Associate Professor of Forest Pathology and Ornamental trees pathology at the University of Padova, Italy.
Since April 2017, qualified for Full Professorship.
His research focuses on trees' fitness: mycorrhizal communities’ composition, ecologic role of endophytic fungi, epidemiology and dynamics of diseases, biological control.
The current emphasis is on veteran trees as ecosystems.
After inventing BITE, a drill-free trunk injection device, he joined “PAN / DeRebusPlantarum”, an interdisciplinary spinoff of the University of Padova pointing to environment-friendly practices, with a special focus on plant-based injectable pesticides.
Author of four patents; invited speaker to many internation symposia and workshops.
Core member at the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization, Member of the panel on Forest Quarantine at IPPC/FAO.
Main papers here.
Personal blog on trees here.