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Conservation and restoration of historic gardens; Biotic and abiotic interactions within historical gardens and sites; Vegetation dynamics in urban area; Environmental plant science; Evolutionary and ecological responses to environmental stress factors; Consequences of plant migration and adaptation; Conservation of genetic resources and biodiversity; Conservation of endemic, rare, and relic species; Mediterranean ecosystems; Emission of plant Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): its ecological interaction with the environment and relations to stress resistance.



2015 Degree in Landscape Architecture
May 2014 – January 2016: responsible for the Florence Unit of the Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection
2016: Organisation of the seminar: ‘Darwin, darwinismo e intelligenza’ held in Rome, Accademia delle Scienze (June 14th) 2015: Organisation of round table: ‘Beauty of Italian landscape’ (La grande Bellezza del Paesaggio Italiano’), EXPO Milan (together with Alberto Giuntoli)
Since 1998 Senior researcher
1995-1997 Position at the WSL (Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research at Birmensdorf) as Group Leader (Forest Genetics)
Since 1984 Researcher at CNR
1980 Degree in Forestry


2010-2012: Projet leader: Molecular and metabolic bases of volatile isoprenoid-induced resistance to stresses (MOMEVIP) (European Science Foundation) Collaborative project of EuroVOL program (Ecology of Plant Volatiles, from Molecules to the Globe)

2011-2014: Coordinator of the CNR Unit: Consequences of insect invasions for plant-insect interactions mediated by volatile organic compounds (InvaVol). (European Science Foundation) Collaborative project of EuroVOL program (Ecology of Plant Volatiles, from Molecules to the Globe)

2001-2004: ‘Intra- and interspecific gene flow in oaks as mechanisms promoting genetic diversity and adaptive potential’ (OAKFLOW) (QLK5 – CT-2000-000960)

1998-2001: ‘Measuring molecular differentiation of European deciduous forests for conservation and management’ (CYTOFOR) (FAIR FAIR5 - CT97 – 3795)

995-1997: ‘Synthetic maps of gene diversity and provenance performance for utilization and conservation of oak genetic resources’ (FAIR1 PL95-0297)

995-1997: ‘Conservation of forest genetic resources in Switzerland’ funded by the Federal Agency for Forest, Environment and Landscape (Switzerland)

  1. Rinaldi R, Cafasso D, Strumia S, Cristaudo A, Sebastiani F, Fineschi S. 2019. The influence of a relict distribution on genetic structure and variation in the Mediterranean tree, Platanus orientalis. AoB Plants 11: plz002; doi: 10.1093/aobpla/plz002

  2. Dani KGS, Fineschi S, Michelozzi M, Loreto F. 2016. Do cytokinins, volatile isoprenoids and carotenoids synergically delay leaf senescence? Plant Cell and Environment doi: 10.1111/pce.12705

  3. Arena C, Tsonev T, Doneva D, De Micco V, Michelozzi M, Brunetti C, Centritto M, Fineschi S, Velikova V, Loreto F. 2016. The effect of light quality on growth, photosynthesis, leaf anatomy and volatile isoprenoids of a monoterpene-emitting herbaceous species (Solanum lycopersicum L.) and an isoprene-emitting tree (Platanus orientalis L.). Environmental and Experimental Botany 130 122-132 doi:10.1016/j.envexpbot.2016.05.014

  4. Bagnoli F, Tsuda Y, Fineschi S, Bruschi P, Magri D, Zehlev P, Paule L, Simeone MC, Gonzalez-Martinez SC, Vendramin GG. 2015. Combining molecular and fossil data to infer demographic history of Quercus cerris: insights on European eastern glacial refugia. Journal of Biogeography doi:10.1111/jbi.12673

  5. Loreto F, Fineschi S. 2015. Reconciling functions and evolution of isoprene emission in higher plants. New Phytologist 206: 578-582 doi: 10.1111/nph.13242

  6. M. Litto, G. Scopece, J. Trunschke, S. Fineschi, S. Cozzolino, F. P. Schiestl. 2015 Herbivory affects male and female reproductive success differently in dioecious Silene latifolia (Caryophyllaceae). Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 157 (1): 60-67

  7. S. Cozzolino, S. Fineschi, M. Litto, G. Scopece, J. Trunschke, F. P. Schiestl. 2015 Herbivory increases fruit set in Silene latifolia: a consequence of induced pollinator-attracting floral volatiles? Journal of Chemical Ecology 41 (7): 622-630.

