Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura e l’Analisi dell’Economia Agraria


  • Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura e l’Analisi dell’Economia Agraria
  • CRA FSO Ornamental Plant Research Unit – Sanremo – Liguria (Italy)
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CRA is an Italian Public Research Organization with scientific competence within the fields of agriculture, agroindustry, food, fishery and forestry and has been established with DL n.454/99 of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture. The Ornamental Plant Research Unit (CRA-FSO) is placed in Sanremo (Liguria Region) and is one of the CRA structures distributed throughout the Italian territory.

The CRA-FSO is involved in floricultural, ornamental, medicinal, aromatic and essence species, developing research activities in the fields of genetics, defense, biotechnology, cultural techniques and propagation. It pays special attention at preserving and exploiting the Mediterranean germplasm pool and to the quality and sustainability of cultivations. CRA research lines are in compliance with the agricultural policy of the European Union and with Italian national and regional policies. The research activities are also directed to support the demands of local farmers and stakeholders.

The results are disclosed in scientific publications on national and international journals and also as congress presentations. Dissemination takes place through articles in specialized magazines and through the organization of open days and thematic events. The CRA-FSO collaborates with University Institutions and national and international Research Centres.

40 people are working at the Unit, including researchers, PhD and graduate students, Italian and foreign visitors, administrative staff and field workers. The Unit is composed by 1 historic building with spaces for education, courses and training. Another building contains laboratories and offices; laboratoriesare available for experimentations.

In the field of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) the Unit is involved in: maintenance of collections and germplasm characterization of Salvia, Rosmarinus, Helichrysum; Domestication, Agronomic and ornamental evaluation of introduced plant material; Micropropagation and tissue culture of aromatic species (Salvia and Rosmarinus); use of molecular technologies to increase the production of secondary metabolites.

The Unit organizes seminars, workshops, training courses, symposia and thematic schools for stakeholders, postgraduate and technicians.