Ventura Stefano

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    50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze)

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Stefano Ventura is a Senior Researcher, at CNR-ISE since 1985.
He studies the cyanobacterial ecology, molecular phylogeny and taxonomy, and the molecular microbial ecology of extreme, terrestrial environments (polar, oligotrophic, hyperalkaline, hypersaline, or dry habitats) and phototrophic biofilms developing on monumental stone artefacts.
He is a member of the IUMS International Committee on the Systematics of Prokaryotes and its Judicial Commission. He has leaded research groups in two EU projects and several other national and international projects.
He has been the Italian representative in the ESF Scientific Programme CYANOFIX. He is a member of the ESF Pool of Reviewers since 2009, and an associate editor of the international journal Algological Studies.
His activities in Svalbard began in 2002 and included nine field seasons, investigating microbial interactions during initial colonization and successions on the forefront of the Midtre Loven glacier in Kongsfjorden.

Curriculum Vitae



Journal articles

   2016
1Cappelletti D., Azzolini R., Langone L., Ventura S., Viola A., Aliani S., Vitale V., Brugnoli E. Environmental changes in the Arctic: an Italian perspective. In: Rendiconti Lincei-Scienze Fisiche e Naturali, vol. 27 (1) pp. 1 - 6. Springer, 2016.     
2Hrouzek P., Kapuscik A., Vacek J., Voracova K., Paichlova J., Kosina P., Voloshko L., Ventura S., Kopecky J. Cytotoxicity evaluation of large cyanobacterial strain set using selected human and murine in vitro cell models. In: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, vol. 124 pp. 177 - 185. Elsevier, 2016.     

   2015
3Coleine C., Selbmann L., Ventura S., D'Acqui L. P., Onofri S., Zucconi L. Fungal biodiversity in the Alpine Tarfala Valley. In: Microorganisms, vol. 3 (4) pp. 612 - 624. PubMed, 2015.     

   2013
4Hrouzek P., LukešOvá A., Mareš J., Ventura S. Description of the cyanobacterial genus Desmonostoc gen. nov. including D. muscorum comb. nov. as a distinct, phylogenetically coherent taxon related to the genus Nostoc. In: Fottea, vol. 13 (2) pp. 201 - 213. Czech Phycological Society, 2013.  
5Mares J., Hrouzek P., Kana R., Ventura S., Strunecky O., Komarek J. The primitive thylakoid-less cyanobacterium gloeobacter is a common rock-dwelling organism. In: PLoS One, vol. 6 (8) article n. e66323. Public Library of Science, 2013.     

   2011
6Hrouzek P., Tomek P., Lukesova A., Urban J., Voloshko L., Pushparaj B., Ventura S., Lukavsky J., Stys D., Kopecky J. Cytotoxicity and secondary metabolites production in terrestrial Nostoc strains, originating from different climatic/geographic regions and habitats: is their cytotoxicity enviromentally dependent?. In: Environmental Toxicology, vol. 26 (4) pp. 345 - 358. Wiley, 2011.     
7Mapelli F., Marasco R., Rizzi A., Baldi F., Ventura S., Daffonchio D., Borin S. Bacterial communities involved in soil formation and plant establishment triggered by pyrite bioweathering on arctic moraines. In: Microbial Ecology, vol. 61 pp. 438 - 447. Springer, 2011.     
8Sili C., Mascalchi C., Ventura S. Evolutionary differentiation of the sister cyanobacterial genera Cyanospira Florenzano, Sili, Pelosi et Vincenzini and Anabaenopsis (Woloszynska) Miller in response to extreme life conditions. In: Fottea, vol. 11 (1) pp. 107 - 117. Czech Phycological Society, 2011.  

   2010
9Borin 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.     
10Cuzman 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.     

   2009
11Komarek J., Kastovsky J., Ventura S., Turicchia S., Smarda J. The cyanobacterial genus Phormidesmis. In: Algological Studies, vol. 129-1 pp. 41 - 59. E. Schweizerbartische Verlagsbuchhandlung, 2009.     
12Turicchia S., Ventura S., Komarkova J., Komarek J. Taxonomic evaluation of cyanobacterial microflora from alkaline marshes of northern Belize. 2. Diversity of oscillatorialean genera. In: Nova Hedwigia, vol. 89 (1-2) pp. 165 - 200. E. Schweizerbart Science Publishers, 2009.     

