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Success of participants for the course 'Plant Extracts and Health'!
The 'Plant Extracts and Health' course, organized by Spoke 6 - Primary Agroindustry, and designed for professionals in primary agroindustry and related sectors, has successfully reached its maximum capacity with 25 participants.    Coordinated by Prof. Daniela Rossi from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Pavia, the four training sessions provided a valuable opportunity to explore the intricate connections between plant extracts and their potential applications in the field of health. Three of these sessions took place online on February 2, February 3, and February 9, while the fourth was in person on February 10 at the Calatroni vinery in Montecalvo Versiggia, in the province of Pavia.   The in-person session at the Calatroni farm started at 9:30 AM, offering participants a unique chance to experience the authentic atmosphere of a working agricultural enterprise. The session included a guided tour led by Dr. Francesco Biale, an expert enologist from the company. Throughout the visit, advanced techniques employed in the winemaking process were explained, highlighting by-products derived from viticulture.
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OLIOP: Cutting-Edge Olive Production Chain in Oltrepò Pavese
On February 16, 2024, at 4:00 PM, a highly significant event for Oltrepò Pavese will take place at CO.PRO.VI. Società Cooperativa in Casteggio: the meeting "OLIOP: Perspectives for a Cutting-Edge Olive Production Chain".    The OLIOP project has been financed under the Cascade Calls for businesses provided by NODES Spoke 6 (Line A). The lead partner is ECO srl, which, together with its partners Az. Agr. Germano Valentini, Az. Agr. La radisa di Filippo Pre’, and Az. Agr. Andrea Saroni, proposes OLIOP to support the establishment of a new supply chain: olive cultivation in Oltrepò Pavese.   Oltrepò Pavese is an area historically characterized by high-quality viticulture, the cultivation levels of which are gradually rising due to the effects of climate change. The project aims to define a precise protocol for low-altitude olive production, which includes the digitization of olive distribution areas, the design of pilot plants in different microclimates, and the development of advanced monitoring systems to providing predictive models and decision support.    The objectives of the OLIOP project aim to define a precise production protocol, to be achieved through a series of targeted strategies:    Survey and Digitization of Olive Distribution Areas Design of Pilot Plants in Different Microclimates Population of a Database in a Mobile/Desktop Application Agronomic and Nursery Consulting Agro-Meteorological Bulletin for Sustainable Cultivation    Event Program 4:00 PM: Agr. Dr. Bazzano Paolo Nodes PNRR, prospects for a new production chain in Oltrepò Pavese    4:30 PM: Prof. Rossi Graziano Agr. Dr. Russo Lavinia University of Pavia, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Traces of historical presence and life requirements for the olive tree    5:00 PM: Prof. Meisina Claudia Dr. Bordoni Massimiliano University of Pavia, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Vocational Chart of the Olive Tree in Oltrepò Pavese    5:30 PM: Agr. Dr. Trespidi Luigi Feasibility study of an IGP/DOP area    6:00 PM: Dr. Girometta Carolina Elena University of Pavia, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Fungal diseases of the Olive Tree in Oltrepò Pavese    6:30 PM: Az. agr. Valentini Germano Partner agricultural company of OLIOP   Free event with open access.  
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Spoke 6 presents the first student challenge!
Spoke 6 "Primary Agroindustry," has officially kicked-off the first student challenge, providing businesses with the unique opportunity to present innovation and digitalization challenges to digital marketing students of the University of Pavia.    This challenge, tailored for Business to Consumer (B2C) proposers within the primary agroindustry sector, will actively involve students in crafting digital marketing plans. The primary objective is to build brand awareness and engagement, with a focus on both national and international competitiveness.    Proposals should articulate how the firm is currently adopting or plans to leverage digital communication tools. This includes strategies for promoting the company's history, sustainability efforts, and product quality, emphasising cultural identity, innovation, and sustainability practices.   This initiative allows students to test their theoretical knowledge in practical, real-world contexts and fosters collaboration between academia and the entrepreneurial sphere. By encouraging innovation and developing creative solutions, the Challenge aims to deliver an enriching experience for all participants.    For further details, please click here below.    CHECK THE CALL HERE
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A great kick off for the Spoke 6 Assembly
Tuesday, January 23rd, the University of Pavia successfully hosted the Assembly of Spoke 6 in an online format. The event saw significant participation, with 66 researchers involved in the flagship projects Vino and Formidabilae.    The meeting kicked off with a general presentation that delved into the structure and progress of Spoke 6's work. Following this initial overview, participants actively engaged in two thematic working groups.    The first group, dedicated to Internationalization, involved 27 participants. Discussions covered crucial topics related to the international projection of the flagship projects, highlighting the importance of collaborations and synergies on a global scale.    The second group, focused on Industrial Development, gathered 34 participants, including the 5 Industrial PhD students associated with Spoke 6 and the awardees of academic POCs. Conversations focused on industrial development strategies, innovations, and synergies between the academic and industrial worlds.    The Spoke 6 Assembly proved to be a crucial opportunity to strengthen collaboration among researchers, promote internationalization, and foster industrial development. The enthusiasm generated during the event anticipates new advancements and successes for the flagship projects Vino and Formidabilae in the landscape of university research.                  
