Laboratorio Analisi Del Terreno




Listed below are publications by our founder Dr. F. Fornasier in pre-reviewed scientific publications. Would you like further information?



  1. Baca M.T., Fornasier F. and De Nobili M. (1992). Mineralization and humification pathways in two composting processes applied to cotton wastes. Ferment. Bioengin. 74 (3): 179-184
  2. De Nobili M. and Fornasier F. (1996). Assessment of the effect of molecular size on the electrophoretic mobility of humic substances. J. Soil Sci. 47: 223-229.
  3. D’Acqui L.P., Daniele E., Fornasier F., Radaelli L. and Ristori G.G.(1998). Interaction between clay microstructure, decomposition of plant residues and humification. J. Soil Sci. 49: 579-587.
  4. Giardini L., Borin M., De Nobili M., Fornasier F. (1999). Effetti della fertilizzazione organica e dell’avvicendamento delle colture sul contenuto di carbonio organico e sull’attività microbica del terreno. Agron. 33: 141-146.
  5. Confalonieri M., Fornasier F., Ursino A., Boccardi F., Pintus B., Odoardi M. (2001). The potential of near infrared reflectance spectroscopy as a tool for the chemical characterisation of agricultural soils. Near Infrared Spectrosc. 9 (2): 123-131. doi: 10.1255/jnirs.299
  6. Annicchiarico P., Collins R.P., Fornasier F., and Rhodes I. (2001) Variation in cold tolerance and spring growth among Italian white clover populations. Euphytica 122: 407-416.
  7. Fornasier F. (2002). Indirect approaches for assessing intracellular arylsulfatase activity. Developments in soil science 28B: 345-351.
  8. Mori A., Fornasier F., Catalano L., Franco I., Leita L. (2002) The interaction between ferricyanide ion and unfractionated humic substances. Developments in Soil Science 28A: 449-456.
  9. Fornasier F., Pecetti L., Piano E. (2003) Variation in crown and root organic reserves among lucerne genotypes of different morphology and flower colour. Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science 189: 63-70.
  10. Leita L., Petruzzelli G., Fornasier F. (2003) Ferricyanide-humate formation. de physique IV France. 107: 769-772.
  11. Mondini C., Fornasier F., Sinicco T. (2004) Enzymatic activity as a parameter for the characterisation of composting process. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 36: 1587-1594.
  12. Piano E., Pecetti L., Annichiarico P., Carroni A.M., Fornasier F., Romani M. (2004) Combining drought tolerance and responsiveness to summer misture availability in cocksfoot (Dactylis glomerata) germplasm grown in Mediterranean environments. Australian J. Agric. Research 55: 1197-1204.
  13. Leita L., Fornasier F., De Nobili M., Bertoli A., Genovesi S., Sequi P. (2006) Interactions of prion proteins with soil. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 38: 1638-1644.
  14. Fornasier F., Margon A. (2007) Bovine serum albumin ant Triton X-100 greatly increase phosphomonoesterases and arylsulphatase extraction yield from soil. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 39: 2682-2684. doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2007.04.024
  15. Cayuela M.L., Sinicco T., Fornasier F., Sanchez-Monedero M.A., Mondini M. (2008) Carbon mineralization dynamics in soils amended with meat meals under laboratory conditions. Waste Management 28, 707-715.
  16. Margon A., Fornasier, F. (2008) Determining soil enzyme location and related kinetics using rapid fumigation and high-yield extraction. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 40: 2178-2181.
