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Animal Cognition, Communication and Social Behaviour

Baracchi D, Marples A, Jenkins AJ, Leitch AR, Chittka L (2017) Nicotine in floral nectar pharmacologically influences bumblebee learning of floral features. Scientific Reports 7: 1951.

Baracchi D, (2017) The reproductive division of labour but not worker age affects spatial sorting within the nest in a paper wasp. Insect Sociaux 1-7.

Baracchi D, Turillazzi S, Chittka L (2016) Facial patterns in a tropical social wasp correlate with colony membership. The Science of Nature 103: 80.

Baracchi D, Petrocelli I, Chittka L,  Ricciardi G, Turillazzi S (2015) Speed and accuracy in nestmate recognition: an hover wasp prioritises face recognition over colony odour cues to minimise intrusion by outsiders. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences 282: 20142750. Science Shot: Wasps employ facial recognition to defend nests , February 3rd 2015. (DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa7796)

Baracchi D, Brown MJF, Chittka L (2015) Behavioural evidence for self-medication in bumblebees? F1000Research. 4:73.

Baracchi D, Cini A (2014) A socio-spatial combined approach confirms a highly compartmentalized structure in honeybees. Ethology. 120: 1167-1176

Baracchi D, Petrocelli I, Cusseau G, Pizzocaro L, Teseo S, Turillazzi S (2013) Facial markings in the hover wasps: quality signals and familiar recognition cues in two species of Stenogastrinae. Animal Behaviour 85: 203-212

Baracchi D, Mazza G, Cini A, Petrocelli I, Hashim RB, Turillazzi S (2013) Social biology of Parischnogaster striatula(Hymenoptera, Stenogastrinae). Tropical Zoology 26: 105-119

Baracchi D, Zaccaroni M, Cervo R, Turillazzi S (2010) Home range analysis in the study of spatial organization on the comb in the paper wasp Polistes dominulusEthology 116: 579-587

Baracchi D, Hashim R, Teseo S, Turillazzi S (2009) Basic social biology and nest architecture of Liostenogaster topographica(Hymenopetra Stenogastrinae). Tropical Zoology 22: 15-23

Turillazzi S, Fanelli D, Theodora P, Lambardi D, Ortolani I, Hashim R, Baracchi D (2008) Determinants of immature brood and nest recognition in a stenogastrine wasp. Ethology Ecology & Evolution 20: 17-33

Baracchi D, Turillazzi S, Cervo R (2007) Preliminary investigation on Polistes dominulus worker’ spatial distribution on the nest in relation to immature brood position Redia XC: 139-142


Cooperative Disease Defences in Social insects 

Baracchi D, Tragust S (2015) (Chapter) Venom as a component of external immune defence in Hymenoptera. In: Evolution of Venomuos Animals and Their Toxins. P. Gopalakrishnakone P., Malhotra A. (Eds). ISBN 978-94-007-6727-0. Springer

Baracchi D, Turillazzi S, Felicioli A (2014) (Chapter) Le difese naturali della colonia di api contro le malattie. In: Patologia ed avversità dell’alveare. Carnapa E, Lodesani M (Eds). ISBN 978-88-470-5649-7. Springer

Baracchi D, Mazza G, Michelucci E, Pieraccini G, Turillazzi S, Moneti G (2013) Top-down sequencing of Apis dorsata apamin by MALDI-TOF MS and evidence of its inactivity against microorganisms. Toxicon 71: 105-112

Baracchi D, Fadda A, Turillazzi S (2012) Evidence for antiseptic behaviour towards sick adult bees in honey bee colonies. Journal of Insect Physiology 58: 1589-1596

Baracchi D, Mazza G, Turillazzi S (2012) From individual to collective immunity: the role of the venom as antimicrobial agent in the Stenogastrinae wasp societies. Journal of Insect Physiology 58: 188-193

Baracchi D, Francese S, Turillazzi S (2011) Beyond the antipredatory defence: honey bee venom function as a component of social immunity. Toxicon 58: 219-229

Baracchi D, Turillazzi S (2010) Differences in venom and cuticular peptides in individuals of Apis mellifera (Hymenoptera: Apidae) determined by MALDI-TOF MS. Journal of Insect Physiology 56: 366-375

Baracchi D, Dapporto L, Teseo S, Hashim R, Turillazzi S (2010) Medium molecular weight polar substances of the cuticle as tools in the study of the taxonomy, systematics and chemical ecology of tropical hover wasps (Hymenoptera: Stenogastrinae). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 48: 109-114

