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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The era of digital agriculture

Article 11/08/2022

The impulse toward a more extensive introduction of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in agriculture is currently experiencing momentum. A process of digital transformation has potential benefits for both producers and consumers, however, pushing technological solutions into a rural context raises several challenges (Bacco 2019). Smart Farming and Digital Agriculture are the expressions most commonly used to refer to this transformation. The European Union (EU) has asserted that the most relevant technologies and techniques in this sector are satellite imagery, agricultural robots, and sensor nodes for data collection (Newsletter Cnr-Isti, June 2022)


Institutional area

Cnr-Isa is amongst the research partners of 'Stance4Health', a project funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 with tha aim of developing a complete Smart Personalized Nutrition (SPN) service based on the use of mobile technologies as well as tailored food production that will optimize the gut microbiota activity and long-term consumer engagement

Mediterranean Germplasm Database

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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

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

Horizon 2020 Projects

Institutional area

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