The University of Pisa (UNIPI, Italy) is one of the oldest universities in the world (established in 1343), combining research and teaching in all fields and levels. Today, the University of Pisa is a prestigious modern centre of teaching and advanced research. The University offers 60 undergraduate and 71 postgraduate degree programmes, and 19 doctoral schools, covering all main areas of knowledge and advanced professional education. UNIPI has roughly 52,000 bachelor’s and master’s students, 950 doctoral students, and 1,270 research and teaching staff.
UNIPI’s involvement in AGROMIX will be coordinated by the Centre for Agri-Environmental Research Enrico Avanzi (CiRAA), which is the largest agricultural experimental centre in Italy, and one of the largest in Europe, covering more than 500 ha of arable land. CiRAA carries out both agricultural production (mixed farming with crop and animal production) and research, conducted through
on-station and on-farm trials. Plot-scale experiments are usually included in the layout of larger scale (field) experiments, several of which have been designed as long-term experiments. CiRAA organises regular activities to involve local stakeholders in new developments and products.
CiRAA’s main research topics include: agroecology-based cropping systems, conservation agriculture, cover crops, socio-economic and environmental impacts of agricultural production, crop protection and weed control, organic farming, agricultural mechanisation, animal husbandry, food quality structural changes in rural areas, innovation adoption, modelling farmers’ behaviour.