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Research Interests

The main research interests of Prof. Claudio Zaccone include:

  • the molecular and functional characterization of organic matter in soils and sediments;
  • the interactions between humic substances and organic/inorganic pollutants;
  • the geochemistry of trace elements, radionuclides and organic pollutants: utilization of ombrotrophic bogs as archives of their atmospheric depositions during centuries (natural vs. anthropogenic sources);
  • the evolution of organic matter in soils and sediments in relation to climate changes (sinks or sources of C?);
  • the utilization of wastes, by-products and biomass of different origin (e.g., compost, sludge, biochar, digestate) in agricultural soils and the translocation of pollutants in the soil-plant system.

Recent Projects

[last 4 years]

DNA occurrence in organic matter fractions isolated from amended, agricultural soils“. Cassa di Risparmio di Puglia Foundation. [Principal Investigator; Jun.2016-Jun.2018]

Climate warming and vegetation change in peatlands: spatial and temporal effects on biogeochemistry” (2013, VEGANPEAT – Task #2. Seasonal variability of DOC in peatland pore-water: a quantitative and qualitative approach along an altitudinal gradient). Swiss National Science Foundation. [External Collaborator; Feb.2014-Feb.2015]

Atmospheric Deposition of Organic Contaminants in NE Alberta: Background Values and Industrial Contributions of the Past 60 years“. Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions. [Research Unit member; Apr.2013-Apr.2017]

Chemical and biomolecular indicators for reconstructing environmental changes in natural archives” (RU topic: “Influence of humification process on the possibility of peat bogs to be used as “reliable archives” of environmental changes). Bando PRIN 2009. [Research Unit leader; Oct.2011-Oct.2013]


