S. Assini

S. Assini
University of Pavia | UNIPV · Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Natural Science, PhD. Geobotany, Researcher

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Introduction
S. Assini works at the Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Pavia. S. does research in Applied Botany, with particular reference to Vegetation Science and Restoration Ecology. She is also involved in Science Education and Didactics. Her current project is 'Dry grasslands and heaths of the Western Po Plain (Northern Italy)' - see also www.lifedrylands.eu. Since May 2018, she is also co-founder of VoltaPlant s.r.l., an innovative start up doing energy harvesting from PMFC.

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Publications (82)
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In this contribution, new data concerning bryophytes, fungi and lichens of the Italian flora are presented. It includes new records and confirmations for the bryophyte genera Bryum , Cryphaea , Didymodon , and Grimmia ; the fungal genera Bryostigma , Cercidospora , Conocybe , Cortinarius , Endococcus , Inocybe , Psathyrella , and Sphaerellothecium...
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The "Bosco Siro Negri", a State Natural Forest Reserve located within the Ticino river valley (W Lombardy, N Italy), hosts a relict riparian forest dominated by common oak and field elm (Natura 2000 Habitat 91F0). The forest has been left unmanaged since 1950, representing therefore an important case study of a lowland habitat allowed to its natura...
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Epiphytic lichens were surveyed in the “Bosco Siro Negri” Integral Nature State Reserve (province of Pavia, Lombardy, NW Italy), which hosts a well-preserved fragment of oak-elm floodplain forest (Natura 2000 Habitat 91F0). The core woodland fragment hosted only four species on the tree boles, i.e. Lepraria finkii plus the forest specialists Coenog...
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In this contribution, new data concerning bryophytes, fungi and lichens of the Italian flora are presented. It includes new records, confirmations or exclusions for the bryophyte genera Acaulon , Campylopus , Entosthodon , Homomallium , Pseudohygrohypnum , and Thuidium , the fungal genera Entoloma , Cortinarius , Mycenella , Oxyporus , and Psathyre...
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IDPlanT is the Italian Database of Plant Translocation, an initiative of the Nature Conservation Working Group of the Italian Botanical Society. IDPlanT currently includes 185 plant translocations. The establishment of a national database on plant translocation is a key step forward in data sharing and techniques improvement in this field of plant...
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Habitat monitoring in Europe is regulated by Article 17 of the Habitats Directive, which suggests the use of typical species to assess habitat conservation status. Yet, the Directive uses the term “typical” species but does not provide a definition, either for its use in reporting or for its use in impact assessments. To address the issue, an onlin...
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Terricolous lichen communities in lowlands occur especially in open dry habitats. Such communities are often dominated by species of the genus Cladonia, which are very variable in morphology, reproduction strategies, and secondary metabolites. In this work, we investigated traits-environment relationships considering vegetation dynamics, substrate...
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During the years, many usnic acid (UA) conjugates have been synthesized to obtain potent endowed with biological properties. Since (S)-UA is less abundant in nature than (R)-enantiomer, it is difficult to source, thus precluding a deeper investigation. Among the lichens producing UA, Cladonia foliacea is a valuable (S)-UA source. In the present wor...
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Within the province of Bergamo, the less known one in Lombardy (N Italy) under a lichenolog-ical point of view, the Valle Imagna was completely devoid of previous lichen surveys. In this work, we report 111 records of 40 lichen taxa, mostly epiphytic, from five sites located on the Bergamasque side of Mount Resegone (Orobic Prealps). Most of them a...
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Invasive alien plants are a major threat to biodiversity and they contribute to the unfavourable conservation status of habitats of interest to the European Community. In order to favour implementation of European Union Regulation no. 1143/2014 on invasive alien species, the Italian Society of Vegetation Science carried out a large survey led by a...
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In dry habitats of European lowlands terricolous lichens and bryophytes are almost neglected in conservation practises, even if they may strongly contribute to biodiversity. This study aims at (a) testing the role of heathlands, acidic and calcareous dry grasslands for lichen and bryophyte diversity and conservation in lowland areas of northern Ita...
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The Po Plain is the most heavily human-impacted area of Italy. Pollution levels are very high, and most of natural habitats have been destroyed or reduced to small fragments. This situation leads to a poor lichen biota. In particular, terricolous lichens are very sensitive to disturbance, and prone to local extinction, also due to their poor compet...
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“Dai balconi ai parchi urbani: buone pratiche per un giardinaggio consapevole”, prodotto nell’ambito del progetto LIFE ASAP, è un opuscolo di tipo tecnico-pratico che intende fornire alcune informazioni di base sulle piante esotiche invasive presenti in Italia nonché, seguendo le buone pratiche dettate nel Codice di condotta dei florovivaisti, prop...
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Coastal dunes are among habitats with the worst conservation status on a global, European and national scale. Monitoring and reporting are of strategic importance to determine the effectiveness of the implementation of Habitats Directive and to preserve the unique biodiversity heritage of the Italian dunes. In this study we show main results of the...
