From Seed to Pasta III – A Sustainable Durum Wheat Chain For Food Security And Healthy Lives

Following the two previous editions of the international conference “From Seed to Pasta”, this third edition (FSTP3, Bologna, 19 -21 September 2018) is timely in view of the remarkable progress in durum wheat science and the increasing concern on the future availability of durum grain due to climate change, a matter with fundamental socio-economic implications in the Mediterranean countries where durum-derived products are a staple.

The interdisciplinary nature of the FSTP3 congress will provide a unique opportunity to learn and debate the latest achievements in durum wheat production and processing and to assess the impact of the durum-value chain on the environment and our health.

Roberto Ranieri, as moderator of the round table on the “Innovation in the durum wheat-pasta chain” (Session 7), will introduce the discussion with a “Short summary on the innovations of pasta value chain in the last 50 years”.

In the same Session:

  • Francesco Pantò (Barilla G. e R. F.lli spa, Italy) – “Pasta ready meal and pasta with legumes”;
  • Marina Mastromauro (Pastificio Attilio Mastromauro, Italy) – “Nutritional and healthy pasta claims”;
  • Pasquale Casillo (Casillo Group, Italy) – “Effect of the patent “Gluten Friendly” on pasta”;
  • Luciano Mondardini(Pavan – Italy) – “High tech pilot tool for researchers to investigate ingredients and pasta performances under industrial conditions”;
  • Valeria Terzi (CREA, Italy) – “Traceability of the pasta supply chain”

More details available online. Preliminary program

Bio2 will attend the “Festival Cittaslow dedicated to biodiversity”

Bio2 will attend the event “Cittaslow Festival dedicated to Biodiversity”, which will be held at Felina di Castelnovo ne Monti, RE (27-29 July 2018).

On Saturday 28th morning at 10 am, the Bio2 project will be introduced, with the presentation “Bio2: ancient grains and mixtures, an opportunity for the Apennines”.

Open Fields, Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard, Molino Grassi with Silvio Grassi and the two local farms partners of the project, Bismantova and Angus, will attend the event, and will debate on the first results of the project and the two years of experimentation. Finally, there will be a tasting of products made with flours obtained from Bio2 ancient grains and mixtures.

The Festival has been dedicated to the theme of Biodiversity since last year, and this year’s edition intends to deepen specifically the biodiversity of cereals, with the aim of enhancing the production of cereals with biological methods, the rediscovery of different genotypes of ancient grains and the production of different traditional varieties.

More information at the website link and in the leaflet.

Lactic Acid Fermentation as Means of Nutritional Improvement. Marco Spaggiari at ICWL18

On Open Fields’ YouTube channel you can find the presentation on ”Lactic Acid Fermentation of Triticum Turgidum Subsp. Turanicum Bran as Means of Nutritional Improvement” during the third session of the 1st International Conference of Wheat Landraces for Healthy Food Systems in Bologna, Italy (13-15 June 2018).

Open Fields cooperates with the Department of Food and Drug of the University of Parma in a PhD project which aims to characterize the co-products deriving from the first processing industry of wheat, maize and rice to meet the needs of the cereal industry to increase sustainability and competitiveness of the agro-food chain.

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”.

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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.

Visits to the experimental fields of the Bio2 project – 2nd year of experimentation

Tuesday, June 12th the event: “VISITS TO EXPERIMENTAL FIELDS OF BIO2”, was held at Bismantova Farm (Castelnovo Monti, RE).

Before visiting the small and big plots, the agronomical, chemical and nutritional results of the first year of experimentation were presented to the participants and an update on the progress of the second year of experimentation was shared.

The agronomic results were presented by Cristina Piazza, Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard, and by Prof. Salvatore Ceccarelli.

Prof. Chiara Dall’Asta and Margherita Dall’Asta, Department of Food and Drug, University of Parma, presented the first results of the chemical and nutritional analysis on wheat, flour and breads made during the first year of experimentation.

The event was attended by Dr. Antonio Lo Fiego from the Arcoiris (Arcoiris, organic and biodynamic seeds company)and the Mayor of Castelnovo Monti, Enrico Bini.

Afterwards, the gronomist of the Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard guided visitors through the experimental fields describing the Triticum ancient species and historical varieties sown in purity and mixes.

We would remind you that Monday, June 18th, the visits to the experimental fields of the projects SOiLUTION and BIO2, will be held at Il Cielo di Strela farm (Strela di compiano, PR) and then at Angus farm (Compiano, PR). We look forward to seeing you all!

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The meeting, organized in collaboration by the National Academy of Agriculture and Academy Italian Cuisine – Bologna Delegation of Bentivoglio, has focused the attention on the productive, nutritional and historical values of two of the excellence of the “Made in Italy” agri-food sector.

In the afternoon of Wednesday, May 30th, at Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio in Bologna, the conference “Bread and pasta the value of the grains” was held, the second meeting of “I mercoledì dell’Archignnasio”, a series of conferences dedicated to Italian food and wine excellences. The meeting was inaugurated by the greetings of Prof. Giorgio Cantelli Forti, President of the National Academy of Agriculture, and Prof. Rosanna Scipioni, Deputy Managing of the Italian Academy of Cooking – Bologna Delegation of Bentivoglio.

Roberto Ranieri, as invited speaker, with the presentation “Value of the product”, provided important numbers on pasta and bread: “In Italy we consume 24 kg/year per capita of pasta and about 60 kg/year per capita of bread, focaccia and pizzas from artisan ovens. Italians consume almost 100 kg/year of durum wheat and common wheat products. In Italy pasta consumption is decreasing, while abroad and especially in Africa it is increasing, but this may not be bad for national production. Italy proposes itself as a skilled transformer of raw materials into food considered Italy’s strengths world-wide. Today, consumers are focusing on consumption of soups and cereals, but some types of pasta are meeting a great interest, as, for example, organic products, gluten-free or “premium” products.