I am a tree breeding PhD student, focused on flowering. I have a bachelor´s degree in Land and Landscape restoration and a master´s degree in Forestry, both from the University of Padua, Italy. During my master studies, I have been studying one semester at the University of Easter Finland (UEF), Joensuu, European forestry department. Afterwards, I started an internship at the Southern Forest Research Centre, Swedish University of Agriculture (SLU) in Alnarp, as a part of the forest pathology research group.
During the last year I have been working as a technician and research assistant in Skogforsk, increasing my knowledge and background about tree breeding and genetics.
About my research project
I am working on "Flowering as a key for the successful development of an efficient and rapid breeding of birch (Betula pendula) in Sweden”, a part of the Trees For Me project (Work Package 2). The objective of my research is to develop an efficient and rapid breeding of silver birch, focusing on the early flowering aspect, which is a prerequisite for improving productivity of planted birch and it is a crucial knowledge to implement and provide information for successful genomic selection. The literature about this topic is limited and outdated, this is why its so important to address the new questions and challenges to nowadays.