Publications

A) Peer-reviewed publications (ISI-JCR) with Impact Factor
  1. Zaccone, C., Beneduce, L., Lotti, C., Martino, G., Plaza, C. (in press) DNA occurrence in organic matter fractions isolated from amended, agricultural soils. Applied Soil Ecology (doi: 10.1016/j.apsoil.2018.06.011).
  2. Zaccone, C., Plaza, C., Ciavatta, C., Miano, T.M., Shotyk, W. (2018) Advances in the determination of humification degree in peat since Achard (1786): applications in geochemical and paleoenvironmental studies. Earth-Science Reviews, 185: 163-178.
  3. Giannetta, B., Plaza, C., Vischetti, C., Cotrufo, M.F., Zaccone, C. (2018) Distribution and thermal stability of physically and chemically protected organic matter fractions in soils across different ecosystems. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 54: 671-681.
  4. Provenzano, M.R., Cavallo, O., Malerba, A.D., Fabbri, C., Zaccone, C. (2018) Unravelling (maize silage) digestate features throughout a full-scale plant: a spectroscopic and thermal approach. Journal of Cleaner Production, 193: 372-378.
  5. Davies, L.J., Appleby, P., Jensen, B.J.L., Magnan, G., Mullan-Boudreau, G., Noernberg, T., Shannon, B., Shotyk, W., van Bellen, S., Zaccone, C., Froese, D.G. (2018) High-resolution age modelling of peat bogs from northern Alberta, Canada, using pre- and post-bomb 14C, 210Pb and historical cryptotephraQuaternary Geochronology, 47: 138-162.
  6. Brusetti, L., Ciccazzo, S., Borruso, L., Belluci, M., Zaccone, C., Beneduce, L. (2018) Metataxonomy and functionality of wood-tar degrading microbial consortia. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 353: 108-117.
  7. van Bellen, S., Magnan, G., Davies, L., Froese, D., Mullan-Boudreau, G., Zaccone, C., Garneau, M., Shotyk, W. (2018) Testate amoeba records indicate regional 20th-century lowering of water tables in ombrotrophic peatlands in central-northern Alberta, Canada. Global Change Biology, 24: 2758-2774.
  8. Magnan, G., van Bellen, S., Davies, L., Froese, D., Garneau, M., Mullan-Boudreau, G., Zaccone, C., Shotyk, W. (2018) Impact of the Little Ice Age cooling and 20th century climate change on peatland vegetation dynamics in central and northern Alberta using a multi-proxy approach and high-resolution peat chronologies. Quaternary Science Reviews, 185: 230-243.
  9. Knicker, H., Rosario-Ortiz, F.L., Zaccone, C. (2018) Natural organic matter: chemistry, function and fate in the environment – Special issue in memory of Frank J. Stevenson. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 18: 1209-1211.
  10. Zaccone, C., Lobianco, D., Raber, G., D’Orazio, V., Shotyk, W., Miano, T.M., Francesconi, K. (2018) Methylated arsenic species throughout a 4-m deep core from a free-floating peat island. Science of the Total Environment, 621: 67-74.
  11. Kempter, H., Krachler, M., Shotyk, W., Zaccone, C. (2017) Validating modelled data on major and trace element deposition in southern Germany using Sphagnum moss. Atmospheric Environment, 167: 656-664.
  12. Bragazza, L., Buttler, A., Robroek, B.J.M., Albrecht, R., Zaccone, C., Jassey, V.E.J., Signarbieux, C. (2017) Response to Editor to the comment by Delarue (2016) to our paper entitled “Persistent high temperature and low precipitation reduce peat carbon accumulation”. Global Change Biology, 23: e7-e8.
  13. Concheri, G., Stevanato, P., Zaccone, C., Shotyk, W., D’Orazio, V., Miano, T., Piffanelli, P., Rizzi, V., Ferrandi, C., Squartini, A. (2017) Rapid peat accumulation favours the occurrence of both fen and bog microbial communities within a Mediterranean, free-floating peat island. Scientific Reports, 7: 8511.
  14. Kempter, H., Krachler, M., Shotyk, W., Zaccone, C. (2017) Major and trace elements in Sphagnum moss from four southern German bogs, and comparison with available moss monitoring data. Ecological Indicators, 78: 19-25.
  15. Shotyk, W., Appleby, P.G., Bicalho, B., Davies, L.J., Froese, D., Grant-Weaver, I., Magnan, G., Mullan-Boudreau, G., Noernberg, T., Pelletier, R., Shannon, B., van Bellen, S., Zaccone, C. (2017) Peat bogs document decades of declining atmospheric contamination by trace metals in the Athabasca Bituminous Sands region. Environmental Science & Technology, 51: 6237-6249.
  16. Zaccone, C., Lobianco, D., Shotyk, W., Ciavatta, C., Appleby, P.G., Brugiapaglia, E., Casella, L., Miano, T., D’Orazio, V. (2017) Highly anomalous accumulation rates of C and N recorded by a relic, free-floating peatland in Central Italy. Scientific Reports, 7: 43040.
  17. Shotyk, W., Bicalho, B., Cuss, C.W., Donner, M.W., Grant-Weaver, I., Haas-Neill, S., Javed, M.B., Krachler, M., Noernberg, T., Pelletier, R., Zaccone, C. (2017) Trace metals in the dissolved fraction (<0.45 µm) of the lower Athabasca River: analytical challenges and environmental implications. Science of the Total Environment, 580: 660-669.
