.

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  • PhD, University of Turin, 2010 in Plant Pathology
  • Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to MSc), University of Turin 2006 in Plant Biotechnology
  • Laurea (equivalent to BSc), University of Turin (Italy) 2003 in Biotechnology


Recent publications


Zhang, P, Mbodj, A, Soundiramourtty, A, Llauro, C, Ghesquière, A, Ingouff, M, Keith Slotkin, R, Pontvianne, F, Catoni, M & Mirouze, M 2023, 'Extrachromosomal circular DNA and structural variants highlight genome instability in Arabidopsis epigenetic mutants', Nature Communications, vol. 14, no. 1, 5236. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-41023-0

Brestovitsky, A, Iwasaki, M, Cho, J, Adulyanukosol, N, Paszkowski, J & Catoni, M 2023, 'Specific suppression of long terminal repeat retrotransposon mobilization in plants', Plant Physiology, vol. 191, no. 4, pp. 2245–2255. https://doi.org/10.1093/plphys/kiac605

Catoni, M, Alvarez-Venegas, R, Worrall, D, Holroyd, G, Barraza, A, Luna, E, Ton, J & Roberts, MR 2022, 'Long-lasting defence priming by β-aminobutyric acid in tomato is marked by genome-wide changes in DNA methylation', Frontiers in Plant Science, vol. 13, 836326. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2022.836326

Rabiey, M, Welch, T, Sanchez-Lucas, R, Stevens, K, Raw, M, Kettles, GJ, Catoni, M, McDonald, MC, Jackson, RW & Luna, E 2022, 'Scaling-up to understand tree-pathogen interactions: a steep, tough climb or a walk in the park?', Current opinion in plant biology, vol. 68, 102229. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pbi.2022.102229

Pagliarani, C, Moine, A, Chitarra, W, Nerva, L, Catoni, M, Tavazza, R, Matić, S, Vallino, M, Secchi, F & Noris, E 2022, 'The C4 protein of tomato yellow leaf curl Sardinia virus primes drought tolerance in tomato through morphological adjustments', Horticulture Research, vol. 9, uhac164. https://doi.org/10.1093/hr/uhac164

Gisby, JS & Catoni, M 2022, 'The widespread nature of Pack-TYPE transposons reveals their importance for plant genome evolution', PLoS Genetics, vol. 18, no. 2, e1010078. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1010078

Catoni, M & Zabet, NR 2021, 'Analysis of plant DNA methylation profiles using R', Methods in molecular biology, vol. 2250, pp. 219-238. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-0716-1134-0_21

Cerruti, E, Gisbert, C, Drost, H-G, Valentino, D, Portis, E, Barchi, L, Prohens, J, Lanteri, S, Comino, C & Catoni, M 2021, 'Grafting vigour is associated with DNA de-methylation in eggplant', Horticulture Research, vol. 8, no. 1, 241. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41438-021-00660-6

Fiorilli, V, Catoni, M, Lanfranco, L & Zabet, NR 2020, 'Editorial: interactions of plants with bacteria and fungi: molecular and epigenetic plasticity of the host', Frontiers in Plant Science, vol. 11, 274. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2020.00274

Benoit, M, Drost, H-G, Catoni, M, Gouil, Q, Lopez-Gomollon, S, Baulcombe, D & Paszkowski, J 2019, 'Environmental and epigenetic regulation of Rider retrotransposons in tomato', PLoS Genetics, vol. 15, no. 9, e1008370, pp. 1-28. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1008370


Noris, E & Catoni, M 2020, Role of methylation during geminivirus infection. in Applied Plant Biotechnology for Improving Resistance to Biotic Stress. Elsevier Doyma, pp. 291-305. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-816030-5.00013-6


Kuhlmann, M, Jiang, H, Catoni, M & Johannes, F 2023, 'Editorial: DNA methylation in plants associated with abiotic stress, volume II', Frontiers in Plant Science, vol. 14, 1203806. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2023.1203806

Kuhlmann, M, Jiang, H, Catoni, M & Johannes, F 2021, 'Editorial: DNA methylation in plants associated with abiotic stress', Frontiers in Plant Science, vol. 12, 778004. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2021.778004

Review article

Jeynes-Cupper, K & Catoni, M 2023, 'Long distance signalling and epigenetic changes in crop grafting', Frontiers in Plant Science, vol. 14, 1121704. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2023.1121704

Miozzi, L, Vaira, AM, Catoni, M, Fiorilli, V, Accotto, GP & Lanfranco, L 2019, 'Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis: Plant Friend or Foe in the Fight Against Viruses?', Frontiers in Microbiology, vol. 10, no. JUN, 1238. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2019.01238

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