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sede: LABORATORIO PROF. GRATANI piano 1 stanza 125
telefono(i): 22449

  • Shrub species are the dominant life forms in Mediterranean ecosystems and their potential resilience to environmental change deserves particular concern in those areas particularly threatened by climate change, such as the Mediterranean basin. The genus Cistus comprises 21 summer drought semi-deciduous shrub species with a predominantly Mediterranean distribution. They are representative of the early successional stages in shrublands of the Mediterranean Basin. Moreover, Cistus spp. are found in a wide range of habitats , hence representing a good test-bed to address the extent of between population differences in the ecophysiological response to the limiting factors of the Mediterranean climate. The aim of my PhD project is to quantify the extent of intra-specific variability in functional traits of Cistus salvifolius, C. monspeliensis and C. creticus subsp. eriocephalus (ex C. incanus) and to understand if this variability can affect their capacity to counteract the main limiting factors of the Mediterranean climate (i.e. winter chilling and summer drought). The selected Cistus spp. are grown from seeds of different provenances under common garden conditions in order to distinguish between ecotypic or plastic sources of variation. Additionally, I am also exploring different aspects of the adaptive strategies of these species such as the role of leaf paraheliotropisms or their ability to colonize different environments (such as the forest understory for C. salvifolius). Moreover, I am analyzing the photosynthetic response of C. creticus subsp. eriocephalus to changing air temperature as driven by inter-annual changes in leaf morphological parameters (i.e. leaf mass area, leaf tissue density and thickness) in comparison to that of evergreen sclerophyllous.


  • GRATANI L., CRESCENTE M.F., D’AMATO V., C. RICOTTA, A.R. FRATTAROLI and PUGLIELLI G., 2014. Leaf traits variation in Sesleria nitida growing at different altitudes in the Central Apennines. Photosynthetica 52: 386‒396.
  • PUGLIELLI G., CRESCENTE M.F, FRATTAROLI A.R. and GRATANI L., 2015. Morphological, anatomical and physiological leaf trait plasticity of Sesleria nitida in open vs shaded conditions. Polish journal of Ecology 63: 10-22.
  • PUGLIELLI G., CRESCENTE M.F, FRATTAROLI A.R. and GRATANI L., 2015. Leaf mass per area (LMA) as a possible predictor of adaptive strategies in two species of Sesleria (Poaceae): analysis of morphological, anatomical and physiological leaf traits. Annales Botanici Fennici 52: 135–143.
  • PAOLESSI P., NICOLETTI M., CATONI R., PUGLIELLI G., TONIOLO C.  and GRATANI L., 2015. Cistus creticus subsp. eriocephalus, as a model for studying plant physiological and metabolic responses to environmental changes. Chemistry & Biodiversity 12: 1862-1870.
  • DI CECCO, V.,  CATONI, R.,  PUGLIELLI, G.,  DI MARTINO, L.,  FRATTAROLI, A.R.,  GRATANI, L., 2016 Ecophysiology of Adonis distorta, a high-mountain species endemic of the Central Apennines. Lazaroa. 37, 125-134.
  • VASHEKA O., PUGLIELLI G., CRESCENTE M.F., VARONE L. and GRATANI L., 2016.  Anatomical and morphological leaf traits of three evergreen ferns (Polystichum setiferum, Polypodium interjectum and Asplenium scolopendrium). American Journal of Ferns. 106, 258-268.
  • GRATANI, L ,  CATONI, R.,  PUGLIELLI, G.,  VARONE, L.,  CRESCENTE, M.F.,  SANGIORGIO, S.,  LUCCHETTA, F., 2016. Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Sequestration and Air Temperature Amelioration Provided by Urban Parks in Rome. Energy Procedia. 101, 408-415.
  • GRATANI, L. ,  CRESCENTE, M.F. ,  VARONE, L. ,  PUGLIELLI, G.,  CATONI, R. ,  BONITO, A., 2017. Carbon storage by Mediterranean vegetation developing inside a protected area. Rendiconti Lincei. (in press).
  • *PUGLIELLI G., SPOLETINI A., FABRINI G. and GRATANI L., 2017. Temperature responsiveness of seedlings maximum relative growth rate in three Mediterranean Cistus species. Journal of Plant Ecology. 10, 331-339.
  • *PUGLIELLI G., VARONE L., GRATANI L. and CATONI R., 2017. Specific leaf area (SLA) variations drive acclimation of Cistus salvifolius in different light environments. Photosynthetica. 55: 31-40.
  • PUGLIELLI, G., REDONDO-GÓMEZ, S., GRATANI, L. and MATEOS-NARANJO, E., 2017. Highlighting the differential role of leaf paraheliotropism in two Mediterranean Cistus species under drought stress and well-watered conditions. Journal of Plant Physiology. 213: 199-208.
  • *PUGLIELLI, G., CUEVAS ROMÁN, F.J., CATONI, R, MORENO ROJAS, J.M., GRATANI, L. and VARONE, L., 2017. Provenance effect on carbon assimilation, photochemistry and leaf morphology in Mediterranean Cistus species under chilling stress. Plant Biology.  DOI: 10.1111/plb.12574.

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