UNIPA - Università degli Studi di Palermo (IT)
Field Implementation Partner for Italy (FIP)
THE PARTNER INSTITUTION
The University of Palermo (UNIPA), established in 1806, is an acknowledged public academic institution in central-western Sicily, with 20 Departments covers the most important domains of scientific and technological. Successful technological transfer is promoted through a network of University labs (UniNetLab) and through the Mediterranean Centre for Human Health Advanced Biotechnologies (Med- CHHAB). There are 125 active international research collaborations with European, African, USA, Canadian, and Eastern universities. The University of Palermo has achieved a significant expertise in the design and management of EU funded projects; it currently manages nr. 16 Industrial Research Projects funded under the Structural Funds – ERDF National Operative Plan 2007-2013, nr. 11 Industrial district projects, nr. 26 industrial research projects funded under the Structural Funds – ERDF Regional Operative Plan 2007-2013; nr. 7 ERDF Rural Development Plan projects; nr. 9 projects of Mediterranean Cross-border cooperation (5 Italy-Malta; 3 Italy-Tunisia; 1 ENPI CBC MED), nr. 6 LIFE projects, nr. 33 projects funded under the 7th Framework Programme for R&D, nr. 16 projects funded under the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), nr. 6 projects funded under the Erasmus+ Programme and 2 under ERASMUS MUNDUS, nr. 11 funded under Horizon 2020.
The University of Palermo develops teaching and research activities in the field of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences. Scientific research fields are within the range of agricultural, landscape and environmental research and green technologies, farm and land management, forest and ecosystem ecology, landscape ecology, sustainable crop growing techniques, horticulture, ornamental plants and floriculture, biodiversity and preservation of local genetic resources, economics and marketing of agricultural products, carbon balance and the role of the agricultural sector on mitigation of climate change.
THE UNIPA TEAM and role in the project
Microbial diversity assessment by molecular tools; microbial taxonomy; plant-microbes interactions; biogeochemistry; environmental microbiology and biotechnology
Project role: UNIPA Project Manager, Field implementation coordination, soil microbial diversity indicators
Professor of forest ecology. Ornithologist. Main subjects of research: relationships between diversity and agriculture and forestry activity; analysis of different aspects of forest systems in Sicily; land management in protected area to preserve biodiversity, effect of secondary succession on carbon storage and biodiversity
Project role: Field implementation; biodiversity indicators
soil micro- and meso-fauna, insect communities, insects related to agro-forestry
Project role: biodiversity indicators
Professor of Agronomy. Main subjects of research: Soil management and soil carbon evolution. Soil Management and soil erosion processes
Project role: soil indicators