Final AMicoGrano conference

The final conference of “AMicoGrano” project was a great success. The project aimed at studying the mycotoxin contamination in ancient and modern varieties of durum wheat (Triticum turgidum var. durum Desf.), soft wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and ancient species (Triticum monococcum L., Triticum turgidum var. dicoccum L., Triticum spelta L.), grown under conventional and organic farming techniques to identify varieties showing higher adaptability and fusarium head blight resistance under organic farming conditions.

Find the presentation given by the project’s partners (only in Italian) in the “documents” section.

Final AMicoGrano conference

The final conference of the “AMicoGrano” project will be held on November 26th 2015 at the Santa Elisabetta centre (Parma University Campus). AMicoGrano project was funded by Regione Emilia Romagna (bando zona sisma 2013) and cofunded by Open Fields srl. During the conference – organized by Open Fields and the Dept. of Food Science of Parma University – the results achieved by the project will be illustrated and discussed by the project partners. The welcome speech will be given by the University Rector Loris Borghi, followed by Simona Caselli – Councillor for Agriculture of Emilia Romagna Region – who will focus on research policy. More talks about research in agriculture by Paola Battilani (University of Piacenza) and Marina Carcea (Aistec), and on business perspectives of ancient grains by Silvio Grassi (Molino Grassi), will pave the way for an interesting discussion.
Download the program here. Don’t miss the conference!!

Amicograno: guided visit to the experimental fields

For the second year, it was organized a guided visit at the experimental fields of the project Amicograno. The project is studying the impact of mycotoxins on modern and ancient grains grown under organic and conventional farming. The other project partners, co-financed by Open Fields, are Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard (PR), Capponcelli Mauro farm (San Giovanni in Persiceto, BO) and the Department of Food Science , University of Parma.
The field trip, held on 5th june at the “Azienda agraria Sperimentale” in Parma, was guided by Dr. Cristina Piazza (Stuard) and Dr. Antonio Rossetti (Open Fields) who explained the project objectives and showed the plots with modern and ancient grains.

Amicograno: guided visit to the experimental fields

On June 3rd a guided visit took place at the experimental fields of the project Amicograno, located at the Azienda Agraria Stuard . The project is studying the impact of mycotoxins on modern and ancient grains grown under organic and conventional farming. The other project partners, co-financed by Open Fields, are Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard (PR), Capponcelli Mauro farm (San Giovanni in Persiceto, BO) and the Department of Food Science , University of Parma.

The field trip was guided by Dr. Cristina Piazza from Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard who explained the project objectives and showed the plots where ancient grains are now ripening. Participants from universities and private companies saw the different agronomic characteristics of cultivated ancient grains and in particular the effect of traditional and organic land management in ancient grains growth and disease development. It was also possible to spot the first symtoms caused by artificial inoculums of Fusarium graminearum.

AMicoGrano: a new project on cereals coordinated by Open Fields

Amicograno project started in October 2013. The two years project is funded by Emilia Romagna Region (Call 49 – 2013 Zona Sisma – Studio e ricerca settore Vegetale) and co-financed by Open Fields srl. The other project partners are Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard (PR), Capponcelli Mauro farm (San Giovanni in Persiceto, BO) and the Department of Food Science , University of Parma, to which the scientific supervisor Dr. Gianni Galaverna belongs.

Below some pictures taken during the visits of one of our experimental fields.

The project will study the impact of mycotoxins on modern and ancient grains grown under organic and conventional farming. The aim is to improve the safety of cereal production, maintaining the biodiversity and environmental sustainability in the Emilia- Romagna region. To achieve this objective, the project aims to carry out a thorough study of the contamination by deoxynivalenol (DON) in ancient and modern varieties of wheat and durum wheat and Spelt cultivated both in conventional and organic farming, in order to identify varieties that show adaptability and resistance to Fusarium graminearum.
Different field visits will be organized in the end of May 2014 and 2015 to disseminate the project advancements.