June 21, 2019

The Asian Hornet is one of 25 species whose whole genome has been read by the Wellcome Sanger Institute to create the first reference genome for researchers. The work was part of the Sanger Institute's 25th Anniversary celebrations

February 19, 2018

Our last paper which evaluated possible competition between native and alien hornets (Vespa crabro and Vespa velutina) received a coverage by The TImes, see HERE!

January 15, 2018

A very nice article, written by Martina Saporiti and published on the Italian weekly "Il Venerdi- La Repubblica" on 12/01/2018, covered the story of the 25genomes challenge in which Vespa velutina, sponsored by an international team, luckily won! Have a look below. Rea...

December 11, 2017

We’ve been representing the Asian hornet, Vespa velutina, in the I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here 25 genomes competition. The 25 genomes competition has been run to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Twenty species have been selec...

October 16, 2017

 A paper on the ecological factors driving the rise and the reduction in butterfly diversity at population level on islands have just been published on Diversity and Distribution! I collaborated to this wonderful project lasted 15 years and led by Dr. Leonardo Dapporto...

September 29, 2017

I gave two talks, one at ECRO on Ontogeny of nestmate recognition in social wasps, and one in Rome, talking about the mechanisms and evolutionary explanations for the dramatic occurrence of inter-nest drifting in a tropical social wasp.

See below the meetings websites!


March 9, 2017

The implementation of proper and evidence-based conservation measures requires a reliable assessment of presence and/or abundance of targeted species. However this often turns out to be f particular difficulty for rare and elusive species, such as saproxylic beetles. I...

March 2, 2017

The EU funded ALIEM project (Action pour Limiter les risques de diffusion des espèces Introduites Envahissantes en Méditerranée), recently funded by the INTEREG-MARITIME PROGRAM, has been presented in Corte, Corsica. The Italian and French partners gathered in a two-da...

November 21, 2016

I recently gave two talks about the researches we are performing in Florence on the behavioural ecology of Vespa velutina, the Yellow-legged hornet (more info here).

At Lexem 2016, International Conference “FACING THE INVASION OF ALIEN ARTHROPODS SPECIES: ecology, model...

November 3, 2016

Rapid assessments of population distribution and consistency for endangered species is mandatory  to implement appropriate conservation measures. However, this is often unaffordable for numerous invertebrate species, both in terms of time and economic resources. Howeve...

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