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MaB - Marine Biology

The group's activities are directed to study the ecology and diversity of plankton in order to interpret its role in the functioning of marine ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles. Planktonic autotrophic and heterotrophic eukaryotes are studied according to a multidisciplinary approach including ecology, ecotoxicology, physiology, morphology and taxonomy. Particular attention is devoted to the study of small pelagic fish trophic ecology and biodiversity of the nekton and to the development of knowledge on innovative technologies for the exploitation of microalgae as renewable energy source.

Within the group there is the Culture Collection of Sea Microorganisms (CoSMi) populated by species of prokaryotes and eukaryotes, autotrophic and heterotrophic organisms, taxonomically identified on the basis of molecular, biochemical and microscopy techniques.