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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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Ecosustainable 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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Species-specific gamete interaction during sea urchin fertilization

Roles of the egg jelly and vitelline layer

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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

22/02/2024

EvoDevo

Sea cucumbers: an emerging system in evo‑devo

16/02/2024

Global Change Biology

Functional changes across marine habitats due to ocean acidification

01/02/2024

Frontiers in Marine Science

Marine sponges as promising candidates for integrated aquaculture combining biomass increase and bioremediation: an updated review

30/01/2024

International Journal of Molecular Sciences

De Novo Assembly of the Genome of the Sea Urchin Paracentrotus lividus (Lamarck 1816)

23/01/2024

Frontiers in Microbiology

Characterizing the bacterial communities associated with Mediterranean sponges: a metataxonomic analysis

05/12/2023

Scientific Reports

Microbial associates of an endemic Mediterranean seagrass enhance the access of the host and the surrounding seawater to inorganic nitrogen under ocean acidification

Pfisteretal 2023 Microbial associates Posidonia Ischia Scie ReportsCatherine A. Pfister, Ulisse Cardini, Alice Mirasole, Luis M. Montilla, Iva Veseli, Jean‑Pierre Gattuso & Nuria Teixido

31/10/2023

Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Ferroptosis precedes apoptosis to facilitate specific death signalling by fatty acids

08/09/2023

Nature Communications

Sinus venosus adaptation models prolonged cardiovascular disease and reveals insights into evolutionary transitions of the vertebrate heart

21/07/2023

Environmental Pollution

Effects of biodegradable-based microplastics in Paracentrotus lividus Lmk embryos: Morphological and gene expression analysis

20/07/2023

Animals

Trace Elements and Persistent Organic Pollutants in Unhatched Loggerhead Turtle Eggs from an Emerging Nesting Site along the Southwestern Coasts of Italy, Western Mediterranean Sea

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