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  1. Mugnai G., Pinchuk I., Borruso L., Tiziani R., Sannino C., Canini F., Turchetti B., Mimmo T., Zucconi L., Buzzini P. (2024). The hidden network of biocrust successional stages of the High Arctic: revealing abiotic and biotic factors shaping microbial and metazoan communities. Science of the Total Environment 926: 171786.

  2. Zucconi L., Cavallini G., Canini F. (2024). Trends in Antarctic Soil Fungal Research in the Context of Environmental Changes. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology – Braz J Microbiol,

  3. Toreno G., Zucconi L., Caneva G., Meloni P., Isola D. (2024). Recolonization Dynamics of Marble Monuments After Cleaning Treatments: A Nine-Year Follow-up Study. STOTEN 912: 169350

  4. D’Alò F., Tosadori G., Zucconi L.*, Onofri S., Canini F., Roos R.E., Klanderud K., Voříšková J. (2023). Soil microbial community responses to long-term experimental warming in an alpine Dryas octopetala heath in Norway. Applied Soil Ecology (submitted, accepted)

  5. Pacelli C., Cemmi A., Di Sarcina I., Zucconi L., Cavalazzi B., Leo P., Catanzaro I., Onofri S., 2023. Water and gamma radiation exert a deleterious effect on survival of fungal cells: clues for Mars exploration and planetary protection. (submitted)

  6. Cassaro A., Pacelli C.*, Cemmi A., Di Sarcina I., Zucconi L., Cavalazzi B., Leo P., Catanzaro I., Onofri S. (2023). The effect of ionizing radiation on metabolically active fungal cells: Implications for Planetary Protection and Mars Habitability (submitted)

  7. Piersanti S., Sannino C., Rebora M., Turchetti B., Salerno G., Ruscetta M., Zucconi L., D’Alò F., Buzzini P. (2023). Impact of PVC-supplemented diet on development and midgut bacterial and fungal microbiota of Hermetia illucens (submitted)

  8. Cassaro A., D’Alò F., Pacelli C., Onofri S., Cavalazzi B., Zucconi L. (2023). A preliminary survey of the cellular responses of black fungus Cryomyces antarcticus to long- and short-term dehydrations (submitted)

  9. Canini F.*, Adams B., D’Acqui L.P., D’Alò F., Zucconi L. (2023). Antarctic Rock and Soil Microbiomes: Shared Taxa, Selective Pressures, and Extracellular DNA Effects (submitted, accepted)



  1. Hyde K.D., Abdel-Wahab M.A., Abdollahzadeh J., Abeywickrama P.D. et al. (2023). Global consortium for the classification of fungi and fungus-like taxa. Mycosphere 14(1): 1960–2012. 10.5943/mycosphere/14/1/23

  2. Canini F., Borruso L., Newsham K.K., D'Alò F., D'Aqui L.P., Zucconi L. (2023). Wide divergence of fungal communities inhabiting rocks and soils in a hyper-arid Antarctic desert. Environmental Microbiology DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.16534

  3. Simoes M.F., Cortesao M., Azua-Bustos A., Bai F.-J.,Canini F., Casadevall  A., Cassaro A., Cordero R.J.B., Fairen A.G., Gonzales-Silva C., Gunde-Cimerman N., Koch S., Liu X.-Z., Onofri S., Pacelli C., Selbmann L., Tesei D., Waghmode A., Wang T., Zucconi L., Antunes A. (2023). The relevance of fungi in Astrobiology research - Astromycology. Micosphere 14(1): 1190-1253. DOI: 10.5943/mycosphere/14/1/13

  4. Ciaramelli C., Palmioli A., Brioschi M., Viglio S., D'Amato M., Iadarola P., Tosi S., Zucconi L., Airoldi C. (2023)Antarctic soil metabolomics: a pilot study. International Journal of molecular SCience 24(15): 1234o.

  5. Leo P., Onofri S., Selbmann L., Zucconi L., Turchetti B., Buzzini P., Chander A.M., Simpson A., Singh N., Vellone D., Tighe S., Venkateswaran K. (2023). Draft Genome sequencing of Naganishia species isolated from the polar environments. Microbiology Resource Announcements e00388-23

  6. Wijesinghe S.N., Samarakoon M.C., Camporesi E., Hyde K.D., Jones E.B.G., Zucconi L., Perera R.H., Boonmee S., de Silva N.I., Rathnayaka A.R., Pem D., Wanasinghe D.N., Maharachchikumbura S.S.N., Wang Y. (2023) Over the footprints of Italian mycology with emphasis on plantassociated Ascomycota. Current Research in Environmental & Applied Mycology 13(1): 162–276. 

  7. D’Alò F., Zucconi L.*, Onofri S., Cannone N., Malfasi F., Starke R. (2022). Effects of five-year experimental warming in the Alpine belt on soil Archaea: Multi-omics approaches and prospects. Environmental Microbiology Reports 1–7. Available from: 

  8. Ambroselli F., Canini F., Lanteri L., Marconi M., Mazzuca C., Pelosi C.*, Vinciguerra V., Wicks E., Zucconi L. (2023). A hydrogel-based system for deteriogenic fungi disinfection on the contemporary mixed media artwork Poesia by Alessandro Kokocinski. Heritage 6, 2716–2734.




  1. Magrini S., Alonso-Simon A., Fiorucci E., Pennuzzi E., Superchi S. (2022). Seed germination protocols for three coastal dune plants in central Italy. Flora Mediterranea 32: 395-401. 10.7320/FlMedit 32.201

  2. Wijesinghe S.N., Zucconi L., Camporesi E., Wanasinghe D.N., Boonmee S., Samarakoon M.C., Chethana K.W.T., Puwakpitiya Gedara C., Maharachchikumbura S.S.N., Wang Y., Hyde K.D. (2022).  An updated account of Fagales-inhabiting Italian Ascomycota and mycogeography, with additions to Pezizomycotina. Asian Journal of Mycology 5(2): 79-186

  3. Isola D., Prigione V.P., Zucconi L., Varese G.C., Poli A., Turchetti B., Canini F. (2022). Knufia obscura sp. nov. and Knufia victoriae sp. nov., two new species from extreme environments. IJSEM 72:005530.

  4. Baqué M., Backhaus T., Meeßen J., Hanke F. Böttger U.,  Ramkissoon N., Olsson-Francis K., Baumgärtner M., Billi D., Cassaro A.,  de la Torre Noetzel R., Demets R.,  Edwards H., Ehrenfreund P., Elsaesser A., Foing B.,  Foucher F., Huwe B., Joshi J., Kozyrovska N., Lasch P.,  Lee N., Leuko S., Onofri S., Ott S., Pacelli C., Rabbow E., Rothschild L., Schulze-Makuch D., Selbmann L., Serrano P., Szewzyk U., Verseux C., Wagner D., Westall F., Zucconi Vera J.-P P. (2022). Biosignature stability in space enables their use for life detection on Mars. SciencesAdvances 7 september 2022, Vol 8, Issue 36, eabn7412 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abn7412

  5. Zucconi L., Canini F., Isola D., Caneva G. (2022). Fungi affecting wall paintings of historical value: a worldwide meta-analysis of their detected diversity. Appl. Sci. 2022, 12, 2988. app12062988

  6. Sannino C., Cannone N., D'Alò F., Franzetti A., Gandolfi I., Pittino F., Turchetti B., Mezzasoma A., Zucconi L., Buzzini P., Guglielmin M., Onofri S. (2021). Fungal communities in European alpine soils are more resistant to short-term in-situ simulated warming than bacterial communities. Environmental microbiology

  7. D’Alò F., Baldrian P., Odriozola I., Morais D., Větrovský T., Zucconi L.*, Ripa C., Cannone N., Malfasi F., Onofri S. (2022). Composition and functioning of the soil microbiome in the highest altitudes of the Italian Alps and potential effects of climate change. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 98(3), fiac025

  8. Isola D., Bartoli F., Meloni P., Caneva G., Zucconi L., (2022). Black Fungi and Stone Heritage Conservation: Ecological and Metabolic Assays for Evaluating Colonization Potential and Responses to Traditional Biocides. Appl. Sci. 2022, 12, 2038. https://


  1. Pacelli C., Cassaro A., Baqué M., Selbmann L., Zucconi L., Maturilli A., Botta L., Saladino R., Böttger U., Demets R., Rabbow E., de Vera J.-P.P., Onofri S. (2021). Fungal biomarkers are detectable in Martian rock-analogues after space exposure: implications for the search of life on Mars. International Journal of Astrobiology 1-14. DOI: 10.1017/S1473550421000240

  2. Isola D., Scano A., Orrù G., Prenafeta-Boldú F.X., Zucconi L. (2021). Hydrocarbons contaminated sites: is there something more than Exophiala xenobiotica? New insights into black fungal diversity using the long cold incubation method. Journal of Fungi 7, 817.

  3. Zucconi L., Buzzini P. (2021). Editorial: Microbial communities of Polar and Alpine soil. Frontiers in Microbiology Polar and Alpine Soils. Front. Microbiol. 12:713067. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2021.713067

  4. Severgnini, M., Canini, F., Consolandi, C., Camboni, T., Paolo D'Acqui, L., Mascalchi, C., Ventura S. & Zucconi, L. (2021). Highly differentiated soil bacterial communities in Victoria Land macro-areas (Antarctica). FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 97(7), fiab087, .

  5. Isola D., Bartoli F., Langone S., Ceschin S., Zucconi L., Caneva G. (2021). Plant DNA Barcode as a Tool for Root Identification in Hypogea: The Case of the Etruscan Tombs of Tarquinia (Central Italy). Plants 10, 1138.

  6. D’Alò F., Odriozola I., Baldrian P., Zucconi L., Ripa C., Cannone N., Malfasi F., Brancaleoni L., Onofri S. (2021). Microbial activity in alpine soils under climate change. Science of the Total Environment 783, 177012

  7. Canini F., Geml J., Buzzini P., Turchetti B., Onofri S., D’Acqui L.P., Ripa C., Zucconi L. (2021). Growth forms and functional guilds distribution of soil fungi in coastal versus inland sites of Victoria Land (Antarctica) Biology 10(4), 320. 

  8. Wijesinghe S.N., Wang Y., Zucconi L., Dayarathne M.C., Boonmee S., Camporesi E., Wanasinghe D.N., Hyde K.D. (2021). Additions to Italian Pleosporinae, including Italica heraclei sp. nov. Biodiversity Data Journal

  9. Canini F., Geml J., D’Acqui L.P., Buzzini P., Turchetti B., Onofri S., Ventura S., Zucconi L. (2021). Fungal diversity and functionality are driven by soil texture in Taylor Valley, Antarctica. Fungal Ecology Volume 50, 101041

  10. Isola D., Zucconi L., Cecchini A., Caneva G. (2021). Dark-pigmented biodeteriogenic fungi in Etruscan hypogeal tombs: new data on their culture-dependent diversity, favouring conditions, and resistance to biocidal treatments. Fungal Biology 125(8): 609-620

  11. Magrini S., Zucconi L. (2021). Seed germination of the endangered Viola kitaibeliana and other Italian annual pansies (Viola Section Melanium, Violaceae). [In Magrini, S. & Salmeri, C. (eds), Mediterranean plant germination reports – 2]. Flora Mediterranea 30: 424-430.

  12. Magrini S., Alonso Simόn A., Zucconi L.. Cristaudo A. (2021). Seed germination protocols in the genus Salsola (Amaranthaceae) in Italy. [In Magrini, S. & Salmeri, C. (eds), Mediterranean plant germination reports – 3].  Flora Mediterranea 31: 299-304.




