Degree in Forestry (University of Florence), thesis in forest botany. Further studies in Germany (Institute for Forest Genetics, University of Göttingen), United States (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs) and France (INRA Pierroton). Since 1984 CNR researcher, first at the Institute for AgroForestry in Porano, later (since 2003) at the Institute for Plant Protection in Florence. Group leader (Forest Genetics) at WSL, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research in Birmensdorf (1995-1997). Most of my work deals with Mediterranean trees, both widespread species (chestnut, deciduous and evergreen oaks) and species with narrow distribution (cypress, Oriental plane) or relic species (Zelkova sicula, Z. abelicea, Picconia azorica). Recently, my interest in understanding the ecological and functional role of plant emitted Volatile organic Compounds (VOCs), their interaction with the environment and relations to stress resistance.