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

In Trentino there are about 2400 species of spontaneous plants, or about half of all plant species in the entire Alpine range. Considering also the particular orographic characteristics, Trentino, therefore, represents a real open-air laboratory for the study of Alpine biological diversity and the processes that determine how it varies in space and time.

The mission of the Ecogenomics and Environmental Botany unit is both the characterization and study of natural plant biodiversity - with particular reference to that of the Alpine environment - and the study of plant-environment interaction.

Making use of a variety of approaches such as integrated taxonomy (morphological and molecular), phenotyping, physiology and molecular biology, as well as the development of innovative methods for the identification of single species, the major goals of the Ecogenomics and Environmental Botany unit are:

(i) Studying the spatial-temporal variations of plant biodiversity

(ii) Understanding the main molecular and physiological mechanisms underlying the generation and maintenance of natural plant biodiversity and the responses of plants to the environment

(iii) Analyzing the interactions of plants with the environment in which they are found and verify the impact of abiotic stresses such as climate change and anthropogenic factors

(iv) Making a sustainable use of plant biodiversity through its application to the bio-economy and productive processes 

The data and knowledge obtained can have important direct repercussions on land management (for example on the basis of information on invasive species, reduction of resilience and ecosystem services of plants), on human health (for example on the basis of pollen data ) and on the production of compounds with high added value (for example isoprene and natural active ingredients). This knowledge also makes it possible to formulate predictive models in the medium-long term that integrate the adaptive potential of individual species with the main abiotic stress factors, allowing a more accurate prediction of the dynamics of change in flora and their management.

Person in charge



  • Phone 0461615108
  • Mobile Phone 3351011663
  • E-mail


Name Phone Mobile Email
ANTONELLA CRISTOFORI (ResearcherID) 0461615362 3346097539
ELENA GOTTARDINI 0461615362 3386671149
FABIANA CRISTOFOLINI (ResearchGate profile) 0461615362 3386671149
MINGAI LI 0461615602