Selected Papers [Dynamics of organics and sustainable use of soil bioresources]

1- D'Acqui L. P., Santi C. A., Maselli F. Use of ecosystem information to improve soil organic carbon mapping in a Mediterranean island. In: JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY, vol. 36 pp. 262 - 271. Crop Science Society of America, 2007.     

2- Pucci A., D'Acqui L. P., Calamai L. Fate of Prions in Soil : Interactions of RecPrP with Organic Matter of Soil Aggregates as revealed by LTA-PAS. In: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, vol. 42 pp. 728 - 733. ACS Publications, 2008.     

3- Lozzi I., Pucci A., Pantani O. L., D'Acqui L. P., Calamai L. Interferences of suspended clay fraction in protein quantitation by several determination methods. In: ANALYTICAL BIOCHEMISTRY, vol. 376 pp. 108 - 114. Elsevier, 2008.  

4- Borin S., Ventura S., Tambone F., Mapelli F., Schubotz F., Brusetti L., Scaglia B., D'Acqui L. P., Solheim B., Turicchia S., Marasco R., Hinrichs K., Baldi F., Adani F., Daffonchio D. Rock weathering creates oases of life in a High Arctic desert. In: ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY, vol. 12 pp. 293 - 303. Wiley, 2010.     

5- Churchman G. J., Foster R. C., D'Acqui L. P., Janik L., Skjemstad J., Merry R. H., Weissmann D. A. Effect of land-use history on the potential for carbon sequestration in an Alfisol. In: SOIL & TILLAGE RESEARCH, vol. 109 pp. 23 - 35. Elsevier, 2010.     

6- Cuzman O. A., Ventura S., Sili C., Mascalchi C., Turchetti T., D'Acqui L. P., Tiano P. Biodiversity of phototrophic biofilms dwelling on monumental fountains. In: MICROBIAL ECOLOGY, vol. 60 (1) pp. 81 - 95. Springer, 2010.     

7- Maquebela M. P., Minkeni P. N., Muchaonyerwa P., D'Acqui L. P., Pardo M. T. Effects of cyanobacteria strains selected for their bioconditioning and biofertilization potential on maize dry matter and soil nitrogen status in a South African soil. In: SOIL SCIENCE AND PLANT NUTRITION, vol. 56 pp. 552 - 559. Taylor&Francis, 2010.     

8- Pucci A., Branciamore S., Casarosa M., D'Acqui L. P., Gallori E. Implications For An RNA-Clay World:Interaction Of Cytosine With Clay Minerals. In: JOURNAL OF COSMOLOGY AND ASTROPARTICLE PHYSICS, vol. 10 pp. 3398 - 3407. IOP Science, 2010.  

9- D'Acqui L. P., Pucci A., Janik L. J. Soil properties prediction of western Mediterranean islands with similar climatic environments by means of mid-infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOIL SCIENCE, vol. 61 pp. 865 - 876. Wiley, 2010.     

10- Pucci A., Russo F., Rao M. A., Gianfreda L., Calamai L., D'Acqui L. Location and stability of a recombinant ovine prion protein in synthetic humic-like mineral complexes. In: Biology and Fertility of Soils, vol. 48 pp. 443 - 451. Springer, 2012.     

Staff [Dynamics of organics and sustainable use of soil bioresources]

Dynamics of organics and sustainable use of soil bioresources
Name TopicPosition
Luigi P. D'Acqui     Permanent researcher
Alessandra Bonetti     Permanent technician
Alessandro Dodero     Permanent technician
Amaranta Pucci     Fixed-term contract
Chiara Grossi     Postdoctoral
Mariarita Arenella     PhD student
Paola Mattei      
Gabriele G. Ristori     Associate professor

Taxonomy, Biodiversity and Evolution

Contact: Diego Fontaneto (Unit of Verbania)

We are interested in obtaining reliable estimates of diversity. The main problem we address is whether we can obtain metrics of diversity that are a good representation of the reality. We thus investigate the discrepancies between traditional morphological taxonomy, DNA taxonomy and meta-barcoding through high-throughput sequencing at the species, population and community level.



We use different animal groups as test-case from different habitats, including inland and marine waters, soils, forests, natural and agricultural environments, and extreme habitats in high altitudes and polar regions. Some examples of taxonomic groups that we cover at ISE are isopods, antlions, rotifers, cladocerans, copepods, chironomids, etc. For these organisms we use different tools from morphology, including qualitative and quantitative descriptors and state-of-the-art methods in geometric morphometrics. For the approach using DNA taxonomy on the same organisms, we use different molecular markers and apply different tools, including DNA barcoding, Generalised Mixed Yule Coalescent model, Automatic Barcode Gap Discovery, Poisson Tree Process, K/theta, haplowebs, Bayesian Phylogenetics & Phylogeography, etc. In addition, we explicitly address questions on genetic diversity, trying to infer the main processes that create and maintain biological diversity. The usual outputs of this line of research include species lists, description of new species, biodiversity surveys, and eco-evolutionary analyses.

The most important recent publications on these topics include: