Francesca Vercillo

Francesca Vercillo
Università degli Studi di Perugia | UNIPG · Department of Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology

PhD

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Introduction M1, a 3-year-old Italian grey wolf (Canis lupus), was found in the countryside of Umbria (Central Italy) on 29 March 2016, exhibiting serious neurological symptoms, such as ataxia, lateral recumbency and pedalage. After excluding traumatism and poisoning, principal infective diseases were investigated, showing serological positivity to...
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Introduction The grey wolf (Canis lupus) has reoccupied most of its former ranges in Umbria (Italy), leading to new interactions and encounters with humans and with their activities in the region. Servizio Faunistico of Provincia di Perugia and of Provincia di Terni and the Osservatorio Faunistico Regionale collected, validated and archived critica...
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Introduction Wildlife conservation is a major concern for many public administrations that require simple methodologies and cheap instruments for carrying out routine monitoring activities. In the last years, photo-traps have represented one of the best proficient and inexpensive methods to monitor wildlife populations. By using these devices, obse...
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In Umbria, negli ultimi anni è proceduto sempre più in maniera spedita il processo di ricolonizzazione del territorio da parte del lupo. Dopo anni in cui la presenza è stata ridotta numericamente e per lo più elusiva e sfuggente, relegata alla dorsale appenninica, si assiste adesso alla frequentazione di aree ben lontane dalla stessa con osservazio...
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Over the past 50 years the number of wild boar in Italy has dramatically increased, possibly as a consequence of massive releases of animals of different origins for hunting purposes. The aim of our study was to characterize genetic diversity and structure of the wild boar population in Umbria, Central Italy, based on nuclear STR data. A total of...
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L'obiettivo di questo studio è di valutare l'affidabilità delle misurazioni effettuate in campo dai cacciatori, al fine di identificare le variabili con caratteristiche tali da poter essere utilizzate per un monitoraggio biometrico della popolazione di cinghiale e individuare eventuali necessità di formazione dei cacciatori stessi in materia di ril...
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The increasing focus on infections in domestic cats ( Felis catus ) has raised questions about lungworm distribution in wild hosts. To enhance knowledge of the occurrence of lungworms in enzootic regions of central Italy, we examined the carcasses of 16 European wildcats ( Felis silvestris silvestris). Adult nematodes, feces, respiratory flushings,...
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Previous studies on the feeding habits of the European wildcat (Felis silvestris silvestris) have shown high variability in the diet and in the degree of trophic specialisation of this felid. In order to update and improve the knowledge about the feeding habits of this carnivore, its diet and trophic niche in Italy were examined based on the materi...
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La ricerca condotta nelle Riserve naturali biogenetiche casentinesi sul gatto selvatico europeo (Felis silvestris silvestris Schreber, 1777) a partire dal 2009, ha permesso di definire distribuzione e consistenza minima del felide in questo territorio, importante dal punto di vista zoogeografico in quanto prima “testa di ponte” accertata nel proces...
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Severe climatic changes during the Pleistocene shaped the distributions of temperate-adapted species. These species survived glaciations in classical south-ern refuges with more temperate climates, as well as in western and eastern peripheral Alpine temperate areas. We hypothesized that the European wildcat (Felis silvestris silvestris) populations...
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In modern taxonomy, DNA barcoding is particularly useful where biometric parameters are difficult to determine or useless owing to the poor quality of samples. These situations are frequent in parasitology. Here, we present an integrated study, based on both DNA barcoding and morphological analysis, on cestodes belonging to the genus Taenia, for wh...
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Martes martes and Martes foina are the only two Italian species of the genus Martes. As they are very similar in morphology and coloration, their taxonomic identification may represent a hard task. We aimed to assess the reliability of baculum length as a diagnostic tool for Italian martens. A sample of 53 adult males belonging to the genus Martes...
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One major concern in wolf (Canis lupus) conservation is the risk of genetic contamination due to crossbreeding with domestic dogs. Although genetic monitoring of wolf populations has become widely used, the behavioural mechanisms involved in wolf-dog hybridization and the detrimental effects of genetic introgression are poorly known. In this study...
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Pine marten (Martes martes) is a palaearctic species having a broad diffusion in central and north-eastern Europe, while it is localized or absent in southern and western Europe. British and Mediterranean insular populations are well developed and widespread. In Italy pine marten is diffused in the main islands, while it is rare and has a fragmente...
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A non-invasive genetic approach has been recently employed in the population genetics of wild species, using faeces that could be easily collected, particularly of elusive or endangered species. However, faeces of pine (Martes martes) and beech marten (M.foina) can be morphologically similar and could be confused with those of polecat (Mustela puto...
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Methods recently developed to infer population structure and admixture mostly use individual genotypes described by unlinked neutral markers. However, Hardy-Weinberg and linkage disequilibria among independent markers decline rapidly with admixture time, and the admixture signals could be lost in a few generations. In this study, we aimed to descri...
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The status of these two ?twin? species in Italy is extremely different; stone marten is widely spread throughout the entire peninsula, while absent in the islands, pine marten is spread in Sardegna, Sicilia and Isola d'Elba, but its distribution in the peninsula is very fragmented. Such a situation allows presuming a competition between the tw...

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