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Welcome to the

Tree Ecophysiology and Ecosystems

group at
the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen

Our major scientific interests are the exchange of carbon, mineral nutrients and water, and energy between soil, plants and atmosphere in managed tree ecosystems. We aim to provide basic knowledge to develop more sustainable production systems. We pay special attention to the aspects of tree physiology affecting resource use efficiency (nutrients and water), or improving carbon storage.


Carbon fluxes

Root physiology

Nutrient cycling

Water needs

To achieve our goals we integrate several techniques: micrometeorology, ecophysiological methods, stable isotopes, tree biometry, modeling.

Keywords: carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle, water fluxes, mineral nutrition, roots, rhizodeposition, below ground exchanges, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, ectomycorrhizal fungi, stable isotopes.



We are organizing the next meeting
of the Italian Society of Horticulture.
Please check our updates here:



Series of Lectures
Date 28 May 2015
Time 17:00-19:00
Room D103 

J.E. Fernández 

Irrigation scheduling of fruit trees based on plant-based water stress indicators

Abstract here


Series of Lectures
Date 23 April 2015
Time 17:00-19:00
Room D103

Manuela Giovannetti

Flow of nutrients and information 

in soilmycorrhizal networks

Abstract here


Elisabetta Tomè PhD defence
Friday 10th April at 10 a.m. room E221

The contribution of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi
to belowground carbon dynamics in fruit crop


Friday 26th September from 5 to 12 pm
we will be at the 
Lunga notte della ricerca (LUNA)


Elisabetta Tomè
won the prize for
the best poster at the last edition of
the Forum Alpinum.


Her poster can be found here --> link

Friday we will be at the  (LUNA) Friday we will be at the  (LUNA) 


Principal investigator
Prof. Massimo Tagliavini

Dr. Francesca Scandellari

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