  17. Vaccari F.P., Baronti S., Lugato E., Genesio L., Castaldi S., Fornasier F., Miglietta F. (2011) Biochar: a strategy to sequester carbon and increase the durum wheat yield. European Journal of Agronomy 34(4):231-238 DOI: 10.1016./eja.2011.01.006
  18. Zavalloni C., Alberti G., Biasiol S., Delle Vedove G., Fornasier F., Liu J., Peressotti A. (2011). Microbial mineralization of biochar and wheat straw mixture in soil: a short-term study. Applied Soil Ecology 50: 45-51 doi:10.1016/J.apsoil.2011.07.012
  19. Galvez A., Sinicco T., Cayuela M.L., Mingorance M.D., Fornasier F., Mondini C. (2012). Short term effects of bioenergy by-products on soil C and N dynamics, nutrient availability and biochemical properties. Agriculture, Ecosystems, Environment 160: 3-14. doi:10.1016/j.agee.2011.06.015
  20. Giagnoni M, Marinari S., Moscatelli M.C., Renella G., Puglisi E., Masciandaro G., Ceccanti B., Fornasier F., Nannipieri P. (2012). Soil enzymology: classical and molecular approaches. Biology and Fertility of Soils 48:743762 doi: 10.1007/s00374-012-0723-0
  21. Giannattasio M, Vendramin E, Fornasier F, Alberghini S, Zanardo M, Stellin F, Concheri G, Stevanato P, Ertani A, Nardi S, Rizzi V, Piffanelli P, Spaccini, R, Mazzei P, Piccolo A and Squartini (2013). Microbiological features and bioactivity of a fermented manure product (Preparation 500) used in biodynamic agriculture. J of Microbiology and Biotechnology 23(5): 640-651. DOI: 10.4014/jmb.1212.12004
  22. Cowie A., Lonergan V.E., Rabbi F.S.M., Fornasier F., Macdonald C., Harden S, Akitomo Kawasaki A., Brajesh K., Singh B.K. (2013). The impact of carbon farming practices on soil carbon in northern New South Wales. Soil Research 51(8): 707-718. doi: 10.1071/SR13043
  23. Ventura M., Zhang C., Baldi E., Fornasier F., Sorrenti G., Panzacchi P., Tonon G. (2014). Effect of biochar addition on soil respiration partitioning and root dynamics in an apple orchard. European Journal of Soil Science 65, 186–195 DOI: 10.1111/ejss.12095
  24. Fornasier, , Ascher, J., Ceccherini M.T., Tomat E., Pietramellara G. (2014). A simplified rapid, low-cost and versatile DNA-based assessment of soil microbial biomass. Ecological Indicators 45: 75-82. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.03.028
  25. Stevanato P., Bertaggia M., Stellin F., Rizzi V., Piffanelli V.P., Angelini E., Bertazzon N., Fornasier F., Squartini A., Saccomani M., G. Concheri G. (2014). Soil biological and biochemical traits linked to nutritional status in grapevine. Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition,14 (2), 421-432. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-95162014005000033
  26. Hannachi N., Cocco S., Fornasier F., Agnelli A., Brecciaroli G., Massaccesi L., Weindorf D., Corti G. (2015). Effects of cultivation on chemical and biochemical properties of dryland soils from southern Tunisia. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 199 (1): 249– DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2014.09.009
  27. Galletti S., Fornasier F., Cianchetta S., Lazzeri L. (2015) Soil incorporation of brassica materials and seed treatment with Trichoderma harzianum: Effects on melon growth ans oil microbial activity. Industrial Crops and Products http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.indcrop.2015.03.30
  28. Probst M., Walter A., Dreschke G., Fornasier F, Pumpel T., Walde J., Insam H. (2015). End-product inhibition and acidification limit biowaste fermentation efficiency. Bioresource Technology 198 (2015) 540–549. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2015.09.055
  29. Cocco S., Cardelli V., Pedicini S., Borguete Alves Rafael R., Agnelli A., Fornasier F., Vallarola F., Corti G. (2015). First observations on marine subaqueous soils in “Torre del Serrano” marine protected area, Adriatic Sea (Italy).Environmental quality/Qualité de l’Environnement/Qualità ambientale 19: 31-43
  30. Bragato, G., Fornasier, F., Brus, D. (2016) Characterization of soil fertility and soil biodiversity with dsDNA as a covariate in a regression estimator for mean microbial biomass C. European Journal of Soil Science 67, 827–834. doi: 10.1111/ejss.12387
  31. Jenkins J.R., Viger M., Arnold E.C., Harris Z.M., Ventura M., Maglietta F., Girardin C., Edwards R.J., Rumpel C., Fornasier F., Zavalloni C., Tonon, G., Alberti G., Taylor G. (2017) Biochar alters the soil microbiome and soil function: results of next generation amplicon sequencing across Europe. Global Change Biology Bioenergy 9 (3): 591-612 doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12371
  32. Bardelli T., Gomez-Brandon M. Ascher-Jenull J., Fornasier F., Arfaioli P., Francioli D., Egli M., Sartori G., Insam H., Pietramellara G. (2017) Effect of slope exposure on soil physicochemical and microbiological properties along an altitudinal climosequence in the Italian Alps. Science of the Total Environment 575: 1041-1055 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.09.176
  33. Ferrarini A., Fornasier F., Serra P., Ferrari F., Trevisan M., Amaducci S. (2017) Impacts of willow and miscanthus bioenergy buffers on biogeochemical N removal processes along the soil-groundwater continuum. GCB Bioenergy 9, 246–261,doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12340
  34. Wahsha M., Nadimi-Goki M., Fornasier F., Hussein R.A.E., Bini C. (2017) Microbial enzymes as an early warning management tool for monitoring mining site soils, Catena 148: 40-45. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2016.02.021
  35. Agyarko-Mintah E., Cowie A., Van Zwieten L., Singh B., Smillie R., Harden S., Fornasier F. (2017). Biochar lowers ammonia emission and improves nitrogen retention in poultry litter composting. Waste Management 61: 129-137.http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wasman.2016.12.009
  36. Gómez-Brandón M., Judith Ascher-Jenull J., Bardelli T., Fornasier F., Fravolini G., Arfaioli P., Ceccherini M.T., Pietramellara G., Lamorski K., Sławinski C., Bertoldi D., Egli M., Cherubini P., Insam H. (2017) Physico-chemical and microbiological evidence of exposure effects on Picea abies – Coarse woody debris at different stages of decay. Forest Ecology and Management 391, 376–389. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2017.02.033.
