EMI
EMI
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Area di ricerca: Life Sciences – Immunity and Infection: Microbiology, Veterinary Medicine
Principal Investigator: Sandra Hochscheid
PhD Student: Antonino Pace
External Supervisor: Ludovico Dipeneto, Dipartimento di Medicina Veterinaria e Produzioni Animali, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

Surveillance and research on infective diseases in wildlife populations may identify changes in ecosystem balance and emerging threats to human and animal welfare. Health assessment in coastal organisms can be used to indirectly monitor marine ecosystem status, investigate the effects of human activities on animal health, and identify risks to humans utilizing the same habitat for food, work, or recreation.
Fishes are susceptible to a wide variety of bacterial pathogens. Many of these bacteria are considered to be saprophytic in nature, becoming pathogenic when fishes are physiologically unbalanced, nutritionally deficient, or there are other stressors (e.g. poor water quality, overstocking). The systemic investigation is critical to the identification of potential pathogens and to a better understanding of their effects on host species.

What we do
We perform the microbiological and parasitological survey on marine organisms of the Gulf of Naples and the surrounding area in order to determine the health status and obtain information on the quality of the environment of origin

Partners
Dipartimento di Medicina Veterinaria e Produzioni Animali, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II - Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Mezzogiorno

Staff
Sandra Hochscheid
Andrea Affuso
Antonino Pace

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