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The scientific expertise of this department mainly concerns production networks for grains, vegetables, fruit (including citrus), and flowers.
The Departmentís activities aim at safeguarding and preserving plant species and protecting them from external factors, whether environmental or resulting from human activity.
Particular attention is paid to innovating traditional cultivation techniques and improving the quality of production networks which make use of the latest genetic techniques.

Main areas of research and experimentation:

  • improving genetic aspects for the creation and distribution of new varieties, with improved characteristics appropriate to the different pedo-climatic conditions;

  • studying innovative methods inspired by the use of advanced biotechnology (molecular breeding, in vitro cultivation) alongside traditional methods;

  • maintaining and expanding the germplasm collections, including the Centro Nazionale del Germoplasma Frutticolo (National Fruit-growing Germplasm Center);

  • characterizing and optimizing plant biodiversity;

  • optimizing flower cultivation networks through the introduction of new germplasm, and breeding plants for specific purposes (new ornamental varieties for use as cut or potted flowers, for environmental reconstruction, or urban and rural landscaping);

  • studying phenotypization and physiology through the development of methods in screening genotypes for their tolerance to abiotic stresses applicable to large numbers;

  • studying the interaction between plants and pathogens, epidemiology and characterizing populations of pathogenic organisms through traditional methods and molecular biology, for the fight against disease;

  • identifying useful methods for diagnosing and preventing disease; studying and validating appropriate techniques and treatments in minimizing phytopharmaceutical residue in products and the environment, including techniques in renewing the production of certified propagation materials free of pathogens, which aim at defending cultivation in terms of conventional, integrated, and biological production methods;

  • evaluating the characteristics of raw materials produced, also in order to identify as many substances of qualitative-nutritional value as possible; and verifying their reactions during the process of transformation;

  • increasing proficiency in the sectors of structural and functional genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics in order to increase knowledge on the structure and function of genes and their products, thus being able to better apply molecular biology techniques and improve food safety, product quality, and the traceability of production processes, for the purpose of innovating products and processes;

  • optimizing agronomic production management;

  • biological agriculture.

List of Research Centres and Units related to the Department
(CRA-ORT)
Cereal Research Centre (CRA-CER)

Fruit Tree Research Centre

(CRA-FRU)

Genomics Research Centre (CRA-GPG)
Plant Pathology Research Center (CRA-PAV)
(CRA-ACM)
(CRA-SCS)
Research Unit for the Recovery and the Exploitation of Mediterranean Flower Species (CRA-SFM)
CREA-VIV - Landscaping Plants and Nursery Research Unit, Pescia (PT), ITALY (CRA-VIV)
(CRA-FSO)
Fruit Tree Research Unit of Caserta (CRA-FRC)
(CRA-FRF)
Maize Research Unit (CRA-MAC)
Rice research unit (Vercelli) (CRA-RIS) (CRA-RIS)
Research unit for cereal selection in continental areas (CRA-SCV)
Research Unit for Cereal Quality (CRA-QCE) (CRA-QCE)
(CRA-CAT)
Research Unit for Vegetable Crops in Central Areas (CRA-ORA)
CRA - Research Unit for Vegetable Crops (Montanaso Lombardo LODI) (CRA-ORL)

   
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