Public Research Profiles

Peer-reviewed Articles and Invited Reviews

  1. Lovatto M, Gonçalves-Vidigal MC, Vaz Bisneta M, Calvi AC, Mazucheli J, Vidigal Filho PS, Miranda EG, Melotto M. 2023. Responsiveness of candidate genes on CoPv01CDRK/PhgPv01CDRK loci in common bean challenged by anthracnose and angular leaf spot pathogens. Int J Mol Sci.  24(22):16023.
  2. Miccono MA, Yang H-W, DeMott L, Melotto M. 2023. Losing JAZ4 for growth and defense. Plant Science 335:111816
  3. Melotto M, Zhang W, Teplitski M, eds. 2023. eBook: Breeding crops for enhanced food safety. Lausanne: Frontiers Media SA. doi: 10.3389/978-2-83252-013-0
  4. Rodrigues JLM and Melotto M. 2023. Naturally engineered plant microbiomes in resource-limited ecosystems. Trends in Microbiology 31:329. 
  5. Oblessuc PR, Bridges DF, Melotto M. 2022. Pseudomonas phaseolicola preferentially modulates genes encoding leucine-rich repeat and malectin domains in the bean landrace G2333. Planta 256:25.
  6. Melotto M, Zhang W, Teplitski M. 2022. Editorial: Breeding crops for enhanced food safety. Front Microbiol 13:871247.
  7. Pierce AV, Student JE, Melotto M. 2022. The farm-to-fork journey: Keeping produce fresh and safe to eat. Front Young Minds 10:587135.
  8. DeMott L, Oblessuc PR, Pierce AV, Student J, Melotto M. 2021. Spatiotemporal regulation of JAZ4 expression and splicing contribute to ethylene- and auxin-mediated responses in Arabidopsis roots. Plant J 108:1266-1282.
  9. Chahar M, Kroupitski Y, Gollop R, Belausov E, Melotto M, Sela (Saldinger) S. 2021. Determination of Salmonella enterica leaf internalization varies substantially according to the method and conditions used to assess bacterial localization. Front Microbiol 12:622068.
  10. Jacob C, Velasquez AC, Josh N, Settles M, He SY, Melotto M. 2021. Dual transcriptomic analysis reveals metabolic changes associated with differential persistence of human pathogenic bacteria in leaves of Arabidopsis and lettuce. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics 11(12):jkab331.
  11.  Vidigal Filho PS, Gonçalves-Vidigal MC, Vaz Bisneta M, Souza VB, Gilio TAS, Calvi AA, Lima LRL, Pastor-Corrales MA, Melotto M. 2020. Genome-wide association study of resistance to the anthracnose and angular leaf spot diseases in Brazilian Mesoamerican and Andean common bean cultivars. Crop Sci 60:2931-2950.
  12. Oblessuc PR, Melotto M. 2020. A simple assay to assess Salmonella enterica persistence in lettuce leaves after low inoculation dose. Front Microbiol 11:1516.
  13. Gonçalves-Vidigal MC, Gilio TAS, Valentini G, Vaz-Bisneta M, Vidigal Filho PS, Song Q, Oblessuc PR, Melotto M. 2020. New Andean source of resistance to anthracnose and angular leaf spot: fine-mapping of disease-resistance genes in California Dark Red Kidney common bean cultivar. PLoS One 15(6):e0235215.
  14. Melotto M, Brandl MT, Jacob C, Jay-Russell MT, Micallef SA, Warburton ML and Van Deynze A. 2020. Breeding Crops for Enhanced Food Safety. Front Plant Sci 11:428.
  15. Montano J, Rossidivito G, Torreano J, Porwollik S, Sela S (Saldinger), McClelland M, Melotto M. 2020. Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium 14028s genomic regions required for colonization of lettuce leaves. Front Microbiol 11:6.
  16. Oblessuc PR, Matiolli CC, Melotto M. 2020. Novel molecular components involved in callose-mediated defense against human pathogens. BMC Plant Biology 20:16.
  17. Pereira WEL, Takita MA, Melotto M, de Souza AA. 2020. The Citrus reticulata CrRAP2.2 transcriptional factor shares similar functions to the Arabidopsis homolog and increases resistance to Xylella fastidiosa. Mol Plant Microbe Inter 33:519-527.
