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September 15

10:00 - 13:00

Workshop: Agriculture and global changes

Chair: Prof. Paolo Ceccon – University of Udine

10:00 - 10:10


10:10 - 10:30

Research and Innovation: The Way Forward for all Nations Seeking to Achieve Truly Sustainable Agriculture

Scott Hutchins Former USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics Global Leader for R&D (retired), Dow AgroSciences (now Corteva Agriscience) As Deputy Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Dr. Hutchins led development of the current USDA Science Blueprint and the U.S. Ag Innovation Strategy. Previously, in the private sector, he led the global portfolio/innovation forums for crop protection and seeds business platforms. Hutchins received a Ph.D. in entomology (Iowa State University) and was elected President, Fellow, and Honorary Member of the Entomological Society of America. He has over 100 refereed publications, reviews, and invited presentations.

10:30 - 10:50

The food environment: an integrated approach to limited planet resources. the feeding-future strategy

Emanuele Zannini (School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland)

Scientific coordinator support for the successful H2020 PROTEIN2FOOD and SMARTPROTEIN projects which received € 18 million EU funding and aim to develop high quality food protein from multi-purpose crops through optimized, sustainable production and processing methods. Dr Zannini has been involved in national, EU and international projects and has been the recipient of >€10 million in research funding from the EU, Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and several industry sponsored projects.

10:50 - 11:10

Developing on farm tools for climate change

Jonathan Hillier Cool Farm Tool First Developer

Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Modelling and Global Food Sytems. I have since worked in several universities (Bangor, UCL, Aberdeen, and Edinburgh) and Research Insitutes (James Hutton (SCRI) and INRA (Grignon) on crop and pest modelling, and on the environmental impacts (including greenhouse gases, nitrogen use, water use and biodiversity) of agriculture. Since 2008 involved in the development of decision support tools for farmers, businesses and policy advisors - including the Cool Farm Tool (www.coolfarmtool.org) for which was the original developer, and the CCAFS-MOT tool.

11:10 - 11:30

EIP-AGRI: 7 years of innovation in agriculture and forestry

Magdalena Mach EIP-Agri Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, Research & Innovation Unit

Magdalena Mach is a Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, Research & Innovation Unit. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations. Before joining the EC she worked for the Agriculture and Fisheries Section of the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the European Union and Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development where for 6 years she was responsible for the implementation of LEADER approach under Rural Development Programme.

11:30 - 12:45


12:45 - 13:00


13:00 - 15:00

Lunch break

15:00 - 15:30

Opening of the 50th Conference of the Italian Society for Agronomy

Prof. Michele Perniola – President of the Italian Society for Agronomy (SIA) Prof. Paolo Ceccon – Head of Department DI4A - University of Udine

15:30 - 16:00

SIA PhD thesis award

Prof. Michele Perniola – Prof. Luca Bechini

Dr. Carolina Fabbri (University of Florence) - Analysis of the effects of agronomic management on the dynamics of nitrogen and carbon emissions from agricultural soils

Dr. Matteo Longo (University of Padova) - Enhancing experimental and insilico methods to evaluate ecosystem service trade-offs in agri-environmental measures

Dr. Aurelio Scavo (University of Catania) - Allelopathic effects of Cynara cardunculus L. extracts

16:00 - 17:05

Session 1 - Part 1. Integrated weed management: new tools and strategies

Chair: Dr. Vittoria Giannini – University of Sassari

(Section co-organized by Italian Society for Agronomy and Italian Society of Weed Research)

16:00 - 16:20

Invited speaker: Basic science limitations in the field of weed science

Prof. Scott McElroy – Auburn University

16:20 - 16:35

Cover crops as green mulching for weed management in rice

Fogliatto S., Patrucco L., De Palo F., Moretti B., Milan M., Vidotto F.

16:35 - 16:50

Herbicide use reduction in maize by combining site and time specific weed control

Nikolić N., Rizzo D., Marraccini E., Ayerdi Gotor A., Mattivi P., Saulet P., Persichetti A., Masin R.

16:50 - 17:05

Determining the utility of an Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) for weed control in specialty crop systems

Cutulle M., Maja J.

