(picture above: Financial Times, 04 Aug 2018)
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.