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The University Cattolica of Piacenza introduces "Digital Livestock"
On November 9th, at the Piacenza campus of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, as part of the dissemination activities of Spoke 6, a flagship project of Formidabilæ, the seminar "Digital Livestock" was held. The seminar was conducted by Joao Dorea, Assistant Professor in Precision Agriculture and Data Analytics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his doctoral student Rafael Ferreira. The two researchers came to Piacenza to install special cameras at the CERZOO experimental farm capable of real-time recording of the body condition of dairy cattle.    The algorithm that yields the result was developed by Dorea's group and holds valuable information related to health, well-being, and productive performance. The cameras will be used at CERZOO to achieve an early diagnosis of any metabolic imbalances in peripartum dairy cows.    Dorea and Ferreira's visit also provided a valuable opportunity for training and scientific exchange, occurring during the seminar and primarily aimed at students, researchers, and professors at the university. Professor Dorea presented the advantages of precision livestock farming (PLF), which, thanks to various types of sensors, allows for large-scale, real-time, automated, and non-invasive data collection at the individual animal level, or related to management and the environment. In this context, Dorea's research focuses mainly on computer vision systems, which extract quantitative information from videos or digital images through artificial intelligence algorithms.    One advantage is that the video/image format can be used to extract much more information compared to a single sensor worn by the animal (e.g., on limbs, collars, or ear tags), which detects only one type of data. The images used can be of different types, such as RGB, infrared, thermal, or depth. During the seminar, some deep learning methods were presented to analyze images, identify animals, and monitor their condition or behavior.    The initial practical applications of image analysis mainly involved calculating body weight and fattening status based on biometric measurements in cattle and pigs, but quickly extended to various aspects of the livestock sector. For example, Dorea's group developed and tested algorithms for monitoring feeding behavior, calculating respiratory frequency in dairy cows subjected to heat stress, and estimating a locomotion score based on the analysis of the animal's gait and the angle of various joints to identify lameness problems. Additionally, through hyperspectral images, it is possible to estimate the particle size of forages and the diet of cattle. Among the applications is the ability to predict some of the typical peripartum pathologies. Images recorded by cameras were used to calculate the fattening status of animals before calving and predict the risk of subclinical ketosis at the onset of lactation.    All these techniques can have significant operational implications in farm management, also ensuring animal welfare. Precision livestock farming has great potential in various areas of the dairy industry to improve efficiency, sustainability, and traceability of animal-origin products.                
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SPOKE 6 and its research projects for the 250th anniversary of the Botanical Garden of Pavia
On September 24, 2023, at the courtyards of the Botanical Garden of the University of Pavia, 20 researchers from SPOKE 6, representing the Universities of Pavia, Turin, Sassari, and Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Piacenza, shared their research experiences with over 827 visitors.    The Interactive Exhibition: NODES    The day began with seven research booths, curated by the researchers involved in the "Vino" and "Formidabalæ" flagship projects. This exhibition offered visitors the opportunity to understand the work of the researchers and the innovations developed within the context of NODES.    Through videos, images, and experiments, the research in the primary agro-industry sector was highlighted, promoting dialogue between the academic world and civil society to foster innovation and sustainability in agriculture.    The Two Flagship Projects    In the afternoon, two roundtables focused on SPOKE 6's flagship projects, "Formidabile" and "Vino," allowing for an in-depth exploration of the two primary research areas.    The Exhibition and Farmer's Market of Local Varieties    The "X Exhibition and Farmer's Market of Traditional Lombard Local Varieties," allowed the public to discover and appreciate the ancient agricultural cultivars of Lombardy.    Visitors had the opportunity to taste traditional products, know rare varieties of local crops, and learn about the importance of preserving these agricultural traditions for biodiversity and sustainability.                              
