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Functional Wood Anatomy and Dendroecology

Functional-Wood-Anatomy-and-Dendroecology This research aims to analyse the relations between climate variability and wood  anatomical, functional and biochemical traits in both stem and root systems. Cambial activity, wood growth processes and phenology are studied. Quantitative wood anatomy is also used as a methodology to evaluate the levels of efficiency-safety of the vascular system and to ease the interpretation of past climatic fluctuations and fire events in tree-rings, in collaboration with dendro-ecologists and dendro-isotopists. Novel techniques in microscopy and digital image analysis are developed.

Activity start 2000
Publications - De Micco V., Battipaglia G., Cherubini P., Aronne G. 2014. Comparing methods to analyse anatomical features of tree rings with and without Intra-Annual-Density-Fluctuations (IADFs). Dendrochronologia, 32: 1-6  (Q2)
- Battipaglia G., De Micco V., Brand WA, Saurer M., Aronne G., Linke P., Cherubini P. 2014. Drought impact on water use efficiency and intra-annual density fluctuations in Erica arborea on Elba (Italy). Plant Cell and Environment, 37: 382-391 (Q1)
- Battipaglia G., De Micco V., Fournier T., Aronne G., Carcaillet C. 2014. Isotopic and anatomical signals for interpreting fire-related responses in Pinus halepensis. Trees - Structure and Function, 28(4): 1095-1104  (Q1)
- Battipaglia G., De Micco V., Sass-Klaassen U., Tognetti R., Mäkelä A. 2014. Special issue: WSE symposium: Wood growth under environmental changes: the need for a multidisciplinary approach. Tree Physiology 34: 787–791  (Q1)
- Battipaglia G., De Micco V., Sass-Klaassen U., Cherubini P. 2014. Wood Structure in Plant Biology and Ecology. Dendrochronologia 32: 282-283  (Q2)
- De Micco V., Battipaglia G., Brand WA., Linke P., Saurer M., Aronne G., Cherubini P. 2012. Discrete versus continuous analysis of anatomical and δ13C variability in tree rings with intra-annual density fluctuations. Trees - Structure and Function 26: 513–524. (Q1)
- Battipaglia G., De Micco V., Brand WA., Linke P., Aronne G., Saurer M., Cherubini P. 2010. Variations of vessel diameter and δ13C in false rings of Arbutus unedo L. reflect different environmental conditions. New Phytologist 188(4): 1099-1112 (Q1)
- De Micco V., Ruel K., Joseleau J-P., Aronne G. 2010. Building and degradation of secondary cell walls: are there common patterns of lamellar assembly of cellulose microfibrils and cell wall delamination? Planta 232(3): 621-627 (Q1)
- De Micco V., Aronne G. 2009. Seasonal dimorphism in wood anatomy of the Mediterranean Cistus incanus L. subsp. incanus. Trees - Structure and Function, 23(5): 981-989 (Q1)
- De Micco V., Aronne G. 2008. Twig morphology and anatomy of Mediterranean trees and shrubs related to water availability. Botanica Helvetica 118: 139-148 (Q3)
- De Micco V., Aronne G., Baas P. 2008. Wood anatomy and hydraulic architecture of stems and twigs of some Mediterranean trees and shrubs along a mesic-xeric gradient. Trees - Structure and Function 22: 643-655 (Q1)
- Chiatante D., Scippa G.S., Di Iorio A., De Micco V., Sarnataro M. 2007. Lateral root emission in woody taproots of Fraxinus ornus L. Plant Biosystems 141 (2): 204-213 (Q2)
- De Micco V., Toraldo G., Aronne G. 2006. Method to classify xylem elements using cross sections of one-year-old branches in Mediterranean woody species. Trees – Structure and Function 20: 474-482 (Q1)
Permanent staff Veronica De Micco (BIO/03), Giovanna Aronne (BIO/03)
Temporary or external staff Balzano Angela (PhD Student at University of Naples), Zalloni Enrica (PhD Student at University of Naples), Prof. Pieter Baas (Leiden University, The Netherlands), Dr. Giovanna Battipaglia (Second University of Naples), Dr. Paolo Cherubini (WSL, Switzerland), Dr. Matthias Saurer (Paul Scherrer Institute, PSI, Switzerland), Dr. Willi A. Brand (Max Plank Institute for Biogeochemistry, Germany)
Collaborations  
SSD  
Projects - UE - SYNTHESYS project: “Application of digital image analysis on wood anatomy of Mediterranean species aimed to compare adaptive strategies at vascular level” (European Union, 2005/2006, Principal Investigator: V. De Micco)
- UE  COST Action: FP1106 STReESS - Studying Tree Responses to extreme Events: a SynthesiS (European Union, 2012/..., Management Committee: V. De Micco)
Recognitions and awards Awards
- Scientific award of the Italian Society of Ecology (SItE) for the best paper published in a scientific journal (Battipaglia et al. 2010. New Phytol 188 1099-1112), edition 2010-2011.

Elective Appointments
- In 2012, V. De Micco was elected as member of the IAWA Council (International Association of Wood Anatomists).
- From 2012 V. De Micco is Member of the Afro-European Regional Committee of the International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA).
- From 2012 V. De Micco is Substitute Member of the Management Committee of the UE – COST Action FP1106 STReESS - Studying Tree Responses to extreme Events: a SynthesiS.

Presentations as invited speaker
P. Cherubini, G. Battipaglia, W.A. Brand, V. De Micco, G. Gea-Izquierdo, M. Saurer, R. Tognetti. Mediterranean tree rings: the power, state of the art, and recent advances. Plenary Lecture at the International Symposium on Wood Structure in Plant Biology and Ecology, Naples, Italy, 17-20 April.
Scientific events - Organisation of the International Symposium on Wood Structure for Plant Biology and Ecology (WSE) (Naples, Italy, 17-20 April 2013)
- Local Organizer of the "II Meeting of the Management Committee of the COST Action FP1106 STReESS - Studying Tree Responses to extreme Events: a SynthesiS (Naples, 15-16 aprile 2013).
Technology and know-how transfers  
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