Biology, agriculture and food sciences

The Cnr Department of Biology, Agriculture and Food Science carries out research and promotes innovation in all fields related to agriculture and food science. Research activities are focused on biology and biotechnology, food and sustainable agriculture, with the aim of developing innovative and technological solutions and providing, both to public and private, high-tech services such as characterization and conservation of animal and plant genetic resource, productions’ certification and traceability, sensory analyses and/or analyses of food’s contaminants and allergens, genetic improvement of animal and plant species, plant health diagnosis and agrometeorological previsions for high-precision agriculture. 

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Integrated preventive actions to avoid mycotoxins in malting and brewing

Event 23th-24th May 2018

The first MycoKey Technological Workshop will be held in Helsinki, Finland on May 23-24, 2018, and which will be hosted by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. The theme of the event is "Integrated preventive actions to avoid mycotoxins in malting and brewing". Contamination of cereals by various toxigenic fungi is a serious global concern. Recognising, understanding, and managing toxigenic fungi and mycotoxin production require close cooperation and communication between different sectors along the food, beverage and feed production chain

Extracts from plants to defeat headache

Press release 23/01/2018

It emerges from a study on plant remedies used in Italian folk medicine between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries conducted by researchers at the Institute for Agricultural and Forest Systems in the Mediterranean in collaboration with the Institute of Neurological Sciences of the National Research Council (CNR). In this work, about 42% of the plant-based treatments utilized by Italian folk medicine to heal headache seems to represent the continuity of the medical tradition over about two thousand years. The results were published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology

The 'New Scientist' reports the prediction by Cnr researchers of the invasion of the poisonous silver-cheeked toadfish in the Mediterranean Sea

News 17/01/2018

The 'New Scientist' internationalscience magazine has interviewed Gianpaolo Coro, researcher at the Institute of Information Science and Technologies 'Alessandro Faedo' (Isti-Cnr), about the dangerous and seemingly unstoppable invasion of the Mediterranean Sea by the silver-cheeked toadfish Lagocephalus sceleratus. A scientific paper on this topic is under publication on the "Ecological Modelling" Journal (Elsevier)

3rd Plant Biology Europe conference

Event 18th-21st Jun 2018

The 3rd Plant Biology Europe conference, which takes place June 18th- 21st, 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Plant Biology Europe (PBE) is jointly organized by the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) and the Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology (FESPB) with the aim to create a European venue for the latest developments within plant biology research and technology

Plant phenotyping is a priority for the european research

Video dec 2017

The European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructure (Esfri) has identified “Plant Phenotyping” as a priority for the European research area and Emphasis (European Infrastructure for Multi-scale Plant Phenotyping And Simulation for Food and Security in Changing Climate ) has been listed on the Esfri Roadmap as an infrastructure project to develop and implement a pan-European plant phenotyping infrastructure

1st Joint AgroSpace-MELiSSA Workshop

Event, 16th-18th May 2018

The Workshop will highlight the research and development activity performed in the various matters related to regenerative systems and foster the collaboration and matching between researchers, companies, public administrations and experts

Mediterranean Germplasm Database

Institutional area

The Mediterranean Germplasm Database is the reference database for the agro-food plant germplasm collection stored at the Istitute of Biosciences and Bioresources (IBBR) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in Bari, Italy

TECO Project 2014 - 2018

Call for proposals

TECO project is funded by the European Union - Delegation of the European Union to India in collaboration with the EuropeAid Cooperation Office - and is dedicated to the implementation of EU-India exchange of experts and innovators in the field of technological eco-innovation applied to the pollution of soils and waters and to the improvement of their quality.The project is coordinated by CNR (National Research Council, Italy) with the partnership of NEERI (National Environmental Engineering Research Insitute, India). TECO will be active from December 2014 to December 2018

1st European Congress on Photosynthesis Research ePS-1

Event 25th-28th Jun 2018

This conference series is intended to run every four years, two years after the International Congress on Photosynthesis Research. It thus bridges the gap in the four year schedule for the international meeting. ePS-1, like the international photosynthesis congress, is organized under the auspices of the International Society for Photosynthesis Research.

Jellyfish: Disgusting? Useful!

News 08/11/2017

Ispa-Cnr participates in European research project on the use of jellyfish blooms as solutions for producing new products. Researcher Antonella Leone and her team  will study, in particular, biochemical, nutraceutical, microbiological and nutritional features of Mediterranean and European jellyfish for their possible exploitation as food or food ingredient or source of bioactive compounds

BEFORE. Bioresources For Oliviculture

Institutional area

The project aims at establishing a multi-lateral network of research and innovation staff active in olive germplasm access, conservation, evaluation and exploitation, strengthening research capacities through the exchange of knowledge and expertise on a shared research programme focused on developing integrated common protocols to phenotype and characterize plants at molecular, morphological and physiological level, and evaluating the olive oil quality related to varieties.