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View of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park. Photo by Giorgio Bertorelle

Studying the phototactic response of our Adriatic sturgeons 19.07.21

To assess the fitness of our Adriatic sturgeons (Acipenser naccarii) we started to investigate the response to diverse stimuli. Among them, we chose to further explore the response to light (phototaxis) in our inbred and outbred stocks. A positive phototactic response can be linked to higher success in finding new sources of food, since many potential … Continue reading Studying the phototactic response of our Adriatic sturgeons 19.07.21

Spreading the word: genetics and conservation in secondary schools in Abruzzo 23.06.2021

One of the objectives of Endemixit is to increase public awareness about biodiversity conservation and the use of innovative genetic and genomic approaches as modern tools to protect the Italian biological heritage. This goal can be reached also involving school teachers and students in specific educational programs. For this reason, we are developing a dissemination … Continue reading Spreading the word: genetics and conservation in secondary schools in Abruzzo 23.06.2021

Glossary and Wiki page online 13.05.2021

A glossary of relevant terms in conservation and genetics is now available both in English and in Italian on our website. Also, we opened a new wiki page (in Italian) on Conservation Genomics (Genomica della Conservazione). Have a look at them!

Assessing the growth rate of our Adriatic sturgeons 9.03.2021

After a period of acclimatization, our sturgeons are ready for the firsts measurements necessary to assess their fitness. Size and weight are two parameters often used to evaluate fitness, especially when it comes to fish. It is generally expected, all things being equal, that individuals with a better overall health condition will show a higher … Continue reading Assessing the growth rate of our Adriatic sturgeons 9.03.2021

Reading DNA to reconstruct the demographic history of species

What if the evolutionary history of a species over the last millions of years could be reconstructed using genomic information from a few currently living individuals? This may sound like science fiction but has become a reality thanks to the recent revolution in sequencing techniques. As the DNA is transmitted across individuals from all their … Continue reading Reading DNA to reconstruct the demographic history of species

Different study species means different type of sample to deal with! 17.02.2021

We have finally finished the DNA extraction for most of the project species. This was not an easy task considering the different origin of the samples: bear’s blood and muscle, lizard’s muscle, butterfly’s head and thorax, frog skin and sturgeon fin tissue.We tested mainly two methods: extraction through Phenol/Chloroform/IAA and PureLink ® Genomics mini kit. … Continue reading Different study species means different type of sample to deal with! 17.02.2021

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