Dr Efisio Mattana

Research Leader


Ecosystem Stewardship


Sustainable Use, Seeds and Solutions


Seed germination ecology, ex situ plant conservation, effect of climate change in plant regeneration from seeds

I have a a background in seed biology and ecology and ex situ plant conservation, with a specific research interest in the impact of climate change in the regeneration by seeds of wild, threatened, and neglected and underutilized species.

I research approaches from seed ecology and MSB-banked seed lots to support and develop Nature-based Solutions, particularly in the UK.

  • 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 – 2014

Mattana, E., Chapman, T., Miles, S., Ulian, T., & Carta, A. (2023). 

Regeneration from seeds in a temperate native flora: A climate‐smart and natural–capital‐driven germination risk modelling approach

Plants, People, Planet.  

Carta, A., Fernández-Pascual, E., Gioria, M., Müller, J.V., Rivière, S., Rosbakh, S., Saatkamp, A., Vandelook, F., & Mattana, E. (2022). 

Climate shapes the seed germination niche of temperate flowering plants: a meta-analysis of European seed conservation data

Annals of Botany, 129,  775–786.


Mattana, E., Ulian, T., & Pritchard, H. W. (2022). 

Seeds as natural capital 

Trends in Plant Science, 27(2), 139-146. 

Mattana, E., Peguero, B., Di Sacco, A., Agramonte, W., Encarnación Castillo, W. R., Jiménez, F., Clase, T., Pritchard, H. W., Gómez-Barreiro, P., Castillo-Lorenzo, E., Terrero Encarnación, M., Way, M. J., García, R., & Ulian, T. (2020). 

Assessing seed desiccation responses of native trees in the Caribbean 

New Forests, 51(4), 705-721. 

Ulian, T., Diazgranados, M., Pironon, S., Padulosi, S., Liu, U., Davies, L., Howes, M. J. R., Borrell, J. S., Ondo, I., Pérez-Escobar, O. A., Sharrock, S., Ryan, P., Hunter, D., Lee, M. A., Barstow, C., Łuczaj, Ł., Pieroni, A., Cámara-Leret, R., Noorani, A., Mba, C., Nono Womdim, R., Muminjanov, H., Antonelli, A., Pritchard, H. W., & Mattana, E. (2020). 

Unlocking plant resources to support food security and promote sustainable agriculture 

Plants People Planet, 2(5), 421-445. 

Tellez, O.*, Mattana, E.*, Diazgranados, M., Kühn, N., Castillo-Lorenzo, E., Lira, R., Montes-Leyva, L., Rodriguez, I., Ortiz, C. M. F., Way, M., Dávila, P., & Ulian, T. (2020).

Native trees of Mexico: Diversity, distribution, uses and conservation

PeerJ, 8, Article e9898. 

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