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Presentation of cascade funding calls for businesses in Oristano on May 19, 2023
NODES Spoke 6: Presentation of Cascade Funding Calls for South Italy Businesses On May 19th, at the Chiostro del Carmine in Oristano, in collaboration with the University of Pavia and the University of Sassari (UNISS), the South partner of Spoke 6, Linea A cascade calls for businesses in the Mezzogiorno were presented. The event involved over 35 participants, both in person and online, including 20 business representatives, 10  from trade associations, and 5 researchers.    Alberto Stanislao Atzori, Professor of Animal Nutrition and Feeding at the University of Sassari, opened the proceedings, followed by Raffaella di Nardo, representing the NODES Ecosystem. Antonio Gallo, Professor of Animal Nutrition at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Piacenza, then described the two main flagship projects of Spoke 6: Vino and Formidabilæ. Elisa Conz, Professor of Marketing at the University of Pavia and Communication and Dissemination Manager of the Spoke, then delved into the details of the call. Marika Anzalone from Unioncamere Piemonte concluded by providing technical information and guidelines of the Webtelemaco platform.    The meeting was an essential opportunity for networking and exchange, allowing businesses to interact directly with representatives from trade associations and the attending researchers. This exchange of ideas and experiences fostered the creation of synergies and potential future collaborations.    The event provided businesses in the Mezzogiorno with a solid foundation of knowledge and contacts to tackle the challenges of innovation and technological development.   For information about the funding calls and participation guidelines, please refer to the section on the website https://www.ecs-nodes.eu/6-agroindustria-primaria/bandi     
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NODES Spoke 6, Advancement of Research Module 1
Spoke 6 Research Module 1 "Innovation in farms for the agro-livestock sector in relation to new technologies, optimization of production, consumption, territorial and landscape development" On June 6th at 2:00 PM, the research team of the Architecture and Urban Design Research Lab (AUDE) in the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture presented the work in progress of the  Spoke 6 Research Module 1 "Innovation in farms for the agro-livestock sector in relation to new technologies, optimization of production, consumption, territorial and landscape development" of the Flagship Project Formidabilae. The focus of RM1 involves mapping the agricultural landscape around selected case studies within the territories of Spoke 6 and conducting typological, morphological, and architectural analysis of spaces dedicated to productive activities. The ultimate goal is to outline a design model of an "ideal farm" capable of addressing the challenges of the climate emergency through an interdisciplinary approach and to pave the way for a sustainable and inclusive ecological transition. During the seminar, Prof. Carlo Berizzi introduced the main research themes of RM1, with specific reference to the contribution of architectural research methods used in the analysis of the case study "Cerzoo: Centro Di Ricerche Per La Zootecnia E Lambiente S.c.r.l.". Subsequently, Dr. Nadia Bertolino discussed the methodological approach for data collection and analysis, as well as the plan for future activities in defining the model of the 'ideal farm' towards a sustainable and inclusive ecological transition. The two research interns, Miriam Rebecchi and Ilaria Benzoni, discussed the cartographic material produced and the analysis of the case study, highlighting possible areas for improving the structure and associated services, both at the architectural and landscape levels. PhD candidate Marta Mazurkiewicz discussed the article "Technological innovation in urban agriculture towards the ecological transition: a critical assessment of European best practices," which will be presented at the upcoming international conference ISUF 2023 in Belgrade in September 2023.
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Presentation of cascade funding calls for businesses in Pavia on April 19, 2023.
NODES Spoke 6: Presentation of Cascade Funding Calls for Local Businesses On April 19, 2023, the University of Pavia hosted the presentation of cascade funding calls for local businesses as part of the activities of Spoke 6 "Primary Agro-industry" within the three-year project "NODES". The event took place at the Aula Disegno, with an impressive turnout of over 100 attendees, including 57 representatives from businesses, 46 researchers, 10 territorial entities, and 4 industry associations.    The proceedings started with an opening address by Francesco Svelto, the Rector of the University of Pavia, who highlighted the pivotal role of NODES in creating value within the region by fostering the development of research and industrial supply chains in the Primary Agro-industry sector.    This was followed by insightful presentations from key speakers, including Chiara Ferroni, General Director of Nodes, Hermes Giberti (University of Pavia), Coordinator of Spoke 6 and Delegate of the Rector for Technology Transfer, Paolo Gay (University of Turin), Scientific Referent for the project, and Lucia Marazzi, Deputy Manager of Spoke 6 and responsible for Third Mission Services at the University of Pavia. The event concluded with Roberto Strocco (Unioncamere Piemonte) providing detailed information on the application process for funding through the Telemaco platform.      The presentation aimed to not only inform but also inspire local businesses to participate in the cascade funding calls, fostering collaboration between academia and industry and driving innovation in the Primary Agro-industry sector.    For information about the funding calls and participation guidelines, please refer to the section on the website https://www.ecs-nodes.eu/6-agroindustria-primaria/bandi     
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The VINO flagship project: VIneyard management for viNeprOduction
From vineyard management to wine production The challenges and opportunities that the Italian wine sector is facing due to ongoing climate change highlight the need for sustainable innovation. The sector is highly fragmented, with a large number of actors in the value chain. The VINO project will propose three pillars of sustainable innovation to address these challenges. These pillars include the development of data collection systems for grape transformation stages, the interpretation and analysis of data for the development of climate models, and the implementation of climate sensors for data collection.    The involvement and collaboration of wine sector operators and economic actors are crucial for the success of the project. The use of remote sensing systems, expertise in big data, and precision agriculture techniques can contribute to addressing the challenges of climate change and sustainably improving the competitiveness of the sector.    The project aims to test and develop a sustainable business model that can be replicated in other sectors of primary agro-industry. The University of Turin, the University of Sassari, ERSAF, and the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change will support the University of Pavia by providing researchers and professionals with multidisciplinary scientific and technological expertise. Agronomists, botanists, climatologists, biologists, and geologists will be connected in specific research modules where they can carry out the necessary activities to cover all project objectives with a multidisciplinary and integrated approach.
