Dr. Fabio Rezzonico

Dr. Fabio Rezzonico

Dr. Fabio Rezzonico
ZHAW Life Sciences und Facility Management
Einsiedlerstrasse 31
8820 Wädenswil

+41 (0) 58 934 52 92

Persönliches Profil

Tätigkeit an der ZHAW als

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter - Forschungsgruppe Umweltgenomik und Systembiologie


Arbeits- und Forschungsschwerpunkte, Spezialkenntnisse

Molekulare Biologie, Phylogenetik, Mikrobiologie, Mikrobielle Ökologie, Transcriptomik, Proteomik, Genomik

Aus- und Fortbildung

2000-2004: Ph.D.in Biological Sciences, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
Dissertation: “Analysis of stress response and type III secretion system mediated biocontrol in fluorescent pseudomonads protecting plants from soil-borne diseases.”
Institute for Plant Sciences, Phytopathlogy group, Prof. G.Défago, www.path.ethz.ch

1992-1998: M. Sc. in Biological Sciences, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
Certificate in molecular biology, microbiology, biotechnology and cell biology.
Master thesis: “Genetic expression in mitogen-activated T lymphocytes under simulated microgravity.”
Space biology group, Dr. A.Cogoli, www.spacebiol.ethz.ch

Beruflicher Werdegang

2007-2013: Scientific collaborator/PostDoc, Bacteriology Group, Agroscope, Wädenswil, Switzerland. Participation to several projects related to fire blight, Dr. B.Duffy, www.agroscope.admin.ch/feuerbrand
- Diversity and biosafety of fire blight biocontrol agent Pantoea agglomerans.
- Investigation of DNA-mediated resistance in streptomycin formulations
- Sequencing of several Erwinia and Pantoea genomes
- Application of MALDI-TOF MS for the identification of environmental organisms.
- Diversity, evolution and source-tracking of fire blight agent Erwinia amylovora.
- Organization of the 13th International Fire Blight Workshop, ETH Zürich, www.fireblight2013.org

2005-2007: Post-doctoral researcher, SafeCrop Centre, Istituto Agrario San Michele all’Adige, Italy. Role of quorum sensing in the pathogenicity of fire blight agent Erwinia amylovora, Dr. C.Gessler, www.fmach.it

2005-2006: Research associate, Project HiDRAS (High-quality Disease Resistant Apples for a Sustainable Agriculture).Identification of genetic markers associated with fruit quality and disease resistance in apple, Dr. A.Patocchi, www.hidras.unimi.it.

2004-2005: Research assistant, Institute for Plant Sciences, Phytopathlogy Group. ETH Zürich, Switzerland. Role of secondary metabolites in plant protection by biocontrol agent Pseudomonas fluorescens, Prof. G.Défago, www.path.ethz.ch

1999-2000: Research assistant, Institute for Plant Sciences, Phytopathlogy Group, ETH Zürich, Switzerland. Development of a PCR-based method for detection and quantification of Pseudomonas fluorescens in soil, Prof. G.Défago

Mitglied in Netzwerken



Mitarbeit an folgenden Projekten


; Duffy, Brion; Sundin, George; Zhao, Youfu; Rezzonico, Fabio,


Erwinia amylovora in the genomics era : from genomes to pathogen virulence, regulation, and disease control strategies


Journal of Plant Pathology.

99(Special issue),

S. 7-23.

Verfügbar unter: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-1518

Rezzonico, Fabio; Duffy, Brion; ; ;


Erwinia species identification using matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry


Journal of Plant Pathology.

99(Special issue),

S. 121-129.

Verfügbar unter: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-1519

Kamber, Tim; ; Pelludat, Cosima; Rezzonico, Fabio; Duffy, Brion; ;


Role of the type VI secretion systems during disease interactions of Erwinia amylovora with its plant host


BMC Genomics.


S. 1-12.

Verfügbar unter: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-1461

Rezzonico, Fabio; Rupp, Oliver; ;


Pathogen recognition in compatible plant-microbe interactions


Scientific Reports.


Verfügbar unter: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-1487

Rezzonico, Fabio; ; ; Blom, Jochen; Frey, Jürg E.; Goesmann, Alexander; ; de Vos, Paul; Bonaterra, Anna; Duffy, Brion; Montesinos, Emilio,


Erwinia gerundensis sp. nov. : a cosmopolitan epiphyte originally isolated from pome fruit trees


International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.


