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Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn

Explore the Mediterranean Sea to understand and protect the Global Ocean

Founded in 1872, the SZN is among the most influential research Institutions in the field of marine biology and ecology.

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The SZN carries on advanced research on the biology, ecology and evolution of marine organisms.

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A core activity of the SZN is the higher education and formation of young scientists to lead pure and applied research.

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Research Departments

The research at the SZN is organized in 5 Departments, three focusing on scientific research: 1) Biology and Evolution of Marine Organisms; 2) Integrative Marine Ecology, 3) Marine Animal Conservation and Public Engagement and two dedicated to technological research 4 Research Infrastructures for Marine Biological Resources, 5) Marine Biotechnology.

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Biology and Evolution of Marine Organisms

Studies the fundamental biological mechanisms that allow animals to deal with the challenges of Life on Earth.

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Marine Biotechnology

The mission of the Marine Biotechnology Department is to conduct and promote scientific research regarding the possible applications of marine natural products in the biomedical and environmental sectors

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Integrative Marine Ecology

Promotes interdisciplinary research on biodiversity, structure and functioning of marine ecosystems.


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Research Infrastructures for marine biological resources

The Department of Research Infrastructures for marine biological resources (RIMAR) provides high technology services and access to infrastructure and research platforms to the national and international scientific community, as well as support third mission activities such as third-party contracts

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Marine Animal Conservation and Public Engagement

Research activities aim at conservation of large marine vertebrates and correct management and reproduction of marine fauna in controlled environment.

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A summary of the most recent research activities carried out in our laboratories.

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Virus-induced spore formation as a defense mechanism in marine diatoms

Virus-induced spore formation as a defense mechanism in marine diatoms

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Sea turtles are now texting their whereabouts directly to the researchers

Loggerhead sea turtles are abundant in the Western Mediterranean.


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Last Publications

20/04/2021

Global Change Biology

Juvenile corals underpin coral reef carbonate production after disturbance

20/04/2021

Water

The Importance of Food Pulses in Benthic-Pelagic Coupling Processes of Passive Suspension Feeders

20/04/2021

Scientific Reports

Finding Nemo’s clock reveals switch from nocturnal to diurnal activity

31/03/2021

Scientific Reports

Insights into the role of deep‑sea squids of the genus Histioteuthis (Histioteuthidae) in the life cycle of ascaridoid parasites in the Central Mediterranean Sea waters

31/03/2021

Food Control

First molecular detection of the parasites Molicola uncinatus and Hepatoxylon trichiuri (Cestoda: Trypanorhyncha) infecting the silver scabbardfish Lepidopus caudatus from the Central Mediterranean Sea: Implications for the seafood quality and safety

31/03/2021

Marine Drugs

A Metataxonomic Approach Reveals Diversified Bacterial Communities in Antarctic Sponges

26/03/2021

Developmental Biology

Coup-TF: A maternal factor essential for differentiation along the embryonic axes in the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus

22/03/2021

PLOS ONE

High photosynthetic plasticity may reinforce invasiveness of upside-down zooxanthellate jellyfish in Mediterranean coastal waters

19/03/2021

Harmful Algae

New alleles in the mating type determination region of West Atlantic strains of Pseudo-nitzschia multistriata

19/03/2021

Frontiers in Marine Science

Interplay Between Nanoplastics and the Immune System of the Mediterranean Sea Urchin Paracentrotus lividus

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