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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Climate KIC Programme

Institutional area

Cnr Institute of biometeorology is partner of the 'Climate Smart Agriculture Booster', aimed at facing the increasingly negative impact of climate change on agriculture and achieving short term, medium and longer term agricultural development priorities

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

The Italian plant phenotyping landscape and the other international initiatives

Event from 05/09/2018 to 06/09/2018

Phen-Italy, in collaborazione con EMPHASIS e EPPN 2020, ha organizzato un Workshop, dedicato a 'Il paesaggio fenotipico vegetale italiano e le altre iniziative internazionali', che si svolgerà a Metaponto e Matera il 5-6 settembre 2018. L'evento è oraganizzato dal Dipartimento di scienze bio-agroalimentari del Cnr

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

Integrated Solutions for Mycotoxin Management

Event from 15/09/2018 to18/09/2018

This Conference, hosted jointly by Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), Hubei Academy of Agricultural Sciences (HAAS) and Chinese Society of Plant Protection (CSPP) will involve a wide range of mycotoxin management topics covering the whole food and feed chain

Horizon 2020 Projects

Institutional area

An overview of the Cnr-Dsb projects funded within the European programme Horizon 2020, devoted to agri-food sciences

2018 Short Term Mobility Programme

Institutional Area

The 2018 Short Term Mobility Programme, aimed at fostering international research cooperation among Cnr and international research institution, is now available.  Deadline for participation is July 31, 2018 

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

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