Priority research topics

Research area Agriculture, forest and food economics and policy

Priority Research topics

Supervisor(s)

1

Consumer attitudes towards food quality attributes

E.Defrancesco, S.Trestini, V.Boatto

2

Geographical indications: i) common property right protection in the extra-EU countries ii) common property rights governance

E.Defrancesco

3

Forest governance and policy issues, kin particular related to illegal logging, deforestation, forest degradation and corruption

D.Pettenella, L.Secco

4

The role of social innovation in rural development

L. Secco, E.Pisani

5

Wine economics and policy

L.Galletto, V.Boatto, E.Pomarici

6

Economic valuation of Environmental Resources and non-market goods 

M.Thiene

7

Energy markets and demand analysis

M.Thiene, D.Pettenella

8

Community-based forest management: resilience, adaptation and impact on natural resources

P.Gatto, L.Secco

9

Landscape and economy

T.Tempesta

10

Italian food exports and foreign consumer perception 

L.Rossetto

11

Food supply chain analysis  

L.Rossetto

12

Farm economics and Common Agricultural Policy analysis

S.Trestini, V.Boatto, E.Defrancesco 

13

Farm risk management

S.Trestini, V.Boatto

14

Agricultural policy impact analysis methods

G.Stefani, E.Defrancesco

15

Collective action and alternative food networks

G.Stefani, E.Defrancesco

 

Research area Forest ecology and forest management

Priority research topics

Supervisor(s)

1

Optimality principles driving the hydraulic architecture in trees

T. Anfodillo, G.Petit

2

Allometric approaches for modelling forest structure

T. Anfodillo, M. Carrer, G.Petit

3

Dendroecology and quantitative wood anatomy

M. Carrer, G.Petit

4

Soil biology and ecosystem services

A. Zanella

5

Organic and conservative agriculture for reducing global warming

A. Zanella, R.Ghisi

6

Post-disturbance forest dynamics

E.Lingua

7

Forest structure analysis by LiDAR and optical data

E.Lingua, F.Pirotti

8

Forest and Treeline dynamics

E.Lingua, M.Carrer, G.Petit

9

Tree farming and agro-forestry system for biomass and quality timber

M. Pividori, T. Sitzia

10

Forest biodiversity conservation and management in the Natura 2000 ecological network and other areas

M. Pividori, T. Sitzia

11

Management and plant diversity in alien tree communities

M. Pividori, T. Sitzia

12

Landscape-forest patterns and processes in urban and suburban areas

P.Semenzato, T.Sitzia

13

Urban forests biodiversity and recreational use

P.Semenzato, T.Sitzia

14

Analysis of forest parameters using remote sensing and geographic information systems

F.Pirotti

15

Pest risk management of recently introduced forest diseases

L.Montecchio

16

Integrated pest management of fungal diseases in agroforestry

L.Montecchio


Research area Hydrology, water resources, land and soil conservation

Priority research topics

Supervisor(s)

1

Hydrology, hydraulic, debris flow, sediment and log transport in mountain watersheds

M.A.Lenzi, V,D’Agostino, C.Gregoretti

2

Fluvial morphology, streams dynamics and restoration

 

M.A.Lenzi, V.D’Agostino, C.Gregoretti

3

Erosion processes and sediment transport: risk management

V.D’Agostino, M.A.Lenzi, C.Gregoretti

4

Geomorphology: geomorphometry-geomatics, landform analysis and erosion modelling

P.Tarolli, A.Vettore, G.Dalla Fontana, M.Borga, C.Gregoretti, A.Guarnieri

5

Flood and soil erosion processes: monitoring, prediction and forecasting

C.Gregoretti, M.Borga, G.Dalla Fontana

6

Soil, Water and Society

P.Tarolli, G.Dalla Fontana, M.Borga, V.D’Agostino

7

Linking riparian vegetation, fluvial woods and morphodynamics of gravel-bed-rivers

L.Picco, M.A.Lenzi, V.D’Agostino

8

Forest hydrology, ecohydrology and hillslope hydrology

G.Zuecco, M.Borga, G.Dalla Fontana

9

Snow and glacier hydrology

G.Dalla Fontana, P.Tarolli, M.Borga

10

Water pathways in forested catchments

G.Zuecco, M.Borga, G.Dalla Fontana

11

Flash flood risk management

M.Borga, G.Dalla Fontana


Research area Agriculture and forest mechanization and operations management

Priority research topics

Supervisor(s)

1

Precision viticulture technologies

L.Sartori, F.Marinello

2

Unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for agriculture applications (data collection and spraying)

L.Sartori, F.Marinello

3

Innovative sensors in agriculture

L.Sartori, F.Marinello

4

Agricultural big data management at farm and regional level

L.Sartori, F.Marinello

5

Optimization of costs arising from agricultural machineries and practices 

L.Sartori, F.Marinello

6

Reduced impact logging in sensitive forest areas

R.Cavalli, S.Grigolato

7

Climate change and forest utilization

S.Grigolato, R.Cavalli

8

Optimization of wood transportation systems

S.Grigolato, R.Cavalli

9

Improving rural and woodland accessibility

S.Grigolato, R.Cavalli

10

Irrigation systems and green infrastructures for sustainable water management

D.Friso, L.Bortolini

11

Safety and risk management  in the maintenance of green areas

F.Marinello, L.Bortolini


Research area Viticulture and enology, food quality and nutrition

Priority research topics

Supervisor(s)

1

Characterization of food allergens

G.Pasini, A.Curioni

2

Food digestibility and nutrition

G.Pasini, A.Curioni

3

Wine macromolecules and wine quality

A.Curioni, S.Vincenzi

4

Valorization of by-products from the food industry

G.Lomolino, S.Vincenzi

5

Metabolomics of nutraceuticals in foods and beverages 

R.Flamini, A.Curioni, S.Vincenzi

(for the list of the potential supervisors please refer to the list of the supervisors and their research activities and publications)