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The Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA)

The Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) is a Public Research Institute operating in the fields of energy, environment and new technologies to support Country’s competitiveness and sustainable development. Within ENEA Casaccia, the Technical Unit for Sustainable Development and Innovation of Agro-Industrial System (UTAGRI) fosters the development and innovation of the National agro-industrial production system.

The aim is to obtain food products using competitive, sustainable, and energy-efficient processes, with a special focus on the made-in-Italy agro-food, applying cross-disciplinary skills to the productive chain, and employing advanced facilities, technology platforms, and related service structures. UTAGRI is the project coordinator of the Neemagrimed activity to promote the use of neem cake in agriculture as fertilizer, nematicide and biopesticide. Other partners are: the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Sapienza University of Rome, the University of Sassari, the University of Bologna, and the SME I CONSIGLI DELL’ESPERTO S.R.L. The experiments carried out so far by the partners have combined research and development in support to the health and safety of consumers by promoting the competitiveness of the food production and the sustainable management of agro-ecosystems.

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Technologies from The Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA)


Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the quality control for the production of extra virgin olive oil in the Canino city hall, Italy

The safeguard of the environment and human health pass through a complex system of interconnected techniques for a better management of agricultural production. in Canino, a little town near Viterbo in the region of Lazio, Italy more than 30 years ago a defense technique against harmful insects to grow olives for the production of extra virgin olive oil was implemented. IPM (Integrated Pest Management) is a mix of agricultural techniques such as pesticides reduction, use of natural enemies, agronomic techniques, etc., to have a better control of the whole agricultural system. In 1996 they obtained the PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) certification as an acknowledgement of the work carried out from 1979. After 35 years in Canino they still use IPM for the management of harmful insects in the olive plantation and today the cooperative of farmers has an international visibility.
This technology aims at giving a quick introduction on IPM principles, i.e.: (1) what is IPM and what are the different IPM methods and (2) what are the benefits of using it.
Here, this technology is specific to olive plantation, but the principles of IPM could be thought, adapted and used for any other kind of plantations/crop production systems, and not only for the olive cultivar. Note that in the text the word cultivar is related to the variety of plant, in this case olive plants, and in this case Canino is both the municipality and the cultivar.