  18. Jacob C, Melotto M. 2020. Human pathogen colonization of lettuce dependent upon plant genotype and defense response activation. Front Plant Sci 10:1769.
  19. Oblessuc PR, Obulareddy N, DeMott L, Matiolli CC, Thompson BK, Melotto M. 2020. JAZ4 is involved in plant defense, growth, and development in Arabidopsis. Plant J 101:371-383.
  20. Oblessuc PR, Bisneta MV, Melotto M. 2019. Common and unique Arabidopsis proteins involved in stomatal susceptibility to Salmonella enterica and Pseudomonas syringae. FEMS Microbiol Letters 366:fnz197.
  21. Roy D, Melotto M. 2019. Stomatal response and human pathogen persistence in leafy greens under preharvest and postharvest environmental conditions. Postharvest Biol. Tech. 148:76-82.
  22. Pereira WEL, Ferreira CB, Caserta R, Melotto M, de Souza AA. 2019. Xylella fastidiosa subsp. pauca and fastidiosa colonize Arabidopsis systemically and induce anthocyanin accumulation in infected leaves. Phytopathology 109:225-232.
  23. Cia MC, de Carvalho G, Azevedo RA, Monteiro-Vitorello CB, Souza GM, Nishiyama-Junior MY, Lembke CG, de Faria RSCA, Marques JPR, Melotto M, Camargo LEA. 2018. Novel insights into the early stages of ratoon stunting disease of sugarcane inferred from transcript and protein analysis. Phytopathology 108:1455-1466.
  24. Matiolli CC, Melotto M. 2018. A comprehensive Arabidopsis yeast two-hybrid library for protein-protein interaction studies: a resource to the plant biology research community. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 31:899-902.
  25. Azevedo RF, Gonçalves-Vidigal MC, Oblessuc PR, Melotto M. 2018. The common bean COK-4 and the Arabidopsis FER kinase domain share similar function in plant growth and defense. Mol. Plant Pathol. 19:1765-1778.
  26. Panchal S, Melotto M. 2017. Stomate-based defense and environmental cues. Plant Signaling & Behavior. 12(9): e1362517.
  27. Melotto M, Zhang F, Oblessuc PR, He SY. 2017. Stomatal defense a decade later. Plant Physiol. 174:531-571.
  28. Panchal S, Breitbach ZS, Melotto M. 2017. An HPLC-based method to quantify coronatine production by bacteria. Bio-protocol 7(5): e2147.
  29. Jacob C, Panchal S, Melotto M. 2017. Surface inoculation and quantification of Pseudomonas syringae population in the Arabidopsis leaf apoplast. Bio-protocol 7(5): e2167.
  30. Zhang L, Zhang F, Melotto M, Yao J, He SY. 2017. Jasmonate signaling and manipulation by pathogens and insects. J. Exp. Bot. 68:1371-1385.
  31. Panchal S, Chitrakar R, Thompson B, Obulareddy N, Roy D, Hambright WS, Melotto M. 2016. Regulation of stomatal defense by air relative humidity. Plant Physiol. 172:2021-2032.
  32. Panchal S, Roy D, Chitrakar R, Price L, Breitbach ZS, Armstrong DW, Melotto M. 2016. Coronatine facilitates Pseudomonas syringae infection of Arabidopsis leaves at night. Front. Plant Sci. 7:880.
  33. Carvalho G, da Silva TGER, Munhoz AT, Monteiro-Vitorello CB, Azevedo RA, Melotto M, Camargo LEA. 2016. Development of a qPCR for Leifsonia xyli subsp. xyli and quantification of the effects of heat treatment of sugarcane cuttings on Lxx. Crop Protection 80:51-55.
  34. Oblessuc PR, Francisco C, Melotto M. 2015. The Co-4 locus on chromosome Pv08 contains a unique cluster of 18 COK-4 genes and is regulated by immune response in common bean. Theor. Appl. Genet. 128:1193-1208.
  35. Oblessuc PR, Matiolli CC, Chiorato AF, Camargo LEA, Benchimol-Reis LL, Melotto M. 2015. Common bean reaction to angular leaf spot comprises transcriptional modulation of genes in the ALS10.1 QTL. Front. Plant Sci. 6:152. Section Plant-Microbe Interaction.