S. 1583-1592.

Verfügbar unter: https://doi.org/10.1099/ijsem.0.000920

Rupp, Oliver; Nicot, Philippe; ; Rezzonico, Fabio; Duffy, Brion,


Do susceptible plants recognize their enemy?



COST Action FA1306: The quest for tolerant varieties – Phenotyping at plant and cellular level, FA1306 Working Group 2 Meeting, INRA, Versailles, France, 1–2 February 2016.

Konavko, Dmitrijs; Malchev, Svetoslav; ; Jundzis, Māris; Moročko-Bičevska, Inga; Rezzonico, Fabio,


Diversity and host range of Pseudomonas in fruit tree species in Latvia


Acta horticulturae.


S. 25-30.

Verfügbar unter: https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1149.5

; Rezzonico, Fabio; Blom, Jochen; Goesmann, Alexander; ; Kron Morelli, Roberto; Vanneste, Joël L.; Duffy, Brion,


Draft genome sequence of the commercial biocontrol strain Pantoea agglomerans P10c


Genome Announcements.


Verfügbar unter: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-1464

Rezzonico, Fabio; Smits, Theo H.M.; Holliger, Eduard, Hrsg.,


Proceedings of the 13th international workshop on fire blight


13th International Workshop on Fire Blight, Zürich, 2-5 July 2013.

Leuven, Belgium:

International Society for Horticultural Sciences.


ISBN 9789462610460.

Bühlmann, Andreas; Dreo, Tanja; Rezzonico, Fabio; ; ; Ravnikar, Maja; Frey, Jürg E.; Duffy, Brion,


Phylogeography and population structure of the biologically invasive phytopathogen Erwinia amylovora inferred using minisatellites


Environmental Microbiology.


S. 2112-2125.

Verfügbar unter: https://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.12289

Bonaterra, Anna; Badosa, Esther; Rezzonico, Fabio; Duffy, Brion; Montesinos, Emilio,


Phenotypic comparison of clinical and plant-beneficial strains of Pantoea agglomerans


International Microbiology.


S. 81-90.

Verfügbar unter: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-1490

Djaimurzina, A.; Umiralieva, Z.; Zharmukhamedova, G.; ; Bühlmann, A.; Rezzonico, Fabio,


Detection of the causative agent of fire blight – Erwinia amylovora (Burrill) Winslow et al. – in the southeast of Kazakhstan


Acta Horticulturae.


S. 129-132.

Verfügbar unter: https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2014.1056.18

Rezzonico, Fabio,


Nanopore-based instruments as biosensors for future planetary missions




S. 344-351.

Verfügbar unter: https://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2013.1120

Almario, Juliana; Gobbin, Davide; Défago, Geneviève; Moënne-Loccoz, Yvan; Rezzonico, Fabio,


Prevalence of type III secretion system in effective biocontrol pseudomonads


Research in Microbiology.


S. 300-304.

Verfügbar unter: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resmic.2014.03.008

; Guerrero-Prieto, Víctor M.; Hernández-Escarcega, Germán; Blom, Jochen; Goesmann, Alexander; Rezzonico, Fabio; Duffy, Brion; Stockwell, Virginia O.,


Whole-genome sequencing of Erwinia amylovora strains from México detects SNPs in rpsL conferring streptomycin resistance and in the avrRpt2 effector altering host interactions


Genome Announcements.


Verfügbar unter: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-1491

; Guerrero-Prieto, V. M.; Hernandez-Escarcega, G.; Rezzonico, Fabio; Blom, J.; Goesmann, A.; Duffy, Brion; Stockwell, V. O.,


Comparative genomics of Erwinia amylovora isolates from Mexico



XIII International Workshop on Fire Blight, Zurich, Switzerland, 2–5 july 2013.

International Society for Horticultural Science.


Verfügbar unter: https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2014.1056.27

; Rezzonico, Fabio; López, Maria M.; Blom, Jochen; Goesmann, Alexander; Frey, Jürg E.; Duffy, Brion,


Phylogenetic position and virulence apparatus of the pear flower necrosis pathogen Erwinia piriflorinigrans CFBP 5888T as assessed by comparative genomics


Systematic and Applied Microbiology.


S. 449-456.

Verfügbar unter: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.syapm.2013.04.003

Bühlmann, Andreas; ; Rezzonico, Fabio; ; Andreou, Michael; Boonham, Neil; Duffy, Brion; Frey, Jürg E.,


Erwinia amylovora loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay for rapid pathogen detection and on-site diagnosis of fire blight


Journal of Microbiological Methods.