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This study provides a first step toward the knowledge of the alien-dominated and co-dominated plant communities present in Italy. The first ever checklist of the alien phytocoenoses described or reported in literature for the Italian territory has been compiled, produced by data-mining in national and local thematic literature. The resulting vegeta...
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In this contribution, new data concerning the distribution of vascular flora alien to Italy are presented. It includes new records, confirmations, exclusions, and status changes for Italy or for Italian administrative regions. Furthermore, three new combinations are proposed. Nomenclatural and distribution updates published elsewhere are provided a...
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Key message Xylem hydraulic traits of native Quercus robur are more sensitive to previous-summer drought than those of alien Robinia pseudoacacia. The latter modulates vessel traits and ring porosity to cope with inter-annual climate variability, and is less affected by extreme events. This suggests that R. pseudoacacia might be more competitive un...
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Terricolous lichen vegetation has been partially studied in Italy so far, particularly in the Po Plain. Here, pioneer acidic Thero-Airion dry grasslands host rich terricolous lichen communities which often include lichen species of conservation concern. Overall, 288 phytosociological relevés were carried out with the Braun-Blanquet method using sta...
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In recent years, energy harvesting studies have grown significantly. Energy recovery for low power applications is assuming considerable importance for powering non-essential auxiliary circuits. Among the various sources of energy that can be found in nature, in this paper we consider the Plant-Microbial Fuel Cell (P-MFC), fed by bacteria present i...
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Dry grasslands are listed among the habitats of conservation concern in Europe. Here, based on a multitaxon approach including vascular plants, bryophytes and lichens, we explored the effects of small-scale disturbance on lichen-rich dry grassland vegetation by surveying 60 sites across the Po Plain (Northern Italy). In particular, we evaluated the...
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Background Due to habitat loss and fragmentation, numerous forest species are subject to severe population decline. Investigating variation in genetic diversity, phenotypic plasticity and local adaptation should be a prerequisite for implementing conservation actions. This study aimed to explore these aspects in ten fragmented populations of Physos...
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Multiple test with Holm’s correction values
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Matrixes for Fst, Pst LAND, LOC indexes and variables at the population level
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Phenotypic traits of populations and soil data
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Results of genetic analyses—ISSR marker
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STRUCTURE analyses and Neighbour-joining unrooted tree
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Landscape (A) and local variables (B); species traits and demographic data (C); fragmentation table (D); correlation between soil and landscape variables (E)
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Cladonia conista and C. pulvinata occur at several sites in dry lowland habitats in the Po Plain (northern Italy). Vegetation relevés are provided in order to characterize the main lichen associations (Cladonietum rei, Cladonietum foliaceae, Pycnothelio-Cladonietum cervicornis) and vascular plant communities in which the two species were found in T...
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The importance of taking into account ecosystems, plant communities and habitats for the development of biodiversity conservation strategies is increasingly acknowledged. Recently, the first ever European Red List of Habitats was produced, which provided an evaluation of the extinction risk of EUNIS-based natural and semi-natural habitats in Europe...
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The importance of taking into account ecosystems, plant communities and habitats for the development of biodiversity conservation strategies is increasingly acknowledged. Recently, the first ever European Red List of Habitats was produced, which provided an evaluation of the extinction risk of EUNIS-based natural and semi-natural habitats in Europe...
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In this contribution, new data concerning bryophytes, fungi and lichens of the Italian flora are presented. It includes new records and confirmations for the bryophyte genera Campylopus, Paludella, Tortula, and Conocephalum, the fungal genera Agonimia, Buelliella, Entorrhiza, Filicupula, Poronia, and Sporisorium, the lichen genera Cladonia, Dibaeis...
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In this contribution, new data concerning the Italian distribution of alien vascular flora are presented. It includes new records, exclusions, confirmations, and status changes for Italy or for Italian administrative regions for taxa in the genera Acer, Amaranthus, Araujia, Aubrieta, Avena, Bidens, Calycanthus, Celtis, Elaeagnus, Eragrostis, Euonym...
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Conservation of species is often focused either only on those that are endangered, or on maximising the number recorded on species lists. However, species share space and time with others, thus interacting and building frameworks of relationships that can be unravelled by community-level network analysis. It is these relationships that ultimately d...
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In this contribution, new data concerning bryophytes, fungi and lichens and of the Italian flora are presented. It includes new records and confirmations for the bryophyte genera Dicranodontium, Fontinalis, Lophocoleaand Riccia, the fungal genus Diplolaeviopsis, the lichen genera Agonimia, Cladonia, Protoparmelia, Rhizocarpon, and Scytinium.
