Applied microbiology

(Head: Antonella Lo Nostro)


Focussed mainly on prevention and control of infective diseases, both within hospitals and the community at large, activities include:

  • Assay of resistance antibiotic of pathogens
  • Search of Legionella spp. in environmental matrices (water, biofilm, air, soil)
  • Antibacterial activity of essential oils
  • Microbial prevalence studies in food
  • Studies on microbiology quality of food for large scale catering
  • Isolation and phenotypical studies of microorganisms such as: Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella spp., E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus spp., Campylobacter spp., Vibrio spp., Clostridium perfringens, Pseudomonas spp.
  • Studies on bacterial protein production

Third party research

The laboratory has been carrying out since many years third party research for public and private subjects on:

  • Legionella spp (identification of species and serum group) in hospitals, hospitality structures  (hotels, spas, etc.) and workplaces
  • Evaluation of antibacterial activity in different substances
  • Sterility control in health environments and medical and surgical aids
  • Search for pathogens and non pathogenic microorganisms in different matrices (food, surfaces, air, water) and from clinical samples
  • Challenge test on cosmetics, foods, etc.
  • Inspections
  • Consultancy

All analyses are carried out according to  ISO UNI EN law and regulations.

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