Staff / Bioeconomy, health and governance
Picchi, Gianni
Logging, forest mechanization and woody biomass


He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Agronomy (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy) with a thesis on woody energy crops and a M.Sc. in Forestry (University of Florence, Italy).

 Work experience

He is researcher at the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). Entered in service in 2007 in the former Timber and Trees Institute, now merged in the Institute for Bioeconomy ( He is active in the fields of forest mechanization, timber traceability, agro-forest biomass production and solid fuels quality assessment. Has been involved in several EU and national projects, building a comprehensive experience in proposal and management of research and education projects. Since 2001 he has been bioenergy consultant for private companies, universities and international agencies in the EU, North and South Americas. 

Picchi G. (2020) Marking standing trees with RFID tags. Forests 11 (150): 1-13. Doi:10.3390/f11020150

Sandak, J., Sandak, A., Zitek, A., Hintestoisser, B., and Picchi, G. (2020). Development of low-cost portable spectrometers for detection of wood defects. Sensors 20(2). doi:10.3390/s20020545.

Sandak J., Sandak A., Marrazza S., Picchi G. (2019) Development of a Sensorized Timber Processor Head Prototype – Part 1: Sensors Description and Hardware Integration. CROATIAN JOURNAL OF FOREST ENGINEERING, vol. 40 (1), pp. 25-37 ISSN:1845-5719

Aminti A., Cinotti A., Lombardini C., Spinelli R., Picchi G. (2018) Industrial stress-test of a magnetic resonance moisture meter for woody biomass in southern European conditions. FUEL PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY, vol. 178, pp. 189-196.

Picchi G., Lombardini C., Pari L., Spinelli R. (2018) Physical and chemical characteristics of renewable fuel obtained from pruning residues.  JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, vol. 171, issue 10, pp. 457-463.

Nati c., Boschiero m., Picchi, G., Mastrolonardo G., Kelderer M., Zerbeb S. (2017) Energy performance of a new biomass harvester for recovery of orchard wood wastes as alternative to mulching. RENEWABLE ENERGY (in press) 

Pichler G., Poveda Lopez J. A., Picchi G., Nolan E., Kastner M., Stampfer K., Kühmaier M. (2017) Comparison of remote sensing based RFID and standard tree marking for timber harvesting. COMPUTERS AND ELECTRONICS IN AGRICULTURE, vol. 140, pp. 214-226.