In 2016, the Giovani@RicercaScientifica grant to support research projects that impact society and local communities offered by the Cassa di Risparmio di Pescia e di Pistoia Foundation was awarded to Alice Trivellini of Sant’Anna School. This year, the Giovani@RicercaScientifica grant has been awarded to Simone Marini and Francesco Amato both working in Sant’Anna School at the Institute of Life Sciences and TeCIP Institute.

These grants are expected to facilitate applied scientific research for socio economic development. The Giovani@RicercaScientifica funds select research proposal requests. Alice Trivellini submitted her own proposal on the Hylocereus spp (Pitaya fruit, also known as Dragon Fruit) “Pitaya, una produzione agroalimentare alternativa per le aziende agricole del territorio pistoiese”; Simone Marini presented his project “Management effect on pollinator community in the semi-natural habitats of the Pistoia valley” under the supervision of Anna Camilla Moonen, senior researcher at the Institute of Life Sciences, and Francesco Amato carried out his research on “The BeeTag: an IoT Backscattering and Battery-free Sensor for Precision Agriculture Applications”.

The Cassa di Risparmio di Pescia e di Pistoia Foundation awards grants dedicated to the conservation of healthy ecosystems, social and environmentally responsible projects, agricultural sustainability, and environmental defense. The grants cover a two-year period and support operational goals and objective across Pistoia area.

The Giovani@RicercaScientifica Award Ceremony took place on March 27, 2018 at the Cassa di Risparmio di Pescia e di Pistoia Foundation premises in Pistoia. Alice Trivellini, the 2016 award winner, gave her presentation about latest developments in her research activity on Dragon fruit cultivation on a commercial scale.