   2008
13Margheri M. C., Ventura S., Kastovsky J., Komarek J. The taxonomic validation of the cyanobacterial genus Halothece. In: Phycologia, vol. 47 pp. 477 - 486. International Phycological Society, 2008.
14Mugnai M. A., Margheri M. C., Sili C., Turicchia S., Soldati E., Maffettone E., Funari E., Scardala S., Di Brizio M., Ventura S. The cyanobacterial community of Lake Trasimeno. In: Algological Studies, vol. 128 pp. 37 - 64. E. Schweizerbartische Verlagsbuchhandlung, 2008.  
15Papaefthimiou D., Hrouzek P., Mugnai M. A., Lukesova A., Turicchia S., Rasmussen U., Ventura S. Differential patterns of evolution and distribution of the symbiotic behaviour in nostocacean cyanobacteria. In: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, vol. 58 pp. 553 - 564. Society for General Microbiology, 2008.     

   2006
16Rajaniemi-Wacklin P., Rantala A., Mugnai M., Turicchia S., Ventura S., Komárková J., Lepistö L., Sivonen K. Correspondence between phylogeny and morphology of Snowella spp. and Woronichinia naegeliana, cyanobacteria commonly occurring in lakes. In: JOURNAL OF PHYCOLOGY, vol. 42 pp. 226 - 232. 2006.

   2005
17Hrouzek P., Ventura S., Lukesova A., Mugnai M., Turicchia S. Diversity of soil Nostoc strains: phylogenetic and morphological variability. In: ARCHIV FUR HYDROBIOLOGIE, vol. 117 pp. 251 - 264. 2005.
18Komárek J., Ventura S., Turicchia S., Komarkova J., Mascalchi C., Soldati E., Rejmankova E. Cyanobacterial diversity in alkaline marshes of northern Belize (Central America). In: ARCHIV FUR HYDROBIOLOGIE, vol. 117 pp. 265 - 278. 2005.
19Turicchia S., Ventura S., Schütte U., Soldati E., Zielke M., Solheim B. Biodiversity of cyanobacteria and changes on temporal and spatial scales of the cyanobacterial community in the foreland of the Midre Lovèn glacier, Spitsbergen, Svalbard. In: ARCHIV FUR HYDROBIOLOGIE, vol. 117 pp. 427 - 440. 2005.

   2004
20Castiglioni B., Rizzi E., Frosini A., Sivonen K., Rajaniemi P., Rantala A., Mugnai M., Ventura S., Wilmotte A., Boutte C., Grubisic S., Balthasart P., Consolandi C., Bordoni R., Mezzelani A., Battaglia C., De B. G. Development of a universal microarray based on the ligation detection reaction and 16S rRNA gene polymorphism to target diversity of cyanobacteria. In: APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY, vol. 70 pp. 7161 - 7172. 2004.

   2003
21Margheri M., Piccardi R., Ventura S., Viti C., Giovannetti L. Genotypic diversity of oscillatoriacean strains belonging to the form-genera Geitlerinema and Spirulina determined by 16S rDNA restriction analysis. In: CURRENT MICROBIOLOGY, vol. 46 pp. 359 - 364. 2003.
22Mugnai M., Turicchia S., Margheri M., Sili C., Gugger M., Tedioli G., Komarek J., Ventura S. Characterization of the cyanobacterial biocoenosis of a freshwater reservoir in Italy. In: ARCHIV FUR HYDROBIOLOGIE, vol. 109 pp. 403 - 419. 2003.

   2002
23Ciapini A., Dei R., Sacco C., Ventura S., Viti C., Giovannetti L. Phenotypic and genotypic characterisation of Aeromonas isolates. In: ANNALS OF MICROBIOLOGY, vol. 52 pp. 339 - 352. 2002.

Contribution to Book/Monograph

   2011
1Cuzman O. A., Tiano P., Ventura S., Frediani P. Biodiversity on stone artifacts. In: The Importance of Biological Interactions in the Study of Biodiversity. pp. 367 - 390. Jordi Lopez Pujol (ed.). (Intech). Rijeka, Croazia: InTech, 2011.  

