Crop productions

Research work in this sector is aimed at investigating primary and secondary metabolites involved in quality aspects of forage plants, as well as natural compounds possessing antinutritional, toxic, nutraceutical and pharmacological properties. Research topics include:

The main research target is identifying and characterizing genes of interest in forage and feed grain legumes through the use of model species (e.g. Medicago truncatula) and molecular and genetic engineering techniques. Our activities include:

The main research goal is improving the agronomic, economic, and environmental sustainability of cereal-forage cropping systems in the Po Valley. Fodder production and landscape preservation of Alpine environments are also addressed. Research topics include:

The main objectives are increasing the efficiency of breeding methods and genetic resource utilization, and selecting forage and feed grain legume varieties with improved stress tolerance, quality and adaptation to Italian environments. Our activities comprise: