It was founded in 2001, following the merger of the Plant Biosynthesis Institute and the Animal Germplasm Conservation and Defence Institute of Milan, and the Soil Microbiology Centre of Pisa.
Today, the Institute of Agricultural Biology and Biotechnology of the CNR, belonging to the Department of Biology, Agriculture and Food Sciences, is headquartered in Milan and has three other operating research facilities located respectively in Lodi, Pisa and Rome.
The four branches of the Institute carry out diversified but complementary research activities and, inspired by five key concepts, outline as many lines of research that are developed on common objectives:
He is the contact person for the experimental and administrative activities of the Institute of which he is the representative both within the CNR and externally in the contacts with Institutions, Universities, Local Bodies, Companies.
He is responsible for the results of the activity carried out by the Institute, for consistency with the mission and with the planning programmes for the research, for the adequacy and proper functioning of the instrumental equipment. He adopts the necessary acts of competence of the Institute in compliance with the regulations of the institution.
From 1 July 2020 the IBBA Director is Dr. Aldo Ceriotti.
The representative body of the internal scientific community, collaborates and assists the Director in formulating proposals for the improvement of the performance of experimental activities, with a view to improving the quality of research and the development of new skills. It expresses a periodic opinion on the progress of the activities and their relevance to the mission of the Institute, also through the preparation of the management plan and the performance annual report.
From 30 April 2020 the members of the Institute Council are: Ariano Enrico, Castiglioni Bianca, Iannelli Adelaide, Mattana Monica, Morello Laura, Pucci Laura, Sparvoli Francesca.