Ecogenomics

Research unit (EG) - Alpine biodiversity and its variability in space and time.

In Trentino there are about 2400 species of wild plants, which are about half of all plant species in the Alps. This region is therefore an open-air laboratory for the study of mountain biological diversity and the processes that determine how it varies in space and time. The unit's mission is the characterization and the study of natural plant biodiversity, expecially in Trentino and in the Alpine environment.

The research lines of the unit concern on the identification of the genetic mechanisms that underlie the phenotypic and adaptive variation in species of wild plants. The long term goals of our research is the understanding, management, conservation and sustainable use of natural biodiversity. Our lines of research are divided into:

1) genetic conservation: through integrated approaches to taxonomy, phylogeny and population genetics we deal with the definition of the status of risk of wild plants and suggest strategies for their conservation.

2) adjustment in genomics: relying on different platforms with the latest generation sequencing to analyze the evolution of adaptive pattern, in particular linked to the preferences of habitat, in wild species of plants genomes.

3) improvement of bioenergy sources: we are developing genetic resources for plant species that are emerging as a model for the production of renewable biomass and bioethanol from marginal land. Through the characterization of the de-assimilative processes that cause CO2 net losses aim to improve the overall productivity of selected species for the production of bio-energy.


Person in charge

CLAUDIO VAROTTO

CLAUDIO VAROTTO

  • Phone 0461615108
  • Mobile Phone 3351011663
  • E-mail claudio.varottoSPAMFILTER@fmach.it

Staff

Name Phone Mobile Email
ANTONELLA CRISTOFORI (ResearcherID) 0461615362 3386671149 antonella.cristoforiSPAMFILTER@fmach.it
ELENA GOTTARDINI 0461615362 3386671149 elena.gottardiniSPAMFILTER@fmach.it
ENRICO BARBARO 0461615131 enrico.barbaroSPAMFILTER@fmach.it
FABIANA CRISTOFOLINI (ResearchGate profile) 0461615362 3386671149 fabiana.cristofoliniSPAMFILTER@fmach.it
MARIA CRISTINA VIOLA 0461615394 mariacristina.violaSPAMFILTER@fmach.it
MICHELE FARALLI michele.faralliSPAMFILTER@fmach.it
MINGAI LI 0461615602 mingai.liSPAMFILTER@fmach.it