S. 332-339.

Verfügbar unter: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mimet.2012.12.017

Beiträge, nicht peer-reviewed

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Thirteenth Int'l Workshop on Fire Blight


Chronica Horticulturae, 53, 4. 40-41.

Publikationen vor Tätigkeit an der ZHAW

*** In peer-reviewed journals ***

Bink M.C.A.M., Jansen J., Madduri M., Voorrips R.E., Durel C.-E., Kouassi A.B., Laurens F., Mathis F., Gessler C., Gobbin D., Rezzonico F., Patocchi A., Kellerhals M., Boudichevskaia A., Dunemann F., Peil A., Nowicka A., Lata B., Stankiewicz-Kosyl M., Jeziorek K.,Pitera E., Soska A., Tomala K., Evans K.M., Fernández-Fernández F., Guerra W., Korbin M., Keller S., Lewandowski M., Plocharski W., Rutkowski K., Zurawicz E., Costa F., Sansavini S., Tartarini S., Komjanc M., Mott D., Antofie A., Lateur M., Rondia A.,Gianfranceschi L., van de Weg W.E. (2014) Bayesian QTL analyses using pedigreed families of an outcrossing species, with application to fruit firmness in apple. Theor Appl Genet, DOI 10.1007/s00122-014-2281-3.

Braun-Kiewnick A., Lehmann A., Rezzonico F., Wend C., Smits T.H.M. & Duffy B. (2012) Development of species-, strain-and antibiotic biosynthesis-specific quantitative PCR assays for Pantoea agglomerans as tools for biocontrol monitoring. J Microbiol Meth, 90:315-320.

Rezzonico F., Smits T.H.M. & Duffy B. (2012) Detection of AI-2 receptors in genomes of Enterobacteriaceae suggests a role of type-2 quorum sensing in closed ecosystems. Sensors, 12:6645-6665.

Rezzonico F., Braun-Kiewnick A., Powney R., Rodoni B., Goesmann A., Duffy B. & Smits T.H.M. (2012) Lipopolysaccharide biosynthesis genes as a distinguishing factor for Rubus isolates of Erwinia amylovora. Mol Plant Pathol, 13:975-984.

Rezzonico F., Smits T.H.M. & Duffy B. (2012) Misidentification slanders Pantoea agglomerans as a serial killer. J Hosp Inf, 81:137-139.

De Maayer P., Chan W.Y., Rezzonico F., Bühlmann A., Venter S.N., Blom J., Goesmann A., Frey J.E., Smits T.H.M., Duffy B. & Coutinho T.A. (2012) Complete genome sequence of clinical isolate Pantoea ananatis LMG 5342. J Bacteriol, 194:1615-1616.

Kamber T., Smits T.H.M., Rezzonico F. & Duffy B. (2012) Genomics and current genetic understanding of Erwinia amylovora and the fire blight antagonist Pantoea vagans. Trees, 26:227-238.

Rezzonico F., Stockwell V.O., Tonolla M., Duffy B. & Smits T.H.M. (2011) Pantoea clinical isolates cannot be accurately assigned to species based on metabolic profiling. Transpl Inf Dis, 14:220-221.

Smits T.H.M., Rezzonico F., Kamber T., Blom J., Goesmann A., Ishimaru C.A., Frey J.E., Stockwell V.O. & Duffy B. (2011) Metabolic versatility and antibacterial metabolite biosynthesis are distinguishing genomic features of the fire blight antagonist Pantoea vagans C9-1. PLoS ONE, 6:e22247.

Rezzonico F., Smits T.H.M. & Duffy B. (2011) Diversity and functionality of CRISPR regions in fire blight pathogen Erwinia amylovora. Appl Environ Microbiol, 77:3819-3829.

Evans K.M., Patocchi A., Rezzonico F., Mathis F., Durel C.E., Fernández-Fernández F., Boudichevskaia A., Dunemann F., Stankiewicz-Kosyl M., Gianfranceschi L., Komjanc M., Lateur M., Madduri M., Noordijk Y. & van de Weg W.E. (2010) Genotyping of pedigreed apple breeding material with a genome covering set of SSRs: Trueness to type of cultivars and their parentages. Mol Breeding, 28:535-547.