  36. Melotto M, Panchal S, Roy D. 2014. Plant innate immunity against human pathogenic bacteria. Front. Microbiol. 5:411.
  37. Obulareddy N, Panchal S, Melotto M. 2013. Guard cell purification and RNA isolation suitable for high throughput transcriptional analysis of cell-type responses to biotic stresses. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 26:844-849.
  38. Roy D, Panchal S, Rosa BA, Melotto M. 2013. Escherichia coli O157:H7 induces stronger plant immunity than Salmonella enterica Typhimurium SL1344. Phytopathology 103:326-332. Focus Issue on Food Safety: Human Pathogens on Plants. Editor’s Pick.
  39. Shahid A, Ilyas A, Obulareddy N*, Melotto M, Jin M H-C, Iqbal SM. 2013. Power scavenging and optical absorbance analysis of photosynthetically active protoplasts. J. Energy Resources Tech. 135:012001.1-012001.5. [doi:10.1115/1.4007657] *Melotto Lab PhD student.
  40. Withers J, Yao J, Mecey C, Howe GA, Melotto M, He SY. 2012. Transcription factor-dependent nuclear import of transcriptional repressors in jasmonate hormone signaling. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 109:20148-20153.
  41. Borges A, Melotto M, Tsai SM, Caldas, DGG. 2012. Changes in spatial and temporal gene expression during incompatible interaction between common bean and anthracnose pathogen. J. Plant Physiol. 15:1216-1220.
  42. Oblessuc PR, Borges, A, Chowdhury B, Caldas DGG, Tsai SM, Camargo LEA, Melotto M. 2012. Dissecting Phaseolus vulgaris innate immune system against Colletotrichum lindemuthianum infection. PLoS One 7:e43161.
  43. Baker CM, Chitrakar R, Obulareddy N, Panchal S, Williams P, Melotto M. 2010. Molecular battles between plant and pathogenic bacteria in the phyllosphere. Brazilian J. Med. Biol. Res. 43:698-704.
  44. Chitrakar R, Melotto M. 2010. Assessing stomatal response to live bacterial cells using whole leaf imaging. J. Vis. Exp. 44., doi: 10.3791/2185.
  45. Zeng W, Melotto M, He SY. 2010. Plant stomata: a checkpoint of host immunity and pathogen virulence. Curr. Op. Biotech. 21:599-603.
  46. Triplett L, Melotto M, Sundin GW. 2009. Functional analysis of the N-terminus of the Erwinia amylovora secreted effector DspA/E reveals features required for secretion, translocation, and binding to the chaperone DspB/F. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 22:1282-1292.
  47. Melotto M, Mecey C, Niu Y, Cheng HS, Katsir L, Yao J, Zeng W, Thines B, Staswick P, Browse J, Howe GA, He SY. 2008. A critical role of two positively charged amino acids in the Jaz motif of Arabidopsis JAZ proteins in mediating coronatine- and jasmonoyl isoleucine-dependent interactions with the COI1 F-box protein. Plant J. 55:979-988.
  48. Melotto M, Underwood W, He SY. 2008. Role of stomata in plant innate immunity and foliar bacterial diseases. Annu. Rev. Phytopathol. 46: 101-122.
  49. Thines B, Katsir L, Melotto M, Niu Y, Mandaokar A, Liu G, Nomura K, He SY, Howe GA, Browse J. 2007. JAZ repressor proteins are targets of the SCFCOI1 complex during jasmonate signaling. Nature 448:661-665.
  50. Hanai LR, Campos T de, Camargo LEA, Benchimol LL, Souza AP de, Melotto M, Carbonell SAM, Chioratto AF, Consoli L, Formighieri EF, Siqueira MVBM, Tsai SM, Vieira MLC. 2007. Development, characterization, and comparative analysis of polymorphism at common bean SSR loci isolated from genic and genomic sources. Genome 50:266-277.
  51. Underwood W, Melotto M, He SY. 2007. Role of plant stomata in bacterial invasion. Cellular Microbiology 9:1621-1629.
  52. Melotto M, Underwood W, Koczan J, He SY. 2006. Plant stomata function in innate immunity against bacterial invasion. Cell 126:969-980.
