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carotenuto yleniaResearcher
Integrative Marine Ecology Department

Tel. +39 081 5833280
Fax: +39 081 7641355
e-mail: ylenia.carotenuto(at)szn.it
Skype: carotylene


Curriculum Vitae

Research interests

Diatom-copepod interactions, chemical ecology, copepod reproduction and development, molecular biology, Next Generation Sequencing.
My research interests focus on the effects of algal info-chemicals on planktonic prey-predator interactions and ecosystem functioning. In particular, I am interested in studying the impact of secondary metabolites produced by diatoms (oxylipins), on grazing, reproduction, development and gene expression of copepods, and on the role of oxylipins in copepod population dynamics. Diatom oxylipins induce morphological anomalies and cellular damage in larval stages and adult copepods, reducing egg hatching success, larval development and, ultimately, recruitment of copepod population at sea.
My research activity involves multiple approaches spanning from measurements of copepod life-history parameters (i.e. ingestion rates, egg production and viability, larval survivorship), to quantitative gene expression analysis and Next Generation Sequencing of transcriptomes, in copepods exposed to different experimental conditions. Production of diatom oxylipins has strong impact on copepod population dynamics at sea; it is, therefore, fundamental, to investigate the ecological role of these secondary metabolites in the marine environment. My research activity also involves analysis of in situ copepod reproduction and population dynamics, during typical phytoplankton blooms; particular attentions has been given to marine environments having contrasting productive regimes and seasonal plankton dynamics (North Adriatic vs. Gulf of Naples).

Selected Publications

Carotenuto, Y., Ianora, A., Buttino, I., Romano, G. & Miralto, A. (2002). Is postembryonic development in the copepod Temora stylifera negatively affected by diatom diets? Journal of Experimental Marine Ecology and Biology, 276: 49-66.

Ianora, A., Miralto, A., Poulet, S. A., Carotenuto, Y., Buttino, I., Romano, G., Casotti, R., Pohnert, G., Wichard, T., Colucci-D'Amato, L., Terrazzano, G. & Smetacek, V. (2004). Aldehyde suppression of copepod recruitment in blooms of a ubiquitous planktonic diatom. Nature, 429: 403-407.

Carotenuto, Y., Wichard, T., Pohnert, G. & Lampert, W. (2005). Life history responses of Daphnia pulicaria to diets containing freshwater diatoms: effects of nutritional quality versus polyunsaturated aldehydes. Limnology and Oceanography 50: 449-454.  

Carotenuto, Y., Ianora, A., Di Pinto, M., Sarno, D. & Miralto, A. (2006). Annual cycle of early developmental stage survival and recruitment in the copepods Temora stylifera and Centropages typicus. Marine Ecology Progress Series 314: 227-238.

Buttino, I., De Rosa, G., Carotenuto, Y., Mazzella, M., Ianora, A., Esposito, F., Vitiello, V., Quaglia, F., La Rotonda, M. I. & Miralto, A. (2008). Aldehyde-encapsulating liposomes impair marine grazer survivorship. Journal of Experimental Biology 211: 1426-1433.

Carotenuto, Y., Ianora, A. & Miralto, A. (2011). Maternal and neonate diatom diets impair development and sex differentiation in the copepod Temora stylifera. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 396: 99-107.

Carotenuto, Y., Esposito, F., Pisano, F., Lauritano, C., Perna, M., Miralto, A. & Ianora, A. (2012). Multi-generation cultivation of the copepod Calanus helgolandicus in a re-circulating system. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 418-419: 46-58.

Carotenuto, Y., Dattolo, E., Lauritano, C., Pisano, F., Sanges, R., Miralto, A., Procaccini, G. & Ianora, A. (2014). Insights into the transcriptome of the marine copepod Calanus helgolandicus feeding on the oxylipin-producing diatom Skeletonema marinoi. Harmful Algae 31: 153-162.

Asai, S., Ianora, A., Lauritano, C., Lindeque, P.K. & Carotenuto, Y. (2014). High-quality RNA extraction from copepods for Next Generation Sequencing: A comparative study. Marine Genomics, 24: 115-118.

Ianora, A., Bastianini, M., Carotenuto, Y., Casotti, R., Roncalli, V., Miralto, A., Romano, G., Gerecht, A., Fontana, A. & Turner, J.T. (2015). Non-volatile oxylipins can render some diatom blooms more toxic for copepod reproduction. Harmful Algae, 44: 1-7.

Websites or online articles

Lauritano, C., Borra, M., Carotenuto, Y., Biffali, E., Miralto, A., Procaccini, G. & Ianora, A. (2011). Molecular evidence of the toxic effects of diatom diets on gene expression patterns in copepods. PLOS One 6 (10), e26850.

Databases and repositories

770 Calanus helgolandicus EST sequences deposited in GenBank dbEST Database on 09/01/2014 (GenBank Library Accession Number: LIBEST_028336. GenBank EST Accession numbers: JZ532668-JZ533437).

10 Calanus helgolandicus nucleotide sequences deposited in GenBank Nucleotide Database on 22/12/2013 (GenBank Accession numbers: KC521529-KC521538).

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