The researches carried out by the members of the Turin Unit are mainly devoted to study the soil microbial biodiversity in diverse natural (including forests, extreme and contaminated environments) and agricultural ecosystems, through morphological and molecular analyses i.e., classical metagenomics approaches and NGS technologies. In detail:
- Monitoring microbial biodiversity in agro-forest ecosystems and subjected to different crop management or environmental stress;
- Identification of soil biological indicators;
- Identification of symbiotic fungi as well as of interest for the food and nutraceutical sectors;
- Selection of microbial inocula;
- Genomics and transcriptomics of filamentous fungi and symbiotic fungi-associated bacteria.
In addition, researchers offer support for the evaluation of colonization by symbiotic fungi for both herbaceous and woody plants.