AGROINNOVA – Centre of Competence for the Innovation in the agro-environmental sector, University of Torino, Italy

Address: Centre of Competence for the innovation in the agro-environmental sector, Largo Paolo Braccini, 2, 10095 Grugliasco (Torino), Italy

Representative: Prof. Maria Lodovica Gullino, Head

Tel. +39-011-6708539   Fax: +39-011-6709307    E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Expertise of AGROINNOVA

Established at the University of Torino in 2002, the Centre of Competence for the innovation in the agro-environmental field, carries out basic and applied research, knowledge and technology transfer, life-long learning and communication on up-to-date topics in the agro-environmental and agro-food sectors. It has several national and international collaborations, with public Institutions and the private sector. The Centre possesses extensive facilities including laboratories, experimental fields and greenhouses and hosts three National Certified laboratories, one for testing agrochemicals efficacy, the second for Diagnostics of plant pathogens, the third one on seed health. 

AGROINNOVA is located on the University Campus of Grugliasco (Turin) and has modern and well-equipped laboratories, greenhouses and experimental fields. Three University professors, 40 Ph. D. students, post-doc fellows, consultants and technicians, 30% of which are women; 20% are coming from abroad), more than 60 ongoing research projects worldwide, 25 of which funded by the European Commission and NATO), 40 high level courses carried out during the period 2003-2015. These are some of the figures of AGROINNOVA. Seventy per cent of AGROINNOVA’s human resources works in basic and applied research, 25% in technology transfer at national and international level, with administrative staff making up for the remaining 5%. During the past years AGROINNOVA gained a broad expertise in the coordination of European projects as well as in knowledge and technology transfer in developing and emerging economies, such as China and India. AGROINNOVA top’s organization consists of a President, a Director and a Scientific Council, composed of Italian and foreign eminent researchers representing partner institutions as well as top managers from Institutions and companies. The Scientific Council has the important task to address the activities of AGROINNOVA and represents a network that can easily interact in the realization of complex projects, competing successfully for international tenders. 

The Plant Pathology Group (PPG) in Agroinnova has extensive experience in biology and epidemiology of plant pathogens of economically important crops as well in their management.

The Plant Disease Management Group (PDMG) in Agroinnova is actively involved in disease management, by adopting cultural, physical, biological and chemical measures. Another field of activity is related to the eradication of seed-and soilborne pathogens and soil disinfestation.

The Food safety and security group (FSG) in Agroinnova has experience in the mycotoxin risk analysis, management and communication and works on the development of biocontrol agents and innovative control techniques against post-harvest diseases. Moreover, it gained experience in the field of processed ready-to-eat vegetables. Agroinnova gained a broad expertise in the field of plant and food biosecurity. 

The Molecular Research Group (MRG) in Agroinnova has experience in DNA molecular marker technologies applied to detection of plant pathogens and biocontrol agents, fungicide resistance, development of pathogen diagnostics, risk analysis studies, development of counter measures against crop bioterrorism. 

The Transfer of Technology Group (TTG) operates both at national and international level. At national level, AGROINNOVA operates through its certified Centres. Internationally, AGROINNOVA is strongly involved in the transfer of technology in the field of sustainable agriculture in countries such as China, India, Serbia, Morocco, Egypt and Romania.