Mazza G, Arizza V, Baracchi D, Barzanti G, Benvenuti C, Francardi V, Frandi A, Gherardi F, Longo S, Manachini B, Perito B, Rumine P, Schillaci D, Turillazzi S, Cervo R (2011) Antimicrobial activity of the Red Palm Weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineusBullettin of Insectology 64: 33-41

Baracchi D, Cusseau G, Pradella D, Turillazzi S (2010) Defense reaction of Apis mellifera ligustica against the attacks of the European Hornet Vespa crabro. Ethology Ecology & Evolution 22: 281-294


Turillazzi S, Matthews RW, Pradella D, Meucci F, Baracchi D (2014) Nest architecture and colony composition of communally nesting Spilomena socialis sp. n. (Hymenoptera, Crabronidae, Pemphredoninae) from peninsular Malaysia. Journal of Hymenoptera Research. 41: 113-129

Dapporto L, Baracchi D, Benassai D, Capretti P, Roversi PF, Turillazzi S (2013) Major changes in the sex differences in cuticular chemical profiles of the western conifer seed bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis) after laboratory rearing. Journal of Insect Physiology 59: 738-744

Mancini V, Dapporto L, Baracchi D, Luchi N, Turillazzi S, Capretti P (2013) Phenotypic characterization of cryptic Diplodiaspecies by MALDI‐TOF MS and the bias of mycelium age. Forest Pathology 43: 455-461

Gramigni E, Calusi S, Gelli N, Giuntini L, Massi M, Delfino G, Chelazzi G, Baracchi D, Frizzi F, Santini G (2013) Ants as bioaccumulators of metals from soils: body content and tissue-specific distribution of metals in the ant Crematogaster scutellarisEuropean Journal of Soil Biology 58: 24-31.

Baracchi D, Dapporto L, Turillazzi S (2011) Relevance of wing morphology in distinguishing and classifying genera and species of Stenogastrinae wasps. Contribution to Zoology 80: 191-199

Dapporto L, Bruschini C, Baracchi D, Cini A, Gayubo S, González JA, Dennis RLH (2009) Phylogeography and counter-intuitive inferences in island biogeography: evidence from morphometric markers in the mobile butterfly Maniola jurtina (Linnaeus) (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 98: 677-692

- Outreach papers

18. Baracchi D (2015) Nettari floreali e automedicazione negli impollinatori APITALIA (N°IX)

17. Tufano L, Baracchi D (2015) Vitellogenina e senilità nell’ape  e nell’alveare APITALIA (N°IX)

16. Tufano L, Baracchi D (2015) Il sistema immunitario dell’ape e dell’alveare (II) APITALIA (N°V)

15. Tufano L, Baracchi D (2015) Il sistema immunitario dell’ape e dell’alveare (I) APITALIA (N°V)

14. Tufano L, Baracchi D (2015) L’organizzazione socio-spaziale dell’alveare APITALIA (N° III)

13. Savorelli G, Tufano L & Baracchi D (2014) Il capitale proteico dell’alveare APITALIA (N°VII)

12. Tufano L, Savorelli G & Baracchi D (2014) Disponibilità di polline nell’alveare APITALIA (N°VI)

11. Baracchi D & Savorellli G (2014) Gli effetti di carenza di polline sull’alveare APITALIA (N°IV)

10. Baracchi D (2013) La lotta tra api igieniste e la coppia varroa-virus delle ali deformi. L’APIS

9. Baracchi D (2013) Il veleno me lo metto addosso e sul favo! L’APIS

8. Savorelli G, Tufano L & Baracchi D (2014) Immunità d’ape, patogeni e pascolo APITALIA (N°I)

7.Savorelli G & Baracchi D (2013) Speciale: Peste americana e Nosema ceranae Apitalia On-line

6.Baracchi D & Savorelli G (2013) La situazione sanitaria delle api.  APITALIA (N° VI)

5.Savorelli G & Baracchi D (2013) Il destino dell’ape ai giorni nostri.  APITALIA (N° IX)

4.Baracchi D & Savorelli G (2013) Coevoluzione ospite-parassita ape-nosema.  APITALIA (N° VI)

3. Baracchi D (2013) Anche le colonie di api hanno personalità. Apitalia On-line

2. Baracchi D (2013) L’immunità dell’alveare (N° I)

1. Baracchi D (2012) Quando il mondo delle api incontra quello dei calabroni.  APITALIA (N° XII)


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