The Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - Production, Land, Agrienergy develops its activities with a view to advancement through scientific research, knowledge about farming systems, forestry, livestock, environmental and energy based on a multidisciplinary approach aimed at promotion of effective and efficient management of complex agricultural systems. The integration of the main fields of agricultural science is essential in order to improve many aspects of agricultural production, food and non-compliance with the conservation of natural resources and minimizing the environmental impact thanks to the recycling of waste. The studies on crop production and animal cover areas of research involving issues ranging from the molecular level to those of the body and systemic, in close correlation with environmental issues. Technological approaches include the use of traditional methods (biological, chemical, physical, computing and engineering) integrated with innovative approaches "-omics" and systemic-to allow for the development of management models and predictive.
Accordingly, the mission of teaching DISAA is oriented to the training of qualified professionals to successfully enter the world of work and research. This large and complex training program is organized through educational activities that include courses in Bachelor, Master, postgraduate (Masters) and PhD. This training offer includes issues related to agricultural productivity (food and otherwise) with particular reference to innovative approaches that include, among others, the use of biotechnological tools and renewable energy in a general context of respect for environmental sustainability and the preservation of 'environment.
Former DSA Section of Animal Husbandry
While waiting for operating the website of the new Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences on the link to the "former section of Animal Agriculture" refers to the website of the now temporarily disabled Department of Animal Science, which was composed of three sections: Agriculture Animal Husbandry, merged in the Department of Animal Science and Environment, Veterinary Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Anatomy and Histology, resulting in the Department of Veterinary Sciences and Public Health.
The Division of Plant Production DISAA comes from the Department of Plant Production, in turn originated from the merger at a later time, on a first core of modifying title (Department of Physiology of Cultivated Plants and Agricultural Chemistry), institutes of Arboreal Cultivation of Agronomy and Plant Pathology. The fields of interest of the Division of Plant Production concern aspects of the growth and differentiation of plants, their interaction with the environment (including mountain and subjected to hardships such as reduced water availability, imbalance of mineral nutrients and the presence of toxic elements) , and then to the agri-food and non-food in its qualitative and quantitative aspects. The research focuses on different crops (cereals, plants, trees, small fruits, vegetables, flowers, medicinal and aromatic) and their use for human food, animal feed and for the production of raw materials and biomass for non-food uses including energy conversion. Issues are dealt with agricultural and environmental soil chemistry (fertilizer management and control of pollutants) and biology of cultivated plants (physiology, biochemistry, genetics, defense against pathogens and pests, geobotany and biodiversity in cultivated and wild species). These aspects are developed from a macroscopic level-system to arrive at the molecular level, including through the use of traditional and innovative biotechnological methods (molecular biology, proteomics, and metabolomics ionomica, system biology), in order to improve productivity and sustainability of crops. The research also covers issues of corporate and regional agronomy and chemistry and technology of foods and flavors, including through analytical activities extended to the study of production processes and the evaluation of the quality and food safety.
The Department of Agricultural Engineering (DIA) is the result of Institutes of Agricultural Engineering and Agricultural Hydraulics. DIA has been operating since 1 January 2009 with more than thirty researchers supported by technical and administrative staff.
The department has a long tradition of successful research, both nationally and internationally. Among the lenders, the Lombardy Region has had a leading role and the DIA is one of the leading centers for research and technical assistance in all matters relating to Engineering Agriculture.
Historically has been involved in:
- agricultural machinery (tractors, self-propelled machines and equipment)
- management of water resources for agriculture in territorial scale
- hydrology of small-scale basin
- irrigation techniques at farm scale
- energy applied to the rural
- plant food
- territory and rural landscape
- environmental impact mitigation
- livestock building