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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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

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

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

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