Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA)

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The Council for Agricultural Research and Economics recently changed its name into Council for Agricultural Research and Agricultural Economics Analysis (CREA), the largest public research institute on agriculture in Italy, supervised by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture.
The team will be constituted by Marcello Donatelli (Research Director, expert on biophysical systems modelling, targeted at evaluating management options to improve agro-ecosystems sustainability), Luisa Manici (senior researcher, specialist in plant pathology and soil microbiology), Gianni Fila (researcher, with an expertise in crop modelling and software development), Enzo Perri (Research Director, specialist in on olive growing, olive oil quality, genotype identification by biochemical and molecular methods, analytical chemistry, sensory analysis of olive oils, food safety and quality by mass spectrometry, chemiometry), Samanta Zelasco (researcher, specialist in olive genetics, molecular biology, genomic, molecular fingerprinting and cultural practices), Cinzia Benincasa (researcher, expert in olive oil chemistry, metabolomics and mass spectrometry) and Veronica Vizzarri (researcher, expert in olive diseases control).
This team belongs to different research units, namely CREA-CIN, which will carry out modelling and software development activities and CREA-OLI, which will be involved in olive tree management practices, olive eco-physiology olive quality. Having CREA a leading role in the BioMA initiative and access to high-resolution, Europe-wide databases (land use, soil, climate), its participation will be fundamental for improving olive production systems modelling, to assess climate change impact on olive production. Models predictive ability will be extended also by including components to simulate relationships between olive and olive fruit fly (WP2). Moreover, CREA owns a large olive germplasm collection (>600 cultivars) with related historical observations (phenology, quality), and advanced laboratory facilities for chemical analysis, molecular biology, quality assessment and olive post-harvest processing. . Finally, CREA team has a wide experience and relevant infrastructures in dissemination projects activities.
Due to its expertise and skills, CREA team will lead WP5 (Communication and dissemination) and six key tasks, namely Task 1.3 (identification of environmental indicators), 2.2 (modelling quality characteristics of olive), 3.2 (stakeholder consultation), 4.3 (identification of feasible improved management practices), 5.1 and 5.2 (Communication plan and dissemination activities). The main activities where CREA team will be involved are the definition of environmental indicator list, model calibration and integration, stakeholder consultation, identification of barriers/incentives management practices, communication and dissemination.
LITERATURE
● Donatelli, M., Srivastava, A.K., Duveiller, G., Niemeyer, S., Fanchini, D.
Climate change impact and potential adaptation strategies under alternate realizations of climate scenarios for three major crops in Europe
Environmental Research Letters (10(7)), 075005 (2015) http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/10/7/075005/meta;jsessionid=F6A93E3AA187208BD65863F700F7FBFC.c1
● Manici L .M., Bregaglio S., Fumagalli D., Donatelli M.
Modelling soil borne fungal pathogens of arable crops under climate change
International Journal of Biometeorology (58), 2071-2083 (2014)
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00484-014-0808-6
● Holzworth D.P., Snow V., Janssen S., Athanasiadis I.N., Donatelli M., Hoogenboom G., White J.W., Thorburn P.
Agricultural production systems modelling and software: Current status and future prospects Environmental Modelling & Software (in press), (2015) dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.12.013
● BDel Coco L., Perri E., Cesari G., Muzzalupo I., Zelasco S., Simeone V. , Schena F.P., Fanizzi F.P NMR-based metabolomic approach for EVOO from secular olive trees of Apulia region
Eur. J. Lipid Sci. Technol. (115(9)), 1043-1052 (2013)
DOI: 10.1002/ejlt.201300160
● Rosati A., Paoletti A., Caporali S., Perri E.
The role of tree architecture in super high density olive orchards Scientia Horticulturae (161), 24-29 (2013)