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Giulia Vico

Giulia Vico


Associate Professor (Docent)
Dept. of Crop Production Ecology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
PO Box 7043, Ulls väg 16
SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden


Researcher ID: A-6296-2010; ORCID: 0000-0002-7849-2653

Research interests

How do environmental conditions affect plants in managed and natural ecosystems? What are the risks of damage to leaves, crops and trees from lack of rainfall and wide temperature fluctuations in the summer?  And from severe winter conditions, with low temperatures, lack of snow and high irradiance? How will the risks of damage change under future climates? What can be done in managed ecosystems to reduce the potential for damage and stabilize yields?

I develop and apply eco-hydrological stochastic models - process-based, quantitative description of vegetation response to random, potentially damaging, weather conditions - to quantify such risks and the potential effects of management strategies - from species and variety selection, to implementation of irrigation or crop rotation. 



BI1295 Sustainable plant production - from molecular to field scales (Course leader; master level)

Stochastic processes and dynamical system theory with applications in ecology, agronomy and biogeochemistry (Course leader; PhD level)

MV0184 Biogeofysikdelen (bachelor level)

GE7049 Ecohydrology: a Mediterranean perspective (at Stockholm University; master level)


Selected publications

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Most recent publications (2017-2019)

Livsey J, Kätterer T, Vico G, Lyon SW, Lindborg R, Scaini A, Manzoni S (2019) Do alternative irrigation strategies for rice cultivation decrease water footprints at the cost of long-term soil health?, Environmental Research Letters

Ruiz-Pérez G, Launiainen S, Vico G (2019), Role of plant traits in photosynthesis and thermal damage avoidance under warmer and drier climates in boreal forests. Forests, 10, 398

Messori G, Ruiz-Pérez G, Manzoni S, Vico G (2019), Climate drivers of the terrestrial carbon cycle variability in Europe, Environmental Research Letters

Sutherlin CE, Brunsell NA, de Oliveira G, Crews TE, DeHaan LR, Vico G (2019), Contrasting physiological and environmental controls of evapotranspiration over Kernza perennial crop, annual crops and C4 and mixed C3/C4 grasslands, Sustainability, 11(6), 1640

Vico G, Way DA, Hurry V, Manzoni S (2019), Can leaf net CO2 assimilation acclimate to keep up with warmer and more variable temperatures?, Plant, Cell & Environment, in press

Feng X, Ackerly D, Dawson T, Manzoni S, McLaughlin B, Skelton R, Vico G, Weitz A, Thompson S (2019), Beyond isohydricity: the role of environmental variability on plant drought responses, Plant, Cell & Environment, 42, 1104-1111

Manzoni S, Čapek P, Porada P, Thurner M, Winterdahl M, Beer C, Brüchert V, Frouz J, Herrmann AM, Lindahl BD, Lyon SW, Šantrůčková H, Vico G, Way DA (2018), Carbon use efficiency from organisms to ecosystems – A synthesis of definitions, theories, and empirical evidence, Biogeosciences, 15, 5929-5949

Feng X, Ackerly D, Dawson T, Manzoni S, Skelton R, Vico G, Thompson SE (2018), The ecohydrological context of drought and classification of plant responses, Ecology Letters, 21(11), 1723-1736

Vico G., Brunsell N.A. (2018) Tradeoffs between water requirements and yield stability in annual vs. perennial crops, Advances in Water Resources, 112,189-202

Bommarco R, Vico G, Hallin S (2018), Exploiting ecosystem services in agriculture for increased food security, Global Food Security, 17, 57-63

Menegat A, Milberg P, Nilsson A, Andersson L, Vico G (2018) Soil moisture and temperature during reproductive growth control seed dormancy in Alopecurus myosuroides Huds., Ecology and Evolution, 7186–7194

Manfreda S, McCabe MF, Miller PE, Lucas R, Madrigal VP, Mallinis G, Ben Dor E, Helman D, Estes L, Ciraolo G, Müllerová J, Tauro F, de Lima MI , de Lima JLPM, Maltese A, Frances F, Caylor K, Kohv M, Perks M., Ruiz-Pérez G, Su Z, Vico G, Toth B, On the use of unmanned aerial systems for environmental monitoring, Remote Sensing, 10, 641

Vico G., Dralle D., Feng X., Thompson S. E., Manzoni S. (2017) How competitive is drought deciduousness in tropical forests? A combined eco-hydrological and eco-evolutionary approach, Environmental Research Letters, 12, 065006 [Click here for pdf]

