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Pecoraro Lorenzo——Associate Professor

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Room B206, Building 24, SPST, Tianjin University
School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology
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Education Experience
-2010 Ph. D. Applied Environmental Sciences and Technologies University of Siena, Italy
-2002 M.S. MSc-level Degree in Natural Sciences Rome University “La Sapienza”, Italy
Professional Experience
2016-2018 Postdoctoral Researcher Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2014-2016 Postdoctoral Researcher Tsinghua University
2014-2016 Postdoctoral Researcher The National Orchid Conservation Center of China, Shenzhen
2011-2013 Postdoctoral Researcher Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu, Estonia
2010-2010 Postdoctoral Researcher Università di Pavia, Italy
2004-2010 Research Fellow Siena University, Italy
2008-2008 Research Fellow University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy
2008-2008 Research Fellow Rome University “La Sapienza”, Italy
2006-2007 Research Fellow Rome University “La Sapienza”, Italy
2006-2006 Research Fellow University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy
2002-2004 Research Fellow Rome University “La Sapienza”, Italy
2002-2003 Research Fellow (N.R.C.) National Research Council, Monterotondo, Italy
Research Area

Lorenzo Pecoraro research group interests mainly focus on a) fungal biotechnology, bioremediation, medicinal mushrooms b) fungal taxonomy and community ecology c) environmental microbiology for the analysis of microbial communities in different habitats using molecular analysis d) plant-fungus interactions, including mycorrhizal associations and endophytic fungi.

Use of innovative substrates for mushrooms cultivation, study of mushrooms medicinal properties, isolation from nature of medicinal fungal species and analysis of their active compounds.




Fungal communities in natural environments. Morphological and molecular species identification. Chemotaxonomy. Analysis of the influence of environmental biotic and abiotic factors on fungal distribution and diversity. Statistical analysis.

Microbiome analysis on environmental samples. Metagenomics. Fungi from extreme environments, such as high mountains. Fungal isolation and antibiotic activity.


Orchid mycorrhizal associations. Diversity and functional aspect. Molecoular identification of orchid associated fungi. Phylogenetic analysis. Carbon and nitrogen stable isotope abundance analysis for understanding plant-fungus nutrient exchange.



