Journal of Microbiology Research

Journal of Microbiology Research aims to publish all the latest and outstanding research articles, reviews and letters in all areas of major importance to techniques of microbiology and applied research. It publishes high quality research and review papers on novel aspects of microbiology, including environmental, food, agricultural, medical, pharmaceutical, veterinary, soil, water and biodeterioration.

Massimiliano Fenice

Editorial Board Member of Journal of Microbiology Research

Associate Professor, University of Tuscia, DEB, Dipartimento di Scienze Ecologiche e Biologiche, Italy

Research Areas

General, Applied and Marine Microbiology, Fermentation Biotechnology, Wastes and Wastewater Microbial Treatments, Ecology of Extremophiles


1983MasterBiological Sciences, the University of Genova, Italy


present Associate Professor of Microbiology (teaching Applied, Industrial and Marine Microbiology) in the Faculty of Sciences, University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy
present Head of the Applied Microbiology Laboratory of DEB and Head of the Laboratory of Marine Applied Microbiology Laboratory of CONISMA (Consorzio Interuniversitario Scienze del Mare), University of Tuscia, Viterbo Italy


Mycological Society of America
European Chitin and Chitosan Society (he is member of the society Board)
Balkan Environmental Association (he is Chairman of the Mediterranean Office)
SIMGBM(Italian Society of General Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology)

