Italy Bets on Agriculture and Invests €21M in Sustainable-Biotech

18/02/2016 - 3 minutes

Italian agriculture is booming with Innovation. To boost the creation of cutting-edge products and increase competition between businesses, €21M has been provided by the Italian government to fund sustainable biotechnology and research.

crea_italy_agribusiness_biotech_agricultureThe three-year plan focuses on the Council for Agricultural Research and Agricultural Economics Analysis (CREA), a specialized research centre in Rome which is collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture. Thanks to this, Italy (‘Il bel Paese’) could become a major player in precision-agriculture and biodiversity appreciation.

In particular, the research sector will be able to get support and improve its involvement in sustainable-biotechnology applied techniques. Research centres will have the opportunity to develop both cutting edge molecular techniques and field plant phenotyping skills; applying them to the grand challenge of a sustainable-future.

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Not surprisingly, technology has moved on, and there are a number of new methods that are sustainable and far away from the GMO method. This kind of novel technique is part of CREA’s research plan,

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