Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) is the Italian Governmental Research Organization. The Institute for Sustainable plant Protection (IPSP) studies plant response to biotic and abiotic stress factors, with the aim of identifying mechanisms of resistance and adaptation, to promote plant health in agriculture and forestry.
This implies strengthening the use of natural enemies and beneficial microorganisms in integrated pest management, selecting and recovering valuable plant germplasm,
identifying bio-molecules of agricultural or industrial interest and promoting a sustainable and environmentally friendly growth.
In particular, many studies focus on the effect of biotic and abiotic stress on the functionality of woody plants as conifers and broad-leaves. The research group involved in this LIFE project possess a great experience in the field of forest pathology and physiology.
The main research themes are: