Fruit tree and woody plant sciences

Research in plant biotechnology & breeding, plant physiology, ecophysiology, ecology, pre- and post-harvest management applied to fruit species, grapevine and forestry. Sustainable production methods, including proximal/remote sensing, precision orchard management and organic farming.

Keywords: Agroecology, Breeding, Biotechnology, Ecophysiology, Efficiency, Fertilization, Forestry, Fruits, Management, Orchards, Post-harvest, Precision, Quality, Sustainability, Vineyards.

Main research fields

  • Breeding and biotechnology

Selection of new varieties and rootstocks in fruit and grape species.   

Genomic and transcriptomic approaches to study abiotic and biotic stresses, flower biology, fruit ripening and responses to management strategies.  Biodiversity studies, fingerprinting, propagation and genetic modification in fruit and grapevine.

  • Ecophysiology and management

Plant environment relations and resource use efficiency.

Water relations, leaf gas exchanges, chlorophyll fluorescence and fruit/berry growth.

Research on plant-microbe interactions.

Plant responses to abiotic and biotic stresses and innovative strategies to face them.

Pomology, pre- and post-harvest practices to optimize yield, quality and storability.

Nutrient cycling, organic and agro-ecological management approaches.

New monitoring technologies, precision orchard and vineyard management.

  • Forestry

Age-related patterns in forest growth and function.

Modelling of forest growth, environmental and management effects.

Forest response to global change and remote sensing of forest processes.

Biogeochemistry of forest ecosystem; reclamation and revegetation of degraded sites.

People

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Miki Agrusti

PhD Student

Teaching tutor

keywords: Ecophysiology of fruit crops, Precision Agriculture in Fruit Growing, Precision Orchard Management (POM)
keywords: Precision Orchard Management, Leaf fluorescence, Photosynthesis, Orchard efficiency, Fruit growth physiology, Fruit
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Luca Dondini

Associate Professor

keywords: Genetic maps, Fruit tree species, Molecular markers

Ilaria Filippetti

Associate Professor

keywords: grapevine, cultivar characterization, clonal selection, canopy management, training system, vineyard soil management,
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Maria Rosa Guerrieri

Senior assistant professor (fixed-term)

keywords: tree ecophysiology, stable isotopes, dendrochronology, water-use efficiency, forest ecology, climate change, nitrogen
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Federico Magnani

Full Professor

keywords: ecology, sustainability, forest, drought stress, modelling, biogeochemical cycles, photosynthesis, carbon cycle,
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Luigi Manfrini

Senior assistant professor (fixed-term)

keywords: Fruit Tree Physiology, Precision Orchard Management, Ecophysiology
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Brunella Morandi

Associate Professor

keywords: Irrigation, Source-sink relationship, Fruit growth, Fruit tree ecophysiology, Water relation, Fruit quality
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Enrico Muzzi

Assistant professor

keywords: afforestation, woody biomass, revegetation, reclamation, Data analysis
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Adamo Domenico Rombolà

Assistant professor

keywords: Agroecology, Territorial AgroEcological Lighthouses, Biodiversity, Natural resources, Peasant Knowledge, Health, Active
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Francesco Spinelli

Associate Professor

keywords: fruit quality, volatile organic compounds, plant-microbe interactions, sustainable fruit production, Actinidia
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Stefano Tartarini

Associate Professor

keywords: Fruit tree breeding, Fruit tree biotechnology, Molecular markers, Molecular maps, Genetically-modified organisms (GMO),
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Moreno Toselli

Associate Professor

keywords: Abbe Fetel, Compost, Soil sikness disease, Calcium, Carbon partitioning, Priming effect, Pomegranate, root development,
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Melissa Venturi

PhD Student

Teaching tutor

keywords: Deficit irrigation, Fruit growth, Water relations, Fruit quality, Source-sink relationships, Fruit tree ecophysiology