Alberto Maltoni

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Dryocosmus kuriphilus Yasumatsu, an invasive gall wasp originating from Asia, is the latest serious pest attacking Castanea sativa Mill. in Europe; the negative effects on fruit and wood production are considerable. The most effective defense strategy is biological control, but parasitoid effectiveness requires at least 6–10 years to reduce damage to(More)
Over the last 30 years in Italy, a high percentage of tree plantations have failed to achieve the objective of enhancing the quality of forest products, and also restoring/rehabilitating abandoned or degraded agricultural lands. In this study, we evaluated the effects of nursery cultivation in large, novel containers and duration of cultivation on early(More)
Selective thinning is a more viable method for beech coppice conversion to high forest when compared with thinning from below as it enhances tree growth, reduces mortality of the remaining trees, and allows to obtain stands with a higher mechanical stability and larger crowns. Beech forests in North-East Italy have been largely managed as coppice. Due to(More)
Tree shelters are used in many forestry applications because they often improve survival, may stimulate early growth, and can help to maintain apical dominance. Quercus robur, widely used in multipurpose plantings in Europe, usually grows slowly and loses apical dominance in the early stages after establishment. We examined tree shelter effects on Q. robur(More)
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