  18. Bragazza, L., Buttler, A., Robroek, B.J.M., Albrecht, R., Zaccone, C., Jassey, V.E.J., Signarbieux, C. (2016) Persistent high temperature and low precipitation reduce peat carbon accumulation. Global Change Biology, 22: 4114-4123.
  19. Shotyk, W., Appleby, P., Bicalho, B., Davies, L., Froese, D., Grant-Weaver, I., Krachler, M., Magnan, G., Mullan-Boudreau, G., Noernberg, T., Pelletier, R., Shannon, B., van Bellen, S., Zaccone, C. (2016) Peat bogs in northern Alberta, Canada reveal decades of declining atmospheric Pb contamination. Geophysical Research Letters, 43: 9964-9974.
  20. Shotyk, W., Bicalho, B., Cuss, C.W., Duke, M.J.M., Noernberg, T., Pelletier, R., Steinnes, E., Zaccone, C. (2016) Dust is the dominant source of “heavy metals” to peat moss (Sphagnum fuscum) in the bogs of the Athabasca Bituminous Sands region of northern Alberta. Environment International, 92-93: 494-506.
  21. Plaza, C., Giannetta, B., Fernández, J.M., López-de-Sá, E.G., Polo, A., Gascó, G., Méndez, A., Zaccone, C. (2016) Response of different soil organic matter pools to biochar and organic fertilizers. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 225: 150-159.
  22. Zhang, Y., Shotyk, W., Zaccone, C., Noernberg, T., Pelletier, R., Bicalho, B., Froese, D.G., Davies, L., Martin, J.W. (2016) Airborne Petcoke Dust is a Major Source of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region. Environmental Science & Technology, 50: 1711-1720.
  23. Shotyk, W., Kempter, H., Krachler, M., Zaccone, C. (2015) Stable (206Pb, 207Pb, 208Pb) and radioactive (210Pb) lead isotopes in 1 year of growth of Sphagnum moss from four ombrotrophic bogs in southern Germany: geochemical significance and environmental implications. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 163: 101-125.
  24. Shotyk, W., Belland, R., Duke, J., Kempter, H., Krachler, M., Noernberg, T., Pelletier, R., Vile, M.A., Wieder, K., Zaccone, C., Zhang, S. (2015) Response to Comment on “Sphagnum mosses from 21 ombrotrophic bogs in the Athabasca Bituminous Sands region show no significant atmospheric contamination of ‘heavy metals’”. Environmental Science & Technology, 49: 6354-6357.
  25. Kluiving, S., van Mourik, J.M., Zaccone, C. (2015) Man versus Nature: natural and anthropogenic footprints recorded in the soil archives. Catena, 132: 69-71.
  26. Abdeldaym, E.A., Erriquens, F., Sasanelli, N., Ceglie, F.G., Zaccone, C., Miano, T., Cocozza, C. (2014) Effects of several amendments on organic melon growth and production, Meloidogyne incognita population and soil properties. Scientia Horticulturae, 180: 156-160.
  27. Shotyk, W., Belland, R., Duke, J., Kempter, H., Krachler, M., Noernberg, T., Pelletier, R., Vile, M.A., Wieder, K., Zaccone, C., Zhang, S. (2014) Sphagnum mosses from 21 ombrotrophic bogs in the Athabasca Bituminous Sands region show no significant atmospheric contamination of “heavy metals”. Environmental Science & Technology, 48: 12603–12611.
  28. Zaccone, C., Cavoski, I., Costi, R., Sarais, G., Caboni, P., Traversa, A., Miano, T.M. (2014) Ptaquiloside in Pteridium aquilinum subsp. aquilinum and corresponding soils from the South of Italy: influence of physical and chemical features of soils on its occurrence. Science of the Total Environment, 496: 365-372.
  29. Zaccone, C., Rein, G., D’Orazio, V., Hadden, R.M., Belcher, C.M., Miano, T.M. (2014) Smouldering fire signatures in peat and their implications for palaeoenvironmental reconstructions. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 137: 134-146.
  30. Zaccone, C., Quideau, S., Sauer, D. (2014) Soils and paleosols as archives of natural and anthropogenic environmental changes. European Journal of Soil Science, 65: 403-405.
  31. Puglisi, E., Zaccone, C., Cappa, F., Cocconcelli, P.S., Shotyk, W., Trevisan, M., Miano, T.M. (2014) Changes in bacterial and archaeal community assemblages along an ombrotrophic peat bog profile. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 50: 815-826.
  32. Senesi, G.S., Dell’Aglio, M., De Giacomo, A., De Pascale, O., Al Chami, Z., Miano, T.M., Zaccone, C. (2014) Elemental composition analysis of plants and composts used for soil remediation by Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy. Clean – Soil, Air, Water, 42: 791-798.
  33. Kooch, Y., Zaccone, C., Lamersdorf, N.P., Tonon, G. (2014) Pit and mound influence on soil features in an Oriental Beech (Fagus orientalis Lipsky) forest. European Journal of Forest Research, 133: 347-354.
  34. Zaccone, C., Pabst, S., Senesi, G.S., Shotyk, W., Miano, T.M. (2013) Comparative evaluation of the mineralogical composition of Sphagnum peat and their corresponding humic acids, and implications for understanding past dust depositions. Quaternary International, 306: 80-87.
