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Mattana, Efisio

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Job title: 

Project Staff: Useful Plants Project Research Coordinator

Natural Capital and Plant Health
Joined Kew: 


Foreign languages: 

Italian (mother tongue), Spanish (intermediate), French (basic)

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • Undergraduate Studies, Natural Sciences, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy, 2002
  • PhD, Environmental and Applied Botany, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy, 2009
  • Postdoc Research Fellowship, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, 2009-2013
  • Kew Honorary Visiting Research Associate, 2011

My role as Scientific Coordinator of the Useful Plants Project (UPP) involves providing guidance to partners in order to deliver the scientific components of UPP, liaising wih partners involved in research activities in-country and with Kew’s scientists involved in the project. My main responsibility is the production of species profiles for the UPP book, but I also contribute to the UPP database, through the provision of information and data derived from the production of the book. I support the production and dissemination of promotional material, including species technical information sheets, leaflets and project web pages. In addition, I interact with other departments regarding their science projects.

Selected publications: 

Porceddu, M., Mattana, E., Pritchard, H. W. & Bacchetta, G. (2013). Thermal niche for in situ seed germination by Mediterranean mountain streams: model prediction and validation for Rhamnus persicifolia seeds. Annals of Botany 112: 1887–1897. Available online

Mattana, E., Stuppy, W. H., Fraser, R., Waller, J. & Pritchard, H. W. (2013). Dependency of seed dormancy types on embryo traits and environmental conditions in Ribes species. Plant Biology, in press. Available online

Orrù, M., Mattana, E., Pritchard, H. W. & Bacchetta, G. (2012). Thermal thresholds as predictors of seed dormancy release and germination timing: altitude-related risks from climate warming for the wild grapevine Vitis vinifera subsp. sylvestris. Annals of Botany. 110: 1651-1660. Available online

Mattana, E., Pritchard, H. W., Porceddu, M., Stuppy, W. H. & Bacchetta, G. (2012). Interchangeable effects of gibberellic acid and temperature on embryo growth, seed germination and epicotyl emergence in Ribes multiflorum ssp. sandalioticum (Grossulariaceae). Plant Biology 14(1):77-87. Available online

Mattana, E., Daws, M. I. & Bacchetta, G. (2010). Comparative germination ecology of the endemic Centranthus amazonum (Valerianaceae) and its widespread congener Centranthus ruber. Plant Species Biology 25(3): 165-172. Available online