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ISTITUTO PER L'AMBIENTE MARINO COSTIERO DEL CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE (IAMC)

Overview

The Institute for Coastal Marine Environment (IAMC) is part of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). Its headquarter is in Naples and the other six sections are distributed around Southern Italy: Apulia (1), Sardinia (1) and Sicily (4). The Institute conducts research in topics relevant to marine science such as: sustainable use of resources (fishery, aquaculture, marine genetic resources); biodiversity (microbiology, alien species) and conservation; quality of the marine environment, including the use of biological indicators; environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology (from environmental monitoring to remediation); anthropogenic hazards; effects of climate change (including acidification, hypoxia and temperature rise) on the ecology, ecophysiology and behaviour of fish and other marine organisms; bio-acoustics research; integrated coastal zone management and marine spatial planning, taxonomy, restoration ecology, and technological development.

IAMC provides TA services for ASSEMBLE Plus, for which SZN is the Italian partner.

Ecosystems

  • Biodiverse Mediterranean (rocky and soft-bottom)
  • Seagrass beds
  • Steep drop-offs
  • Near-shore submarine canyons
  • LTER sites and pristine sites

 

Ecosystem access

  • Research vessels equipped for sampling coastal seawater, plankton (including ichtyoplankton), benthic organisms, sediment and to record video-sampling of ichtyofauna using BRUV
  • Diving facilities

 

Biological resources

  • Model organisms: sea grasses (Posidonia oceanica), crustaceans (Palinurus elephas), cnidarians (Astroides calycularis).

 

Experimental facilities and technology platforms

  • Laboratories
  • Aquaria
  • Mesocosms
  • Technology platforms for:
    • Imaging analysis, SEM, TEM and Confocal microscopy
    • Molecular biology and omics, basic molecular biological analysis, nucleic acid microfluidic chip analysis, gene expression, copy-number variation, genotyping, ddPCR amplification, Sanger sequencing, next generation sequencing, high throughput sample handling for molecular biological analyses
    • Remote sensing and telemetry
    • Structural and chemical analysis, analysis of nutrient and chlorophyll a concentrations, analysis and identification of photosynthetic pigments and of particulate C and N concentrations, trace element analysis using ICP-AES and ICP-MS, isotope analysis using IRMS, analysis of organic compounds using GC-MS, mineralogical analyses using XRD.

 

Associated services

  • CNR-IAMC has its own library network, and an IT service connected with those of the other CNR Institutes
  • Service staff will provide training in the use of the platforms and technologies and assist, if needed, with experimental design and troubleshooting
  • Staff provides specialist courses for experts as well as consultancy
 

IAMC also provides in-house conference and teaching facilities and in-house lodging for stations at remote locations.

 

Acronym: 
IAMC
Address: 
Calata Porta di massa TP-AG TP, Italy
80133 Campobello di Mazara TP
Italy
E-mail: 
Liaison officer: Alessandro Bergamasco (alessandro.bergamasco@iamc.cnr.it), cc to: aplus@szn.it

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