Mutinelli Franco

Franco Mutinelli | Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie Role Director
Department Experimental Veterinary Medicine Division
SCS3 – Diagnostic Services, Histopathology, Parasitology
National Reference Centre for Beekeeping
Phone +39 049 8084287

Profilo professionale

Franco Mutinelli graduated in veterinary medicine at the University of Bologna and obtained the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Pathologists (ECVP). He is the director of the Experimental Veterinary Medicine Division and of the SCS3 – Diagnostic Services, Histopathology, Parasitology Department. The department is composed by three Laboratories: Histopathology, Parasitology and the National Reference Centre for Beekeeping, and three Units, namely Molecular biology and TSEs, Clinical pathology and haematology, and laboratory animal facilities. The activities in the field of beekeeping depends on the role of IZSVe as National reference laboratory, as a consequence it covers all the Italian territory and imply collaborations with DG-SANCO and the EU reference laboratory for honey bee health.

His main fields of activity concerns histopathological diagnostics in domestic, laboratory, zoo, fur and wild animals, fish pathology, poultry pathology and meat inspection; tumours; neuropathology and transmissible spongiform encephalopathies; honey bee diseases diagnosis and control and regulatory affairs.

Franco Mutinelli is also responsible for the management of the IZSVe laboratory animal house and the regulation on animals used for scientific purposes.

He is scientific advisor of research projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and he is involved in several national and international research projects too, such as COST ACTION FA0803 “Prevention of honeybee colony losses, COLOSS” (he is member of the Management Committee for Italy); Nolessbees, Eurostars Project E!5928: Optimizing a novel, safe and efficient RNA Interference protection strategy for honeybee Nosema disease; Apenet: monitoring and research in apiculture and BeeNet: network for apiculture and environment.

He is involved as lecturer in the initiatives Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) “Animal Health of Bees” (2010-2017), Live animals-BIP “Import control of bees and bumblebees” (2017-2018) and “Companion animals movement” (2017-2018) of DG Santé. He is member of the EU Expert Group on honey bee diseases.


  • Moro A., Mutinelli F. (2018): Field evaluation of Maqs® and Api-Bioxal® for late summer control of Varroa mite infestation in Northeastern Italy. Journal of Apicultural Research 57, published on line 2 October 2018
  • Zanardello C., Pezzolato M., Capello K., Botta M., Baioni E., Mutinelli F., Vascellari M., Bozzetta E. (2018): An immunohistochemical approach to tackling the misuse of glucocorticoids in veal calves and beef cattle. Food Additives & Contaminants Part A published on line 10 October 2018
  • Facchini C., Iacopetti I., Gaudio E., Zotti A., Boldrin M., Fante F., Mutinelli F., Cozzi E., De Benedictis G.M. (2018): Endodontic treatment of canine teeth in a Macaca fascicularis. Laboratory Animals 52(3), 308-312.
  • Crestani C., Stefani A., Carminato A., Cro A., Capello K., Corrò M., Bozzato E., Mutinelli F., Vascellari M. (2018): In vitro assessment of quality parameters of CPDA-1 preserved feline blood collected by a new commercial closed system. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 2018 Apr 10. doi: 10.1111/jvim.15056.
  • Martinello M., Borin A., Stella R., Bovo D., Biancotto G., Gallina A., Mutinelli F. (2017): Development and validation of a QuEChERS method coupled to liquid chromatography and high resolution mass spectrometry to determine pyrrolizidine and tropane alkaloids in honey. Food Chemistry 234, 295-302.
  • Martinello M., Baratto C., Manzinello C., Piva E., Borin A., Toson M., Granato G., Boniotti M.B., Gallina A., Mutinelli F. (2017): Spring mortality in honey bees in northeastern Italy: detection of pesticides and viruses in dead honey bees and other matrices. Journal of Apicultural Research 56(3), 239-254.
  • Badaoui B., Fougeroux A., Petit F., Anselmo A., Cersini A., Granato A., Cucurachi M., Gorni C., Cardeti G., Inberg A., Gleit M., Formato G., Mutinelli F., Giuffra E., Paldi N., Botti S. (2017): RNA-sequence analysis of gene expression from honeybees (Apis mellifera) infected with Nosema ceranae. PLoS ONE 12(3): e0173438.
  • Mutinelli F., La Mancusa F., Grasso L., Giuliano A., Gallina A., Maroni Ponti A., Toson M. (2017): Plastic film wrapped supers full of honey are frozen in the extraction facility as a sanitising measure against Aethina tumida. Journal of Apicultural Research 56(2), 168-171.
  • Granato A., Zecchin B., Baratto C., Duquesne V., Negrisolo E., Chauzat M.-P., Ribière-Chabert M., Cattoli G., Mutinelli F. (2017): Introduction of Aethina tumida Murray 1867 (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) in the regions of Calabria and Sicily (Southern Italy). Apidologie 48(2), 194-203.
  • Martinello M., Dainese N., Manzinello C., Borin A., Gallina A., Mutinelli F. (2016): Retrospective evaluation of lead contamination in honey from 2005 to present in northeastern Italy and future perspectives in the light of updated legislation. Food Additives & Contaminants Part B 9, 198-202.
  • Porrini C., Mutinelli F., Bortolotti L., Granato A., Laurenson L., Roberts K., Gallina A., Silvester N., Medrzycki P., Renzi T., Sgolastra F., Lodesani L. (2016): The status of honey bee health in Italy: results from the nationwide bee monitoring network. PLoS ONE 11(5): e0155411.
  • Mutinelli F. (2016): Veterinary medicinal products to control Varroa destructor in honey bee colonies (Apis mellifera) and related EU legislation – An update. Journal of Apicultural Research 55(1): 78-88.
  • Montarsi F., Ciocchetta S., Devine G., Ravagnan S., Mutinelli F., Frangipane di Regalbono A., Otranto D., Capelli C. (2015): Development of Dirofilaria immitis within the mosquito Aedes (Finlaya) koreicus, a new invasive species for Europe. Parasites & Vectors 2015, 8:177.
  • Granato A, Giantin M, Ariani P, Carminato A, Baratto C, Zorzan E, Vascellari M, Bozzato E, Dacasto M, Mutinelli F. (2014). DNA and RNA isolation from canine oncologic formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues for downstream “-omic” analyses: possible or not? Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 26(1):117-124