Wood interactions

Properties of the interphase formed when external products, such as adhesives and coatings or finishing products, are applied to wood are evaluated. The characterisations are carried out in several ways: macroscopic (e.g., shear strength,... >>

In vitro conservation (slow growth storage)

The in vitro conservation (slow growth storage) of shoot cultures is an important part of the productive cycle of commercial micropropagation laboratories, as it allows to reduce markedly the frequency of subcultures and the consequent risks of... >>

Innovative techniques of micropropagation (= in vitro propagation)

Micropropagation is a plant propagation technique of high importance in Italy. A census of some years ago estimeed in almost 25 millions the plants produced by micropropagation. Fruit plants represent more than 70% of this production, confirming the... >>

Cryopreservation (preservation in liquid nitrogen, -196°C) of plant germplasm

The term ‘cryopreservation’ (cryogenic preservation) refers to the storage of cells, tissues and organs at the ultra-low temperature of liquid nitrogen (-196°C). At this temperature, the vegetative cells enters in a state of “absolute quiescence”, as... >>

Physical and mechanical characterization of wood and wood products

The characterization of the materials is an essential condition to provide the proper use and exploitation.
Through the use of different test equipment are studied and verified the properties of wood and derived products. The main research activities... >>

Forest mechanization and biomass supply

This research field deals mainly with technical, economic and environmental optimisation of forest harvest operations with a strong focus on young and low quality stands, which provide mostly biomass for industrial and energy use. The laboratory... >>

Germplas collection and conservation

Reduction on plant biodiversity or genetic erosion is an important issue at global level. The loss of genetic diversity is common also for cultivated fruit species and in Italy more than 80% of the total local varieties is considered in danger. The... >>


The research focuses on the study of the physiological mechanisms involved in the wood formation (xylogenesis) in forest species. The cambium is the meristem producing wood and it has a double meaning: a) yield (the cambium produces biomass), b)... >>

Natural durability of different genotypes, low environmental impact wood preservatives, innovative methodology

The research activity of Wood Biodegradation and Wood Preservation Laboratory is focused on the durability of wood against wood-destroying organisms, especially fungi, insects and marine borers. The natural durability of wood is an intrinsic... >>

Diagnosis and Conservation of Wooden Cultural Heritage

The work done under the Cultural Heritage by IVALSA is aimed to the study of the state of preservation of the material constituting the artefacts - whether a painting on wood, the ceiling of a church or a Roman ship - through the characterization of... >>


The IVALSA xylotheque collects a variety of wood samples coming from all over the world. Each wood specimen is accompanied by a complete identification and characterisation form including a list of both scientific and vernacular names. Thin sections... >>

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