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Francesco Dal Grande

Francesco Dal Grande


Ph.D. of Science in Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, 2011

Current position

Postdoctoral researcher, Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Publications (since 2010)

  1. Singh, G., Dal Grande, F., Divakar, P. K., Otte, J., Leavitt, S. D., Szczepanska, K., Crespo, A., Rico, V. J., Aptroot, A., Caceres, M. E., Lumbsch, H. T. and Schmitt, I. (2015). Coalescent-based species delimitation approach uncovers high cryptic diversity in the cosmopolitan lichen-forming fungal genus Protoparmelia (Lecanorales, Ascomycota). PLoS One 10(5): e0124625.
  2. Sadowska-Deś, A. D., Dal Grande, F., Lumbsch, H. T., Beck, A., Otte, J., Hur, J. S., Kim, J. A. and Schmitt, I. (2014). Integrating coalescent and phylogenetic approaches to delimit species in the lichen photobiont Trebouxia. Mol Phylogenet Evol 76: 202-210.
  3. Dal Grande, F., Beck, A., Cornejo, C., Singh, G., Cheenacharoen, S., Nelsen, M. P. and Scheidegger, C. (2014). Molecular phylogeny and symbiotic selectivity of the green algal genus Dictyochloropsis s.l. (Trebouxiophyceae): a polyphyletic and widespread group forming photobiont-mediated guilds in the lichen family Lobariaceae. New Phytol 202(2): 455-470. 
  4. Tõrra, T., Cornejo, C., Cheenacharoen, S., Dal Grande, F., Marmor, L. and Scheidegger, C. (2014). Characterization of fungus-specific microsatellite markers in the lichen fungus Usnea subfloridana (Parmeliaceae). Appl Plant Sci 2(7).
  5. Dal Grande, F., Alors, D., Divakar, P. K., Balint, M., Crespo, A. and Schmitt, I. (2014). Insights into intrathalline genetic diversity of the cosmopolitan lichen symbiotic green alga Trebouxia decolorans Ahmadjian using microsatellite markers. Mol Phylogenet Evol 72: 54-60.
  6. Singh, G., Divakar, P. K., Dal Grande, F., Otte, J., Parnmen, S., Wedin, M., Crespo, A., Lumbsch, H. T. and Schmitt, I. (2013). The sister-group relationships of the largest family of lichenized fungi, Parmeliaceae (Lecanorales, Ascomycota). Fungal Biol 117(10): 715-721.
  7. Dal Grande, F., Beck, A., Singh, G. and Schmitt, I. (2013). Microsatellite primers in the lichen symbiotic alga Trebouxia decolorans (Trebouxiophyceae). Appl Plant Sci 1(3).
  8. Singh, G., Dal Grande, F., Cornejo, C., Schmitt, I. and Scheidegger, C. (2012). Genetic basis of self-incompatibility in the lichen-forming fungus Lobaria pulmonaria and skewed frequency distribution of mating-type idiomorphs: implications for conservation. PLoS One 7(12): e51402.
  9. Widmer, I., Dal Grande, F., Excoffier, L., Holderegger, R., Keller, C., Mikryukov, V. S. and Scheidegger, C. (2012). European phylogeography of the epiphytic lichen fungus Lobaria pulmonaria and its green algal symbiont. Mol Ecol 21(23): 5827-5844.
  10. Dal Grande, F., Widmer, I., Wagner, H. H. and Scheidegger, C. (2012). Vertical and horizontal photobiont transmission within populations of a lichen symbiosis. Mol Ecol 21(13): 3159-3172.
  11. Widmer, I., Dal Grande, F., Cornejo, C. and Scheidegger, C. (2010). Highly variable microsatellite markers for the fungal and algal symbionts of the lichen Lobaria pulmonaria and challenges in developing biont-specific molecular markers for fungal associations. Fungal Biol 114(7): 538-544.
  12. Widmer, I., Dal Grande, F., Beck, A. and Scheidegger, C. (2010). Microsatellite markers for Dictyochloropsis reticulata (Trebouxiophyceae), the symbiotic alga of the lichen Lobaria pulmonaria (L.). Conservation Genetics 11: 1147-1149.

Protocols by Francesco Dal Grande
  1. Genomic DNA Extraction and Genotyping of Dictyochloropsis Green Algae Strains