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Nicola Manno

PhD student in Biosciences and Biotecnology

 Mail: nicolamanno AT

PhD dissertation
"Ecologic and genetic study of human populations intensively exposed to chitin from entomophagy and enteroparasitosis"

I'm engaged in a PhD research project between University of Padova and the National University of Trujillo (Peru) to study the chitin-chitinase binomium in indigenous populations of the Andean-Amazonian region of Peru, characterized by a strong biological fitness a high degree of in-breeding.
The basic question is: how chitinases were selected in groups of people dependent on a diet rich in chitin (insects, crustaceans, and fungi) and strongly exposed to endoparasites (many protozoa and nematodes contain chitin).
This research covers various fields of life sciences: Human Ecology, Parasitology and Human Genetics, and specific aims are:
- to describe the main factors of exposure to chitin: diet and entheroparasytes
- to sequence CHIT1, AMCase genes of about 100 individuals
- to investigate the presence of haplotypes by Linkage Disequilibrium
- to search for statistical correlations between the distribution of functional haplotypes, the spread of major pests and/or the occurrence of gastric and respiratory immunopathologies.
Ethnobiological fieldwork and parasitological analysis are to be realized in Peru, at University of Trujillo, molecular analysis in Human Genetics Lab. of University of Padova.

Silvia Fusaro

PhD student in Biosciences and Biotecnology

 Mail: fusaro.silvia.17 AT

Assessment of Biodiversity using Bioindicators in Agroecosystems

I'm engaged in a PhD research project funded by EcorNaturasì S.p.A., a leader enterprise in production and distribution of organic products in Italy.
The project aims to assess and monitor biodiversity using bioindicators, sensitive organisms to environment alterations and farming management. By studying the number of species, density, biology, distribution of earthworms, woodlices, mites, carabids, hoverflies … we can monitor the quality of environment and compare three different situations: organic, biodynamic and conventional farming.
In particular will be investigated, in these different realities, the following aspects:
- Characteristics of organic matter and colloidal compounds of soil
- Biodiversity of invertebrates
- Bacterial biodiversity
- Biodiversity of vegetation
- Nitrate, nitrite and antioxidants on the final product.
Sampling will be carried out in farms both in North and South Italy.

Joanna Ory

PhD student in Environmental Studies

 Mail: jory AT

PhD dissertation
"Reducing water pollution from herbicides through sustainable agriculture: An examination of agricultural policies, environmental outcomes and farmer learning."

Water pollution from agriculture is a major problem throughout the world for public health and the environment. My PhD research focuses on how organic and IPM strategies can reduce the amount of herbicides needed for agricultural production. My interdisciplinary research uses water quality analysis, surveys, and interviews to understand how social and economic factors influence farmer decision-making and environmental outcomes. Reducing reliance on pesticides by implementing alternative practices that integrate natural ecological processes can be beneficial for the environment, society, and agricultural economics. An understanding of the history and current issues of pesticide use in Italy can be used to improve both Italian and US policies for sustainable agriculture and water quality protection.

Marina Zanardo

Ph. D.

 Mail: marinazanardo1 AT

Post-Doc position in the research project "Vene-Terroir"
"The aim is of characterizing the peculiarities and the quality of vineyard soils in the Euganei and Berici hills through the microbial and microfaunal biodiversity."

Fabio Stellin


 Mail: fabioStellin AT

Post-Doc position in the research project "Vene-Terroir"
"Vineyards of the Berici and Euganei hills through the study of soils and bio-indicators such as deep burrowing earthworms."

Simone Corona

Student in Natural Sciences - Internship

 Mail: coronaSimone AT

"Utilization of soil's microfauna to describe terroirs of conventional and organic vineyards in the Veneto region Euganei and Berici hills."

Alberto Pamio

Bachelor student in Natural Sciences

 Mail: albertopamio AT

Bachelor dissertation
"Cansilliella Food Web, and substrate tipology water and his deposits"

The reserch concerns a new food web, in Foos Cave, and other caves in Friuli Region, northren Italy.

Tommaso Zanetti

MSc student in Applied Ecology

 Mail: tommaso_zanetti AT

MSc dissertation
"Comparison between organic and conventional vineyards in Soave area (Verona) using bioindicators."

In the present research we study the impact of agricultural practices on soil fauna comparing three different pairs of vineyards, located in Soave district, having different management (organic, conventional). For each farm we investigate soil fauna, soil characteristics, and presence of heavy metal. The aim of research is to assess the utility of soil invertebrates as bioindicators of grape agroecosystem management.

Federico Gavinelli

Student in Natural Sciences - Internship

 Mail: federico.gavinelli AT

"The purpose of my internship is to compare the invertebrates biodiversity on organic, biodynamic and conventional management systems."

In particular I will:
- study the predator-prey relationships of Cichorium intybus;
- study the Ground-Beetles collected by pitfall traps;
- assay Earthworms fauna by hand sorting and mustard solution.

Studies are conducted on field crops in the North and in Central Italy.

Daniel Gottardello

Student in Natural Sciences - Internship

 Mail: daniel_gottardello AT

"Ground beetles and other macroinvertebrates biodiversity on organic and conventional vineyards in the Euganei hills."

Enrico Ruzzier

Internship in Evolutionary Biology

 Mail: symphyla AT
erik-one AT

Project Title
: "Evolution of the sensory organs in the antennae of subterranean Leptodirini (Coleoptera, Leiodidae)"

How cave beetles perceive and orient themselves in the environment? Which relations exist between phylogeny, biogeography, ecology and functional morphology in antennal sesory organs of Leiodidae Leptodirini? Using modern techniques of molecular phylogeny and electron microscopy I am trying to develop an integrated method of research to understand why Leptodirini have such a morphological diversity at the same ecological niche and environment and which are the possible evolutionary trends.

Personal Interests

• Taxonomy, Systematic and Phylogeny of Coleoptera Tenebrionoidea with main focus on worldwide Mordellidae and Scraptiidae.
• Soil Invertebrates biodiversity

Carlandrea Rezzola

Student in Natural Sciences – internship

 Mail: karl.rez AT

: "Study of the biological control in organic and conventional farms. Ecosystem benefits of insect predators and parasitoids."

I will work on insects identification collected in orticultural fields crops and bred, to study the environmental impact of biological control in agro-ecosystems with different input: conventional, organic and biodynamic.

Francesca Lazzarini

Student in Natural Sciences – internship

 Mail: francesca.lazzarini AT

: "Vineyards (Euganei and Berici hills) terroir characterization by means of deep borrowing earthworm barcoding"

Fabio Dalle Ave

Student in Natural Sciences – internship

 Mail: fabio.dalleave AT

Natural Sciences dissertation
: "Ground beetles investigation on organic/conventional Vineyards using in the Berici hills."