Dryas group


Our group is named after Dryas octopetala L., a prostrate, long-lived branched dwarf shrub with stems up to 50 cm.

I keep a lively group with a critical mass to give students an opportunity to share their own research as well as learn more about what their colleagues are doing. Moreover our meetings are a venue for practicing presentation skills and providing and receiving constructive feedbacks in a supportive environment.

Students theses topics range from plant anatomy to wood science, with applications to areas like ecology or wood quality. My goal is to give students a chance to gain and practice skills in logic, creativity, analysis, synthesis, and communication.

Part of the game is also to take some risks, and to carry through with students own ideas.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Flavio Ruffinatto, PhD


Development of wood identification tools to combat illegal logging

Illegal logging and its related timber trade is currently recognized by international decision makers as one of the world's most pressing environmental problems.

The importance of providing custom agents with tools, resources and training is stressed by a variety of studies. Wood identification is one of the crucial steps necessary to verify timber legality and it is typically one of the first applied to wood products.

The aim of this project is to develop some macroscopic identification tools based upon macroscopic features: a field guide, a software and a searchable interactive online key and atlas in order to provide a set of tools versatile and adaptable to different work situations. These tools are expected to improve forensic efficiency and effectiveness of border agents and other professionals employed in the international wood trade control.



Graduate Students

PhD Student Giacomo Mozzi


Plants of arid habitats: insight on the life strategies of the ultimate survivor

Succulent plants are adapted to arid conditions and have evolved solutions to manage water supply in extreme environments, but the triggers of succulents diversity and their biogeographic distribution remain poorly understood.

The aim of this project is to disentangle the roles of physiological, morphological, and anatomical parameters on succulent diversity along a biogeographical and phylogenetic path.

Expected results will be helpful in predicting the responses to climate change, to design biodiversity and ecosystems conservation strategies and to provide a tool for further investigations on use of succulents in agriculture, biomass and biofuel production.



Undergraduate Students

  1. -Cagliero Eleonora (2017) Fireproofing of poplar veneer: influence of anatomical features, initial wood moisture content and treatment temperature on wood salt content.

  2. -Di Nardo Alessandra (2017) Dendrocronoauxometria di Artemisia alba e relazioni con la biodiversità dei prati aridi euganei.

  3. -Centenaro Giada (2017) Age and growth rates in three genets of Salix herbacea from the N-Apennines.

  4. -Stivanello Emanuele (2017) Legno di rovere: classificazione estetica ed efficenza energetica in essiccazione.

  5. -Fedeli Matteo (2017) Perdite in segagione e produzione di tavole giuntate: valutazione volumetrica ed economica.

  6. -Marson Sara (2017) Calendari lunari e abbattimenti degli alberi: ricostruzione ostrica e approccio di validazione sperimentale.

  7. -Taldo Chiara (2017) Specie legnose e datazione dendrocronologica della segheria veneziana di Valli del Pasubio (VI).

  8. -Sedfaoui Klaus (2017) Dryas octopetala registra eventi di frana? Un caso di studio a San Vito di Cadore (BL).

  9. -Bassetto Davide (2017) Variazione del diametro dei vasi in base all’altezza della pianta in legno fresco e in carboni di frassino maggiore.

  10. -Santi Fabrizio (2017) Il ritiro del legno in erbe, alberi, arbusti e liane.

  11. -Reverenna Marco (2017) Descrizione anatomica del legno in corrispondenza del “Blue ring”.

  12. -Vidale Marco (2017) Variazioni nell’anatomia del legno di conifere: una analisi preliminare globale.

  13. -Resente Giulia Antonia (2017) Macroscopic wood identification on longitudinal sections: new perspectives.

  14. -Visentin Marco (2017) Locazione dell’amico in midollo, legno e corteccia di rami e piccioli in alberi e arbusti.

  15. -Dal Toè Martina (2017) Prove di essiccazione di legnami commerciali utilizzando un impianto a radiofrequenza di tipo sperimentale.

  16. -Zanoni Sebastiano (2017) Stem decay of six alpine species at different altitude: ecological and anatomical insights.

  17. -Delpero Tiziano (2016) Variazione assiale delle proprietà fisiche, meccaniche e anatomiche nel legno fresco di un pino silvestre.

  18. -Povolo Marco (2016) Proprietà acustiche e anatomiche come criteri di scelta tra acero marezzato e acero standard (Acer pseudoplatanus L.) per la costruzione di strumenti musicali.

  19. -Masenello Mario Enrico (2016) Dall’analisi delle caratteristiche anatomiche e sonore dell’abete rosso, all’individuazione dei criteri di scelta del legno per strumenti a corda.

  20. -Mozzi Giacomo (2016) Ring-porosity in plant stems: a new biogeographical perspective.

  21. -Cencin Alex (2016) Specie legnose e agenti di degradamento in legni provenienti da strutture storiche.

  22. -Marco Salvador (2016) Utilizzo del legno nelle costruzioni: esempi dal passato e indicazioni per il futuro.