The scientific mission of the Institute of Life Sciences covers two macro-areas:
- Agricultural Sciences and Plant Biotechnology
- Biomedical Sciences
Our aim is to provide a multifaceted and challenging scientific environment to a broad spectrum of students: undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD. Courses and research activities span from classical and molecular human and plant biology to preclinical and clinical sciences, plant biotechnology, food quality and nutraceutics, agroecology and agrobiodiversity, and novel sustainable agricultural systems. Strong emphasis is placed on technological innovation.
Lecturers have strong scientific expertise often acquired in a multidisciplinary international environment.
Research carried out in the macro-area Agricultural Sciences and plant Biotechnology addresses two main domains: plant sciences and agronomy, with a focus on various aspects of plant biology, food and energy crops, agrobiodiversity, and agroecosystem management.
Research carried out in the macro-area of Biomedical Sciences addresses the physiology and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular system, the development of new diagnostic techniques, and the application of nanotechnology to medicine.
Since genetically modified (GM) crops were introduced in the mid-1990s, they have become widely adopted by growers. The planting of transgenic maize has received permission since 1996. Growers of maize who were challenged with a variety of pests were introduced to genetically engineered (GE) maize with resistance to European corn borer Ostrinia nubilalis. The GE maize is considered safe for human and animal consumptions; it has revolutionized pest control, managed insects and minimized environmental impact.
The objectives of the study conducted by Michele Emdin, Claudio Passino, Alberto Aimo, Giuseppe Vergaro and Andrea Ripoli, following the Sant’Anna School Institute of Life Science and Fondazione Toscana Gabriele Monasterio’s strategy for international cooperation, were to describe the high-sensitivity troponin T (cutoff level 18 ng/L) as a strong and independent predictor of cardiovascular mortality and of hospitalization for cardiovascular causes
There is growing evidence that soft wheat ancient varieties included in the Tuscany Region Catalogue show higher concentration of nutritional and nutraceutical compounds compared to modern varieties and refined grains