Fondazione Edmund Mach

About Fondazione Edmund Mach

The Edmund Mach Foundation, formerly the Istituto Agrario di San Michele all’Adige (IASMA), is an agrarian institution and wine academy located in Trentino in north-east Italy. It was founded in 1874, when the Tyrolean Diet at Innsbruck[2] decided to open an agrarian school and research station at San Michele all’Adige, with the aim of improving agricultural practice in Tyrol.

Its mission today is to provide agricultural education, training and consultancy, and to conduct research and experimentation with the aim of "promoting cultural and socio-economic growth in the agricultural sector and at developing the forestry and agro-alimentary systems, with particular regard for the environment and the safeguard of the territory of the Trentino region". There is also a farm, devoted to grape and apple production, a wine cellar and a distillery.

The institute is home of Italy's most extensive ampelographic collection of grape specimens including both indigenous Italian varieties as well as grapes varieties from around the world. The academy conduct wide scale research into various areas of interest to Italian viticulture and winemaking including cataloging the DNA profile and genomic of grape varieties, studying the analysis of wine aromas and flavors as well the role of phenolic compounds in wine. Another major area of research for the Foundation, is the pheno-genetic improvement of apples (their organoleptic qualities: taste-color-shape-crunchiness-preservation, etc.) and apple trees’ architecture (such as output, columnarity, self-cleaning and pest/disease resistance in order to reduce the use of pesticides). All of this obtained by classical plant breeding supported by molecular breeding: DNA sequencing and analysis.

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Reviewers from Fondazione Edmund Mach

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    Brian Farneti

    My research activity is oriented towards a comprehensive study of F&V quality with the aim to enhance the quality throughout the entire production chain: from breeding to consumers. This needs a detailed quantification of quality attributes in distinct segments of the production chain and it implies synergy of approaches from different branches of knowledge, from genetic to metabolic analysis. Therefore my activity is mostly focused on the development and application of high-resolution phenotyping techniques to dissect some of the most important quality traits (i.e. texture, flavor, and antioxidant activity)

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    Andrea Campisano

    Andrea Campisano obtained his MSc at University of Pavia with a thesis on molecular markers of rice populations in Italy. He completed his PhD at University of Catania, focusing on citrus-biocontrol microorganisms interactions during postharvest. He later worked at Parco Scientifico e Tecnologico della Sicilia. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Massey University (Palmerston North, NZ) analyzing gene expression in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, University of Herfordshire (UK) analyzing microbial populations during industrial processes, and at University College Cork (Ireland) on P. aeruginosa quorum sensing and molecular mechanisms of environment perception. Since March 2010 he’s leading the TEAM-incoming project MECAGRAFIC at FEM-IASMA, analyzing grapevine-associated microbial endophytic populations.