Head of botany at MUSE, he is the curator the herbarium, the tropical greenhouse and the museum’s satellite botanic gardens. His main research interests are plant conservation biology and seed ecology. Since 2001 he is in charge of the museum’s plant conservation projects. He promoted and developed Trentino Seed Bank, a member of Ensconet, the European Native Seed Conservation Network, funded by the EU under FP6 Research Infrastructures. He is the coordinator of NASSTEC an FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network for native grassland restoration. He contributed to Plant Science Gardens, Inquire and LearnToEngage, two European projects for education in Botanic Gardens funded by the EU under FP6, FP 7 and Erasmus+. He is the Italian delegate in the European Consortium of Botanic Gardens.