Research Activities - AAB PhD Course

Agriculture, Environment and Bioenergy PhD Course (AAB)
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Research activities
The research topics active in Agriculture, Environment and Bioenergy PhD Course include farming systems studies, forestry, livestock, crop biology, plant genetics, and energy based on a multidisciplinary approach. The integration of the main fields of agricultural science is essential in order to improve many aspects of agricultural production, food, and non-compliance with the conservation of natural resources and minimizing the environmental impact enhancing the waste recycling. The studies on crop production and animal sciences cover issues ranging from the molecular level up to the body and systemic approach, in close correlation with environmental issues. Technological approaches include the use of traditional methods (biological, chemical, physical, computing and engineering) integrated with innovative approaches "-omics" and systemic- to allow for the development of management models, even predictive.

Agricultural Engineering

  • Landscape planning and design
  • Environmental hydrological and Agricultural Hydraulics
  • Agricultural Mechanic Engineering
  • Farm automation and Agricultural processes engineering
  • Environmental Management Systems for husbandry farm (sustainable manure management)
  • Energy analysis in the food industry and advanced technologies for the food quality
  • Agricultural economy, agro-environmental and rural development policies, environmental economics


Modelling water requirements   Sustainable manure management    Agricultural machinery safety and ergonomics         Sensors and automation for biosystems

 Agricultural Genetics & Chemistry

  • Green chemistry: bioenergy, biorefinery, biomasses uses
  • Soil and Environment: soil chemistry, carbon sink, soil remediation
  • Genomics, genetic, biochemistry and physiology of:
    • a)  plant  mineral nutrition;
    • b) plant responses to low resources availability and to abiotic stresses
    • c) crop yield;
    • d) nutritional quality and safety of fruits  and grains; e) plant development
  • Transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics and ionomics approach to plant biology and crop production                      Microalgae reactor

   Renewable fertilizers                     Soil O.M. quality                     GWAs approach to rice salt tolerance            Plant reverse genetic

Regulatory developmental networks                Breeding of maize with high nutritional value                    Sentinel plants (bioindicators)

              Rice dongjin                                                           In Vitro Culture of Rice

      Root activities and plant yield                       Maize low phytate                              Plant system biology

Arboriculture, Agronomy, Archaeo Agronomy and Archaeometry

  • Cropping systems analysis and modelling
  • Agriculture-environment relationships
  • Quantification of the agro-environmental sustainability of crop production systems using agro-ecological indicator
  • Agroecology and landscape agronomy
  • Development of simulation models for the evaluation of management and climate scenarios
  • Tree fruit physiology and breeding: fruit quality and disease resistance
  • Rootstock breeding (drought/salt tolerance; fruit quality; low quality of soils)
  • Postharvest physiology and shelf-life of fruits and vegetable
  • Vegetable and flowers biology and breeding
  • Genotypes x environment interaction for viticultural suitability of a territory
  • Ancient rural landscape study
  • Archaeological excavations and surveysfor the study of production structures
  • Production and trade of foods in antiquity
  • Archeometry of ancient pottery
  • Analysis of residues in archaeological finds
  • Genetic study of ancient vines and comparison with modern varieties

Blueberry ripening stages                        Landscape agonomy                                                Cropping systems analysis
           Grapevine                 Genetic study of grapeseeds         Plum Pox Virus       Ethylène collection     Vegetable production under tunnel

Ancient and modern rural landscapes    Ancient wine production     Archaeometry of ancient pottery     Analysis of residues in archaeological finds

Animal Science

● Nutritive value of forages and feeds
● Influence of animal nutrition and feeding on environment and product quality. Agriculture-animal husbandry and biodiversity

● Environmental impact of animal production
● Animal husbandry
● Animal Molecular Cytogenetics, chromosomal anomalies, mammals sex determination process
● Embryology of domestic animal
● Farm management, milk quality and production, meat quality and production, farm environmental impact
● Multifactorial digestive disorders and productivity of rabbit farm

                                                  Animal manure management                                                                              Milk quality

      Chromosomal anomalies                           Epigenetic modification                                                             Metabolic chamber


  • Plant physiopatology and virology; resistance mechanisms
  • Phytoplasma detection and genetic diversity
  • Ultrastructural studies on plant-pathogen interactions: virus cytopathology and plant resistance
  • Induction of resistance against viruses and fungi by natural and synthetic compounds    
  • Bioactive phytochemicals relevant for human nutrition and health
  • Effects of elicitors on plant secondary metabolism  
  • Agroecosystems biodiversity
  • Applied geobotany, landscape ecology, environmental design, urban ecology
  • Biology of medicinal, unorthodox and native plants plant
  • Insects biology and evolution
  • Urban entomology        
  • Integrated pest control                                                                                    
  • Elicitor and phytochemical

               Flavescence dorée                             Safran quallity                      Ozone damages                               Insect evolution

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