Stefania Caparrotta

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Evidence suggests that heavy-metal tolerance can be induced in plants following pre-treatment with non-toxic metal concentrations, but the results are still controversial. In the present study, tobacco plants were exposed to increasing Zn2+ concentrations (up to 250 and/or 500 μM ZnSO4) with or without a 1-week acclimation period with 30 μM ZnSO4. Elevated(More)
This study demonstrated for the first time the possibility to remove and partially recover the Ruthenium contained in industrial effluents by using purple non sulfur bacteria (PNSB) as microbial biosorbents. Up to date, the biosorption was only claimed as possible tool for the removal of the platinum-group metals (PGM) but the biosorption of Ru was never(More)
AIMS This study was aimed at investigating the possible exploitation of phototrophic micro-organisms for the removal and the recovery of Au from Au-containing wastewaters deriving from a plating industry. METHODS AND RESULTS A screening among ten phototrophic micro-organisms was carried out with pure solutions of Au to select the best strain in terms of(More)
This paper presents EmotiPlant, a system that aims to facilitate the nurturing of indoor plants for older adults. The proposed concept exploits the idea of a plant that is able to express emotions and display its status in relation to the environmental conditions. Thanks to the humanized behavior and the possibility to interact through the touch, the(More)
Plants are live beings with often underestimated sensory and communicative abilities. In this paper, we sensitize to these natural abilities and we show how they can be extended through technology. To these purpose, we propose a framework for multisensory augmented plants and we present the design of three different augmented plants that are able to(More)
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