Francesco Maria Faranda
The Research Centre for Extreme Environments and Extremophiles, E3, entitled to “Prof. Francesco Maria Faranda”, is located at the Aquatic Microbial Ecology Laboratory, Department of Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences of the University of Messina, Italy.
In addition to the exploration of biodiversity in extreme environments, the Centre E3 aims to exploit the biotechnological potential of extremophilic organisms and their products, in responding to the increasing demand of new active bioproducts in cosmetic, food, medical and pharmaceutical applications. Interdisciplinary is the main characteristic of all the activities of the Centre E3,
The Centre E3 possesses a culture collection of extremophilic strains, including thermophiles, UV- resistant bacteria and halophiles isolated from shallow hydrothermal vents in the Mediterranean Sea (Eolian Archipelago in Italy), and psychrophiles obtained from Antarctica.
The Center E3 offers facilities for maintaining and analyzing marine microorganisms. The use of a laboratory with access to light and epifluorescence microscopes and basic equipment for molecular biology can be provided. A series of culture cabinets, facilities for the preparation of culture media, for the isolation of microorganisms and for basic taxonomic analyses. The unit of access of the facilities is per day.
- Ecosystem Access
- Access to local coastal ecosystems that do not require boats. Service includes transport, provision of basic equipment and technical assistance. Unit of access per item for equipment and per hour for assistance (tariff may vary according to location).
- Access to a brackish, meromictic lake (Faro Lake)
- Access to estuary environment (Alcantara River)
- Access to extreme marine ecosystems: hydrothermal vent sites at the Eolian Islands, coastal and offshore habitats only accessible by boat. Unit of access is per day.
- Facilities for maintaining and analyzing marine microorganisms
The use of a laboratory with access to light and epifluorescence microscopes and basic equipment for molecular biology can be provided. A series of culture cabinets, facilities for the preparation of culture media, for the isolation of microorganisms and for basic taxonomic analyses. The unit of access of the facilities is per day.
- Molecular Platforms and Facilities
Molecular biological services. All the necessary equipment for genetic and phylogenetic studies of prokaryotes, including:
- DNA/RNA extraction and quantification equipment,
- PCR- DGGE and imaging systems for electrophoresis.
- Imaging / microscopy
Microscopy services Users have access to services provided by a fully equipped microscopy platform including:
- Olympus BX50 Epifluorescence Microscope.
- Teaching, seminar, conference, and hosting facilities