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Special Seminar: PBGB

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 02:00pm - 03:00pm


Molecular breeding of temperate rice in Italy and Europe

Dr. Pietro Piffanelli
Rice Genomics
Parco Tecnologico Padano

1400-1500H, Tuesday, 31 March 2015
PBGB Conference Room 1

The Rice Genomics Unit of Parco Tecnologico Padano (Italy) operates since 2006 with the specific aim to perform basic and applied research to address the needs of the rice supply chain in Europe.

Italy is the main rice producing and exporting country in the EU with a cultivated area of 247.700 hectares and a production of 1.516.400 tons of paddy rice, equal to 46% of the total European production

The development of innovative solutions is crucial to increase rice production, taking into account the current environmental conditions and resources available, for an improved and sustainable cultivation of temperate rice in Europe

The general objective of the Rice Genomics Unit research activities is the characterisation and exploitation of European rice genetic resources of the temperate area, to enhance competitiveness in rice production, and alleviate biotic and abiotic constraints typical of the Mediterranean area.
This goal is achievable by means of the acquisition, evaluation and conservation of international rice genetic resources, and identification of new genetic tools targeted at sustainable agricultural systems, with the most updated genomic tools.
Our research activity has two major targets identification and conservation of genetic resources and identification of valuable sources of new genes and alleles for important traits to breeding programs of temperate rice


PBGB Conference Room 1