Wheats&Women International conference and the Carlotta award 2018
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Carlotta Strampelli, countess Parisani (1868-1926), wife and inspiring collaborator of Nazareno Strampelli, the Accademia Nazionale delle Scienze and the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) have organized the Wheats & Women International Conference, which was held in Rome last June 14th and 15th 2018.
The Wheats & Women International Conference has been the ideal framework for the delivery of the first edition of the Carlotta Award, to honor achievements of women scientists in the field of wheat genetics and breeding.
The Conference has offered the opportunity to present and share the latest research experiences, new approaches and technologies in wheats research;to highlight “what” the sustainable wheat production problems are and “how” they can be solved; to celebrate the achievements of women working on wheat and related species.
Wheat varieties are going to face increasing challenges, including climate changes, production must be economically and ecologically sustainable, harvest must be safe and possess nutritional and technological qualities. Women are deeply engaged in this endeavor.
The Carlotta Award was awarded to Ksenia Krasileva, a young researcher at Norwich Research Park (UK) who distinguished herself for her scientific work “Wheat genomics and immunity“. A special mention was given to Anna Maria Mastrangelo, Italian researcher of Crea and to Julie King of the University of Nottingham. For the prize, 27 applications were submitted from 11 different countries and 3 continents.
Open Fields with Roberto Ranieri participated to the conference with a presentation on the “Market-Based Value Chains and Farming Technologies“, within the “Agriculture and 2030 Agenda (the future of farming)” session; aim of the presentation is to imagine what the future of the agro-food supply chains could be, starting from the present trends. The report was much appreciated by the audience, inspired questions and gave rise to a constructive exchange of opinions.
Visits to the experimental fields of the SOiLUTION and BIO2 projects
Today, June 18th 2018, the event “Visits of the experimental fields of SOiLUTION and BIO2 projects” was held at Compiano (PR).
Mario Marini, chef and owner of Azienda Agricola-Vitivinicola Biologica and Agriturismo “Il cielo di Strela”, partner of SOiLUTION, made and offered us a breakfast with delicious cakes made with the flour of the Bio2 project. Afterwards, Antonio Rossetti introduced the project; Agronomist Cristina Piazza (Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard) and Doct. Agronomist Marco Errani presented the results of the field trials carried out with the aim to introduce and adapt conservation agriculture practices (including cover crops) on farms located in hilly and mountain areas.
Lastly, Prof. Giacomo Zanni ( Consorzio Futuro in Ricerca (CFR)), illustrated the aims and objectives of action 3 of the project: to carry out a multi-criteria analysis of the results in order to assess the benefits achieved through the adoption of conservation agriculture practices.
After the presentation of the Bio2 project, we visited the experimental fields of “Il cielo di Strela” farm, and the small and big plots of the Bio2 project at “Angus” farm; finally, the owner Luca Marcora offered us a delicious lunch at his farmhouse “Le Carovane”.
Bio2 at the 1st International Conference of Wheat Landraces for healthy food system
Bologna, June 13-15, 2018. Bio2 participates at the 1st International Conference of Wheat Landraces for Healthy Food Systems, which brings together like-minded scientists to discuss the topics of landraces, including modern populations, ancient and heritage wheat with a focus on health and nutrition as well as natural flavors and aromas.
These scientists have recognized the many problems that many modern wheat varieties are causing and have been studying alternatives to this kind of modern wheat as well as current industrialized farming systems and high speed, high volume food processing models.
Researchers and expert scientists from research institutes, academia and industry have been invited to present their recent findings and visions about the research, development, processing of wheat landraces within 6 subject areas: wheat, production, processing, nutritional and medical considerations, economic and market perspective.
As part of the 1st International Conference of Wheat Landraces for Healthy Food Systems, the local host planned a field day to showcase a variety of wheat landraces, including those sent in by conference participants.
Here the poster of the BIO2 project presenting the first agronomic, nutritional and chemical results of the first year of experimentation.