Publications: Conferences/Workshops/Symposiums/Journals/Books

[1]  PETRUCCIOLI M., FENICE M., PICCIONI P., 1993. Distribution and typology of glucose oxidase activity in the genus Penicillium. Lett. Appl. Microbiol., 17, 285-288.
[2]  PETRUCCIOLI M., PICCIONI P., FENICE. M., FEDERICI F.,1994. Glucose oxidase, catalase and gluconic acid production by immobilized mycelium of Penicillium variabile P16. Biotechnol. Lett. 16, 939-942.
[3]  GARZILLO AM., DI PAOLO S., PETRUCCIOLI M., FENICE M., BUONOCORE V., FEDERICI F.,1995. Production, purification and characterization of a glucose oxidase from Penicillium variabile P16. Biotechnol. Appl. Biochem. 22, 169-178.
[4]  PETRUCCIOLI M., FENICE M., PICCIONI P., FEDERICI F.,1995. Effect of stirrer speed and buffering agents on the production of glucose oxidase and catalase activity by Penicillium variabile P16 in benchtop bioreactor. Enzyme Microb. Technol. 17, 336-339.
[5]  ZUCCONI L., PAGANO S., FENICE M., SELBMANN L., TOSI S., and ONOFRI S., 1995. Growth rates at different temperature of fungal strains from Continental Antarctica. Polar Biol 16: 53-61.
[6]  VASSILEV N., FENICE M., and FEDERICI F. 1996. Rock phosphate solubilization with gluconic acid produced by immobilized Penicillium variabile P16. Biotechnol. Tech. 10: 585-588. (Now merged with biotechnology letters)
[7]  FENICE M., SELBMANN L., ZUCCONI L., and ONOFRI S. 1997 Production of extracellular enzymes by Antarctic fungal strains. Polar Biol 17: 275-280.
[8]  VASSILEV N., FENICE M., FEDERICI F. and AZCON R. 1997. Olive mill waste water treatment by immobilized cells of Aspergillus niger and its enrichment with soluble phosphate. Proc. Biochem. 32: 617-620.
[9]  VASSILEV N., VASSILEVA M., AZCON R., FENICE M., FEDERICI F., and BAREA J.M. 1998. Fertilizing effect of microbially-treated olive mill waste water on Trifolium plants. Biores. Technol. 66: 133-137.
[10]  FENICE M., SELBMANN L., DI GIAMBATTISTA R. and FEDERICI F. 1998. Chitinolytic activity at low temperature of an antarctic strain (A3) of Verticillium cfr. lecanii Res. Microbiol. 149: 289-300.
[11]  FENICE M., DI GIAMBATTISTA R., RAETZ E., LEUBA JL. and FEDERICI F. 1998. Repeated-batch and continuous production of chitinolytic enzymes by Penicillium janthinellum immobilized on chemically-modified macroporous cellulose. J. Biotechnol. 62: 119-131.
[12]  FENICE M., LEUBA JL. and FEDERICI F. 1998. Chitinolytic enzyme activity of Penicillium janthinellum P9 in bench-top bioreactor. J. Ferm. Bioeng. 86: 620-623. (now Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
[13]  FENICE M., DIGIAMBATTISTA R., LEUBA J-L. and FEDERICI F. 1999. Inactivation of Mucor plumbeus by the combined action of chitinase and high hydrostatic pressure. Int. J. Food Microbiol. 52:109-113.
[14]  FENICE M., SELBMANN L., FEDERICI F. and VASSILEV N. 2000 Application of encapsulated Penicillium variabile P16 in solubilization of rock phosphate. Biores. Technol. 73: 157-162.
[15]  FENICE M., FEDERICI F., SELBMANN L. and PETRUCCIOLI M,. 2000 Repeated-batch production of pigments by immobilized Monascus purpureus. J. Biotechnol., 80: 271-276.
[16]  DI GIAMBATTISTA R., FEDERICI F., PETRUCCIOLI M. and FENICE M. 2001, The chitinolytic activity of Penicillium janthinellum P9: purification, partial characterisation and potential applications. J. Appl. Microbiol., 91: 498-505.
[17]  VASSILEV N., VASSILEVA M., FENICE M., FEDERICI F. 2001. Immobilized cell technology applied in solubilization of inorganic (rock) phosphate and P plant acquisition. Biores. Technol. 79: 263-271.
[18]  SELBMANN L., ONOFRI S., FENICE M., FEDERICI F., PETRUCCIOLI M. 2002. Production and structural characterization of the exopolysaccharide of the Antarctic fungus Phoma herbarum CCFEE 5080. Res. Microbiol., 153: 585-592.
[19]  FENICE M., FEDERICI F., GIOVANNOZZI SERMANNI G. and D'ANNIBALE A. 2003. Submerged and solid-state production of laccase and Mn-peroxidase by Panus tigrinus on olive mill wastewater-based media. J. Biotechnol., 100: 77-85.
[20]  CERETI C.F., ROSSINI F., FEDERICI F., QUARATINO D., VASSILEV N. and FENICE M.. 2004 Reuse of microbially treated olive mill wastewater as fertiliser for wheat (Triticum durum). Biores Technol. 91: 135-140.
[21]  D'ANNIBALE A., RICCI M., QUARATINO D., FEDERICI F. and FENICE M. 2004 Panus tigrinus efficiently removes phenols, colour and organic load from olive-mill wastewater. Res Microbiol. 155: 596-603.
[22]  L. ZUCCONI, S. ONOFRI, L. SELBMANN, S. TOSI, D. BARRECA, S. RUISI AND M. FENICE 2005. I funghi in ambiente Antartico: strategie adattative. Informatore Botanico Italiano 37: 884-885. ** (IF 0)
[23]  QUARATINO D., FENICE M., FEDERICI F., D'ANNIBALE A. 2006. Mn-peroxidase production by Panus tigrinus CBS 577.79: response surface optimisation and bioreactor comparison. J. Chem. Technol. Biotechnol. 81: 832-840.
[24]  D'ANNIBALE A., QUARATINO D., FEDERICI F., and FENICE M. 2006. Effect of agitation and aeration on the reduction of pollutant load of olive mill wastewater by the white rot fungus Panus tigrinus. Biochem Eng. J. 29: 243-249.
[25]  CROGNALE S., D'ANNIBALE A., FEDERICI F., FENICE M., QUARATINO D., and PETRUCCIOLI M. 2006. Olive-oil mill wastewater valorisation by fungi. J. Chem. Technol. Biotechnol. 81: 1555-1647.
[26]  QUARATINO D., FEDERICI F., PETRUCCIOLI M., FENICE M. AND DANNIBALE A. 2007. Production, purification and partial characterization of a novel laccase from the white-rot fungus Panus tigrinus CBS 577.79. Anton Leew. 91: 57-59. (Anton Leew Int J)
[27]  QUARATINO D., DANNIBALE A., FEDERICI F., CERETI C.F., ROSSINI F. AND FENICE M. 2007. Enzyme and fungal treatments and a combination thereof reduce olive mill wastewater phytotoxicity on Zea mays L. seeds, Chemosphere. 66: 1627-1633.
[28]  JUAREZ-JIMENEZ B., RODELAS B., MARTINEZ_TOLEDO M.V., GONZALEZ-LOPEZ J., CROGNALE S., GALLO A.M., PESCIAROLI C., and FENICE M. 2008. Production of chitinolytic enzymes by a strain (BM17) of Paenibacillus pabuli isolated from crab shells samples collected in the East Sector of Central Tyrrhenian Sea. Int. J. Biol. Macr. 43: 27-31 .
[29]  CROGNALE S., PETRUCCIOLI M., FENICE M., and FEDERICI M.. 2008. Fed-batch gluconic acid production from Penicillium variabile P16 under different feeding strategies. Enzyme Microb. Technol. 42: 445-449.
[30]  JUAREZ-JIMENEZ B., MANZANERA M., RODELAS B., MARTINEZ-TOLEDO MV., GONZALEZ-LOPEZ J., CROGNALE S., PESCIAROLI C. AND FENICE M. (2010). Metabolic characterisation of a strain (BM90) Delftia tsuruhatensis showing highly diversified capacity to degrade low molecular weight phenols. Biodegradation. 21: 475-489
[31]  CERRONE F., BARGHINI P., PESCIAROLI C. and FENICE M. (2011). Efficient removal of pollutants from olive washing wastewater in bubble-column bioreactor by Trametes versicolor. Chemosphere. 84: 254-259.
[32]  PESCIAROLI C., CUPINI F., SELBMANN L., BARGHINI P. and FENICE M. (2011). Temperature preferences of bacteria isolated from sea water collected in Kandalaksha Bay, White Sea, Russia. Polar Biol (IN PRESS DOI: 10.1007/s00300-011-1091-1 )