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Isolation and molecular characterization of Fusarium species (Fungi, Ascomycota) from unhatched eggs of Caretta caretta in Tuscany (Italy)

  • Samuele Risoli
  • Sabrina Sarrocco
  • Giuliana Terracciano
  • Riccardo Baroncelli
  • Marco Alberto Luca Zuffi
  • Cecilia Mancusi
  • Cristina Nali

Caretta caretta is the only sea turtle species nesting along the Tuscan coastline, where nests are becoming more numerous and widespread, as well as the number of Sea Turtle Egg Fusariosis (STEF)-affected eggs. In this work, we analyzed eggs from natural nests of C. caretta that showed visual symptoms of STEF from Tuscan nests, with the aim to (i) isolate Fusarium spp. strains present in unhatched eggs, (ii) morphologically and molecularly characterize the isolated fungi and, finally, (iii) reconstruct the phylogenetic relationships between our isolates and those already known.

  • Keywords:
  • Emerging infectious diseases,
  • Sea Turtle Egg Fusariosis,
  • Fusarium Solani Species Complex,
  • Fusarium,
  • Caretta caretta,
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Samuele Risoli

University of Pisa, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-6232-3775

Sabrina Sarrocco

University of Pisa, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-7080-8369

Giuliana Terracciano

Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale, Italy

Riccardo Baroncelli

University of Bologna, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-5878-1159

Marco Alberto Luca Zuffi

University of Pisa, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0003-1710-9929

Cecilia Mancusi

ARPAT, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-7322-1985

Cristina Nali

University of Pisa, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-8228-0258

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  • Pages: 747-755

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Isolation and molecular characterization of Fusarium species (Fungi, Ascomycota) from unhatched eggs of Caretta caretta in Tuscany (Italy)


Samuele Risoli, Sabrina Sarrocco, Giuliana Terracciano, Riccardo Baroncelli, Marco Alberto Luca Zuffi, Cecilia Mancusi, Cristina Nali





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Ninth International Symposium “Monitoring of Mediterranean Coastal Areas: Problems and Measurement Techniques”

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