By conducting research on natural microbiomes, CIRCLES aims to understand the relationship between microbiomes and sustainable food, and how this can be used for the future of our food systems.
Have a look at our scientific publications with many more soon to come!
Composition and biodiversity of soil and root-associated microbiome in Vitis vinifera cultivar Lambrusco
Nanetti, E., Palladino, G., Scicchitano, D., Trapella, G., Cinti, N., Fabbrini, M., Cozzi, A., Accetta, G., Tassini, C., Iannaccone, L., Candela, M., Rampelli, S. (2023) Composition and biodiversity of soil and root-associated microbiome in Vitis vinifera cultivar Lambrusco distinguish the microbial terroir of the Lambrusco DOC protected designation of origin area on a local scale.
Can microbiomes at the soil-plant interface be a determinant factor of the terroir properties in grapevine production? CIRCLES partners have investigated the variation in microbial communities associated with the roots of Vitis vinifera cultivar Lambrusco, as well as with surrounding bulk soils, in different vineyards across the “Consorzio Tutela Lambrusco DOC” protected designation of origin area (PDO, Emilia Romagna, Italy). The results provide deeper insight into the microbial terroir of PDO areas.
Fabbrini, M., Candela, M., Turroni, S., Brigidi, P., & Rampelli, S. (2022). Exploring clade differentiation of the Faecalibacterium prausnitzii complex
CIRCLES partners have investigated on the most prevalent and abundant polyphyletic health-promoting components of the human gut microbiome to better understand its biology in the human gut.
Palladino, G., Rampelli, S., Camp, C.G., Scicchitano, D., Trapella, G., Nanetti, E., Angelini, V., Cleo, D., Turroni, S., Corinaldesi, C., Candela, M. (2022). Plasticity of the Anemonia viridis microbiota in response to different levels of combined anthropogenic and environmental stresses. Frontiers in Marine Science, 1871
How costal-habitat forming species respond to local and global stressors adapting to anthropogenic pressures? CIRCLES partners have investigated the response of the anemone microbiota to the combined anthropogenic and environmental stressors that typically characterize the touristic hotspots of the Mediterranean coastal sites. The results provide novel insight into the responses of the A. viridis microbiota to the increasing levels of anthropogenic and environmental pressures.
Alegria Terrazas, R., Robertson-Albertyn, S., Corral, A. M., Escudero-Martinez, C., Kapadia, R., Balbirnie-Cumming, K., … & Bulgarelli, D. (2022). Defining Composition and Function of the Rhizosphere Microbiota of Barley Genotypes Exposed to Growth-Limiting Nitrogen Supplies. Msystems, e00934-22.(https://journals.asm.org/doi/10.1128/msystems.00934-22)
How can microbes help plants grow better? CIRCLES partners have investigated the rhizosphere microbiota of wild and cultivated genotypes of the global crop barley. Their findings provide novel insights into the significance of the rhizosphere microbiota for plant growth and sustainable agriculture.
Schelkle and Galand (2020) Microbiome Research: Open Communication Today, Microbiome Applications in the Future. Microorganisms Journal. 8 (12). (https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms8121960)
CIRCLES partners have published an article that aims to share a perspective on how scientists can engage in more open, ethical and transparent communication, using the ongoing CIRCLES research project on food systems microbiomes as a case study. This publication was featured in the “Microbiomes for the Sustainable Production of Safe and Secure Foods” Special Issue.
Musella, et al. (2020) Tissue-scale microbiota of the Mediterranean mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis) and its relationship with the environment. Science of the Total Environment. 137209 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.137209).
CIRCLES partners have published an exciting article on the microbiota and environment of mussels in the Adriatic sea. They specifically analysed microbiota composition of the digestive glands of mussels, and how this affects their health and productivity as well as the surrounding environmental quality.
Schelkle (2019) The role of microbes in producing our food. AgroFOOD Industry Hi Tech. (1722-6996 AIHTEI).
CIRCLES project partner Bettina Schelkle was invited to write a column on ‘The Role of Microbes in Producing our Food’, where she explains about the ubiquitous presence of microbes in our environment, and how they can be used in food innovation and sustainability.
Caradonia, et al. (2019) Nitrogen Fertilizers Shape the Composition and Predicted Functions of the Microbiota of Field-Grown Tomato Plants. Phytobiomes Journal. 2471-2906 (https://doi.org/10.1094/PBIOMES-06-19-0028-R).
Researchers from Italy, Brazil and the United Kingdom have published an article for CIRCLES with the aim to contribute to the creation of future-proof sustainable crops. This joint research paper reveals the influence that nitrogen fertilizers have on the microbiota of tomatoes, especially on the root-soil interface.
Palladino, et al. (2021) Impact of Marine Aquaculture on the Microbiome Associated with Nearby Holobionts: The Case of Patella caerulea Living in Proximity of Sea Bream Aquaculture Cages. Microorganisms 9 (https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms9020455)
Aiming at assessing the consequences of aquaculture on the surrounding environment, CIRCLES partners have collaborated to study the impact of the presence of fish cages on the microbiome of wild animals in the Mediterranean, using a common gastropod as model organism.
Palladino, et al. (2021) Seasonal Changes in Microbial Communities Associated With the Jewel Anemone Corynactis viridis. Frontiers in Marine Science. (https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.627585)
In this recently published scientific article, CIRCLES researchers explore the bacterial community structure, and its seasonal variations of anemones.
Biagi, et al. (2021) Impact of Plastic Debris on the Gut Microbiota of Caretta caretta From Northwestern Adriatic Sea. Frontiers in Marine Science (https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.637030)
A group of researchers including CIRCLES partners have published an article, analysing the presence of microplastics in the feces of the loggerhead sea turtle – a common marine animal- and related microbiome variations. The study reveals a high level of plastic pollution in the area, as well as potential consequences for the animal’s health, by plastic ingestion and the potential changes in their gut microbiome.