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The flagship project FORMIDABILÆ
Spoke 6's flagship project FORMIDABILÆ The agro-industrial sector is undergoing a huge transformation due to globalization, the increasing global population, and climate change. This transformation requires significant investments in innovation, digitalization, and the development of new technologies.    Moreover, in the European Union, the transition towards a more circular economy is crucial to achieving the sustainability goals of the Green Deal, and agriculture is a critical sector in this transition. The flagship project FORMIDABILÆ consists of five research modules aimed at improving the sustainability, circularity, and resilience of the agro-livestock system. The primary objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in this sector. The research modules will focus on agricultural production, maize, livestock optimization, climate effects on herds, and the use of precision farming techniques.    The project involves a multidisciplinary team of engineers, agronomists, botanists, biologists, and animal scientists coordinated by the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, along with the University of Pavia, the University of Turin, the University of Sassari, and the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change. The project will promote targeted approaches to improve smart, resilient, circular, and diversified farming in the agro-livestock sector. This ensures food security and the socio-economic sustainability of dairy and dairy-based food chains in a 4.0 and farm-to-fork perspective.
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NODES Spoke 6 kick off
NODES Spoke 6: Technological Innovation and Sustainability in the Transformation of Primary Agro-industry On November 29, 2022, the activities of Spoke 6 "Primary Agro-industry" within the three-year project "NODES" were presented at the Fondazione Riccagioia. The project is funded by the Ministry of University and Research through investments provided by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR). Spoke 6, led by the University of Pavia, aims to support innovation in high-potential technological trajectories.    The main objective is to develop new products and processes in existing SMEs, create "Deep Tech" start-ups and spin-offs in the local agro-industry, and increase the competitiveness of the involved companies at the international level.    The project promotes collaboration, training, and innovation tools to enable the relationship between large companies, SMEs, start-ups, and the research community in a context of cross-contamination and open innovation. The focus will also be on talent development and redefining the role of doctoral research from an industrial perspective. Large companies will support the ecosystem by identifying industrial development trajectories, hiring highly qualified personnel, and facilitating the absorption of developed innovations.    The implementing bodies of NODES are public universities, including Politecnico di Torino, University of Turin, University of Eastern Piedmont, University of Insubria, University of Pavia, University of Valle D'Aosta, and University of Gastronomic Sciences. They will collaborate with affiliated entities to carry out research activities within their expertise, including the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, six innovation hubs, five reference research centres, three incubators, one accelerator, and one competence centre.    Several representatives attended the presentation meeting, including Roberto Orofino (Ersaf), Paolo Gay (Department of Forestry and Food Sciences, University of Turin), Graziano Rossi (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Pavia), Hermes Giberti (Department of Industrial and Information Engineering, University of Pavia), and Antonio Gallo (Department of Animal Sciences, Nutrition and Food, University of Piacenza).    Spoke 6 "Primary Agro-industry" focuses on the transformation of the agro-industry due to globalization, population growth, and climate change. The goal is to invest in innovation to make new technologies accessible to agro-industrial enterprises and identify new models of sustainable production and consumption. Research areas include the development of sensors and communication systems, data collection and processing to develop innovative services for the sector.    The NODES project aims to attract young researchers and students to ensure the introduction of new technologies in production processes and raise awareness of digital and socio-environmental sustainability issues.    Two flagship projects that receive significant research activities are the integrated forage, livestock, and biogas supply chain, aimed at developing a resilient, circular, and diversified agro-livestock sector, ensuring food security and sustainability in dairy food chains. The other project focuses on vineyard management for grape and wine production, where expertise in Big Data is applied and production and consumption models based on the principles of agro-industry and precision agriculture are developed.    For more details click here