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.

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.