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UNIVERSITY OF BARI ALDO MORO - DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY

department/unit: DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY

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services: • detection of suitable sponge species for aquaculture and preparation of rearing protocols; • evaluation of rearing performance in different systems (in and/or off-shore); • evaluation of bioremediation performances of suitable sponge species for aquaculture; • different sponge rearing methods in relation to specific environmental conditions; • new rearing methodologies by experimental induction of asexual reproduction; • restocking techniques; • development of experimental models in controlled environments for the rearing of sponges of commercial interest; • obtain sponge biomasses commercially exploitable as a source of active compounds of pharmacological interest; • macrozoobenthic taxonomic analysis • restoration and enhancement of priority marine habitats of Community interest • marine biodiversity assessment • monitoring network on marine alien species • next generation sequencing of microbiomes (prokaryotic and eukaryotic) from different samples and bioinformatic analysis • isolation and identification of cultivable bacteria • assessment of antimicrobial susceptibility • identification of bacteria by culture-independent approach • horizontal gene transfer of antimicrobial resistance and characterisation of genetic elements associated

previous experience: Last ten years past experiences, in collaborative projects (e.g. universities, national and international public and private research institutes), in marine aquaculture and remediation activities (e.g. NACE codes A3.2.1 and E39) keywords: marine environment, sponges, bioremediation • REmediation of Marine Environment and Development of Innovative Aquaculture: exploitation of edible/not edible biomass – ReMEDIA Life - LIFE16 ENV/IT/000343 – www.remedialife.eu • “Messa a punto di tecniche di spongicoltura lungo le coste della penisola salentina” (funded by Italian Ministry of agricultural, food and forest policies); • “Realizzazione di un impianto per la produzione di poriferi di interesse commerciale e messa a punto di metodologie per la loro reintroduzione in ambiente naturale” (funded by Italian Ministry of agricultural, food and forest policies); • “Biorimediazione in policolture integrate off e in-shore”. Sub-project title: “Realizzazione di un sistema off-shore di produzione di biomassa animale integrato e autodepurante: poriferi commerciali e mitili” (funded by Italian Ministry of agricultural, food and forest policies); • “Prima esperienza di spongicoltura lungo le coste italiane” (funded by Italian Marine Natural Reserve "Isola di Ustica"); • BIOIMPACT “Progetto pilota per la diversificazione delle produzioni in maricoltura e la riduzione dell’impatto ambientale” (funded by Apulia Region); • “Biorimediazione in attività di acquacoltura in ambienti confinati mediante uso di invertebrati bentonici” (funded by Apulia Region as part of European Fisheries Fund Action 3.5) Last ten years past experiences, in collaborative projects (e.g. universities, national and international public and private research institutes), in scientific research and development on natural sciences (e.g. NACE codes M72.1.1; M72.1.9) keywords: public health, environmental microbiology, microbiology of groundwater, microbiome • FUTURE IN RESEARCH “Approccio integrato per la gestione delle risorse idriche e tutela dell’ambiente” (funded by Apulia Region) • “RICERCA COERENTE 2009 - Avvio in Italia di un programma mirato di Sorveglianza Sanitaria per V.parahaemolyticus” (funded by Italian Ministry of Health) • Pilot Project in collaboration with the University of Bourgogne (France): The fungal life of a new winery (funded by Institute Universitaire de la Vigne et du Vin - IUVV)


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