Antonio Minnocci

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Soluble low-molecular-mass protein isoforms were purified from chemosensory organs (antennae, tarsi and labrum) of the desert locust Schistocerca gregaria. Five genes encoding proteins of this group were amplified by PCR from cDNAs of tarsi and sequenced. Their expression products are polypeptide chains of 109 amino acids showing 40-50% sequence identity(More)
The aim of this work was to investigate the olfactory system of the walking stick insect, Carausius morosus. Morphological, ultrastructural and immunocytochemical studies of adult female antennae were conducted by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Extensive cross-section series were made through the last antennal segment to define the cuticular(More)
Plants can remove or immobilize various environmental contaminants; however, little is known about the physiological mechanisms underlying responses to soil amendment with biosolids contaminated with heavy metals. We investigated the responses of cuttings of hybrid poplar clones Eridano and I-214 grown for a season in soil amended with nutrient-rich organic(More)
An ascomycete with non stromatic, narrowly ovoidal or subpyriform, pale yellow to luteous perithecia, a Nectria-like centrum, yellowish-brown reticulate ascospores, and a Trichothecium-like anamorph has been isolated from small rodent dung in Italy. Based on morphological, cultural and molecular (nrLSU and ITS sequences) data, a new genus, Rodentomyces, and(More)
The relative importance that biomechanical and biochemical leaf traits have on photosynthetic capacity would depend on a complex interaction of internal architecture and physiological differences. Changes in photosynthetic capacity on a leaf area basis and anatomical properties during leaf development were studied in a deciduous tree, Prunus persica, and an(More)
Annual variations in the water relations and stomatal response of Erica arborea, Myrtus communis and Juniperus communis occurring at a natural CO(2) vent were analysed under Mediterranean field conditions. A distinct gradient of CO(2)concentration ([CO(2)]) exists between two sites near a natural CO(2)-emitting vent, with higher [CO(2)] (700 micromol(More)
Five-year-old plants of two olive cultivars (Frantoio and Moraiolo) grown in large pots were exposed for 7 to 8 months to ambient (AC) or elevated (EC) CO2 concentration in a free-air CO2 enrichment (FACE) facility. Exposure to EC enhanced net photosynthetic rate (P N) and decreased stomatal conductance, leading to greater instantaneous transpiration(More)
In vitro culture of rooted and unrooted olive microshoots, established from seed lines of free-pollinated ‘‘Frantoio’’ and ‘‘Moraiolo’’ cultivars, were evaluated for NaCl tolerance. The aim was to use growth and physiological parameters in order to identify salt-adapted genotypes. Leaf tissue elemental distribution of Na, Cl and K was also investigated in(More)
In previous experiments elevated but sub-symptomatic applications of Zn (0.1 mM and 1 mM) caused impairments in growth parameters and photosynthetic performance of Populus × euramericana (Dode) Guinier clone I-214. The aim of this work was to evaluate leaf morphological and anatomical traits in this clone in response to the same Zn concentrations. The(More)
OBJECTIVES Transplantation of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) is a promising approach for revascularization of tissue. We have used a natural and biocompatible biopolymer, fibrin, to induce cell population growth, differentiation and functional activity of EPCs. MATERIALS AND METHODS Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were cultured for 1 week to(More)