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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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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

18/11/2021

Journal of Marine Science and Engineering

Chlamydomonas Responses to Salinity Stress and Possible Biotechnological Exploitation

05/11/2021

Biomedicines

A Treasure of Bioactive Compounds from the Deep Sea

05/11/2021

Science of the Total Environment

Can we preserve and restore overlooked macroalgal forests?

05/11/2021

Marine Drugs

Jellyfish Bioprospecting in the Mediterranean Sea: Antioxidant and Lysozyme-like Activities from Aurelia coerulea (Cnidaria, Scyphozoa) Extracts

05/11/2021

Scientific Reports

Microbial diversity in Mediterranean sponges as revealed by metataxonomic analysis

05/11/2021

Frontiers in Marine Science

Protandric Transcriptomes to Uncover Parts of the Crustacean Sex-Differentiation Puzzle

25/10/2021

eLife

Little evidence that Eurasian jays protect their caches by responding to cues about a conspecific’s desire and visual perspective

19/10/2021

New Phytologist

Silencing of a Pseudo-nitzschia arenysensis lipoxygenase transcript leads to reduced oxylipin production and impaired growth

19/10/2021

Applied Sciences

Mini-Review: Potential of Diatom-Derived Silica for Biomedical Applications

19/10/2021

Desalination

Survival of the fittest: Prokaryotic communities within a SWRO desalination plant

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