Alessio Vovlas

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There is increasing evidence that most parapatric cryptic/sister taxa are reproductively compatible across their areas of contact. Consequently, the biological species concept, which assumes absence of interbreeding, is becoming a not so effective criterion in evolutionary ecology. Nevertheless, the few parapatric sister taxa showing complete reproductive(More)
A survey was conducted in 16 fields cultivated with broad bean (Vicia faba L.) and garden pea (Pisum sativum L.) in nine localities of Apulia, southern Italy, to determine whether annual weeds were susceptible to the pea cyst nematode (PEACN), Heterodera goettingiana, and could therefore serve as alternate host for the nematode. The results of this study(More)
In this study we investigated the morphometric and molecular characterization of a liver encapsulated third-stage larval population of Anisakis spp. infecting Merluccius merluccius and Lophius piscatorius caught in the Adriatic Sea waters (southern Italy). A polyphasic approach based on PCR-RFLP profiles of the ITS region, mitochondrial COI (cytochrome c(More)
For many historical and ecological reasons, Italy is characterized by extremely high biodiversity level, which we can observe in virtually all animal and plant groups. This occurs in concomitance with relatively low levels of anthropic disturbance, at least in comparison to most areas of central Europe. The elongate shape and mountainous nature of Italy,(More)
The adults’ mobility and oviposition preferences of Zerynthia cassandra have been studied for the first time, with the aim of integrating auto-ecological information into recommendations for the habitat’s management of this species. Results of our mark-release-recapture study have highlighted that Z. cassandra is a strictly sedentary species, since detected(More)
This research carried out an accurate identification of the root-knot and cyst-forming nematode species parasitizing white clover at the Laceno Lake area in Southern Italy. Two species, the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne hapla and the cyst nematode Heterodera daverti were identified by integrative taxonomic approaches (classical, isozyme pattern, and D2-D3(More)
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