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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RemTech Expo, Ferrara (IT)

Event, September, 20th-21st-22nd 2017

RemTech is the most specialized event in Italy on contaminated sites remediation and territory protection and requalification. Its target audience is a qualified and diversified community, comprising private companies, public bodies, universities and research centres, associations, professionals, industry, oil sector and real estate.The program focuses every year the most topical and interesting themes: regulatory evolution, characterization, risk analysis, remediation technologies, research, innovation, monitoring, environmental controls, industry, sustainability. RemTech will be crown by the participation of foreign delegations, composed by buyers and key interlocutors interested in starting business relationships with the exhibitors, through exclusive B2B meetings, and by the assignment of the M.Sc. and Ph.D. Awards, and the Special Awards.

Ferrara,  Fiere Congressi - Via della Fiera 11, 44124 Ferrara

TECO Project 2014 - 2018

Call for proposals

The project TECO has been approved within the EU cross action with India dedicated to support research and innovation partnership- The impact of industrial development on the environment has been often severe and many times dramatically destructive. Today the most advanced technologies based on a better understanding of natural processes and the discovery of new materials and analytical techniques can help to recover critical situations linked to the overexploitation of natural resources, 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.

The Institute of Sciences of Food Production (Ispa-Cnr) is partner of the BiotecA project

News 14th March 2017

Food products such as bread, fresh pasta, wine, table olives, “pasta filata” type cheese and fish products represent the excellence of the agro-food sector in the Apulia region. With its institutional objectives of promoting research, innovation and technology transfer, ISPA is partner of the BiotecA project, aimed to the transfer of biotechnological solutions for the improvement of production processes in six typical agro-food sectors in Apulia

Mediterranean Germplasm Database: una collezione di dati di biodiversità

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

Walnuts and the First Forest Farms: an AramcoWorld article


Combining genetic analysis with ethno-linguistic data, researchers from Purdue University in Indiana (USA) and  Italian National Research Council (Cnr) discovered a significant association between the genetic structure of walnut populations and the evolution of languages. The Ibaf-Cnr director, Angelo Massacci, explains that as well as undertakings like the walnut project, the group is working on others to “improve agroforest species’ tolerance to climate change.” This, he says, links the walnut project to the social importance of Cnr-ibaf’s research, funded by both universities and industries

Advanced fluorescence application in biotechnology & biology

Event 03/05/2017

Institute of food science (Isa-Cnr), Via Roma 64 - 83100 Avellino, Italy. This workshop is aimed at students in master degree courses, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers who are working or planning to work in the field of protein interactions from a molecular and structural point of view both in vitro and in vivo. Participants will familiarize with fluorescence theory as well as fluorescence techniques to the study of protein-protein interactions (PPIs) and protein-small molecule interactions