PERSONAL DATA Born in Livorno (Italy) April 9th 1965. Researcher at the Istituto per la Protezione delle Piante – National Research Council, Firenze, Italy STUDIES 1990 - MSc. degree (laurea) in Forestry at the University of Firenze, discussing a thesis entitled” Dendro-ecological investigations on the Serra San Bruno (CZ) silver fir (Abies alba Mill.)”. 1997 - Ph.D. in Forest Pathology at the University of Firenze, discussing a thesis about “Purification and biological activity of cerato-platanin, a new fungal hydrophobin produced by Ceratocystis fimbriata f. sp. platani and characterisation of the Italian population of the pathogen”. INTERESTS AND PRESENT FIELDS OF WORK • Invasive species. Biogeographic patterns and determinants of invasion by alien forest pathogenic fungi in Europe. • Host-pathogen-environment interaction. Genetic variability of disease resistance, Mechanisms of resistance to pathogens, mechanisms of disease escape, pathogen population genetics by physio-morphological and molecular markers. • Genetics of pathogens populations. • Breeding for resistance to pathogens. Selection of trees resistant to pathogens by controlled crossing and artificial inoculations. Adaptative trials. • Conservation of genetic resources of endangered species, mainly focus on elm. Studies on adaptative characters connected with resistance to pathogens. Genetic studies on trees marginal endangered populations.
Biography Updated on 22 December 2011