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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).

On 11 November 1958, the Stazione Fitotecnica was transferred to Fiorenzuola at the “Ceré” farm, property of the Volpini family. During this period, thanks to the dedication of Dr E. Magelli, tomato varieties of high value for processing industries were selected and cultivated.

Following the Law 1318/68, the Phytotechnique Workstation was transformed into a section of the Experimental Institute for Cereal Crops of Rome. From 1967 to 1972 most of the experimental activity focused on the agronomic evaluation of lines and varieties of wheat and on the conservation of the pure lines of wheat of the “F” series inherited from the Institute of Plant Breeding of Bologna.

Later, the section was aiming at developing a breeding program for barley and increasing experimental activities on other cereal crops. In the mid '80s, the first winter variety of barley named “Arda” was bred.

In 1990, the new offices of the Experimental Section of Fiorenzuola d’Arda were inaugurated and the section moved from the old farm into new buildings with modern laboratories. From 1990, with the direction of Dr. A.M. Stanca, research activity is widened and goes from conventional breeding to genomic analysis of cereals (barley and wheat) and other agricultural species. Research dedicated to malt and the development of functional foods is started.

On August 2007, following the CRA internal re-organization, the section was transformed into the “Genomics Research Centre”, and the Centre became active on January 1st 2008.


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.