Istituto Microbiologia (Institute of Microbiology)

2. Where is it located (include both address and geographical location)?

Istituto Microbiologia, Stabile E4050 Dipartimento Ambiente Costruzioni e Design, Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana, Via Mirasole 22A, CH-6500 Bellinzona, Switzerland

N46° 11' 53.50", E9° 1' 10.25"

3. Floor area of laboratory areas by containment level
BL 3 , 38.00 SqM
BL 2 , 185.00 SqM
Total laboratory floor area (SqM)

4. The organizational structure of each facility

(viii) Briefly describe the publication policy of the facility

Publication in open literature.

(ix) Provide a list of publicly-available papers and reports resulting from the work published during the previous 12 months. (To include authors, titles and full references)

Ravasi D., Parrondo Monton D., Tanadini M., Flacio E. (2021) Effectiveness of integrated Aedes albopictus management in southern Switzerland. Parasites and Vectors 14, 405.

Buetti-Dinh A., Ruinelli M., Czerski D., Scapozza C., Martignier A., Roman S., Caminada A., Tonolla M. (2021) Geochemical and metagenomics study of a metalrich, green-turquoise-coloured stream in the southern Swiss Alps. PLoS ONE 16(3): e0248877. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0248877

Philippi, M., Kitzinger, K., Berg, J.S., Bernhard Tschitschko, Abiel T. Kidane, Sten Littmann, Hannah K. Marchant, Nicola Storelli, Lenny H. E. Winkel, Carsten J. Schubert, Wiebke Mohr & Marcel M. M. Kuypers (2021) Purple sulfur bacteria fix N2 via molybdenum-nitrogenase in a low molybdenum Proterozoic ocean analogue. Nat Commun 12, 4774.

Di Nezio F., Beney C., Roman S., Danza F., Buetti-Dinh A., Tonolla M., Storelli N. (2021) Anoxygenic photo- and chemosynthesis of phototrophic sulfur bacteria from an alpine meromictic lake, FEMS Microbiology Ecology. fiab010,

Kubacki J., Hardmeier I., Qi W., Flacio E., Tonolla M., Fraefel C. (2021) Complete Genome Sequence of a Rhabdovirus Strain from Culex Mosquitos Collected in Southern Switzerland. Microbiology Resource Announcements 10 (1)_e01234-20.

5. Briefly describe the biological defence work carried out at the facility, including type(s) of micro-organisms(9) and/or toxins studied, as well as outdoor studies of biological aerosols.

The Istituto Microbiologia is the center of reference in the field of microbiology south of the Alps. Aspects of public health, environmental hygiene, microbial ecology and biotechnology converge in a unified vision of microbiology that considers human, animal and environmental health as a whole in a larger concept of "one health". The Istituto Microbiologia is the Regional Competence Center South of Alps for the primary analysis of samples suspicious of a bioterror-related background.

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(9) Including viruses and prions.