Cereal and Industrial Crops
The Research Centre deals with cereal and industrial crop supply chains for food, feed and non-food applications, using a multidisciplinary approach. Focus is kept on valorization of productions through plant breeding and omics sciences, biodiversity preservation and exploitation.
European Project DROMAMED about to start
From the partnership and cooperation of CREA- Centre for Cereals and Indutrial Crops and Bologna University a project starts that gathers international expertizes fo the conservation of Maize.
A ridotto contenuto di sodio, ma gustoso come il tradizionale e buono per 90 giorni: dal CREA un nuovo tipo di pane iposodico di grano duro
Pubblicati sulla rivista “Foods” i risultati dell’innovativa ricerca
Biodiversità, il CREA unico partner italiano del progetto AGENT: al via Rete Ue delle banche dei semi
Costituire una rete europea di banche dei semi per una più efficiente gestione delle risorse genetiche, in grado di far fronte alle grandi sfide della nostra agricoltura, dai cambiamenti climatici, alla sostenibilità ambientale, alla sicurezza alimentare. Questo lo scopo del progetto europeo AGENT (Activated GEnebank NeTwork), a cui il CREA partecipa mettendo a disposizione una collezione di 1000 varietà di frumento tenero.
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The Three-Year Research Plan 2018-2020
The Three-Year Research Plan 2018-2020
CREA's three-year activities plan contains the ten-year strategic vision and operational planning of both the Body in general and the individual Research Centres in particular and is updated annually.
It is prepared by the Scientific Council, adopted by the Board of Directors and approved by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Tourism.
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The history of the Centre
The CREA – Cereal and Industrial Crop Research Centre consists of four locations and two laboratories spread across the national territory that originated at the beginning of the 20th century as Institutes of agricultural research and experimentation, created to keep and preserve specific crops. The current administrative headquarters of Foggia was established in 1919 as “Plant protection station of Apulia" with the task of preserving the wheat varieties released by Prof. Nazareno Strampelli. Today it is a national reference point for cereal research. To solve the problems of open field cultivations in hot dry climate, the Cereal Experimental Station of Catania was founded, whose activity is still mainly focused on durum wheat. It was established soon after the unification of Italy as “Agricultural Committee of the District of Acireale" which had its headquarters at the local former Convent of the Capuchin Friars. The Maize Experimental Station in Bergamo, established in 1920 thanks to the contribution of several local authorities and institutions, has historically contributed to the development of Italian maize breeding, with the release of varieties adapted to the national pedoclimatic conditions and, in the immediate post-war period, the introduction and adaptation of maize hybrids. In 1908 the Experimental Station for Rice and Irrigated Crop Research was set up in Vercelli at the initiative of “Association of farmers from Novara and Vercelli" and “Association for irrigation of the territory west of the river Sesia". From the city of Vercelli, in 1932 the activity moved to Cascina Boraso. The Research Centre for Industrial Crops based in Bologna originated in 1910 with the foundation of the Royal Experimental Station for Beet Cultivation in Rovigo that joined the Plant Breeding Institute for Cereal Crops in Bologna in 1968, giving rise to the Experimental Institute for Industrial Crops with branches in Osimo and Battipaglia. Historically, the mission of the Centre was “to undertake studies and research for the improvement of species and varieties of industrial crops and of their breeding techniques”. Part of the staff from what in 1895 was established as The Royal Experimental Institute for the cultivation of Tobacco in Scafati moved to the premises of CREA in Caserta, which today focuses its research activity on industrial crops.