Honors and Awards
2016-2018 Postdoctoral Research Grant (CAS 153211KYSB20160029), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.
2014-2016 Postdoctoral Research Grant, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
2014-2016 Postdoctoral Research Grant, Shenzhen Key Laboratory for Orchid Conservation and Utilization, The National Orchid Conservation Center of China and The Orchid Conservation and Research Center of Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China.
2016 Shenzhen Government Prize for Postdoctoral Researcher.
2015 Shenzhen Government Prize for Postdoctoral Researcher.
2011 MOBILITAS Postdoctoral Research Grant MJD135 funded by Estonian Science Foundation and European Social Fund.
2010 Postdoctoral Research Grant, Università di Pavia, Italy.
2003 Certificate Post Lauream "Alta Formazione DISIO" (Conservation of Cultural Heritage from Biodeterioration) provided by Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, National Research Council and Rome University “La Sapienza". Awarded with the highest grade.
2000 Certificate "Mycologist", Regione Lazio (Department Latium), Rome, Italy.
2018 Visiting Professor 2019 Grant, Università di Roma "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy.
Highlighted Publications
Pecoraro L., Caruso T., Cai L., Gupta V.K., Liu Z.-J., 2018: Fungal networks and orchid distribution: new insights from above- and below-ground analyses of fungal communities. IMA Fungus, 9(1): 1-11.
Spina F., Cecchi G., Landinez-Torres A., Pecoraro L., Russo F., Wu B., Cai L., Liu X. Z., Tosi S., Varese G. C., Zotti M., Persiani A. M., 2018: Fungi as a toolbox for sustainable bioremediation of pesticides in soil and water. Plant Biosystems, 152(3): 474-488. DOI: 10.1080/11263504.2018.1445130
Brahma N. Singh, Braj R. Singh, Vijai K. Gupta, Ravindra N. Kharwar, Lorenzo Pecoraro, 2018: Coating of Microbial Hydrophobins: A Novel Approach to Develop Smart Drug Nanoparticles. Trends in Biotechnology, in press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tibtech.2018.03.006
Aouali S., Ouanouki B., Boutelba I., Pecoraro L., 2018: A vulnerable thelephoroid fungus, Lenzitopsis oxycedri, on Cupressus sempervirens in Algeria. Mycotaxon, 133(1): 1-7.
Põlme S., Bahram M., Jacquemyn H., Kennedy P., Kohout P., Moora M., Oja J., Öpik M., Pecoraro L., Tedersoo L., 2018: Host preference and network properties in biotrophic plant–fungal associations. New Phytologist, 217: 1230-1239. doi: 10.1111/nph.14895
Guo-Qiang Zhang, Ke-Wei Liu, Zhen Li, Rolf Lohaus, Yu-Yun Hsiao, Shan-Ce Niu, Jie-Yu Wang, Yao-Cheng Lin, Qing Xu, Li-Jun Chen, Kouki Yoshida, Sumire Fujiwara, Zhi-Wen Wang, Yong-Qiang Zhang, Nobutaka Mitsuda, Meina Wang, Guo-Hui Liu, Lorenzo Pecoraro, Hui-Xia Huang, Xin-Ju Xiao, Min Lin, Xin-Yi Wu, Wan-Lin Wu, You-Yi Chen, Song-Bin Chang, Shingo Sakamoto, Masaru Ohme-Takagi, Masafumi Yagi, Si-Jin Zeng, Ching-Yu Shen, Chuan-Ming Yeh, Yi-Bo Luo, Wen-Chieh Tsai, Yves Van de Peer, Zhong-Jian Liu, 2017: The Apostasia genome and the evolution of orchids. Nature, 549: 379-383. doi:10.1038/nature23897
Pecoraro L., Huang Laiqiang, Caruso T., Perotto S., Girlanda M., Cai L., Liu Zhong-Jian, 2017: Fungal diversity and specificity in Cephalanthera damasonium and C. longifolia (Orchidaceae) mycorrhizas. Journal of Systematics and Evolution, 55(2): 158-169. DOI: 10.1111/jse.12238
Pecoraro L., Girlanda M., Liu Zhong-Jian, Huang Laiqiang, Perotto S., 2015: Molecular analysis of fungi associated with the Mediterranean orchid Ophrys bertolonii Mor. Annals of Microbiology, 65: 2001-2007. DOI 10.1007/s13213-015-1038-9.
Pecoraro L., Angelini P., Arcangeli A., Bistocchi G., Gargano M.L., La Rosa A., Lunghini D., Polemis E., Rubini A., Saitta A., Venanzoni R., Zervakis G.I., 2014: Macrofungi in Mediterranean maquis along seashore and altitudinal transects. Plant Biosystems, 148: 367-376.
Pecoraro L., Girlanda M., Kull T., Perini C., Perotto S., 2013: Fungi from the roots of the terrestrial photosynthetic orchid Himantoglossum adriaticum. Plant Ecology and Evolution, 146 (2): 145-152.
Perotto S., Angelini P., Bianciotto V., Bonfante P., Girlanda M., Kull T., Mello A., Pecoraro L., Perini C., Persiani A.M., Saitta A., Sarrocco S., Vannacci G., Venanzoni R., Venturella G., Selosse M.A., 2013: Interactions of fungi with other organisms. Plant Biosystems, 147 (1): 208-218.
Maggi O., Tosi S., Angelova M., Lagostina E., Fabbri A.A., Pecoraro L., Altobelli E., Picco A.M., Savino E., Branda E., Turchetti B., Zotti M., Vizzini A., Buzzini P., 2013: Adaptation of fungi, including yeasts, to cold environments. Plant Biosystems, 147 (1): 247-258.
Pecoraro L., Lunghini D., 2012: First record of Amanita dunensis in Italy. Mycotaxon 122: 261-263.
Pecoraro L., Girlanda M., Kull T., Perini C., Perotto S., 2012: Analysis of fungal diversity in Orchis tridentata Scopoli. Central European Journal of Biology 7 (5): 850-857.
Pecoraro L., Girlanda M., Kull T., Perini C., Perotto S., 2012: Molecular identification of root fungal associates in Orchis pauciflora Tenore. Plant Biosystems, 146 (4): 985-991.
Venturella G., Altobelli E., Bernicchia A., Di Piazza S., Donnini D., Gargano M.L., Perez Gorjón S.P., Granito V., Lantieri A., Lunghini D., Montemartini A., Padovan F., Pavarino M., Pecoraro L., Perini C., Rana G., Ripa C., Salerni E., Savino E., Tomei P.E., Vizzini A., Zambonelli A., Zotti M., 2011: Fungal biodiversity and in situ conservation in Italy. Plant Biosystems, 145 (4): 950-957.
Varese G.C., Angelini P., Bencivenga M., Buzzini P., Donnini D., Gargano M.L., Maggi O., Pecoraro L., Persiani A.M., Savino E., Tigini V., Turchetti B., Vannacci G., Venturella G., Zambonelli A., 2011: Ex-situ conservation and exploitation of fungi in Italy. Plant Biosystems, 145 (4): 997-1005.
Saitta A., Bernicchia A., Perez Gorjón S., Altobelli E., Granito V., Losi C., Lunghini D., Maggi O., Medardi G., Padovan F., Pecoraro L., Savino E., Vizzini A., Persiani A., 2011: Biodiversity of wood-decay fungi in Italy. Plant Biosystems, 145 (4): 958-968.
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