Rezzonico F., Vögel G., Duffy B. & Tonolla M. (2010) Rapid identification of Pantoea agglomerans and discrimination of misidentified Enterobacter spp. using Intact Cell MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry. Appl Environ Microbiol, 76:4497-4509.

Smits T.H.M., Jaenicke S., Rezzonico F., Kamber T., Goesmann A., Frey J.E. & Duffy B. (2010) Complete genome sequence of the fire blight pathogen Erwinia pyrifoliae DSM 12163T and comparative genomic insights into plant pathogenicity. BMC Genomics, 11:2.

Smits T.H.M., Rezzonico F., Kamber T., Blom J., Goesmann A., Frey J.E. & Duffy B. (2010) Complete genome sequence of the fire blight bacterium Erwinia amylovora CFBP 1430 and comparison to other Erwinia spp. Mol Plant-Microbe Interact, 23:384-393.

Smits T.H.M., Rezzonico F., Kamber T., Goesmann A., Stockwell V.O., Frey J.E. & Duffy, B. (2010) The genome sequence of the biocontrol agent Pantoea vagans C9-1. J Bacteriol, 192:6486-6487.

Smits T.H.M., Rezzonico F., Pelludat C., Goesmann A., Frey J.E. & Duffy B. (2010) Genomic and phenotypic characterization of a non-pigmented variant of Pantoea vagans biocontrol strain C9-1 lacking the 530 kb megaplasmid pPag3. FEMS Microbiol Lett, 308:48-54.

Smits T.H.M., Rezzonico F. & Duffy B. (2010) Evolutionary insights from Erwinia amylovora genomics. J Biotechnol, 155:34-39.

Patocchi A., Fernández-Fernández F., Evans K., Gobbin D., Rezzonico F., Boudichevskaia A., Dunemann F., Stankiewicz-Kosyl M., Mathis-Jeanneteau F., Durel C.E., Gianfranceschi L., Costa F., Toller C., Cova V., Mott D., Komjanc M., Barbaro E., Kodde L., Rikkerink E., Gessler C. & van de Weg W.E. (2009) Development and test of 21 multiplex PCRs composed of SSRs spanning most of the apple genome. Tree Genetics & Genomes, 5:211-223.

Rezzonico F., Smits T.H.M., Montesinos E., Frey J.E. & Duffy B. (2009) Genotypic comparison of Pantoea agglomerans plant and clinical strains. BMC Microbiol, 9:204.

Rezzonico F., Stockwell V.O. & Duffy B. (2009) Plant-agricultural streptomycin formulations do not carry antibiotic resistance genes. Antimicrob Agents Chemother, 53:3173-3177.

Rezzonico F. & Duffy B. (2008) Lack of genomic evidence of AI-2 receptors suggests a non-quorum sensing role for luxS in most bacteria. BMC Microbiol, 8:154.

Gobbin D., Rezzonico F. & Gessler C. (2007) Quantification of the biocontrol agent Pseudomonas fluorescens Pf153 in soil using a quantitative competitive PCR assay unaffected by variability in cell lysis and DNA extraction efficiency. Soil Biol Biochem, 39:1609-1619.

Rezzonico F. & Duffy B. (2007) The role of luxS in the fire blight pathogen Erwinia amylovora is limited to metabolism and does not involve quorum sensing. Mol Plant-Microbe Interact, 20:1284-1297.

Rezzonico F., Zala M., Keel C., Duffy B., Moënne-Loccoz Y. & Défago G. (2007) Is the ability of biocontrol fluorescent pseudomonads to produce the antifungal metabolite 2,4-diacetylphloroglucinol really synonymous with higher plant protection? New Phytol, 173:861-872.

Rezzonico F., Binder C., Défago G. & Moënne-Loccoz Y. (2005) Evolutionary recycling of type III secretion system to target pathogenic Chromista promotes plant protection by bacteria. Mol Plant-Microbe Interact, 18:991-1001.

Molina L., Rezzonico F., Défago G. & Duffy B. (2005) Autoinduction in Erwinia amylovora: evidence of an acyl-homoserine lactone signal in the fire blight pathogen. J Bacteriol, 187: 3206-3213.

Rezzonico F., Défago G. & Moënne-Loccoz Y. (2004) Comparison of ATPase-encoding type III secretion system gene hrcN in biocontrol fluorescent pseudomonads and phytopathogenic Proteobacteria. Appl Environ Microbiol, 70:5119-5131.

