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Sustainable Development and Innovation of the Agro-Industrial System

One of ENEA’s important objectives is to operate for the development and innovation of the national agro-industrial production system. The aim is to obtain food products using competitive, sustainable, and energy-efficient processes. The focus is on the made-in-Italy agro-food, applying cross-disciplinary skills to the productive chain, and employing advanced facilities, technology platforms, and related service structures.

ENEA’s activities include basic research to advance the knowledge and the development and transfer of multi-sectoral enabling technologies aimed at strengthening industrial research. Methodologies, services, and systemic approaches are promoted in order to support innovation and competitiveness of enterprises in specific local contexts. Furthermore, ENEA carries out public-private initiatives through consortia and spin-offs.

In particular, ENEA's activities concern:

Green biotechnology:
  • Research, development, and technology transfer in the areas of genomics, metabolomics, cytogenomics of plants of agricultural interest, of microalgal and microbial biotechnology, and of metabolic and protein engineering;
  • Research, development, and technology transfer in the areas of microbial biodiversity, of traditional and in vitro plant breeding aimed at obtaining new plant varieties, and of biotic and abiotic stress control.
Sustainable management of agro-ecosystems:
  • Research, development, and technology transfer of innovative and integrated tools for the analysis, protection, improvement, and sustainable management of agricultural ecosystems;
  • Analysis of the impacts of energy production systems on agro-ecosystems and local biodiversity;
  • Development of approaches to favor the adaptation of agro-food plants and vulnerable ecosystems to environmental and climate change;
  • Promotion of measures for the sustainable use of agro-ecosystems and biodiversity.
Methods and reference materials for quality of chemical and biological measurements:
  • Development of Methods and Reference Materials (RM) for quality of chemical and biological measurements and certification of processes and products.
Innovation of the agro-industrial system:
  • Research, development, and transfer of processing technologies and innovative diagnostic methods aimed at improving food quality and safety;
  • Research and development of new raw materials, ingredients, and foodstuff in the area of "functional foods";
  • Research, development, and transfer of technologies and methodologies for the characterization, extraction, and purification of molecules of nutritional and industrial interest from plant and agro-industrial residues.

REFERENCE TECHNICAL UNIT

Sustainable Development and Agro-Industrial Innovation
Head: Massimo Iannetta
e-mail: massimo.iannetta@enea.it
utagri.enea.it/en