  35. Poto, L., Gabrieli, J., Crowhurst, S.J., Appleby, P.G., Ferretti, P., Surian, N., Cozzi, G., Zaccone, C., Turetta, C., Pini, R., Kehrwald, N., Barbante, C. (2013) The first continuous Late Glacial – Holocene peat bog multi-proxy record from the Dolomites (NE Italian Alps). Quaternary International, 306: 71-79.
  36. Kluiving, S.J., van Mourik, J.M., Barbante, C., Zaccone, C. (2013) Soils as a Record of the Past. Quaternary International, 306: 1-2.
  37. Kooch, Y., Hosseini, S.M., Zaccone, C., Jalilvand, H., Hojjati, S.M. (2012) Soil organic carbon sequestration as affected by afforestation: the Darab Kola forest (North of Iran) case study. Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 14: 2438-2446.
  38. Zaccone, C., Miano, T.M., Shotyk, W. (2012) Interpreting the ash trend within ombrotrophic bog profiles: atmospheric dust depositions vs. mineralization processes. The Etang de la Gruère case study. Plant and Soil, 353: 1-9.
  39. Zaccone, C., Casiello, G., Longobardi, F., Bragazza, L., Sacco, A., Miano, T.M. (2011) Evaluating the ‘conservative’ behaviour of stable isotopic ratios (δ13C, δ15N, and δ18O) in humic acids and their reliability as paleoenvironmental proxies along a peat sequence. Chemical Geology, 285: 124-132.
  40. Dell’Aglio, M., Gaudiuso, R., Senesi, G.S., De Giacomo, A., Zaccone, C., Miano, T.M., De Pascale, O. (2011) Monitoring of heavy metals in polluted soils by Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS). Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 13: 1422-1426.
  41. Zaccone, C., Sanei, H., Outridge, P.M., Miano, T.M. (2011) Studying the humification degree and evolution of peat down a Holocene bog profile (Inuvik, NW Canada): A petrological and chemical perspective. Organic Geochemistry, 42: 399-408.
  42. Cocozza, C., Parente, A., Zaccone, C., Mininni, C., Santamaria, P., Miano, T. (2011) Chemical, physical and spectroscopic characterization of Posidonia oceanica (L.) Del. residues and their possible recycle. Biomass & Bioenergy, 35: 799-807.
  43. Cocozza, C., Parente, A., Zaccone, C., Mininni, C., Santamaria, P., Miano, T. (2011) Comparative management of offshore posidonia residues: Composting vs. energy recovery. Waste Management, 31: 78-84.
  44. Zaccone, C., Di Caterina, R., Rotunno, T., Quinto, M. (2010) Soil-farming system-food-health: effect of conventional and organic fertilizers on heavy metal (Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, Zn) content in semolina samples. Soil & Tillage Research, 107: 97-105.
  45. Zaccone, C., D’Orazio, V., Shotyk, W., Miano, T.M. (2009) Chemical and spectroscopic investigation of porewater and aqueous extracts of corresponding peat samples throughout a bog core (Jura Mountains, Switzerland). Journal of Soils and Sediments, 9: 443-456.
  46. Zaccone, C., Soler-Rovira, P., Plaza, C., Cocozza, C., Miano, T.M. (2009) Variability in As, Ca, Cr, K, Mn, Sr, and Ti concentrations among humic acids isolated from peat using NaOH, Na4P2O7 and NaOH+Na4P2O7 solutions. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 167: 987-994.
  47. Senesi, G.S., Dell’Aglio, M., Gaudiuso, R., De Giacomo, A., Zaccone, C., De Pascale, O., Miano, T.M., Capitelli, M. (2009) Heavy metal concentrations in soils as determined by laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), with special emphasis on chromium. Environmental Research, 109: 413-420.
  48. Zaccone, C., Gallipoli, A., Cocozza, C., Trevisan, M., Miano, T.M. (2009) Distribution patterns of selected PAHs in bulk peat and corresponding humic acids from a Swiss ombrotrophic bog profile. Plant and Soil, 315: 35-45.
  49. Zaccone, C., Santoro, A., Cocozza, C., Terzano, R., Shotyk, W., Miano, T.M. (2009) Comparison of Hg concentrations in ombrotrophic peat and corresponding humic acids, and implications for the use of bogs as archives of atmospheric Hg deposition. Geoderma, 148: 399-404.
  50. Zaccone, C., Cocozza, C., Shotyk, W., Miano, T.M. (2008) Humic acids role in Br accumulation along two ombrotrophic peat bog profiles. Geoderma, 146: 26-31.
  51. Zaccone, C., Said-Pullicino, D., Gigliotti, G., Miano, T.M. (2008) Diagenetic trends in the phenolic constituents of Sphagnum-dominated peat and its corresponding humic acid fraction. Organic Geochemistry, 39: 830-838.
  52. Zaccone, C., Cocozza, C., Cheburkin, A.K., Shotyk, W., Miano, T.M. (2008) Distribution of As, Cr, Ni, Rb, Ti and Zr between peat and its humic fraction along an undisturbed ombrotrophic bog profile (NW Switzerland). Applied Geochemistry, 23: 25-33.
  53. Zaccone, C., Cocozza, C., Cheburkin, A.K., Shotyk, W., Miano, T.M. (2007) Highly Organic Soils as “Witnesses” of Anthropogenic Pb, Cu, Zn, and 137Cs Inputs During Centuries. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, 186: 263-271.