  37. Gómez-Brandón M., Ascher-Jenull J., Bardelli T., Fornasier F., Sartori G., Pietramellara G., Arfaioli P., Egli M., Beylichf A., Insam H., Graefe U. (2017) Ground cover and slope exposure effects on micro- and mesobiota in forest soils. Ecological Indicators 80, 174–185. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.05.032
  38. Mondini C., Cayuela M.L., Sinicco T., Fornasier F., Galvez A., Sànchez-Monedero M. (2017) Modification of the RothC model to simulate soil C mineralization of exogenous organic matter. Biogeosciences 14, 3253–3274. DOI: org/10.5194/bg-2016-551
  39. De Feudis M., Cardelli V., Massaccesi L., Lagomarsino A., Fornasier F., Westphalen D. J., Cocco S., Corti G., Agnelli A. (2017) Influence of altitude on biochemical properties of European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) forest soils. Forests 8, 213. doi:10.3390/f8060213
  40. Gaiotti F., Marcuzzo P., Belfiore N., Lovat L., Fornasier F., Tomasi D. (2017) Influence of compost addition on soil properties, root growth and vine performances of Vitis vinifera cv Cabernet Sauvignon. Scientia Horticolturae 225: 88-95. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scienta.2017.06.052
  41. Barone V., Baglieri A., Stevanato P., Broccanello C., Bertoldo G., Bertaggia M., Cagnin M., Pizzeghello D., Moliterni V.M.C., Mandolino G., Fornasier F., Squartini A., Nardi S., Concheri G. (2017) Root morphological and molecular responses induced by microalgae extracts in sugar beet (Beta vulgaris L.) J. Appl. Phycol. JAPH-D-17-00378R2
  42. Alberti G., Nock C., Fornasier F., Scherer-Lorenzen M., De Nobili M., Peressotti A., Hoenig L., Bruelheide H, Bauhus J. (2017) Tree functional diversity influences belowground ecosystem functioning. Soil Ecol. 120: 160-168. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2017.07.038
  43. Nadimi-Gorki M., Bini , Wahsha M., Yoichiro Kato Y., Fornasier F. (2017) Enzyme dynamics in contaminated paddy soils under different cropping patterns (NE Italy). J. Soils Sediments doi: 10.1007/s11368-017-1830-1
  44. Morra L., Carrieri R., Fornasier F., Mormile P., Rippa M., Baiano S., Cermola M., Piccirillo G., Lahoz E. (2018) Solarization working like a “solar hot panel” after compost addition sanitizes soil in thirty days and preserves soil fertility. Soil Ecol. 126: 65-74. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2018.02.018
  45. Bona D., Vecchiet A., Pin M., Fornasier F., Mondini C., Guzzon R., Silvestri S. (2018). The biorefinery concept applied to bioethanol and biomethane production from manure. Waste and Biomass Valorization doi:10.1007/s12649-017-9981-2Bona D., Vecchiet A., Pin M., Fornasier F., Mondini C., Guzzon R., Silvestri S. (2018). The biorefinery concept applied to bioethanol and biomethane production from manure. Waste and Biomass Valorization doi:10.1007/s12649-017-9981-2
  46. Bardelli T., Gómez-Brandón M., Fornasier F., Arfaioli P., Egli M., Pietramellara G., Maria Ceccherini T., Insam H., Ascher-Jenull J. (2018) Chemical and microbiological changes in Norway spruce deadwood during the early stage of decomposition as a function of exposure in an Alpine setting. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research,50 (1), e1438347 (13 pages). https://doi.org/10.1080/ 15230430.2018.1438347
  47. Karas P.A.,Baguelin C.,Pertile G.,Papadopoulou E.S.,Nikolaki S., Storck V., Ferrari F.,Trevisan M.,Ferrarini A., Fornasier F., Vasileiadis S., Tsiamis G., Martin-Laurent F., Karpouzas D.G. (2018). Assessment of the impact of three pesticides on microbial dynamics and functions in a lab-to-field experimental approach. Science of the Total Environment. Science of the Total Environment 637-638, 636-646. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.05.073
  48. Hellwig N., Gómez-Brandón M., Ascher-Jenull J., Bardelli T., Anschlag K., Fornasier F., Pietramellara G., Insam H., Broll G. (2018). Humus Forms and Soil Microbiological Parameters in a Mountain Forest: Upscaling to the Slope Scale. Soils 2, 12. doi:10.3390/soilsystems2010012
  49. Bani A., Borruso L., Flavio Fornasier F., Pioli S.,Wellstein C. Brusetti L. (2018) Microbial Decomposer Dynamics: Diversity and Functionality Investigated through a Transplantation Experiment in Boreal Forests. Microbial Ecology 76,1030–1040 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00248-018-1181-5