Proceedings

   2003
1Turicchia S., Ventura S., Margheri M., Mugnai M., Sili C. Biodiversità dei cianobatteri e trasformazioni spazio-temporali delle loro comunità al ritiro dei ghiacci nelle Isole Svalbard. In: Progetto Strategico Artico - Inquadramento e Prospettive (Roma, ). Atti, 2003.

Technical reports

   2003
1Ventura S., Turicchia S. Diversity and changes on temporal and spatial scales of the cyanobacterial community in the high arctic environment of Spitsbergen, Svalbard Island. Project report Altro, 2003.

Abstracts

   2017
1Mele G., Gargiulo L., Zucconi L., D'Acqui L. P., Ventura S. 3D soil structure characterization of Biological Soil Crusts from Alpine Tarfala Valley. In: EGU2017 - General Assemby of the European Geosciences Union (Vienna, 13-28 aprile 2017). Abstract, article n. 9056. European Geosciences Union, 2017.  

   2012
2Messana G., Baratti M., Di Lorenzo T., Filippelli M. T., Mascalchi C., Paribelli S., Ristori E., Ventura S., Sambugar B. The RIPARI project: a vegetated Buffer Zone and its effect upon a groundwater biocoenosis. In: ICSB 21 - XXI International Conference on Subterranean Biology (Košice, Slovacchia, 2-7 settembre 2012). Abstract, pp. 73 - 73. L. Kovac, M. Uhrin, A. Mock & P. Luptacik (eds.). Pavol Jozef Šafárik University, 2012.        
3Rossi F., Mugnai G., Colica G., Ventura S., Sili C., Mascalchi C., De Philippis R. Exopolysaccharidic matrix of biological soil crusts from artic environments. In: Environmental Engineering and Management Journal. Abstract, vol. 11 (3) article n. S162. "Gheorghe Asachi" Technical University of Iasi, Romania, 2012.  

   2010
4Cuzman O. A., Ventura S., Sili C., Mascalchi C., Turchetti T., D'Acqui L. P., Tiano P. Diversity of cyanobacteria in microbial biofilms dwelling on monumental fountains in Italy and Spain. In: XVIII Symposium of the International Association for Cyanophyte Research (Ceske Budejovice, Repubblica Ceca, 16-20 agosto 2010). Abstract, pp. 52 - 52. International Association for Cyanophyte Research, 2010.  
5Cuzman O. A., Ventura S., Sili C., Mascalchi C., Turchetti T., D'Acqui L. P., Tiano P. Diversity of microbial biofilms dwelling on monumental fountains in italy and Spain. In: BMMA - Bertinoro Meeting di Microbiologia Ambientale (Bertinoro (FC), 21-22 maggio 2010). Abstract, 2010.
6Hrouzek P., Tomek P., Lukesova A., Urban J., Voloshko L., Pushparaj B., Ventura S., Lukavsky J., Stys D., Kopecky J. Cytotoxicity and secondary metabolites production in terrestrial Nostoc strains, originating from different climatic/geographic regions and habitats: is their cytotoxicity enviromentally dependent?. In: XVIII Symposium of the International Association for Cyanophyte Research (Ceske Budejovice, Repubblica Ceca, 16-20 agosto 2010). Abstract, pp. 56 - 56. International Association for Cyanophyte Research, 2010.  
7Hrouzek P., Mugnai M. A., Mascalchi C., Lukesova A., Turicchia S., Komarek J., Ventura S. The genus Nostoc: e polyphyletic assemblageof filamentous cyanobacteria with primitive morfological gharacters. In: XVIII Symposium of the International Association for Cyanophyte Research (Ceske Budejovice, Repubblica Ceca, 16-20 agosto 2010). Abstract, pp. 20 - 20. International Association for Cyanophyte Research, 2010.  
8Palinska K., Golubic S., Ventura S. Epi- and endo-lithic cyanobacteria from thearea around Kongsfjorden,NW Spitzbergen, Svalbard. In: XVIII Symposium of the International Association for Cyanophyte Research (Ceske Budejovice, Repubblica Ceca, 16-20 agosto 2010). Abstract, pp. 74 - 74. International Association for Cyanophyte Research, 2010.  
9Sili C., Mascalchi C., Ventura S. The alkaliphilic genus Cyanospira and its freshwater counterpart Anabaenopsis: Phylogenetic and taxonomic analysis. In: XVIII Symposium of the International Association for Cyanophyte Research (Ceske Budejovice, Repubblica Ceca, 16-20 agosto 2010). Abstract, pp. 86 - 86. International Association for Cyanophyte Research, 2010.  
10Spakaite I., Kostkeviciene J., Hrouzek P., Mascalchi C., Sili C., Ventura S. Diversity of freshwater and terrestrial populations of Nostoc spp. In Lithuania. In: XVIII Symposium of the International Association for Cyanophyte Research (Ceske Budejovice, 16-20 agosto 2010). Abstract, pp. 36 - 36. International Association for Cyanophyte Research, 2010.  
11Ventura S., Sili C., Mascalchi C., Mugnai M. A., Turicchia S. Insights on the phylogeny and taxonomy of cultivated cyanobacteria obtained from the integrated study of natural populations. In: XVIII Symposium of the International Association for Cyanophyte Research (Ceske Budejovice, Repubblica Ceca, 16-20 agosto 2010). Abstract, pp. 41 - 41. International Association for Cyanophyte Research, 2010.  
12Zapomelova E., Hrouzek P., Jezberova J., Rezanka T., Rehakova K., Komarkova J., Hisem D., Soldati E., Ventura S. Polyphasic evaluation of planktonic Anabaena-like and Aphanizomenon-like cyanobacteria from the Czech Republic. In: XVIII Symposium of the International Association for Cyanophyte Research (Ceske Budejovice, Repubblica Ceca, 16-20 agosto 2010). Abstract, pp. 44 - 44. International Association for Cyanophyte Research, 2010.  

