Giorgio Bartolini is Head Researcher at the “Istituto per la Valorizzazione del Legno e delle Specie Arboree” (Trees and Timber Institute) of the National Research Council (CNR) of Florence, Italy. His activity has been focused on research concerning woody plants propagation by cuttings of olive, peach, grapevine, etc.; management of an international data bank (world olive germplasm); individuation of morphological and molecular markers for cultivar characterisation in O.europaea; study of gene expression induced by low temperature. He participates in joint research projects with research institutes and universities of Italy, California and Spain. He is author or co-author of many research papers published in International Journals, books and in proceedings of International Congresses and Symposia.