Dralle D, Karst N, Müller M, Vico G, Thompson S (2017) Stochastic modelling of inter-annual variation of hydrologic variables, Geophysical Research Letters, 44(14),7285-7249

Breinl K, Di Baldassarre G, Girons Lopez M, Hagenlocher M, Vico G, Rutgersson A (2017) Can weather generation capture precipitation patterns across climates, spatial scales and under data scarcity?, Scientific Reports, 7, 5449 [Click here to get pdf]

St-Martin A., Vico G., Bergkvist G., Bommarco R. (2017) Diverse cropping systems enhanced yield but did not improve yield stability in a 52-year long experiment, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 247, 337-342

Most relevant older publications - see ResearcherID for the full list

Vico G., Manzoni S., Nkurunziza L., Murphy K., Weih M. (2016), Trade-offs between seed output and life span - A quantitative comparison of traits between annual and perennial congeneric species, New Phytologist, 209(1): 104-114

Marquardt K., Vico G., Eksvärd K., Glynn C., Dalin, P., Björkman C., Weih M. (2016), Farmer perspectives on introducing perennial cereal in Swedish farming systems: A sustainability analysis of plant traits, farm management, and ecological implications, Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 40(5), 432-450 

Vico G., Thompson S.E., Manzoni S., Molini A., Albertson J.D., Cortez J.A., Fay P.A, Feng X., Guswa A., Liu H., Wilson T.G., Porporato A (2015), Climatic, ecophysiological and phenological controls on plant ecohydrological strategies in seasonally dry ecosystems, Ecohydrology, 8(4), 660-681

Vico G., Hurry V., Weih M. (2014), Snowed in for survival: quantifying the risk of winter damage to overwintering crops in northern temperate latitudes, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 197, 65-75

Manzoni S., Vico G, Katul G., Palmroth S., Porporato A. (2014), Optimal plant water-use strategies under stochastic rainfall, Water Resources Research, 50(7), 5379-5394

Vico G., Manzoni S., Palmroth S., Weih M., Katul G. (2013), A perspective on optimal leaf stomatal conductance under CO2 and light co-limitations, Agricultural Forest Meteorology, 182-183,191-199

Manzoni S., Vico G., Palmroth S., Porporato A., Katul G. (2013), Optimization of stomatal conductance for maximum carbon gain under dynamic soil moisture, Advances in Water Resources, 62,90-105

Vico G., and Porporato A. (2013), Probabilistic description of crop development and irrigation water requirements with stochastic rainfall, Water Resources Research, 49(3), 1466-1482

Palmroth S., Katul G.G., Maier C.A., Ward E., Manzoni S., Vico G. (2013), On the complementary relationship between marginal nitrogen and water use efficiencies among Pinus taeda leaves grown under ambient and enriched CO2 environments, Annals of Botany, 111( 3), 467-477 

Manzoni S., Vico G., Porporato A., Katul G.G. (2013), Biological constraints on water transport in the soil-plant-atmosphere system, Advances in Water Resources, 51, 292-304 

Vico G., Manzoni S., Palmroth S., and G.G. Katul (2011), Effects of stomatal delays on the economics of leaf gas exchange under intermittent light, New Phytologist, 192( 3), 640-652

Vico G., and A. Porporato (2011), From rainfed agriculture to stress-avoidance irrigation I. A generalized irrigation scheme with stochastic soil moisture, Advances in Water Resources, 34(2), 263-271

Vico G., and A. Porporato (2011), From rainfed agriculture to stress-avoidance irrigation II. Sustainability, crop yield, and profitability, Advances in Water Resources, 34(2), 272-281

Vico G. and A. Porporato (2010), Traditional and micro-irrigation with stochastic soil moisture, Water Resources Research, 46, W03509

Vico G., and A. Porporato (2008), Modelling C3 and C4 photosynthesis under-water stressed conditions, Plant and Soil, 313(1-2), 187-203

Porporato A., Vico G., and P.A. Fay (2006), Superstatistics of hydro-climatic fluctuations and interannual ecosystem productivity, Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L15402

Researcher, Associate Senior Lecturer at the Department of Crop Production Ecology; Plant Ecology Unit
Telephone: 018-671418
Postal address:
Inst för växtproduktionsekologi, Box 7043
750 07 UPPSALA
Visiting address: Ulls väg 16, Uppsala