   2009
13Tiano L., D'Acqui L. P., Sili C., Staal M., Turicchia S., Zielke M., Ventura S. Characterisation of biological soil crusts from the Midtre Lovèn glacier foreland, Ny-Aalesund, Svalbard. In: SIMGBM - XXVIII Congresso nazionale della Società italiana di Microbiologia generale e Biotecnologie microbiche (Spoleto (PG), 11-13 giugno 2009). Abstract, Società italiana di Microbiologia generale e Biotecnologie microbiche, 2009.
14Tiano L., D'Acqui L. P., Sili C., Staal M., Turicchia S., Zielke M., Ventura S. The role of phototrophic microorganisms in biological soil crusts from the Midtre Lovén glacier foreland. In: XIII International Symposium on Phototrophic Prokaryotes (Montreal, Canada, 9-14 agosto). Abstract, 2009.
15Ventura S. Cyanobacteria as model organisms for extreme environments. In: CAREX (Coordination Action for Research Activities on life in Extreme Environments) Workshop: Identification of model organisms in extreme environments (Sasbachwalden, Germania, 16-18 giugno 2009).   
16Ventura S., Mascalchi C., Sili C. Phylogenetic and taxonomic analysis of the cyanobacterial genera Anabaenopsis and Cyanospira. In: XIII International Symposium on Phototrophic Prokaryotes (Montreal, Canada, 9-14 agosto 2009).   

   2008
17Ventura S. Responses of terrestrial microbial communities to global warming in the high arctic environment of Spitzbergen, Svalbard. In: CAREX Workshop - Identification of Model Ecosystems in Extreme Environments (Sant Feliu de Guixoles, Spagna, 29 novembre - 5 dicembre 2008). Abstract, CAREX, 2008.
18Ventura S. The CNR "Dirigibile Italia" Station in Ny-Ålesund: opportunities for collaborative research in Svalbard. In: CAREX Workshop - Priorities for environment-specific technological developments and infrastructures (Sant Feliu de Guixoles, Spagna, 29 novembre - 5 dicembre 2008).

   2007
19Hrouzek P., Papaefthimiou D., Mugnai M. A., Turicchia S., Rasmussen U., Ventura S. Evolution of the symbiosis in the Nostocaceae. In: IAC - XVII Symposium of the International Association for Cyanophyte Research (Merida City, Yucatan, Messico, Abstract, 2007.
20Jezberovà J., Soldati E., Mugnai M. A., Ventura S. Genetic and phenotypic diversity of pycocyanobacteria in reservoirs of higher trophic level. In: XVII Symposium of the International Association for Cyanophyte Research (Merida City, Yucatan, Messico, Abstract, 2007.
21Ventura S., Gold-Morgan M. All cyanobacterial species are dangerous (a time of new perspectives in cyanobacterial systematics). In: XVI Simposio Botanica Criptogamica (Leon, Spagna, 19-22 settembre 2007). Abstract, 2007.
22Ventura S. Description of cyanobacterial communities through an integrated approach. In: IAC - XVII Symposium of the International Association for Cyanophyte Research (Merida City, Yucatan, Messico, Abstract, 2007.

