Taranto, Istituto Sperimentale Talassografico

Roma , I C R A M



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Universitā di Messina
Salita Sperone, 31
98166 S. Agata di Messina   ITALY
Tel : + 39 090 676 55 39
Fax : + 39 090 393 409
Email : guglielmo@eniware.it
Web Site :
Director : Prof. Letterio Guglielmo

Type of activities
research only academic, education
policy/planning envir. monitoring

Main sectors of research
plankton ecology, microbial ecology, zoobenthos, mariculture, fishes, copepods, ecotoxicology

Current major projects
* hydrothermal marine vents as source of biological materials - MAST III ;
* immunohistochemical characterization of bioactive peptides in the diffuse neuroendocrine systems of gill and airways of fishes ;
* study of the effects of xenobiotics on organs of teleosts from isolated natural environments

Number of local permanent staff
scientists : 30 others : 27

Indoor surface area (m2) available for
research : 3000 teaching : 800
others : 500

Conference room
no yes (number of seats : 500 )

Research vessel(s)
less than 12 m in length; number of vessels :
more than 12 m in length; number of vessels : 1
Brief description of vessels and on board scientific equipment :
'Algesiro Matteo', 27 m in length, originally a fishing wood boat, was renovated as oceanographic vessel with a large range of specific marine chemistry and biology equipments

Other major research facilities and equipment
Bioness Electronic Multinet, CTD, in-situ fluorimeter, Rosette Sampler, Optical Plankton Counter (OPC), plankton nets, plankton hamburg net, bongo net, buckets, dredges, box corer, Phillipson Micro-Bomb calorimeter, light and stereoscopic microscopes, epifluorescence microscope, Zeiss Axiphot Photomicroscope with incident light fluorescence and differential interference contrast, spectrophotometers, spectrofluorimeters, scan laser, ultramicrotome

Ecosystem types available nearby
straits of Messina, Faro and Ganzirri brackish lakes, Oliveri lagoons, Aeolian islands, south Tyrrhenian Sea and Ionian Sea

Areas of taxonomic expertise
pelagic & associated copepods, euphausiids, amphipods, mesopelagic fishes, mysids, molluscs, ichthyoplankton, bacterial taxonomy

Specimen collections
yes no
  Brief description :

Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
yes no
300 m2 (laboratories, scientific equipment, lodging)

Training courses
yes no
aquaculture, biology of fishes, marine ecology, PhCD marine science research

Capacity and brief description of library
400 mē surface, 5000 volumes, 6000 catalogued newspapers, 50 subscriptions, 40 exchanges

Type of research institution
governmental, national governmental, local
international academic
private other:


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