Welcome RSRC Faculty new member Prof. Daffonchio and his team

Dec 05 2017

  Prof. Daniele Daffonchio

   Professor, Bioscience
 

Research Interests

 Professor Daffonchio's research interests are in the microbial ecology of complex ecosystems   in conventional and extreme aquatic and terrestrial habitats. His research is spanning from   basic aspects of microbial ecology through the application of synthetic ecology approaches   to applied aspects for the environmental protection and sustainability of agriculture.
 
 Professor Daffonchio has developed research on the exploration and characterization of   extreme marine and terrestrial environments, both pristine and polluted. He is actually   dealing with the study and exploitation of extremophile microorganisms along the water   stress continuity from the Arabian desert to the depth of the brine pools in the Red Sea. A   particular focus is on the bacteria-host symbiosis with plants and animals in relation to the   water and salinity stresses.


Prof. Daffonchio leads ESM (Extreme Systems Microbiology) lab under the BESE division.

The Research interests of the Extreme  Systems Microbiology laboratory are in the microbial ecology of complex ecosystems in conventional and extreme aquatic and terrestrial habitats. The research is spanning from basic aspects of microbial ecology through the application of synthetic ecology approaches to applied aspects for the environmental protection and sustainability of agriculture. 

A focus is made on the exploration and characterization of extreme marine and terrestrial environments, both pristine and polluted,  dealing with the study and exploitation of extremophile microorganisms along the water stress continuity from the Arabian desert to the depth of the brine pools in the Red Sea. A particular focus is on the bacteria-host symbiosis with plants and animals in relation to the water and salinity stresses. 

The Extreme  Systems Microbiology laboratory uses the state of the art techniques of molecular microbial ecology including PCR-fingerprinting for community characterization, Quantitative PCR and genomic and metagenomic techniques. Different cultivation strategies are developed to establish new microbial cultures of previously non-cultivated microorganisms. One major effort is the transformation of wild bacteria from different environments for the generation of mutants as well as for the labeling with marker proteins like fluorescent proteins. A multidisciplinary technical approach is applied to study the symbiosis between microorganisms with plants and animals in particular arthropods.