View of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park. Photo by Giorgio Bertorelle
The italian newspaper “La Repubblica” just published an article about EndemixIT. Dissemination is a priority mission for EndemixIT as species conservation needs citizens involvement. Thus we are glad that the press is talking about us, helping the prject to reach a broad audience. Check out the paper here or in our “read more” section.
Poste Italiane S.p.A., the Italian postal service provider, has chosen two Italian endemic species to produce a series of stamps dedicated to the endangered species of our country. And guess what? They are both part of our project! We are talking about the Aeolian Lizard (Podarcis raffonei) and the Marsican Bear (Ursus arctos marsicanus). The … Continue reading Brand new stamps on two EndemixIT species 17.11.2021
On September 11th-12th, the team from the University of Trieste was invited to attend the 5th edition of the North East International Shell Exposition (NESIE), which attracts every year shell and fossil collectors from Italy, Slovenia and Croatia, as well as many people interested in biodiversity and science enthusiasts. This was a great opportunity to … Continue reading Endemixit presented at NESIE 2021
Raising public awareness on the importance of preserving biodiversity, particularly endemism such as the Italian unique biological heritages, and how genetics helps to this goal is crucial for effective and long-term conservation efforts and one of the aims of the ENDEMIXIT project. The key is to develop effective communication tools such as social media videos. … Continue reading ENDEMIXIT is now an animation 04.10.2021
Finally, after several months of virtual meetings due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the group met in Ferrara, hosted by the main coordinator Prof. Giorgio Bertorelle. This is the second in-person meeting since the beginning of the ENDEMIXIT project. For the more recent additions to the group, it has been the first opportunity to greet and … Continue reading Group meeting in Ferrara, finally! 28.09.2021
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
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
We finally completed the Marsican bear karyotype. We have cultured bear cells in vitro, blocked them during mitosis and took a picture of the chromosomes. The Marsican bear, like all mammals, has male heterogamy. This means that, just as in humans, males have XY sex chromosomes while females have XX. These data will be necessary … Continue reading Chromosomes of the Marsican bear 17.06.2021
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