17:05 - 17:35

Coffee break

17:35 - 19:00

Session 1 - Part 2. Integrated weed management: new tools and strategies

Chair: Prof. Francesco Vidotto – University of Turin

17:35 - 18:00

Invited speaker: New technology and innovation in weed science

Prof. Nilda Burgos - University of Arkansas

18:00 - 19:00


September 16

09:00 - 10:30

Session 2. Agricultural systems and sustainability in a context of ecological transition

Chair: Prof. Francesco Tei – University of Perugia

09:00 - 09:30

Invited speakers: Cropping systems and sustainability in a context of ecological transition

Prof. Nicola Silvestri - University of Pisa; Prof. Giuseppe Di Miceli - University of Palermo

Results of SIA working group composed by: Francesco Tei, Enrico Bonari, Antonio Berti, Nicola Silvestri, Vincenzo Tabaglio, Enrico Ceotto, Giuseppe De Mastro, Giuseppe Di Miceli

09:30 - 09:45

Coupling remote sensing and simulation modelling to drive tomato irrigation in Capitanata: a digital twin

Bregaglio S., Ginaldi F., Vonella A.V., Montaghi A., Campi P., Bajocco S., Ruggieri S., Fanchini D., De Nart D., Ventrella D., Garofalo P., Giuliani M., Gatta G., Carucci F., Buono V., D’Amato G., Donatelli M.

09:45 - 10:00

Biofertilization of bioenergy herbaceous crops with arbuscular mycorrizal fungi

Maucieri C., Caruso C., Barbera A.C., Borin M.

10:00 - 10:15

Intensity of agricultural practices affects environmental impacts and productivity of corn for grain

Ferrero F., Tabacco E., Borreani G.

10:15 - 10:30

Liquid digestate fraction application might sustain silage maize production improving nitrogen use efficiency

Piccoli I., Grillo F., Furlanetto I., Ragazzi F., Obber S., Bonato T., Meneghetti F., Ferlito J., Saccardo L., Morari F.

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 13:00

Session 3. La storia della SIA e 50 anni di convegni

Chair: Prof. Michele Perniola – President of the Italian Society for Agronomy (SIA)

11:00 - 11:20

Storia della SIA: le persone

Prof. Tommaso Maggiore

11:20 - 11:40

Storia della SIA: la ricerca

Prof. Salvatore Luciano Cosentino

11:40 - 12:00

Storia della SIA: i convegni

Prof. Carlo Grignani

12:00 - 12:20

Storia della SIA: la rivista

Prof. Pier Paolo Roggero

12:20 - 12:40

Storia della SIA: la formazione

Prof. Giuliano Mosca

12:40 - 13:00


13:00 - 15:00

Lunch break

15:00 - 18:00

Assemblea dei Soci - SIA members meeting

19:30 - 19:45

SIA Congress Group Picture - Loggia del Lionello Udine

September 17

09:00 - 09:30

Invited speaker

09:00 - 09:30

Invited speaker: Delineating scientific domains in the literature using the CorTexT platform

Dr. Marc Barbier – INRAE

09:30 - 10:45

Session 4. Agricultural models for impact mitigation

Chair: Dr. Domenico Ventrella – CREA

09:30 - 09:45

Assessment of C storage and GHG emissions in cropping systems maximising biomass

Deligey A., Lamerre J., Preudhomme H., Rey O., Guidet J., Leclercq C., Marraccini E.

09:45 - 10:00

Soil organic carbon increase within the first two years from perennial energy crops reversion back to arable land

Martani E., Ferrarini A., Amaducci S., Hastings A.

10:00 - 10:15

Preliminary assessment of the Italian hyperspectral mission PRISMA for N-related crop traits estimation

Tolomio M., Mzid N., Pascucci S., Pignatti S., Casa R.

10:15 - 10:30

Carbon footprint of biogas production systems through a LCA approach in a Mediterranean environment: insights from the SMART-GAS Operational Group Project

Tranchina M., Bellaccini C., Mantino A., Annecchini F., Ragaglini G., Villani R.

10:30 - 10:45

Conservation tillage effects on a mid-term rice continuous monoculture system: yield and soil fertility

Vitali A., Moretti B., Bertora C., Lerda C., Celi L., Pullicino D.S., Tenni D., Miniotti E., Romani M., Sacco D.

10:45 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 12:30

Session 5. Agronomic models and ecosystem services

Chair: Dr. Gemini Delle Vedove – University of Udine

11:00 - 11:30

Invited speaker: Fostering the agroecological transition through agroecosystem services: opportunities and challenges for agronomists

Prof. Paolo Barberi – Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies

11:30 - 11:45

Agronomic aspects of cover crops termination with roller crimper

Antichi D., Tramacere L.G., Sbrana M., Bendinelli S., Mazzoncini M., Frasconi C.

11:45 - 12:00

Modelling of the mulch management with the ARMOSA Model

Tadiello T., Gabbrielli M., Botta M., Perego A., Ragaglini G., Bechini L., Fiorini A., Tabaglio V., Acutis M.

12:00 - 12:15

Stability Improvement of Mars Simulant MMS-1 and Moon Simulant LHS-1 by a root exudate analogue as a model for an agronomic approach to ecosystem services in space research

Bochicchio R., Caporale A.G., Labella R., Adamo P., Amato M.

12:30 - 13:00

Closing of the 50th conference of the Italian Society for Agronomy