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Centro di competenza per linnovazione in campo agro-ambientale, University of Torino (UNITO/AGROINNOVA)

AGROINNOVA

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Via Leonardo da Vinci, 44
10095
Grugliasco
Italy
+390116708539
segreteria.gullino@unito.it
www.unito.it/agroinnova
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26-50

 

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Grazia Pagano (Project Manager)

Field of Activity


1. NATURAL SCIENCES
» Biology

3. FORENSIC SCIENCES
» Forensic technologies

4. HORIZONTAL ACTIVITIES
» Policy development
» Testing and validation

5. TECHNOLOGIES & MATERIALS
» Biotechnology

Core competencies

Established at the University of Torino in 2002, the Centre of Competence for the innovation in the agro-
environmental field, carries out basic and applied research, knowledge and technology transfer, life-long learning
and communication on up-to-date topics in the agro-environmental and agro-food sectors. It has several national
and international collaborations, with public Institutions and the private sector. The Centre possesses extensive
facilities including laboratories, experimental fields and greenhouses and hosts a National Certified laboratory for
Diagnostics of plant pathogens.
AGROINNOVA is located on the University Campus of Grugliasco (Turin) and has modern and well equipped
laboratories, greenhouses and experimental fields. Three University professors, more than 40 Ph.D. students, post-
doc fellows, consultants and technicians (with an average age of about 34 years, 40% of which are women; 20% are
coming from abroad), more than 40 ongoing research projects worldwide.
During the past years AGROINNOVA gained a broad expertise in the coordination of European projects as well as in
knowledge and technology transfer in countries with developing and emerging economies, such as China, India,
Morocco and Egypt. AGROINNOVA top’s organization consists of a President, a Director and a Scientific Council,
composed of Italian and foreign eminent researchers representing partner institutions as well as top managers from
Institutions and companies, having the important task to address the activities of AGROINNOVA and representing a
network that can easily interact in the realization of complex projects.
- The Plant Pathology Group (PPG) in Agroinnova has extensive experience in biology and epidemiology of plant
pathogens of economically important crops, such as Botrytis cinerea, Fusarium oxysporum, Plasmopara viticola,
Phytophthora spp. as well in their management.
- The Plant Disease Management Group (PDMG) in Agroinnova is actively involved in disease management, by
adopting cultural, physical, biological and chemical measures. Another field of activity is related to the eradication
of seed-and soilborne pathogens and soil disinfestation.
- The Transfer of Technology Group (TOC) operates both at national and international level. At national level,
AGROINNOVA operates through its Phytopathological Diagnostic Centre and its Centre for Agrochemicals Efficacy
Evaluation. Internationally, AGROINNOVA is strongly involved in the transfer of technology in the field of sustainable
agriculture in countries such as China, India, Serbia, Morocco and Rumania.
- The Food safety group (FSG) in Agroinnova has experience in the mycotoxin risk analysis, management and
communication and works on the development of biocontrol agents and innovative control techniques against post-
harvest diseases.
- The Molecular Research Group (MRG) in Agroinnova has experience in DNA molecular marker technologies applied
to detection of plant pathogens and biocontrol agents, fungicide resistance, development of pathogen diagnostics,
risk analysis studies, development of counter measures against crop bioterrorism.

H2020 Research Focus

  • SU-DRS04-2019-2020: Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) cluster

RTD Experience

 Project CoordinatorProject PartnerProject Acronyms
FP7/H2020-SecurityPLANTFOODSEC
Other Security Research Projects • Tackling biosecurity between Europe and Asia: innovative
detection, containment and control tools of Invasive Alien
Species potentially affecting food production and trade,
Coordination (BIOSEC, EuropeAid/123-738/C/ACT/CA) Role:
Coordinator. Duration: three years (2007-2010)
• Crop and food biosecurity and provision of the means to
anticipate and tackle crop bioterrorism (CROP BIOTERROR FP6),
CA, Contract number: 6403. Role: Coordinator. Duration: three
years (2005-2008)
• NATO Collaborative Linkage Grant. Rif. 981631: Tools for
Crop Biosecurity. Nato Programme: Security through science.
Duration: two years (2007-2008)


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2012-05-24 / 2018-12-04