Ecology of Biodiversity and Sustainability


Present activities

  • Ethnobiology: wild plants and small animals (the minilivestock) species traditionally in use in tropical and temperate countries. Role of chitin-chitinase to verify whether humans are capable of chitin digestion.

  • Agroecology: effects agroecosystems management on soil biodiversity and soil health, in particular concerning conventional-intensive vs organic/low-input agriculture practices. Efficiency and multidimentional effects, with particular concern on soil ecology and ethical issues.

  • Agroenergy: efficiency and multidimentional effects, with particular concern on soil ecology and ethical issues.

  • Biondicators: invertebrates as Indicators for biodiversity in non disturbed environments and organic and low-input - conventional - farming systems.

  • Food webs: A troglobitic beetles, Cansiliella (Leptodirinae), is studied as a model of a new foodweb based on moonmilk bacteria, up to 187 clones, most of whic are new for science. In the beetle gut up to 30 bacteria have been found totally new.

  • Conservation biology: how sustainable farming systems can interact with biodiversity above and into soils.

Recent edited books

Paoletti M.G. (ed.) 2005. Ecological Implications of Minilivestock. Potential of Insects, Rodents, Frogs and Snails.
Paoletti M.G., Gomiero T. and Pimentel D. (ed.) 2011. Towards a More Sustainable Agriculture. Crit. Rev. Plant Sciences; 30 (1-2): 1-237.
Paoletti M.G. (ed.) 1999. Invertebrate Biodiversity as Bioindicators of Sustainable Landscapes.
Musumeci S. and Paoletti M.G. (eds.) 2008. Chitin-Chitinase Binomium: Emerging Issues. Nova Science Pub., N.Y. U.S.A. 457 pp.
Paoletti M.G. Thomson L.J. and AA Hoffmann (eds.) 2007. Using Invertebrate Bioindicators to Assess Agricultural Sustainability in Australia: Proposals and current practices.
Paoletti M.G. e Gomiero T. (eds.)2009. Opportunità e limiti delle agroenergie. La necessità di un approcio multicriteriale alla sostenibilità dell' "energia verde". Aracne. Roma.