About us

A brief history
On September 19th 1942, the National Institute for Cereal Crop Genetics founded by Senator Professor Nazareno Strampelli, established the Phytotechnique Workstation of Piacenza, with a Chair in Gariga (Podenzano). ...read more

The mission
The Research Centre holds expertise in the fields of structural and functional genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics. The research activities aim at widening the understanding of the structure and function of genes and their products, genetically improving crop species, and increasing food quality, safety and security, all within a general frame of agricultural sustainability and of product and process innovation. ...read more

The Centre has five research platforms (Genomics, Molecular Breeding, Proteomics, Malting & food quality and Phenotyping) and an experimental farm of about 40 ha. For each research area there are laboratories equipped with last generation apparatus, the sharing of which creates a synergy in the work....read more

The germplasm collections
The Centre has a large collection of barley, oat and triticale germplasm. The preserved genetic material is used in genetics, pre-breeding and breeding programs. ...read more


The Genomics Research Centre holds a collection of more than one hundred barley mutants.

Our contacts

Genomics Research Centre
Via S. Protaso, 302
29017 Fiorenzuola d'Arda (PC) - ITALY
+39 0523 983758
+39 0523 983750
How to find us

We thank Renzo Alberici, Donata Pagani and Gianni Tacconi for setting up the picture collection.