  53. Melotto M*, Monteiro-Vitorello CB, Bruschi AG, Camargo LEA. 2005. Comparative bioinformatic analysis of genes expressed in common bean seedlings. Genome 48:562-570.
  54. Nomura K, Melotto M, He SY. 2005. Suppression of host defense in compatible plant-Pseudomonas syringae interactions. Curr. Op. Plant Biol. 8:361-368.
  55. Chen H, McCaig BC, Melotto M, He SY, Howe GA. 2004. Regulation of plant arginase by wounding, jasmonate, and the phytotoxin coronatine. J. Biol. Chem. 279:45998-46007.
  56. Melotto M, Coelho MF, Pedrosa-Harand A, Kelly JD, Camargo LEA. 2004. The anthracnose resistance locus Co-4 of common bean is located on chromosome 3 and contains putative disease resistance-related genes. Theor. Appl. Genet. 109:690-699.
  57. Malvas CC, Melotto M, Truffi D, Camargo LEA. 2003. A homolog of the RPS2 disease resistance gene is constitutively expressed in Brassica oleracea. Genet. Mol. Biology 26:511-516.
  58. Broughton WJ, Hernandez G, Blair M, Beebe S, Gepts P, Vanderleyden J. 2003. Beans (Phaseolus spp.) – Model Food Legumes. Plant and Soil 252:55-128. Member of the International Consortium for Phaseolus Genomics, Transcriptomics and Proteomics: Phaseomics.
  59. Melotto M, Kelly JD. 2001. Fine mapping of the Co-4 locus of common bean reveals a resistance gene candidate, COK-4, that encodes for a protein kinase. Theor. Appl. Genet. 103:508-517.
  60. Melotto M, Kelly JD. 2000. An allelic series at the Co-1 locus conditioning resistance to anthracnose in common bean of Andean origin. Euphytica 116:143-149.
  61. Souza AA, Burity HA, Figueiredo MVB, Silva MLRB, Melotto M, Tsai SM. 1999. Symbiotic efficiency of HUP+, HUPHR, HUP- Bradyrhizobium japonicum e Bradyrhizobium elkanii strains in cowpea cultivars. Pesq. Agropec. Brasileira. 34:1925-1031.
  62. Rodrigues JLM, Melotto M, da Silveira JAG. 1998. Nodulin activies, hydrogenase expression and nitrogen fixation in cowpea inoculated with Hup+ and Hup- symbionts. Brazilian J. Plant Physiol. 10:85-90.
  63. Rodrigues JLM, Melotto M, Oliveira JTA, da Silveira JAG. 1998. Efficiency of soybean nodules in relation to nodulin activities and hydrogenase expression. Brazilian J. Plant Physiol. 10:173-178.
  64. Young RA, Melotto M, Nodari RO, Kelly JD. 1998. Marker-assisted dissection of the oligogenic anthracnose resistance in the common bean cultivar, G2333. Theor. Appl. Genet. 96:87-94.
  65. Melotto M, Afanador L, and Kelly JD. 1996. Development of a SCAR marker linked to the I gene in common bean. Genome 39: 1216-1219

Invited Book Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)

  1. Montano J, Melotto M. 2017. Stomatal bioassay to characterize bacterial-stimulated PTI at the pre-invasion phase of infection. In: Shan L, He P (eds). Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 1578, Plant Pattern Recognition Receptors, Springer Protocols, Chapter 19: pp. 233-241.
  2. Melotto M, Kunkel BN. 2013. Virulence strategies of plant pathogenic bacteria. In: Rosenberg E, Stackebrand E, DeLong EF, Thompson F, Lory S (eds) 4th Edition of The Prokaryotes – Prokaryotic Physiology and Biochemistry, Springer-Verlag, Berlin: pp. 61-82. [doi:10-1007/978-3-642-30141-4_62].
  3. Bray-Speth E, Melotto M, Zhang W, Assmann SM, He SY. 2009. Crosstalk in pathogen and hormonal regulation of guard cell signaling. In: Yoshioka K, Shinozaki K. (eds) Signal Crosstalk in Plant Stress Response, Wiley-Blackwell, John Wiley and Sons, Ltd: pp. 96-112.