  50. Bardelli T., Ascher-Jenull J.,Burkia Stocker E., Fornasier F., Arfaioli P., Fravolini G., Alves Medeiros L. R, Egli M., Pietramellara G., Insam H., Gómez-Brandón M. (2018) Impact of slope exposure on chemical and microbiological properties of Norway spruce deadwood and underlying soil during early stages of decomposition in the Italian Alps. Catena 167, 100-115. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2018.04.031
  51. Chernisheva E., Khomutova T., Fornasier F., Kuznetsova T., Borisov A. (2018). Effects of long-term medieval agriculture on soil properties: A case study from the Kislovodsk basin, Northern Caucasus, Russia. Journal of Mountain Science 15 (6) 1171-1185. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11629-017-4666-7.
  52. Fornasier E., Fornasier F., Di Marco V. (2018) Spectrophotometric methods for the measurement of soil pH: a reappraisal. Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy 204, 113– https://doi.org/10.1016/j.saa.2018.06.029
  53. Vasileiadis S., Puglisi E., Papadopoulou E., Pertile G., Suciu N., Pappolla A., Tourna M., Karas P., Papadimitriou F., Kasiotakis A., Ipsilanti N., Ferrarini A., Sułowicz S., Fornasier F., Menkissoglu-Spiroudi U., Nicol G., TrevisanM., Karpouzas D. (2018) Blame it on the metabolite: 3,5-dichloraniline rather than the parent compound is responsible for decreasing diversity and function of soil microorganisms. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 84 (22): e01536-18. doi:1128/AEM.01536-18.
  54. Mondini C., Sinicco T., Mosetti D., Gaiotti F., Sivilotti P., Fornasier F. (2018) Organic amendments effectively recover soil functionality in degraded vineyards. European Journal of Agronomy, 101, 210-221. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eja.2018.10.002
  55. Mondini C., Cayuela M.L., Sinicco T., Fornasier F., Galvez A., Sanchez-Monedero M.A. (2018). Soil C storage potential of exogenous organic matter at regional level (Italy) under climate change simulated by RothC model modified for amended soils. Frontiers in Environmental Science section Soil Processes 6, 144 https://doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2018.00144
  56. Alves Rafael R., Fernández-Marcos M.L, Cocco S., Ruello M.L. Fornasier F., Corti G.(2019) Benefits of Biochars and NPK Fertilizers for Soil Quality and Growth of Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L. Walp.) in an Acid Arenosol. Pedosphere 29(3), 311-333 https://doi.org/10.1016/S1002-0160(19)60805-2
  57. Suciu N., Lucini L., Pappolla A., Karas P., Trevisan M, Puglisi E., Ferrarini A., Fornasier F., Pertile G., Sulowicz S.,Vasileiadis S., Tourna D. (2019) Azadirachtin and trifloxystrobin had no inhibitory effects on key soil microbial functions even at high dose rates. Applied Soil Ecology 137:29-38. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2019.01.016
  58. Cardelli V., De Feudis M., Fornasier F., Massaccesi L., Cocco S., Agnelli A., Weindorf D.C, Corti G. 2019. Changes of topsoil under Fagus sylvatica along a small latitudinal-altitudinal gradient. Geoderma 344:164-178. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2019.01.043
  59. Khomutova T.E., Kashirskaya N.N., Demkina T.S., Kuznetsova T.V., Fornasier F., Natalia Shishlina N.I., Borisov A.V. (2019). Precipitation pattern during warm and cold periods in the Bronze Age (around 4.5-3.8 ka BP) in the desert steppes of Russia: Soil-microbiological approach for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. Quaternary International 507: 84-94. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2019.02.013
  60. Chiodi C., Moro M., Squartini A., Concheri G., Occhi F., Fornasier F., Cagnin M., Bertoldo G., Broccanello C., Stevanato P. (2020) High-throughput isolation of nucleic acids from soil. Soil Systems 4, 3. https://doi.org/3390/soilsystems4010003
  61. Mattarozzi M., Di Zinno J., Montanini B., Manfredi M., Marengo E., Fornasier F., Ferrarini A., Careri M., Visioli G. (2020). Biostimulants applied to maize seeds modulate the enzymatic activity and metaproteome of the rhizosphere. Applied Soil Ecology 148: 1-10 .https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2019.103480
