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.
The training sessions are offered to graduate students in viticulture and enology, plant physiology, food chemistry, economics, marketing and communications. They are aimed also at wine industry professionals: sommeliers, journalists, educators, or winemakers and at individuals interested in advancing their career in the area of viticulture or enology
With an innovative approach overturning the classical scheme of modern plant breeding, the authors of this research developed a method to elicit the traditional knowledge from smallholder farmers’ and to use it to inform modern, genomic-driven breeding
Partners participating in the project include the Sant’Anna School Institute of Life Sciences, the Italian Institute of Technology and the Tuscany Farming Association