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.