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Bano Luca

Luca Bano | Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie Role Veterinarian
Department SCT2 – Treviso, Belluno e San Donà di Piave
Phone +39 0422 302302

Professional profile

Luca Bano is veterinary officer at the periheral diagnostic laboratory of Treviso, IZSVe. He graduated in Veterinary Medicine (2000, University of Bologna) and then obtained a Postgraduate degree in Avian, rabbit and wildlife pathology (2005, University of Milan) and PhD in Veterinary Hygiene and Animal Pathology (2009). During 2006, he conducted research activity at the Department of Poultry science, Auburn University, Alabama and practical training at the State diagnostic laboratory of animal diseases, Auburn, Alabama, USA.

Luca Bano is a veterinary pathologist with field and laboratory experience. He cooperates with both private and institutional stakeholders by directing diagnostic investigations and research projects. He has thirteen years’ experience in a State veterinary diagnostic laboratory with facilities for post-mortem examinations and laboratories for bacteriology, serology, parasitology and biotechnology. Dr Bano has daily practical experience in bacteriological techniques for the isolation and identification of the most significant animal pathogens, particularly anaerobes. In the Diagnostic Laboratory, he promoted the introduction of specific biomolecular techniques for the genetic characterization of relevant Clostridia for animals (C. perfringens, C. botulinum, C. tetani, C. sordellii, C. septicum, C. colinum, C. spiroforme).

His main research activity is focussed on animal clostridiosis. He has coordinated, as principal investigator, research projects in this field, supported by the Italian Ministry of Health entitled, “Development and application of biomolecular techniques for the diagnosis of clostridial diseases in animals”; “Development and application of innovative diagnostic methods for the diagnosis of animal botulism”. Currently he is principal investigator of two research projects entitled, “Development of an ELISA test to evaluate the antibody response to Clostridium perfringens and Clostridium septicum toxoids in a chicken model” and “Development of MALDI-TOF MS based methods for botulism outbreak investigation”. In addition, he participated as an animal botulism expert in the European project AntiBioThreat (“Bio-preparedness measures concerning prevention, detection and response to animal bio-threats”).

His current activities concern bacterial genetic characterization and the study of antimicrobial resistances, in cooperation with national and international research laboratories.


  • Agnoletti, F., Mazzolini, E., Bacchin, C., Bano, L., Berto, G., Rigoli, R., Muffato, G., Coato, P., Tonon, E., and Drigo, I. (2014) First reporting of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) ST398 in an industrial rabbit holding and in farm-related people. Vet. Microbiol. 170:172-177
  • Bano L., Drigo I., Tonon E., Agnoletti F., Giovanardi D., Morandini E. (2013). Rice hulls as a possible source of Clostridium botulinum type C spores for poultry. Vet Rec., 173(17), 427-428
  • Woudstra C., Skarin H., Anniballi F., Auricchio B., De Medici D., Bano L., Drigo I., Hansen T., Löfström C. & Hamidjaja R. (2013) Validation of a real-time PCR based method for detection of ”Clostridium botulinum” types C, D and their mosaic variants CD and DC in a multicenter collaborative trial. Anaerobe 22, 31-37
  • Anniballi F., Fiore A., Löfström C., Skarin H., Auricchio B., Woudstra C., Bano L., Segerman B., Koene M. & Båverud V. (2013) Management of animal botulism outbreaks: From clinical suspicion to practical countermeasures to prevent or minimize outbreaks. Biosecurity and Bioterrorism 11, S191-S199
  • Woudstra C., Skarin H., Anniballi F., Fenicia L., Bano L., Drigo I., Koene M., Bayon-Auboyer M. H., Buffereau J. P., De Medici D. & Fach P. (2012) Neurotoxin gene profiling of Clostridium botulinum types C and D native to different countries within Europe. Applied and environmental microbiology 78, 3120-3127
  • Savini G., Monaco F., Terregino C., Di Gennaro A., Bano L., Pinoni C., De Nardi R., Bonilauri P., Pecorari M., Di Gialleonardo L., Bonfanti L., Polci A., Calistri P., Lelli R. (2011). Usutu virus in Italy: an emergence or a silent infection? Vet Microbiol. 151(3-4):264-74.
  • Agnoletti, F., Ferro, T., Guolo, A., Marcon, B., Cocchi, M., Drigo, I., Mazzolini, E. & Bano, L. (2009). A survay of Clostridium spiroforme antimicrobial susceptibility in rabbit breeding, Veterinary Microbiology, vol. 136, pp. 188-191.
  • Bano L., Merialdi G., Bonilauri P., Dall’Anese G., Capello K., Comin D., Cattoli G., Sanguinetti V., Hampson D. J., Agnoletti F. (2008). Prevalence, disease associations, and risk factors for colonization with intestinal spirochaetes (Brachyspira spp.) in flocks of laying hens in north-eastern Italy. Avian Pathology, 37(3), 281-286.
  • Bano L., Drigo I., Macklin K. S., Martin S. W., Miller  R. S., Norton R. A., O. A. Oyarzabal, S. F. Bilgili. (2008). Development of a polymerase chain reaction assay for specific identification of Clostridium colinum. Avian Pathology, 37(2), 179-181.
  • Bano L., Natale A., Vascellari M., Comin D., Mutinelli F., Agnoletti F. (2005) First report of parasitic esophagitis by Streptocara incognita in muscovy ducks (Cairina muscata domesticus) in Italy. Avian diseases, 49:298-300.

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