• A Modern Approach to Design.

    Epsilon is a modern, sectioned based design, with a diverse infusion of background textures and patterns. These enrich and differentiate your site whilst maintaining an overall conservative approach, for flexible site application. Read More
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  • CNR - ISE MICROBIAL ECOLOGY GROUP

    CNR ISE Epsilon provides for full width, custom, transitional background images, in the slideshow position, a full width container, specifically designed for RokSprocket's Features layout. It also has separate options for per panel background and content images. Read More
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  • Custom Animation

    Animation provides an extended layout of visual flair as well as smooth interaction for your visitors, to facilitate the seamless experience of using your site. RokSprocket Features benefits from a custom, per-panel array of up to 16 animation types. Read More
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  • A Modern Approach to Design.

    Epsilon is a modern, sectioned based design, with a diverse infusion of background textures and patterns. These enrich and differentiate your site whilst maintaining an overall conservative approach, for flexible site application. Read More
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  • Custom Animation

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  • CNR-IRSA MOLECULAR ECOLOGY GROUP

    The MEG at the Water Research Institute (CNR-IRSA) in Verbania investigates the ecology and the interactions between microbes and small organisms in waters and in other environments. The MEG applies the general ecological theory to understand microbial environments and their evolution.

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  • BACTERIAL COMMUNITY PROFILES

    A number of environmental factors shape the microbial community and influence the social behaviour of bacteria in waters. We are interested in community ecology, cooperation, symbiosis, and in the impact of allochtonous factors in shaping communities.

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  • WORK WITH US AT THE MEG !

    A number of research projects for postdoc, phd, and master students, as well as short research stays are running at the MEG, from antibiotic resistance to epi- and endobiotic bacteria, from cave ecosystems to spiders, from freshwaters to the human gut... If you want to work with us check the Open Positions page or send us an email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • ECOLOGY AND SYSTEMATICS OF ROTIFERS

    We describe species and population diversity in the phylum Rotifera trying to understand the evolutionary processes originating and maintaining such diversity.

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  • MICROBIAL ECOLOGY IN REMOTE AREAS

    Through a number of cooperations the MEG is investigating organisms, species and communities in polar areas, in high mountain lakes in the Alps in Italy and Switzerland, in Central America, in Patagonia, in Polynesia, in the Azores, and in pristine areas in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE IN ENVIRONMENT

    The development of antibiotic resistant microorganisms is a major threath for human health. We study the spread of resistances in bacterial communities in open waters, in WWTPS, in animals, soils, and crops. Through experimental systems, in situ studies and modelling we study the role of antibiotic resistance as a specific ecological factor able to shape the natural microbial communities.

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LatestNews

Latest News from the group: New articles, projects, collaborations and general news from the MEG. Click on the any News to access the related content, or HERE for the NEWS ARCHIVE.

natplants

13/5/2021 New MEG article by Stefano and our friend Filippo Bertoni in Nature Plants "Plant scientists’ research attention is skewed towards colourful, conspicuous and broadly distributed flowers"

nyt

15/4/2021 Our new article attracts attention by ScienceMag and the NYT! And of many other media! links are here and here.

procB

13/4/2021 New MEG broad science article in The Proceedings of the Royal Society B! "Specialized terminology reduces the number of citations of scientific papers” by Stefano and Alejandro.

mscf2021

9/2/2021 Two MSCFs awarded by the MEG! Big success of the MEG at the call MSCF2020, with two new fellows awarded: Dear Siva and David welcome on board with projects REDTEAR and DARKEST (gothic MEG!)

Molecol

2/2/2021 New MEG article by Ester, Niko, and Diego in Molecular Ecology: "Freshwater zooplankton microbiome composition is highly flexible and strongly influenced by the environment"

microbiome

25/1/2021 New article by Cris in Microbiome! "Microdiversity and phylogeographic diversification of bacterioplankton in pelagic freshwater systems revealed through long-read amplicon sequencing” with our friends from Czech Rep. and Japan.

marpoll

1/11/2020 First MEG article by Raffaella, together with the group and our colleagues from Bulgaria! "Spatial distribution of antibiotic and heavy metal resistance genes in the Black Sea” on the Marine Pollution Bulletin.

chemeng

1/10/2020 New MEG review in the Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering! "Impact of disinfection processes on bacterial community in urban wastewater: Should we rethink microbial assessment methods?” by Andrea, Gianluca, and our friends Celia and Luigi.

envint

27/8/2020 New MEG contribution in Environment International:"A global multinational survey of cefotaxime-resistant coliforms in urban wastewater treatment plants", by Gianluca and Andrea together with the NEREUS group.

MEG Twitter

Follow the MEG on Twitter The MEG is twitting @meg_verbania, follow us and keep updated on the latest news from the MEG!

MEG Scholar page online!

MEG Scholar page online Keep informed on our group published articles by clicking here or following us on Scholar!