  54. Zaccone, C., Cocozza, C., D’Orazio, V., Plaza, C., Cheburkin, A.K., Miano, T.M. (2007) Influence of extractant on quality and trace elements content of peat humic acids. Talanta, 73: 820-830.
  55. Zaccone, C., Cocozza, C., Cheburkin, A.K., Shotyk, W., Miano, T.M. (2007) Enrichment and depletion of major and trace elements, and radionuclides in ombrotrophic raw peat and corresponding humic acids. Geoderma, 141: 235-246.
  56. Zaccone, C., Miano, T.M., Shotyk, W. (2007) Qualitative comparison between raw peat and related humic acids in an ombrotrophic bog profile. Organic Geochemistry, 38: 151-160.
B) Book Chapters
  1. Plaza, C., Gascó, G., Méndez, A., Zaccone, C., Maestre, F.T. (2018) Chapter 2 – Soil organic matter in dryland ecosystems. In: García, C., Nannipieri, P., Hernández, T. (Eds.). The Future of Soil Carbon: Its conservation and formation, Elsevier, pp. 39-70 (ISBN: 978-0-12-811687-6; doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-811687-6.00002-X).
  2. Zaccone, C., Castellano, C., Miano, T., Balena, P., Bonifazi, A. (2017) Capitolo 3.1. Governo del territorio e “soil conservation”: fattori di rischio di perdita di sostanza organica del suolo in Puglia. In: Torre, C.M., Bonifazi, A., Arcidiacono, A., Ronchi, S., Salata, S. (a cura di). Il consumo di suolo in Puglia – 2017. Rapporti regionali. INU Edizioni, Roma, pp. 279-290 (ISBN: 978-88-7603-160-1) (in Italian).
  3. Badalucco, L., Laudicina, V.A., Zaccone, C. (2017) Capitolo 12. Suoli particolari. In: Sequi, P., Ciavatta, C., Miano, T. (Coord.). Fondamenti di Chimica del suolo, pp. 235-256. Pàtron editore (ISBN: 978-88-555-3362-1) (in Italian).
  4. Zaccone, C., Sequi, P. (2017) Capitolo 1. Suolo e ambiente. In: Sequi, P., Ciavatta, C., Miano, T. (Coord.). Fondamenti di Chimica del suolo, pp. 15-25. Pàtron editore (ISBN: 978-88-555-3362-1) (in Italian).
  5. Zaccone, C., Martin, M., Freppaz, M., Said-Pullicino, D., Celi, L. (2015) Peatlands and organic soils. In: Romeo, Vita, Manuelli, Zanini, Freppaz, Stanchi (Eds). Understanding Mountain Soils: A contribution from mountain areas to the International Year of Soils 2015. FAO, Rome, Italy. pp. 67-69 (ISBN: 978-92-5-108804-3).
  6. Miano, T., D’Orazio, V., Zaccone, C. (2014) Chapter 9. Trace elements and food safety. In: Bini C., Bech J. (Eds.), “PHEs, Environment and Human Health. Potentially harmful elements in the environment and the impact on human health”, pp. 339-370, Springer (print ISBN 978-94-017-8964-6; on-line ISBN 978-94-017-8965-3) (doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-8965-3_9).
  7. Zaccone, C., Pabst, S., Miano, T.M., Shotyk, W. (2013) The fate of mineral particles in bulk peat and corresponding humic acids throughout an ombrotrophic bog profile: atmospheric dust depositions vs. mineralization processes. In: Xu J., Wu J., He Y. (Eds). “Functions of Natural Organic Matter in Changing Environment” – Vol. I, pp. 61-65, Springer (print ISBN: 978-94-007-5633-5; on-line ISBN: 978-94-007-5634-2) (doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-5634-2_11).
  8. Zaccone, C., Cocozza, C., Miano, T.M. (2011) Chapter 9. Phenolic Compounds in Soils. In: Narwal S.S., Szajdak L., Sampietro D.A. (Eds). Research Methods in Plant Science, Vol. 1. Soil Allelochemicals, pp. 199-222, Studium Press LLC (ISBN: 1-933699-65-5; Series ISBN: 1-933699-64-7).
  9. Cocozza, C., Mininni, C., Zaccone, C., Miano, T., Santamaria, P., Parente, A. (2009) Il processo di compostaggio applicato ai residui di Posidonia spiaggiata. In: Levante (Ed). Il caso dei residui spiaggiati di Posidonia oceanica: da rifiuto a risorsa, pp. 121-139 (ISBN: 978-88-7949-521-9).
  10. Parente, A., Cocozza, C., Mininni, C., Zaccone, C., Santamaria, P., Miano, T. (2009) Utilizzazione dei residui spiaggiati di Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile tal quali e per la produzione di compost. In: La Posidonia oceanica: Protezione, Ripopolazione di praterie e Utilizzazione dei Residui in Agricoltura, pp. 41-61 (ISBN: 978-960-86583-5-6).
  11. Contento, F., Zaccone, C., Buono, F., Ladisa, G., Grittani, A. (2008) Handbook of Indicators. In: Lacirignola and Notarangelo (Eds). Management Criteria: a handbook for the sustainable management of protected areas in the Adriatic euro-region. IAM Bari, Italy, pp. 109 + Cd-rom (ISBN: 2-85352-402-7).
  12. Gentile, F., Zaccone, C., Forte, L., Mantino, F., Puglisi, S. (2006) Impiego di briglie filtranti in un torrente della Basilicata e aspetti della rinaturazione indotti dal tipo di intervento. In: Le sistemazioni idraulico-forestali per la difesa del territorio. Nuova Editoriale Bios. Quaderni di Idronomia Montana, 26: 413-423 (ISBN: 88-6093-009-X).
C) Contributions in Conference Proceedings, National and International Journals without Impact Factor > 145