  8. Dani KGS, Fineschi S, Loreto F. 2015. Biogenic volatile isoprenoid emission and levels of natural selection. Journal of Indian Institute of Science 95: 1-13

  9. Torre S, Tattini M, Brunetti C, Fineschi S, Fini A, Ferrini F, Sebastiani F. 2014. RNA-Seq analysis of Quercus pubescens leaves: de novo transcriptome assembly, annotation and functional markers development. PLoS One 9: e112487,  doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0112487

  10. Tattini M, Velikova V, Vickers C, Brunetti C, Di Ferdinando M, Trivellini A, Fineschi S, Agati G, Ferrini F, Loreto F. 2014. Isoprene protects transgenic tobacco plants from severe drought stress through alteration of isoprenoids, non-structural carbohydrates and phenylpropanoids metabolism. Plant Cell and Environment doi: 10.1111/pce.12350

  11. Gerber S., Chadoeuf J., Gugerli F., Lascoux M., Buiteveld J., Cottrell J., Dounavi A., Fineschi S., Forrest L.L., Fogelqvist J., Goicoechea P.G., Jensen J.S., Salvini D., Vendramin G.G., Kremer A. 2014. High rates of gene flow by pollen and seeding oak populations across Europe. PLoS One  9(1): e85130. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0085130

  12. Loreto F., Pollastri S., Fineschi S., Velikova V. 2014. Volatile isoprenoids and their importance for protection against environmental constraints in the Mediterranean area Environmental and Experimental Botany (

  13. Loreto F., Bagnoli F., Calfapietra C., Cafasso D., De Lillis M., Filibeck G., Fineschi S., Guidolotti G., Sramkó G., Tökölyi J., Ricotta C. 2014. Isoprenoid emission in hygrophyte and xerophyte European woody flora: ecological and evolutionary implications. Global Ecology and Biogeography (DOI: 10.1111/geb.12124

  14. Loreto F, Bagnoli F, Fineschi S. 2009. One species, many terpenes: matching chemical and biological diversity Trends in Plant Science 14 (8), 416-420 doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2009.06.003

  15. Bagnoli F, Vendramin GG, Buonamici A, Doulis AG, González-Martínez SC, La Porta N, Magri D, Sebastiani F, Raddi P, Fineschi S. 2009. Is Cupressus sempervirens native in Italy? An answer from genetic and palaeobotanical data Molecular Ecology 18, 2276-2286 (doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2009.04182.x)

  16. Magri D, Fineschi S, Bellarosa R, Buonamici A, Sebastiani F, Schirone B, Simeone MC, Vendramin GG. 2007. The distribution of Quercus suber chloroplast haplotypes matches the palaeogeographical history of the western Mediterranean. Molecular Ecology 16: 5259–5266

  17. Duminil J, Fineschi S, Hampe A, Jordano P, Salvini D, Vendramin GG, Petit RJ. 2007. Can population genetic structure be predicted from life history traits? American Naturalist  169: 662-672

  18. Heuertz M, Carnevale S, Fineschi S, Sebastiani F, Hausman JF, Paule L, Vendramin GG, 2006. Chloroplast DNA phylogeography of European ashes, Fraxinus sp. (Oleaceae): roles of hybridization and life history traits. Molecular Ecology 15: 2131-2140

  19. Petit RJ, Duminil J, Fineschi S, Hampe A, Salvini D, Vendramin GG, 2005. Comparative organisation of chloroplast, mitochondrial and nuclear diversity in plant populations. Molecular Ecology 14: 689-701

  20. Petit RJ, Aguinagalde I, de Beaulieu J-L, Bittkau C, Brewer S, Cheddadi R, Ennos R, Fineschi S, Grivet D, Lascoux M, Mohanty A, Müller-Starck G, Demesure-Musch B, Palmé A, Martín JP, Rendell S, Vendramin GG, 2003. Glacial refugia: Hotspots but not melting pots of genetic diversity. Science 300: 1563-1565.

  21. Fineschi S, Anzidei M, Cafasso D, Cozzolino S, Garfě G, Pastorelli R, Salvini D, Taurchini D, Vendramin GG, 2002. Molecular markers reveal a significant divergence between two European relic tree species: Zelkova abelicea (Lam.) Boissier and Z. sicula Di Pasquale, Garfě & Quezel (Ulmaceae). Conservation Genetics 3:145-153


  1. Fineschi S, Malvolti ME, Cannata F, Hattemer HH (eds.) 1991. Biochemical Markers in the Population Genetics of Forest Trees, SPB Academic Publishing, The Hague, The Netherlands, pp. vii+251, ISBN 90-5103-055-X

Book chapters

  1. Fineschi S., Loreto F., Staudt M. & Penuelas J. 2013 Diversification of volatile isoprenoid emissions from trees: evolutionary and ecological perspectives. In: Biology, Controls and Models of Tree Volatile Organic Compound Emissions (eds. Niinemets, U. & Monson, R.K.). Springer, Dordrecht, Germany, pp. 1-20.

  2. Bagnoli F., Fineschi S., Loreto F. 2012. Volatile isoprenoids and abiotic stresses. In: The Ecology of Plant Secondary Metabolites (eds. G.R. Iason, M. Dicke, S.E. Hartley), pp 101-119 Cambridge University Press (Chapter DOI:

  3. Bagnoli F., Fady B., Fineschi S., Oddou-Muratorio S., Piotti A., Sebastiani F., Vendramin G.G. 2011. Neutral Patterns of Genetic Variation and Applications to Conservation in Conifer Species. In: Genetics, Genomics and Breeding of Conifers (eds: C. Plomion, J. Bousquet, C. Kole) pp 141-195 Science Publishers. Enfield. NH, USA