MEG Running Projects

SPARE-SEA Project

SPARE-SEA Project

Joint JPI Acquatic Pollutants 2021-24 SPARE-SEA: Environmental Spread and Persistence of Antibiotic REsistances in aquatic Systems Exposed to oyster Aquaculture. Italian Coord. G. CornoPartners: AWI Kiel, IFREMER Montpellier, Uni Genoa, IRTA Terragona
CIPAIS 2022-24

CIPAIS 2022-24

A large monitoring project of Lake Maggiore, co-funded by Italy and Switzerland. We periodically measure the bacterial resistome, TEP, phyto- and zooplankton diversity in the lake. Ref. G. Corno and D. Fontaneto
MSCFellow REDTEAR

MSCFellow REDTEAR

Marie Curie Fellow 2021-24 REDTEAR: The Role of free Extracellular DNA in determining The Environmental Antibiotic Resistome. Resp. A. Di Cesare, Graphic Courtesy: A. Dell'Anno
AENEAS Project 2019-21

AENEAS Project 2019-21

Microplastics: their role in the spread of antibiotic resistance in marine systems. Funded by AXA Foundation. Ref. G. Corno and M.B. SathicqPartners: UN University, EPFL Lausanne, Uni Pisa
LTER Lake Maggiore

LTER Lake Maggiore

Within the frame of the project LTER we measure bacterial abundances and microbial community composition of Lake Maggiore. Ref. R. BertoniPartners: LTER net
LIfeWatch MoBiLab MeioDive

LIfeWatch MoBiLab MeioDive

A project to understand the effect on microscopic animals (meiofauna) of human trampling on sandy beaches through the use of massive sequencing and traditional taxonomy. Partner: CNR-IBBE Bari
WARFARE Project 2019-22

WARFARE Project 2019-22

Novel wastewater disinfection treatments to mitigate the spread of antibiotic resistance in agriculture. Funded by Cariplo Foundation. Ref. G. Corno and A. Di Cesare Partners: Uni Genova, Uni Milan, Padania Acque
CNR-BA - Symbiosis between animals

CNR-BA - Symbiosis between animals

Patterns and inference on processes: Ita-Rus coop to understand symbiosis between microscopic animals, especially rotifers and crustaceans. Partner: RFBR
CNR-BAS Picocyanobacteria in deep Black Sea

CNR-BAS Picocyanobacteria in deep Black Sea

In cooperation with the BAS we are trying to explain the presence of photosynthetic organisms in deep Black Sea waters Partner: BAS Varna
AQST Project Lake Varese 2019-21

AQST Project Lake Varese 2019-21

Large project of restoration of polluted Lake Varese funded by the Lombardy Governement. We study pathobiome and resistome of the area. Ref. G. Corno
PELAGICS Project 2020-24

PELAGICS Project 2020-24

A Pan-European network on 70 lakes for stable cultivation, whole-genome sequencing and terabyte-scale deep-metagenomic sequencing to obtain 1000s of genomes of pro-, eukaryotes and viruses. Ref. C. Callieri
RAVE 2015-17 and LIfeWatch Daphnia Vector ARB

RAVE 2015-17 and LIfeWatch Daphnia Vector ARB

Zooplancton as vectors for epibionts in freshwater ecosystems.Partners: CNR-IRSA Rome, CNR-IBBE Bari, NIOO-KNAW

The MEG team

Diego Fontaneto

Diego Fontaneto

RESEARCH DIRECTOR. Travels, collects friends to travel with, gets invitations for talks to travel... and then he travels.

Gianluca Corno

Gianluca Corno

SENIOR RESEARCHER. Organizes social events, fights against bureaucracy, plays with microbes in bottles.

Ester Eckert

Ester Eckert

RESEARCHER. So far nothing came out of the experiment, here is the microbiome, I’m sure you’ll find something...

Andrea Di Cesare

Andrea Di Cesare

RESEARCHER. Always under extreme self imposed stress. Needs holidays but the world is lockdown...

Alejandro Martinez Garcia

Alejandro Martinez Garcia

RESEARCHER. In Vino Veritas in Whisky Vomitas, In Vino Veritas in Whisky Vomitas (nah, it is just a song!)

Stefano Mammola

Stefano Mammola

RESEARCHER. Keeps Ale and Diego calm, tries to convince all of us that spiders are in fact very big microorganisms

Emanuele Ferrari

Emanuele Ferrari

RESEARCHER. Former neuroscientist, unsure on what he is doing at MEG: do bacteria have brain?

Laura Garzoli

Laura Garzoli

RESEARCHER. Dark MEG-mber. There are a fungus, a bat, and a crayfish.. no it’s not a joke, it’s my expertise...

Cristiana Callieri

Cristiana Callieri

ASSOCIATE RESEARCHER. Takes care of Roberto's diet, scares students, used to love microscopy... till she met a cytometer.

Roberto Bertoni

Roberto Bertoni

ASSOCIATE RESEARCHER. Brings knowledge, speaks ancient Latin, disseminates Limnology within upper classes, fights to escape diets.

Maria Belen Sathicq

Maria Belen Sathicq

POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW. Water is my element, not my favourite drink...

Raffaella Sabatino

Raffaella Sabatino

POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW. Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up and it knows it must run” ... Every morning in the lab, I arrive and I know I must extract DNA. It’s the law of the jungle ... and of the MEG!

Tomasa Sbaffi

Tomasa Sbaffi

POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW. SENTENCE STILL MISSING

Diego Brambilla

Diego Brambilla

RESEARCH FELLOW. I am continuously testing the latest methods in bioinformatics. As part of MEG, I aim to put the best practice in biological data management into practice.

Evelina Crippa

Evelina Crippa

TECHNICAL ASSISTANT. If you need anything from our labs ask her, she is the only one knowing where things are

Marco Adamo

Marco Adamo

MASTER STUDENT. Be yourself, but if you're stupid don't insist.

Walter Quaranta

Walter Quaranta

MASTER STUDENT. SENTENCE STILL MISSING

Daniela Trinchi

Daniela Trinchi

MASTER STUDENT. I'm not a science well but I know what H2O means!