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Lab. nameSoil biology and Biocontrol 
Principal Investigator Maria Agnese Sabatini 
ComponentsMaria Agnese Sabatini  (Principal Investigator )
DescriptionSoil ecotoxicology integrating field and laboratory studies: use of standardized methodologies (ISO) and development of innovative tests for the evaluation of soil quality, eco-sustainability of materials for potential agronomic use, assessment and prediction of biological and ecological effects of contaminants from harmful wastes or diffuse pollution on soil biodiversity. In the context of identify strategies of biocontrol of pest insects, an approach is focused on the search of natural compounds, mainly of fungal origin, which affect several traits of biology, such as survival, fecundity, and food preference and which interfere with the processes of selection of the host plant. Study on the interactions between Collembola and soil-borne phytopathogenic fungi and in particular on how fungi influence the life strategy of animals and how these animals influence the passage of fungi from saprotrophic to parasitic phase, thus modulating plant disease.  
Addressvia Giuseppe Campi, 287 - 41125 Modena 
Keywordsmicroarthropods, Collembola, ecotoxicology, aphids, biocontrol,  
ERC Sectors 
Instrumentationseven thermostatic chambers set at different temperatures and photoperiods, light microscope equipped with phase contrast and differential interference contrast (DIC), six stereomicroscopes.  
Research Lines Evolutionary, environmental and translational biology

Methodologies Employment and development of ecotoxicological standardized tests (ISO) to obtain information about the soil quality. The standardized tests evaluate the effects of soil contaminants on the reproduction of the collembolan Folsomia candida. Employment and development of ecotoxicological standardized tests (International Standard- ISO 11267) to obtain information about the soil quality. The standardized tests evaluate the effects of soil contaminants on the reproduction of the collembolan Folsomia candida.