   2005
23Margheri M., Turicchia S., Mugnai M., Sili C., Funari E., Di B. M., Ventura S. Caratterizzazione della comunità cianobatterica del Lago Trasimeno. In: Bertinoro Meeting di Microbiologia Ambientale (Bertinoro (FC), Abstract, 2005.
24Ventura S., Turicchia S., Komarkova J., Mascalchi C., Soldati E., Komarek J. Caratterizzazione delle comunità cianobatteriche presenti nelle paludi alcaline del Nord Belize (America Centrale). In: Bertinoro Meeting di Microbiologia Ambientale (Bertinoro (FC), Abstract, 2005.

   2004
25Komárek J., Ventura S., Turicchia S., Komarkova J., Mascalchi C., Soldati E., Rejmankova E. Cyanobacterial diversity in alkaline marshes of northern Belize (Central America). In: 16th Symposium of the International Association for Cyanophyte Research (Luxembourg, Abstract, 2004.
26Mugnai M., Lamenti G., Giovanetti L., Margheri M., Ventura S. Characterisation of symbiotic and free-living Nostoc strains by ARDRA of the ribosomal region and PC-IGS RFLP. In: 16th Symposium of the International Association for Cyanophyte Research (Luxembourg, Abstract, 2004.
27Mugnai M., Castiglioni B., De B. G., Maffettone E., Margheri M., Mascalchi C., Sili C., Soldati E., Turicchia S., Ventura S. Molecular characterisation of the cyanobacterial community of Bubano Basin (Italy). In: 6° Convegno FISV (Riva del Garda (TN), Abstract, 2004.
28Mugnai M., Turicchia S., Margheri M., Sili C., Soldati E., Tedioli G., Ventura S. Polyphasic characterisation of the cyanobacterial community of the Bubano water reservoir in Italy. In: Bertinoro Meeting di Microbiologia Ambientale (Bertinoro (FC), Abstract, 2004.
29Soldati E., Callieri C., Mascalchi C., Ventura S. TGGE fingerprints of picocyanobacteria of Lago Maggiore. In: Freshwater microbial ecology: comparison of methods for measuring (Verbania Pallanza (VB), 2004).
30Turicchia S., Ventura S., Schütte U., Soldati E., Zielke M., Solheim B. Biodiversity of cyanobacteria and changes on temporal and spatial scales of the cyanobacterial community in the foreland of the Midtre Lovèn glacier, Spitsbergen, Svalbard. In: 16th Symposium of the International Association for Cyanophyte Research (Luxembourg, Abstract, 2004.
31Ventura S., Turicchia S., Schutte U., Soldati E., Zielke M., Solheim B. Biodiversity of cyanobacteria and changes on temporal and spatial scales of the cyanobacterial community in the high arctic environment of Spitsbergen, Svalbard. In: International Conference on Arctic Microbiology (Rovaniemi (Finland), Abstract, 2004.
32Ventura S., Turicchia S., Schutte U., Soldati E., Zielke M., Solheim B. Biodiversity of cyanobacteria and changes on temporal and spatial scales of the cyanobacterial community in the high arctic environment of Spitsbergen, Svalbard. In: Bertinoro Meeting di Microbiologia Ambientale (Bertinoro (FC), Abstract, 2004.
33Ventura S., Hrouzek P., Lukesova A., Mugnai M., Turicchia S. Diversity of soil Nostoc strains: phylogenetic and morphological variability. In: 16th Symposium of the International Association for Cyanophyte Research (Luxembourg, Abstract, 2004.

   2003
34Turicchia S., Ventura S. Isolation of cyanobacterial strains from the reference lakes: morphotypes and genotypes. In: Conclusion workshop of EC project MIDI-CHIP. Cyanobacterial diversity and toxicity (Brussels, 2003).