  4. Gepts P, Aragão F, Barros E de, Blair MW, Brondani R, Broughton W, Galasso I, Hernández G, Kami J, Lariguet P, McClean P, Melotto M, Miklas P, Pauls P, Pedrosa-Harand A, Porch T, Sánchez F, Sparvoli F, Yu K. 2008. Genomics of Phaseolus beans, a major source of dietary protein and micronutrient in the Tropics. In: Moore PH, Ming R (eds) Genomics of Tropical Crop Plants, Springer, Berlin: pp. 113-143.
  5. Melotto M, Balardin RS, Kelly JD. 2000. Host-pathogen interaction and variability of Colletotrichum lindemuthianum. In: D. Prusky, S. Freeman, and M.B. Dickman (eds) Colletotrichum host specificity, pathology, and host-pathogen interaction, pp 346-361. APS Press, St Paul, MN, USA.


  • Kelly J.D. and Melotto M. 2003. DNA encoding for a disease resistance gene from common bean and methods of use (United States Patent 6,646,183).

Additional Publications

  1. Azevedo RF, Oblessuc PR, Gonçalves-Vidigal MC, Melotto M. 2017. The putative common bean kinase COK-4 plays a role in plant development. Ann. Rep. of the Bean Improv. Cooper. 60:17-18.
  2. Oblessuc PR, Camargo LEA, Carbonell SAM, Chioratto AF, Rubiano LB, Melotto M. 2013. Innate immunity-responsive genes in a major QTL controlling angular leaf spot resistance. Ann. Rep. of the Bean Improv. Cooper. 56:31-32.
  3. Oblessuc PR, Camargo LEA, Carbonell SAM, Chioratto AF, Rubiano LB, Melotto M. 2012. Determining the genomic structure of a QTL linked to angular leaf spot resistance. Ann. Rep. of the Bean Improv. Cooper. 55:39-40.
  4. He SY, Bray-Speth E, Imboden L, Huang WN, Lee YN, Melotto M, Mecey C, Nomura K, Underwood W, Uribe F, Yao J, Zeng W. 2008. Suppression of host defense by Pseudomonas syringae in Arabidopsis. In: Lorito M, Woo S, and Scala F.(eds) Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions, Vol 6, IS-MPMI, St Paul, MN, USA.
  5. He SH, Bray-Speth E, DebRoy S, Hauck P, Melotto M, Nomura K, Underwood W. 2006. Suppression of Basal Innate Immunity in Arabidopsis by Pseudomonas syringae. In: F. Sánchez, C. Quinto, I.M. López-Lara, and O. Geiger (eds.) Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions Vol. 5, pp. 236-241. International Society of Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, St Paul, MN, USA. Last 6 authors contributed equally to this work.
  6. Melotto M*, Francisco C, Camargo LEA. 2003. Towards cloning the Co-42 locus using a bean BAC library. Ann. Rep. of the Bean Improv. Coop 46:51-52. * Corresponding author.
  7. Melotto M, Vallejo V, Awale HE, Kelly JD. 2000. Use of RAPD and AFLP analyses to tag the Co-1 gene conditioning resistance to bean anthracnose. Ann. Rep. of the Bean Improv. Cooper. 43:84-85.
  8. Kelly JD, Melotto M, Esteban E. 2000. Integrando la biotecnología com los métodos clásicos en la mejora de la judía. In: A.M. De Ron, and M. Santalla (eds) Actas de Mejora Genética Vegetal, pp. 13-33. Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
  9. Kelly JD, Melotto M. 1999. Biotechnology advances and classical genetic improvement in beans. Proceedings of the VI Reunião Nacional de Pesquisa de Feijão, RENAFE, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
  10. Melotto M. 1998. Control of anthracnose in dry beans. Michigan Dry Bean Digest. Saginaw, Winter 22(2):9.
  11. Melotto M, Kelly JD. 1998. SCAR markers linked to major disease resistance genes in common bean. Ann. Rep. of the Bean Improv. Cooper. 41:64-65.
  12. Melotto M, Young RA, Kelly JD. 1998. Marker assisted dissection of genes conditioning resistance to anthracnose. Ann. Rep. of the Bean Improv. Coop. 41:9-10.