  62. Dal Cortivo, C., Ferrari, M., Visioli, G., Lauro, M., Fornasier, F., Barion, G., Panozzo, A., Vamerali T. (2020). Effects of seed-applied biofertilizers on rhizosphere biodiversity and growth of common wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) in the field. Frontiers in Plant Science 11:72. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2020.00072
  63. Buoso S., Pagliari L., Musetti R., Fornasier F., Martini M., Alberto L., Fontanella M.C., Ermacora P. (2020). With or without you: altered plant response to B deficiency in hydroponically grown grapevines infected by grapevine Pinot gris virus suggests a relation between Grapevine Leaf Mottling and Deformation symptom occurrence and boron plant availability. Frontiers in Plant Science 11: 226. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2020.00226.
  64. Mocali S., Kuramae E., de Hollander M., Kowalchuk G., Fornasier F., Priori S. (2020) Microbial functional diversity in vineyard soils: sulfur metabolism and links with grapevine plants and wine quality. Frontiers in Environmental Science 8:75. doi:10.3389/fenvs.2020.00075
  65. Bragato G., Fornasier F., Bagi I., Egli S., Marjanović Z.. Soil parameters explain short-distance variation in production of Tuber aestivum Vittad. in an oak plantation in the central-northern part of the Great Hungarian Plain (Jászság region, Hungary). Forest Ecology and Management 479: 118578. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2020.118578.
  66. Ferrarini A., Martani E., Fornasier F., Amaducci S. 2021. High C input by perennial energy crops boosts belowground functioning and increases soil organic P content. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2020.107247.
  67. Ferrarini A., Fracasso A., Spini G., Fornasier F., Taskin E., Fontanella M.C., Beone G.M., Amaducci S., Puglisi E. 2021. Bioaugmented phytoremediation of metal-contaminated soils and sediments by hemp and giant reed. Frontiers in Microbiology, doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2021.645893
  68. Chernisheva E., Korobov D., Khomutova T., Fornasier F., Borisov A. 2021. Soil microbiological properties in livestock corrals: an additional new line of evidence to identify livestock dung. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 37 (2021) 103012 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2021.103012
  69. Gurmessa B., Cocco S., Ashworth A.J., Foppa Pedretti E., Ilari A., Cardelli V., Fornasier F., Ruello M.L, Corti G. 2021. Post-digestate composting benefits and the role of enzyme activity to predict trace element immobilization and compost maturity. Bioresource Technology 338, 125550. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2021.125550.BITE-D-21-03871R1
  70. Baiano S., Fabiani A., Fornasier F., Ferrarini A., Innangi M., Mocali S., Morra L., 2021. Biowaste compost amendment modifies soil biogeochemical cycles and microbial community according to aggregate classes. Applied Soil Ecology 168, 104132. ISSN 0929-1393. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2021.104132.
  71. Khomutova T. E, Fornasier F, Yeltsov M. V., Chernysheva E., Aleksandr V. Borisov. Influence of grazing on the structure and biological activity of dry steppe soils of the southern Russian Plain. Land Degradation & Development, 32( 17), 4832– 4844. https://doi.org/10.1002/ldr.4032https://doi.org/10.1002/ldr.4032
  72. Cervera-Mata A., Delgado G., Fernández-Arteaga A., Fornasier F., Mondini C. 2022. Spent coffee grounds by-products and their influence on soil C–N dynamics. J. Envir. Manag. 302, Part B, 114075. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.114075.
  73. Ferrarini A., Martani E., Mondini C., Fornasier F., Amaducci S. 2022. Short-Term Mineralization of belowground biomass of perennial biomass crops incorporated into the soil at reversion. Agronomy 12, 485. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy12020485

Gómez-Brandón M., Herbón C., Probst M., Fornasier F., Barral M.T., Paradelo R. 2022. Influence of land use on the microbiological properties of urban soils. Applied Soil Ecology 175,104452. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2022.104452