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percopo isabellaTechnician
RIMAR Department

Tel. +39 081 5833296
Fax: +39 081 7641355
e-mail isabella.percopo(at)szn.it


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Research interests

LTER-MC station is one of the few time series studying planktonic organisms in the Mediterranean Sea, and is one of the longest. The research Program MareChiara on plankton was launched by SZN in 1984, with the aim of understanding the variability in the distribution of plankton communities at different spatial and temporal scales (Ribera d'Alcala et al., 2004; Zingone et al., 2010). Phytoplankton is a key component of the system for his role in the pelagic food webs and biogeochemical fluxes at sea.
The biology, taxonomy and ecology of marine phytoplankton are the fields of my interests, with particular concern to the spatial and tempotal phytoplankton distribution and its links with the environmental conditions.
The tasks include: evaluation of specific composition and abundance through analysis at inverted light microscope, counting of phytoplankton samples weekly collected at Station LTER-MC; the cooperation in the construction and renovation of the website LTER MC http://SZN. macisteweb.com/; and the taxonomic study of some species difficult to identify in the light microscope through scanning electron microscope and molecular analysis. I use light and electron microscopy as well as various molecular methods.

Selected Publications

Sabia, L., Di Capua, I., Percopo, I., Uttieri M. & Amato A. (2017) ITS2 in calanoid copepods: reconstructing phylogenetic relationships and identifying a newly introduced species in the Mediterranean, The European Zoological Journal, 84:1, 104-115.

Balzano S., Percopo, I., Siano, R., Gourvil, P., Chanoine, M., Marie, D., Vaulot, D. & Sarno, D. (2017) Morphological and genetic diversity of Beaufort Sea diatoms with high contributions from the Chaetoceros neogracilis species complex. Journal of Phycology, 53, 161-187.

Rossi R., Dell’Aversano, C., Ciminiello, C., Percopo, I., Tillmann, U., Soprano, V., & Zingone, A. (2016) Mediterranean Azadinium dexteroporum (Dinophyceae) produces AZA-35 and six novel azaspiracids: a structural study by a multi-platform mass spectrometry approach. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. 409, 1121-1134.

Percopo I., Ruggiero M.V., Balzano S., Gourvil P., Lundhölm N., Siano R., Tammilehto A., Vaulot D, Sarno D. (2016) P. arctica sp. nov., a new cold-water cryptic Pseudo-nitzschia species within the P. pseudodelicatissima complex. Journal of Phycology, 52, 184–199.

Accoroni, S., Percopo, I., Cerino, F., Romagnoli T., Pichierri, S., Perrone, C., Totti, C. (2015) Allelopathic interactions between the HAB dinoflagellate Ostreopsis cf. ovata and macroalgae. Harmful Algae, 49:147-155.

Percopo, I., Siano, R., Rossi, R., Soprano, V., Sarno, D. & Zingone, A. (2013) A new potentially toxic Azadinium species (Dinophyceae) from the Mediterranean Sea, A. dexteroporum sp. nov. Journal of Phycology, 49, 950–966.

Zingone, A., Forlani, G., Percopo, I. & Montresor, M. (2011) Morphological characterization of Phaeocystis antarctica (Prymnesiophyceae). Phycologia, 50, 650-660.

Percopo, I., Siano, R., Cerino, F., Sarno, D. & Zingone, A. (2011) Phytoplankton diversity during the spring bloom in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea. Botanica Marina, 54, 243–267.

Totti C., Percopo I., Cerino F., Accoroni S., Cucchiari E., Pennesi C., Romagnoli T., Rindi F., Perrone C. (2011) Allelopathic interactions between the hab dinoflagellate Ostreopsis cf. ovata and macroalgal hosts. Conference Paper. V European Phycological Congress, Rodos (Greece), September, 2011.

Frada, M., Percopo, I., Young, J., Zingone, A., de Vargas, C. & Probert, I. (2009) First observations of heterococcolithophore-holococcolithophore life cycle combinations in the family Pontosphaeraceae (Calcihaptophycideae, Haptophyta). Marine Micropaleontology, 71, 20-27.

Zingone, A., Percopo, I., Sims, P.A. & Sarno, D. (2005) Diversity in the genus Skeletonema (Bacillariophyceae). I. A re-examination of the type material of Skeletonema costatum, with the description of S. grevillei sp. nov. Journal of Phycology, 41, 140-150. (Allegato 36)

Sarno, D., Kooistra, W.C.H.F., Medlin, L.K., Percopo, I. & Zingone, A. (2005) Diversity in the genus Skeletonema (Bacillariophyceae). II. An assessment of the taxonomy of S. costatum-like species, with the description of four new species. Journal of Phycology, 41, 151-176.

Book chapters

Zingone, A. & Percopo, I. (2006) Classe: Bacillarioficee. Bacteriastrum furcatum. B. parallelum.  Chaetoceros minimus. Chaetoceros simplex. C. throndsenii. Lithodesmium. Minidiscus comicus. Minutocellus polymorphus. Pseudo-nitzschia galaxiae. Skeletonema marinoi. Skeletonema menzelii. Skeletonema pseudocostatum. Thalassiosira cf. allenii. Thalassiosira mediterranea. Dinobryon coalescens. Dinobryon faculiferum. Classe: Dinoficee. Alexandrium andersonii. Alexandrium balechii. Karenia spp.. Mesoporos adriaticus. Protoperidinium crassipes. Classe: Prasinoficee.
Pseudoscourfieldia marina. Classe: Primnesioficee Coccolitoforali. Calciopappus caudatus. Pontosphaera syracusana. Classe: Primnesioficee Primnesiali. Chrysochromulina spp.. Phaeocystis spp. Leucocryptos marina. Guida al riconoscimento del plancton dei mari italiani. Volume I. Fitoplancton (ed. by M. Avancini, A.M. Cicero, I. Di Girolamo, M. Innamorati, E. Magaletti and T. Sertorio Zunini), pp. 19-23, 37,39,73,79,87,139-143,167,185-189,197-199, 239,241,257-261,265,267, 345,353,395, 425-429, 459,435.437, 471-477, 489. Ministero dell'Ambiente e della Tutela del  Territorio e del Mare - ICRAM, Roma.

Zingone, A., Cerino, F. & Percopo, I. (2010) Colture di Diluizione Seriale (SDC). Metodologie di studio del plancton marino (ed. by G. Socal, I. Buttino, M. Cabrini, O. Mangoni, A. Penna and C. Totti), pp. 239-244. ISPRA, Roma.

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