Agricultural biotechnology for nutrition quality of food crops in different agro-climate scenario. Challenges and perspectives in potato and cereal crops
CREA Research Centre for Cereal and Industrial Crops is the Coordinator of EoI 967. CREA, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, is a National Research Organization which operates under supervision of the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry with general scientific competence within the fields of agriculture, agroindustry, economics, food, fishery and forestry. CREA is the leading Italian research organization dedicated to agri-food supply chains, and its expert scientific coverage also reaches agro-industrial and nutritional sectors, up to the socio-economic field. Research Centre for Cereal and Industrial Crops, through a multidisciplinary approach (genetics, agronomy, physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, pathology) is focused on cereals’ and industrial crops’ supply- chains, with applications in human nutrition, animal feeding and no-food. The researches are focused at: understanding, taking advantages of the opportunities from the new sciences (genomics, metabolomics, Big data), the mechanisms underlying crop production; transforming the scientific knowledge in innovative tools for breeding programs and sustainable production in cereals and industrial systems and chains; transferring research outcomes and technologies (third mission activities) to the stakeholders, improving the competitivity of the agro-industrial chain. The Centre maintains and characterizes a big germplasm collection, and its mission comprises also preservation, characterization and management of biodiversity.
It is leader in genetics, breeding and variety selection, agronomy of different cereal (e.g. wheat and maize), agro-industrial crops (e.g. Potato and Brassicaceae) and products, with attention to the aspects related to the resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses, the sustainability of cultivation and the quality of products.
Taking advantage of diversity within potato, wheat and other cereal germplasm, with a diversified and/or improved content of secondary metabolites and nutraceutical properties, the nutritional value of potato and cereal-derived products will be assessed using a multidisciplinary approach. The lab of Nutrigenomics of UniMI, offers infrastructures and facilities for in vivo and in vitro experiments to test nutrigenomics implications of plant derived bioactive biocompounds in murine and cell model systems; CREA- Centre for Engineering and Agro-Food Processing has facilities for testing post-harvest new quality processing pipelines and chromatographic, physiochemical and non-destructive measurements. CREA- Centre for Food and Nutrition makes available harmonized database on food consumption data-entry and analysis.
EoI 967 (CLIMAQUALITEC) is involved in WP1 (task 1.1, 1.2), WP2 (task 2.1, 2.2, 2.3), WP3 (task 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4), WP4 (task 4.1,4.2,4.3) and WP6 of the SYSTEMIC project.
Position: Senior Researcher
De Vita Pasquale
Position: Senior Researcher
Ficco Donatella Bianca Maria
Email: roberta.paris @crea.gov.it
Position: Full Professor