  1. Onofri S., Pacelli C., Selbmann L., Zucconi L. (2020). The Amazing Journey of Cryomyces antarcticus from Antarctica to Space. In: Seckbach J. and Stan-Lotter H. (eds.) Extremophiles as Astrobiological Models, pp. 237–254 © 2020 Scrivener Publishing LLC 

  2. Turchetti B., Sannino C., Mezzasoma A., Zucconi L., Onofri S., Buzzini P., 2020. Mrakia stelviica sp. nov. and Mrakia montana sp. nov., two novel basidiomycetous yeast species isolated from cold environments. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology DOI 10.1099/ijsem.0.004336

  3. Magrini S., Azzella M.M., Bolpagni R., Zucconi L. (2020). In vitro propagation of Isoëtes sabatina (Isoetaceae): a key conservation challenge for a critically endangered quillwort endemic to Italy. Plants 9, 887; doi:10.3390/plants9070887

  4. Sannino C., Borruso L., Mezzasoma A., Battistel D., Zucconi L., Selbmann L., Azzaro M., Onofri S., Turchetti B., Buzzini P., Guglielmin M. (2020). Intra- and inter-cores fungal diversity reveals the putative interconnection 2 among different habitats in an Antarctic frozen lake (Boulder Clay, Northern 3 Victoria Land). Environmental Microbiology 22: 3463–3477. doi:10.1111/1462-2920.15117

  5. Coleine C., Pombubpa N., Zucconi L., Onofri S, Buzzini P., Stajich J.E., Selbmann L., 2020. Uncover microbial diversity in Antarctic cryptoendolithic communities across three representative locations of the Victoria Land. Microorganism 8(6), 10.3390/microorganisms8060942

  6. Onofri S., Balucani N., Barone V., Benedetti P., Billi D., Balbi A., Brucato J.R., Cobucci-Ponzano B., Costanzo G., La Rocca N., Moracci M., Saladino R., Vladilo G., and the OPPS Project Team (including Zucconi L.), (2020). The Italian National Project of Astrobiology—Life in Space—Origin, Presence, Persistence of Life in Space, from Molecules to Extremophiles. Astrobiology 20(5). DOI: 10.1089/ast.2020.2247

  7. Canini F., Zucconi L.*., Coleine C., D’Alò F., Onofri S., Geml J. (2020). Expansion of shrubs could result in local soil bacterial diversity loss in Western Greenland. FEMS Microbiology Ecology fiaa089,

  8. Magrini S., Zucconi L. (2020). Typification of the name Iris benacensis A.Kern. ex Stapf (Iridaceae). Phytotaxa 433.2: 174-176.

  9. Canini F., Geml J., D’Acqui L.P., Selbmann L., Onofri S., Ventura S., Zucconi L. (2020). Exchangeable cations and pH drive diversity and functionality of fungal communities in biological soil crusts from coastal sites of Victoria Land, Antarctica. Fungal Ecology: 45 (2020) 100923

  10. Coleine C., Pombubpa N., Zucconi L., Onofri S., Stajich J.E., Selbmann L. (2020). Endolithic Fungal Species Markers for Harshest Conditions in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Life 10(2), doi:10.3390/life10020013

  11. Coleine C., Stajich J. E., Pombubpa N., Zucconi L., Onofri S., Selbmann L. (2020). Sampling strategies to assess microbial diversity of Antarctic cryptoendolithic communities. Polar Biology, 43: 225-235.

  12. Coleine C., Stajich J. E., Zucconi L., Onofri S., Selbmann L. (2020). Sun exposure drives Antarctic cryptoendolithic community structure and composition. Polar Biology

  13. Zucconi L.*, Canini F.*, Temporiti M.E., Tosi S. (2020). Review Extracellular Enzymes and Bioactive Compounds from Antarctic Terrestrial Fungi for Bioprospecting (Review). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, 6459; doi:10.3390/ijerph17186459 

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