Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
FLORENCE

Geographic profiling used to combat algae invasions

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Florence, January 8 - Researchers at Florence
university have come up with a method for identifying the
epicentre of algae infestations using a technique normally
employed by criminologists.
The discovery, made during a study conducted last year, has
been published by the magazine 'Biological Invasions'.
The biologists used geographic profiling to trace the
origin of an infestation of Caulerpa racemosa in the
Mediterranean to a port in western Sicily.
The technique, based on the application of a mathematical
formula, is frequently used in criminology to identify a serial
killer's possible abode.
''The discovery is important scientifically because it
opens up new scenarios for the conservation of ecosystems,''
said Alessio Papini of the biology department at Florence
University.
''The model lends itself to application not just in marine
biology but in other disciplines, such as geology for example,
and can provide useful elements for reducing the environmental
impact of biological invasions''.

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