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In this contribution, new data concerning bryophytes, fungi and lichens and of the Italian flora are presented. It includes new records and confirmations for the bryophyte genera Dicranodontium, Fontinalis, Lophocolea and Riccia, the fungal genus Diplolaeviopsis, the lichen genera Agonimia, Cladonia, Protoparmelia, Rhizocarpon, and Scytinium.
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The methodological foundations of the recently published Manual for Annex I Habitats monitoring in Italy, edited by the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) with the scientific support of the Italian Society for Vegetation Science (SISV), are here presented, discussed and related to the most consolidated and acknowled...
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The European Red List of Habitats provides an overview of the risk of collapse (degree of endangerment) of marine, terrestrial and freshwater habitats in the European Union (EU28) and adjacent regions (EU28+), based on a consistent set of criteria and categories and detailed data and expertise from involved countries (http://ec.europa.eu/environmen...
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In this contribution, new data concerning red algae, lichens and bryophytes of the Italian flora are presented. It includes new records and confirmations for the algal genus Grateloupia, the bryophyte genus Didymodon, and the lichen genera Buellia, Cladonia, Letharia, Pertusaria, and Pyrenula.
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In Italy most of the habitats hosting terricolous lichens are found in the Alps and along the coasts, but some lichen-rich plant communities are also present in the Po Plain. We report a study of terrico-lous lichen communities found in dry grasslands attributed to Spergulo vernalis-Corynephoretum canescentis in the western Po Plain (Northern Italy...
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Il Manuale fornisce strumenti metodologici per l’implementazione di un programma di monitoraggio degli habitat di interesse comunitario in Italia. Il volume contiene 124 schede di monitoraggio, elaborate con il supporto di esperti nazionali e riviste dalle Regioni e Province Autonome italiane.
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This paper describes a new improvement of the previous defined Forest Quality Indicator (FSQ) for biodiversity assessment and conservation purposes. The two novelties of the work in progress include the following aspects: the embedding of a shape feature of the forest patches, and the consideration of the plantation for ecological restoration in th...
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In the framework of grassland conservation, extensive grazing represents a management tool which is both cheaper than mechanical management and produces a highly diverse landscape mosaic, thus addressing economic and conservation purposes. The understanding of the key ecological processes involved in grazing systems is a basic step towards the sust...
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This paper describes a new environmental composite indicator, which is based on two previously defined single indicators, related to land use (the Anthropentropy Factor) and to quality forests (the Forest Statur Quality Indicator).
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The 4th National Report ex Art. 17 of the 92/43/EEC Directive in Italy (period 2013-2018) will try to fill a number of gaps still affecting the former versions of the Italian Reports, where territorial data were still missing for large parts of the country and the assessment was mostly based on the use of the expert opinion. Similar inconsistencies...
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Along with several other European countries, Italy is contributing to the development of a European Red List of Habitats, on behalf of the EC - DG Environment (Rodwell et al., 2013, Contract N. 070307/2012/624047/SER/B3). The habitat types taken into account are resulting from a critical review of the types listed in the EUNIS classification, large...
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Towards a Red List of European Habitats: first results for Italy
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This paper describes a new indicator related to an important aspect of the forest landscape: the quality, expressed by the forest floristic composition, according to the phytosociological approach. Furthermore, the relationship with an existing land use indicator, the Anthropentropy Factor, is investigated. Another novelty of this research is its m...
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As many other European countries, Italy is contributing to the forthcoming Red List of European habitats, based on a DG Environment feasibility study (Rodwell et al. 2013). The adopted habitat classification is an implemented version of EUNlS including a phytosociological reference to the European Vegetation Checklist (Mucina et al. in progress). T...
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This paper describes a new environmental composite indicator, which is based on two previously defined single indicators, related to land use (the Anthropentropy Factor) and to quality of forests (the Forest Status Quality Indicator). The framework for the definition of the composite indicator is an innovative formalization of the multidisciplinary...
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We report the spatio-temporal dynamics of land cover changes from 1954 to 2008 in a hilly mountainous area in the Italian northern Apennine, and ecological factors and processes associated with these dynamics. Land cover patches were mapped and analysed at three time periods (1954, 1980 and 2008). Changes over time were detected by analysing a comb...
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We describe plant communities occurring in an abandoned area in the northern Apennines using a phytosociological approach. We evaluate the biodiversity in and between the identified plant communities using the following indices: species richness, diversity, dominance and equitability. Ten vegetation types were identified in the study area. Because...
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This volume reports the data contained in the 3rd Report of the Habitat Directive, for the period 2007-2012, including all the assessments made on the conservation status of the species and habitats of community interest recorded in Italy. The report is freely accessible at the Central Data Repository (http://bd.eionet.europa.eu/activities/Reportin...
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This paper describes the lichen flora surveyed in inland sand dunes, called dossi, in the western Po Plain (Lombardy region, Italy). Here, lichens were marginally known in comparison with the epigaeous component, but they were never studied before in relation to the epiphytic, epixylic and epilithic components. The floristic list includes 50 specie...