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The researches carried on in the Laboratory of Evolutionary Zoology are related with the biology of animals leaving in extreme environments, with particular focus on the cryptobiosis phenomenon and the biology of tardigrades, and the biology of alien species, with particular focus on insects.


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DRYNET Conference "Physiological aspects of reversible drying in eukaryotes" and Workshop "Reversible drying: lessons from anhydrobiontes"

12th & 13TH Semtember 2019, Modena, Italy


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Publications (most recent)

Guidetti, R., Cesari, M., Bertolani, R., Altiero, T. & Rebecchi, L. (2019). High diversity in species, reproductive modes and distribution within the Paramacrobiotus richtersi complex (Eutardigrada, Macrobiotidae). Zoological Letters, 5:1.

Fleming, J. F., Kristensen, R. M., Sørensen, M. V., Park, T. Y. S., Arakawa, K., Blaxter, M., Rebecchi, L., Guidetti, R., Williams, T.A., Roberts, N.W. & Vinther, J. (2018). Molecular palaeontology illuminates the evolution of ecdysozoan vision. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 285(1892): 20182180.

Vecchi, M., Newton, I. L., Cesari, M., Rebecchi, L., & Guidetti, R. (2018). The Microbial Community of Tardigrades: Environmental Influence and Species Specificity of Microbiome Structure and Composition. Microbial ecology, 1-15.

Montinaro, E., Grisi, M., Letizia, M. C., Pethö, L., Gijs, M. A. M., Guidetti, R., Michler, J., Brugger, J. & Boero, G. (2018). 3D printed microchannels for sub-nL NMR spectroscopy. PloS one, 13(5), e0192780.

Wonhoon L., Guidetti R., Cesari M., Gariepy T.D., Park Y. & Park C. (2018). Genetic diversity of Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera, Pentatomidae) in Korea and comparison with COI sequence datasets from East Asia, Europe and North America. Florida Entomologist, 101(1):49-54.

Cesari M., Maistrello L., Piemontese L., Bonini R., Dioli P., Lee W., Park C., Partsinevelos G.K., Rebecchi L. & Guidetti R. (2018). Genetic diversity of the brown marmorated stink bug Halyomorpha halys in the invaded territories of Europe and its patterns of diffusion in Italy. Biol Invasion 20:1073-1092.

Giovannini I., Altiero T., Guidetti R. & Rebecchi L. (2017). Will the Antarctic tardigrade Acutuncus antarcticus be able to withstand environmental stresses due to global climate change?. Journal of Experimental Biology, 211, 1-11. 

Cesari, M., Maistrello, L., Piemontese, L., Bonini, R., Dioli, P., Lee, W., ... & Guidetti, R. (2017). Genetic diversity of the brown marmorated stink bug Halyomorpha halys in the invaded territories of Europe and its patterns of diffusion in Italy. Biological Invasions, 1-20.

Pérez-Pech, W. A., Anguas-Escalante, A. B. R. I. L., Cutz-Pool, L. Q., & Guidetti, R. (2017). Doryphoribius chetumalensis sp. nov.(Eutardigrada: Isohypsibiidae) a new tardigrade species discovered in an unusual habitat of urban areas of Mexico. Zootaxa, 4344(2), 345-356.

Morrison III, W. R., Park, C. G., Seo, B. Y., Park, Y. L., Kim, H. G., Rice, K. B., ... & Leskey, T. C. (2017). Attraction of the invasive Halyomorpha halys in its native Asian range to traps baited with semiochemical stimuli. Journal of Pest Science, 1-13.

Mazzoni, V., Polajnar, J., Baldini, M., Stacconi, M. V. R., Anfora, G., Guidetti, R., & Maistrello, L. (2017). Use of substrate-borne vibrational signals to attract the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys. Journal of Pest Science, 1-11.

Guidetti, R., McInnes, S. J., Cesari, M., Rebecchi, L., & Rota-Stabelli, O. (2017). Evolutionary scenarios for the origin of an Antarctic tardigrade species based on molecular clock analyses and biogeographic data. Contributions to Zoology, 86(2), 97-110.

Grisi, M., Vincent, F., Volpe, B., Guidetti, R., Harris, N., Beck, A., & Boero, G. (2017). NMR spectroscopy of single sub-nL ova with inductive ultra-compact single-chip probes. Scientific reports, 7.

Boothby, T. C., Tapia, H., Brozena, A. H., Piszkiewicz, S., Smith, A. E., Giovannini, I., ... & Goldstein, B. (2017). Tardigrades use intrinsically disordered proteins to survive desiccation. Molecular Cell, 65(6), 975-984.

Vecchi, M., Vicente, F., Guidetti, R., Bertolani, R., Rebecchi, L., & Cesari, M. (2016). Interspecific relationships of tardigrades with bacteria, fungi and protozoans, with a focus on the phylogenetic position of Pyxidium tardigradum (Ciliophora). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 178(4), 846-855.

Vecchi, M., Cesari, M., Bertolani, R., Jönsson, K. I., Rebecchi, L., & Guidetti, R. (2016). Integrative systematic studies on tardigrades from Antarctica identify new genera and new species within Macrobiotoidea and Echiniscoidea. Invertebrate Systematics, 30(4), 303-322.

Hansen, J. G., Kristensen, R. M., Bertolani, R., & Guidetti, R. (2017). Comparative analyses of Bertolanius species (Eohypsibiidae; Eutardigrada) with the description of Bertolaniusbirnae sp. nov. from northern polar regions. Polar Biology, 40(1), 123-140.