Research

BIOCEL: Cell biology and plant development

This field of research aims to define how metabolic pathways and subcellular compartments act in an integrated way, both to regulate plant life and their response to environmental stresses, and to determine the accumulation of proteins and metabolites for food and human health. Part of these investigations are: 1) the identification of genes involved in determining the architecture, trafficking and metabolism of plant cell, also in response to external stimuli; 2) the characterization of the functional and physiological role of the encoded proteins. These studies are carried out through experimental approaches that use in vivo, in vitroand in silico models.

Projects

In progress

BIO-ECO "Bioeconomy”
Start date: 01/01/2020   End date: 31/12/2022

MIUR

Milano, Pisa, Roma
Anna Paola Casazza

Project duration:
01/01/2020 - 31/12/2022
Financing Body:
MIUR
Project research leader:
Anna Paola Casazza
Headquarters:
Milano, Pisa, Roma

BIO-ECO "Bioeconomy”


The BIO-ECO project, coordinated by the Department of Biology, Agriculture and Food Sciences of CNR, involves a multi-disciplinary team of researchers belonging to nine Institutes spread all over the country. IBBA activities cover:

  • efficient use of natural resources and improvement of photosynthesis / resistance and tolerance of crop plants to abiotic stress (WP2);
  • development and application of agricultural decision support systems (WP3);
  • production of bioactive molecules from plants, microbes and plant cell cultures (WP4);
  • aquatic freshwater plants and microalgae as alternative food sources (WP7).

Completed

PlanOVac - Plant-based bio-encapsulation strategies for oral veterinary vaccines
Start date: 01/03/2019   End date: 01/07/2019

IBISBA 1.0

Milano   Sito web

Emanuela Pedrazzini

Project duration:
01/03/2019 - 01/07/2019
Financing Body:
IBISBA 1.0
Project research leader:
Emanuela Pedrazzini
Headquarters:
Milano
Website :
Sito web

PlanOVac - Plant-based bio-encapsulation strategies for oral veterinary vaccines


The project involves optimization of strategies to encapsulate vaccine and drug using storage proteins from maize seeds (zeins) as scaffolds. Zeins are generally considered safe and can also provide adjuvant effects for vaccines.
VaTEP - Vacuolar Transport Equipment for Growth Regulation in Plant
Start date: 01/10/2006   End date: 30/09/2010

Unione Europea

Milano   Sito web

Emanuela Pedrazzini

Project duration:
01/10/2006 - 30/09/2010
Financing Body:
Unione Europea
Project research leader:
Emanuela Pedrazzini
Headquarters:
Milano
Website :
Sito web

VaTEP - Vacuolar Transport Equipment for Growth Regulation in Plant


The tonoplast (the membrane of the plant vacuole) plays a central role in plant growth and cellular homeostasis. The VaTEP research network has focused on the role of tonoplast channels and transporters to identify their specific functions with respect to plant development and growth processes. The studies were carried out in an interdisciplinary manner by the various participating groups, and particular attention was given to the training of young researchers.
Climate change: risk mitigation for sustainable development
Start date: 01/11/2019   End date: 31/12/2021

MIUR

Milano, Lodi, Pisa
Emanuela Pedrazzini

Project duration:
01/11/2019 - 31/12/2021
Financing Body:
MIUR
Project research leader:
Emanuela Pedrazzini
Headquarters:
Milano, Lodi, Pisa

Climate change: risk mitigation for sustainable development


The project includes:

  • Climate change impact on the sustainability and productivity of agricultural systems and adaptation strategies.
  • Use of genetic diversity of agricultural species for adaptation to climate change.
  • Production of new germplasm with enhanced drought tolerance, maintaining plant productivity and seed quality.
  •  The knowledge of the mechanisms involved in plant response to climate change will allow the development of strategies aimed at contrasting adverse environmental conditions.
  • Obtaining/identifying genotypes and genetic determinants for tolerance to abiotic (better water use efficiency, resistance to high temperatures) and nutritional (better nitrogen use efficiency) stresses.
  • Sustainability of farming systems and identification of genomic regions with an effect on adaptation in animals.
Synthesis and accumulation, in plant cells, of chimeric proteins for biotechnological uses
Start date: 31/03/2019   End date: 31/07/2019

Arterra Bioscience S.R.L.

Milano
Emanuela Pedrazzini

Project duration:
31/03/2019 - 31/07/2019
Financing Body:
Arterra Bioscience S.R.L.
Project research leader:
Emanuela Pedrazzini
Headquarters:
Milano

Synthesis and accumulation, in plant cells, of chimeric proteins for biotechnological uses


Protein engineering service: Production of engineered constructs (plasmids) and verification of synthesis and accumulation, in plant cells, of chimeric proteins for biotechnological purposes.
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