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.

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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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ALL BREAD AND PASTA NUMBERS IN ITALY

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.

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Visits to the experimental fields of BIO2 and SOiLUTION projects

On June 12th and 18th, the experimental fields of the Innovation project BIO2 and SOiLTION will be shown to all interested people.

Tuesday, June 12th the event will be held at Bismantova farm (Castelnovo Ne’Monti, RE), where the results of BIO2 first year of experimentation will be presented.

On Monday, 18th June the visits to the experimental fields of SOiLUTION and BIO2 projects will take place at Il Cielo di Strela farm (Strela di Compiano, PR), where the two projects will be illustrated and the experimental fields of SOiLUTION will be visited, and at Angus farm (Compiano, PR – Bio2 project).

More details in the schedule of the events.

Bio2 will participate at the Organic and Local product Festival

Next Sunday 27th May, the Organic and Local Product Festival will be held at Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard. The event, organized by FederBio in collaboration with Stuard, is dedicated to the presentation of the most relevant realities of our territory both as certified organic producers, and for those that represent innovation and speciality in the agri-food sector.

The event will start at 9.00 am; for the entire day the market of producers will be set up, enriched with dissemination activities and conferences dedicated to the highlight of the benefits of the organic farming and the promotion of organic and local producers.

As described in the schedule, the Bio2 project will be presented and the official video of the project will be shown to all the participants.

The lunch will be made by the producers themselves and the bread made with the flour of the Bio2 project will be distributed for the creation of the picnic.

We look forward to seeing you all!

EIP-AGRI Workshop “Make innovation in agriculture. The experience of the EIP Operational Groups in Emilia-Romagna”

Last Wednesday, 11th April in Brussels Open Fields with the Bio2 project participated at the workshop “Make innovation in agriculture. The experience of the EIP Operational Groups in Emilia-Romagna”.
The Emilia-Romagna Region allocated 50 million euros for innovation: 93 Operational Groups were activated after the first two calls, with projects involving 250 different subjects. An exemplary application of the European Innovation Partnership in Emilia-Romagna.
In the Operational Groups created in Emilia-Romagna farmers, researchers, universities and companies collaborate for common challenges: production chains, climate change, new plant diseases, water efficiency, precision techniques, soil quality and organic matter, organic and peri-urban agriculture, animal welfare, antibiotic free, organic waste recovery and many other specific subjects. The aim of their collaboration in the Operational Groups is the improvement, through innovation, of the production and competitiveness of our companies and the income of farmers.

“The investment effort that makes Emilia-Romagna Region the European leader in innovation in agriculture and in the commitment to foster the dialogue between research and business is a model to follow – said Paolo De Castro, vice president of the Agriculture Commission at the European Parliament. The operational groups make possible an alliance between agriculture and research, and that is the key for a sustainable agriculture”.

On the website of the Emilia-Romagna region you can find the the press release on the role of operational groups in the promotion of innovation and dialogue between research and agri-food companies; a summary report of the main evidences of the “Innovation in Agriculture” seminar is available.

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