The full list of publications is provided in the CV, as *.pdf file.


Seminars and invited lectures >40

[last 3 years]

The mystery of free-floating islands: from C sinks to environmental archives – University of Verona (Italy), 10 May, 2018.

I problemi della prevenzione e della repressione degli illeciti in materia ambientale: il contributo delle Scienze del suolo – “Terra solchi di verità e giustizia”, Foggia (Italy), 15 March, 2018.

Using DNA to unravel SOM fate in agricultural soils – 42º Congresso Nazionale della Società Italiana della Scienza del Suolo “Il suolo al servizio degli ecosistemi”, Firenze (Italy), 5-7 December, 2017.

High resolution records of organic matter accumulation, trace element and dust depositions, and environmental changes from the free floating peat island of Posta Fibreno – 11th International Conference “Humic Substances in Ecosystems (HSE11)”, Kudowa-Zdrój (Poland), 29 May-1 June, 2017.

Occurrence of organic arsenic species in a 4-m deep free-floating island – EUROPEAN GEOSCIENCES UNION General Assembly, Vienna (Austria), 23-28 April, 2017.

Free-floating islands as records of the past – 41° National Congress of the Italian Society of Soil Science, Ancona (Italy), 5-7 December, 2017.

How fast does organic matter may accumulate? The “mistery” of floating islands – 18th International Conference of the International Humic Substances Society, Kanazawa (Japan), 11-16 September, 2016.

Peat bogs as natural archives of human activity and environmental changes throughout centuries – Joint International Summer School, Pieve Tesino (Italy), 26-30 June, 2016.

Peat bogs and their role as natural archives – Institute of Chemistry, University of Graz, Graz (Austria), 20 April, 2016.

Seven centuries of atmospheric Pb deposition recorded in a floating mire from Central Italy – EUROPEAN GEOSCIENCES UNION General Assembly, Vienna (Austria), 18-22 April, 2016.

Floating mires and environmental changes – Workshop “Plant-soil-water interfaces in riverine, hydromorphic, subaqueous ecosystems”, Imola (Italy), 23-24 June, 2015.

Is biochar application always a good strategy to preserve organic matter in agricultural soils? An overview – Carbon Storage in Soil and Its Role in Supporting Agriculture, Universities for EXPO 2015, Milan (Italy), 18 June, 2015.


National and International collaborations