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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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Publications (most recent)

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.

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, 

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.

Smith, F. W., Boothby, T. C., Giovannini, I., Rebecchi, L., Jockusch, E. L., & Goldstein, B. (2016). The compact body plan of tardigrades evolved by the loss of a large body region. Current Biology , 26 (2), 224-229.

Guidetti, R., Rebecchi, L., Bertolani, R., Jönsson, K. I., Møbjerg Kristensen, R., & Cesari, M. (2016). Morphological and molecular analyses on Richtersius (Eutardigrada) diversity reveal its new systematic position and lead to the establishment of a new genus and a new family within Macrobiotoidea. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society , 178 (4), 834-845.

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.

Cesari, M., McInnes, S. J., Bertolani, R., Rebecchi, L., & Guidetti, R. (2016). Genetic diversity and biogeography of the south polar water bear Acutuncus antarcticus (Eutardigrada: Hypsibiidae)–evidence that it is a truly pan-Antarctic species. Invertebrate Systematics , 30 (6), 635-649.

Cesari, M., Vecchi, M., Palmer, A., Bertolani, R., Pilato, G., Rebecchi, L., & Guidetti, R. (2016). What if the claws are reduced? Morphological and molecular phylogenetic relationships of the genus Haplomacrobiotus May, 1948 (Eutardigrada, Parachela). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society , 178 (4), 819-827.