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Gianluca Corno, PhD

Researcher in Aquatic Microbial Ecology


Address: Largo Tonolli 50, 28922 Verbania (Italy)

Phone: +39 0323 518 321

Fax: +39 0323 556 513

e-mail: g.corno(at)ise.cnr.it

G. Corno



Broad research specialisms

· Ecological interactions

· Microbial community ecology

· Experimental microbial ecology

· System ecology

·  Antibiotic resistance in the environment

I work on interactions between microbes, primarily by studying bacterial coexistence in controlled environments (experimental microbial ecology). 


2005 PhD Ecology, University of Parma

2000 MSc Natural Sciences, University of Milan


2001-2003: PhD Student, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Ploen

2004-2008: Postdoctoral fellow, CNR - Institute of Ecosystem Study Verbania

2009-2010: Postdoctoral fellow, Limnological Station University of Zurich

2011- present: Researcher, CNR - Institute of Ecosystem Study Verbania

Research interests

I work on ecology of microbes, mostly by studying interactions between organisms, species, and populations both in experimentally controlled systems and natural environments. I use microbes as model organisms to test general ecological theories (community response to natural stressors, interactions prey-predators, competition and/or cooperation between species, resistance and resilience of microbial communities). I try to define trends and ecological models to apply the ecological theory to concrete problems associated with bacteria (mostly in waters, but also in soils and human gut), including microbial blooms, antibiotic resistance, and biodiversity conservation.

Research projects

· Microbial coaggregation and cooperation

· Impact of predation and competition on microbial model systems

· Natural antibiotics resistance, and impact of AB on community resilience

· Genotype-phenotype relation in aquatic bacteria

· Ecological invasions of stressed systems

· Limnology of large or remote lakes

Extramural activities

· Co-founder of SItEMICRO (Italian Society of Ecology – Microbial Ecology Section)

· Editor of the SItEMICRO Newsletter and webmaster of the website

· Opponent of PhD thesis in Italy, Spain, Finland, Estonia.

· Member of different national and international associations in ecology and aquatic microbiology

Editorial responsibilities

·  Journal of Limnology

· Frontiers in Aquatic Microbiology (RE)

Selected publications

Corno G, Jurgens K. (2006). Direct and indirect effects of protist predation on population size structure of a bacterial strain with high phenotypic plasticity. APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY 72(1):78-86.

Corno G. (2006). Effects of nutrient availability and Ochromonas sp predation on size and composition of a simplified aquatic bacterial community. FEMS MICROBIOLOGY ECOLOGY 58(3): 354-363.

Corno G, Caravati E, Callieri C, Bertoni R. (2008) Effects of predation pressure on bacterial abundance, diversity, and size-structure distribution in an oligotrophic system. JOURNAL OF LIMNOLOGY 67(2): 107-119.

Corno G, Jurgens K. (2008). Structural and functional patterns of bacterial communities in response to protist predation along an experimental productivity gradient. ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY 10(10): 2857-2871.

Corno G, Modenutti B, Callieri C, Balseiro E, Bertoni R, Caravati E. (2010). Bacterial diversity and morphology in deep ultraoligotrophic Andean lakes: Role of UVR on vertical distribution. LIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY 54(4): 1098-1112.

Callieri C, Corno G, Caravati E, Rasconi S, Contesini M, Bertoni R. (2010). Bacteria, Archaea, and Crenarchaeota in the Epilimnion and Hypolimnion of a Deep Holo-Oligomictic Lake. APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY 75 (22): 7298-7300.

Modenutti B, Balseiro E, Corno G, Callieri C, Bertoni R, Caravati E. (2010). Ultraviolet Radiation Induces Filamentation in Bacterial Assemblages from North Andean Patagonian Lakes. PHOTOCHEMISTRY AND PHOTOBIOLOGY 86(4): 871-881.


Postdoctoral researchers

Dr. Manuela Coci (ENVEurope Project)

Master student

Nina Odermatt (University of Zurich)