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 “AgroInnovation Award”, sponsored by Image Line and Accademia dei Georgofili, will be presented on 20 April 2018 for the first time. This distinguished award recognizes an outstanding original contribution from a thesis in agriculture (Agricultural Mechanics, Plant Defense, Plant and Cop Nutrition, Agricultural Meteorology, Agricultural Innovation and Plant Varieties, Information Technology in agri-food sector)
Scientists of the Entomology Lab. at Sant’Anna School Institute of Life Sciences have reported the olive leaf gall midge Dasineura oleae (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) infesting olive trees in Tuscany