Rocco Auriemma

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The input-output characteristics of muscle stretch receptors can be represented by a set of Wiener kernels estimated from responses to random length stimuli. We use these kernels to predict the responses of the receptor to deterministic length changes and show that significant non-linearities are present in receptor responses to length stimuli of only a(More)
The benthic ecosystem functioning is a rarely applied holistic approach that integrates the main chemical and biological features of the benthic domain with the key processes responsible for the flux of energy and C through the system. For the first time, such conceptual model, with an emphasis on the heterotrophic pathways, has been applied to the(More)
The Mar Piccolo of Taranto, classified as a 'Site of National Interest' (SIN), is a semi-enclosed basin divided into two inlets with lagoon features and sea influences, seriously affected by anthropic activities. In the framework of the RITMARE project, a study has been carried out to evaluate the functionality of this ecosystem. As part of this work,(More)
The effect of a motor unit contraction on a Golgi tendon organ is more fully revealed when the motor unit is stimulated with a random (Poisson) pulse train than when activated with a periodic train. The temporal relationship between the motor unit twitch force and the receptor spike train is exhibited by separately cross-correlating the force and the spike(More)
Carbon and nitrogen stable isotope analysis was used to examine the food web of the Mar Piccolo of Taranto, a coastal basin experiencing several anthropogenic impacts. Main food sources (algal detritus, seaweeds, particulate organic matter (POM) and sediment organic matter (SOM)) and benthic and pelagic consumers were collected during two contrasting(More)
The Mar Piccolo is a semi-enclosed basin subject to different natural and anthropogenic stressors. In order to better understand plankton dynamics and preferential carbon pathways within the planktonic trophic web, an integrated approach was adopted for the first time by examining all trophic levels (virioplankton, the heterotrophic and phototrophic(More)
The response of phytoplankton assemblages to the closure of urban sewage outfalls (USOs) was examined for the Mar Piccolo of Taranto (Mediterranean Sea), a productive semi-enclosed coastal marine ecosystem devoted to shellfish farming. Phytoplankton dynamics were investigated in relation to environmental variables, with a particular emphasis on harmful(More)
Sponge harvesting was a significant part of the Bahamian economy until the late 1930s when disease, hurricanes, and unsustainable harvesting practices reduced the viability of the sponge industry. Current international demands for natural products, increasing regional needs for economic diversification, and the historical foundation of sponging in The(More)
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