Rezzonico F., Moënne-Loccoz Y. & Défago G. (2003) Effect of stress on the ability of a phlA-based quantitative competitive PCR assay to monitor biocontrol strain Pseudomonas fluorescens CHA0. Appl Environ Microbiol, 69:686-690.

*** Other publications ***

Rezzonico F. (2014) Il tempo in una latta (appunti di stenoscopia). Meridiana, 232.

Rezzonico F., Smits T.H.M. & Duffy, B. (2011) Record of past encounters with phages and plasmids delivers new insights about the origin and dispersal of fire blight pathogen Erwinia amylovora. Acta Hort, 896:109-113.

Rezzonico F., Duffy B., Pflüger V., Vogel G. & Tonolla M. (2011) MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry as a tool for rapid identification and clustering analysis of fire blight biocontrol Pantoea strains and the genus Pantoea. Acta Hort, 896:119-122.

Smits T.H.M., Rezzonico F., Pelludat C., Kamber T., Frey J.E., Duffy B., Goesmann A., Ishimaru C.A. & Stockwell V.O. (2011) The genome sequence of Pantoea vagans biocontrol strain C9-1. Acta Hort, 896:233-236.

Smits T.H.M., Rezzonico F., Frey J.E., Duffy B., Blom J. & Goesmann A. (2011) Insights into evolution from comparative genomics of Erwinia amylovora and related species. Acta Hort, 896:259-262.

Braun-Kiewnick A., Kellerhals M., Rezzonico F., Baumgartner I., Kamber T., LeRoux P.-M. & Duffy B. (2010) 12. Internationaler Feuerbrand-Workshop. SZOW, 146(22):11-13.

Rezzonico F. & Gobbin D. (2009) Are type III secretion systems found in fluorescent pseudomonads involved in plant colonization or biocontrol? IOBC/WPRS Bull, 43:331-335.

Rezzonico F., Smits T.H.M., Pelludat C., Montesinos E., Frey J.E. & Duffy B. (2009). Genotypic comparison of Pantoea agglomerans biocontrol and clinical isolates to address taxonomic and bio-safety questions. IOBC/WPRS Bull, 43:35-39.

Smits T.H.M., Rezzonico F., Pelludat C., Stockwell V.O., Goesmann A., Frey J.E. & Duffy B. (2009). Complete genome sequencing of Pantoea agglomerans strain C9-1. IOBC/WPRS Bull, 43:375-378

Rezzonico F. & Duffy B. (2008) Metabolic role of luxS, putative autoinducer-2 synthase, in Erwinia amylovora. Acta Hort, 793:61-65.

Rezzonico F., Duffy B. & Stockwell V.O. (2008) Absence of streptomycin resistance genes in antibiotic formulations. Acta Hort, 793:415-417.

Gobbin D., Rezzonico F. & Gessler C. (2007) Development of a quantitative competitive PCR assay for the quantification of the biocontrol agent Pseudomonas fluorescens Pf153 in soil. IOBC/WPRS Bull, 30(6):481-484.

Patocchi A., Fernandez F., Evans K., Silfverberg-Dilworth E., Matasci C.L., Gobbin D., Rezzonico F., Boudichevskaia A., Dunemann F., Stankiewicz-Kosyl M., Matisse F., Soglio V., Gianfranceschi L., Durel C.E., Toller C., Cova V., Mott D., Komjanc M., Barbaro E., Costa F., Voorrips R.E., Yamamoto T., Gessler C. & Van de Weg W.E. (2007) Development of a set of apple SSRs markers spanning the apple genome, genotyping of HiDRAS plant material and validation of genotypic data. Acta Hort, 814:603-608.

Rezzonico F., Zala M., Keel C., Duffy B., Moënne-Loccoz Y. & Défago G. (2007) Population-level evidence of the importance of 2,4-diacetylphloroglucinol and hydrogen cyanide in plant protection by Pseudomonas fluorescens. IOBC/WPRS Bull, 30(6):99-104.

Rezzonico F. & Duffy B. (2007) Characterization of the role of luxS in the fire blight pathogen Erwinia amylovora. IOBC/WPRS Bull, 30(6):181-185.

Rezzonico F., Moënne-Loccoz Y. & Défago G. (2002) Impact of cell stress on the efficacy of phlA-based quantitative competitive PCR in biocontrol Pseudomonas fluorescens CHA0. Proceedings of APS 2002 Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (July 27-31, 2002). Phytopathology, 92:S69.

Rezzonico F. (2002) Giove veglia sui pesci. Meridiana, 161.