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Agroecology Summer School - Partecipatory plant breeding and management of biodynamic farm

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In collaboration with the Associazione per l'Agricoltura Biodinamica Sezione Toscana (Tuscan Chapter of the Association for Biodynamic Agriculture), Agrifound, Gruppo Amico Bio, Rete Semi Rurali, Istituto Internazionale Life Beyond Tourism (International Institute Life Beyond Tourism) and the Museo Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco (Museum of the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation),


organizes the first edition of a

Summer School in Agroecology.
This year the Summer School in Agroecology offers a curriculum of two weeks, with two tracks of specialization. 
The first track will focus on the genetic selection of seeds of high nutritional quality.
The second track will focus on enhancing the fertility of soils through biodynamic agriculture. 
Students will work with internationally reknowned experts in the best agricultural companies and experimental fields. The school's aim is to encourage acquisition of quality skills and knowledge of procedures to create a class of experts and active agents who will improve agricultural practices, the management of companies and engaged research.
First week 
School of engaged genetic selection for the seeds of the future
Traditional seeds and new agriculture
Florence and Pisa 
10-17 July 2017
With Salvatore Ceccarelli (Honorary Fellow Bioversity International Freelance Consultant),
Riccardo Bocci (Rete Semi Rurali/ Diversifood Project) and Stefano Benedettelli (University of Florence) 
Through the selection and improvement of agricultural genetics, students will learn to work to achieve the genetic enhancement of traditional seeds, to adapt them to modern agroecology. 
The objective is to know how to obtain various high value seeds in terms of: quality and food safety, efficiency and adaptment to agricultural work, and in climate and environmental change.
Second week
Management of the agricultural company and biodynamic agriculture
Recovery and improvement of soils in viticulture, horticolture, and cereal crops
Florence, Caserta and Naples
17 July - 24 July 2017
With Carlo Triarico (President of the Association for Biodynamic Agriculture), Cesare Pacini (University of Florence), Michele Lorenzetti (Enologist), Adriano Zago (Agronomist), Fabio Primavera (Agronomist), Enrico Amico (Gruppo Amico Bio), Laura Isolani (Agronomist), Valentina Vignini (Agronomist), Bridgette Olsen (Expert) 
General Information 
The course is intensive and lasts two weeks. It will be held at companies, educational institutes and research institutes. For each week  trips that take place during the course, 14 meals, and 7 overnight stays with breakfast included are covered by the tuition fee.
At the end of the course each student will receive a certificate in: "Specialization in agroecology: engaged genetic selection and biodynamic management of soils."
The two week course is an integrated educational package. It is possible to attend only one week of the course, for particular educational requirements. In this case the student will receive a certificate to reflect their effective participation. The course begins in Florence, where arriving students will be welcomed Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.
Total cost of enrollment for two weeks: 4,200 euro (400 enrollment, 3,800 tuition)
Cost for one week: 2,300 (400 enrollment, 1,900 tuition)
Last day to enroll: 5 July 2017


Opening date:
Closing date:


Via del Giglio, 50123 Firenze, Italia

Hours and prices

Dalle 9,00 alle 13,00
dalle 14,00 alle 17,30
dal lunedi al sabato

From 9.00 am  to 1.00 pm
From 2.00 pm  to 5.30 pm 
from Monday to Saturday

Totale costo di iscrizione per le due settimane: 4.200 euro (400 iscrizione, 3.800 retta)
Costo per una settimana: 2.300 (400 iscrizione, 1.900 retta)
Termine ultimo per le iscrizioni: 5 luglio 2017

Total cost of enrollment for two weeks: 4,200 euro (400 enrollment, 3,800 tuition)
Cost for one week: 2,300 (400 enrollment, 1,900 tuition)
Last day to enroll: 5 July 2017

Contact info

Per iscrizioni e pagamenti scrivere a:

For enrollment and payments contact:

APAB – Borgo Santa Croce 6, 50122 – Firenze – Tel: +39 055 488017 , +39 3987098 - 




First week: ​Participatory Plant Breeding




Introduction: The problems of the planet – Seeds are central – The monopoly of food, seed and pesticides – The modern age’s diseases – Agriculture, Food and Health – Smart Food

Definitions: Biodiversity – Agro Biodiversity – Germplasm (Gene Banks) – Varieties and Species – Pure Line, Clones, Hybrids - F1 and F2 – Genes and Chromosomes – Genotype and Phenotype – Plant Breeding – Biotechnologies – Genetically modified crops (GE crops)

Plant reproduction (where the seeds come from?): Differences between cross–pollinated, self-pollinated and vegetatively propagated crops – ow to make a cross – Differences between F1 and F2


Elements of genetics –Elements of agricultural statistics – Participatory Plant Breeding (PPB): how to organize it, the science of PPB (data collection, data analysis), examples from past and running projects, results (1)


Participatory Plant Breeding (PPB): how to organize it, the science of PPB (data collection, data analysis), gender and PPB, examples from past and running projects, results (cont.) Seed Laws


Field Visit (an PPB experiment)


Evolutionary Plant Breeding – Populations and Mixtures – The science of Evolutionary Plant Breeding - How to use mixtures and populations (population management and selection)


Seed Laws

Baking with traditional grain flour


Second week: Management of the agricultural company and biodynamic agriculture Recovery and improvement of soils in viticulture, horticolture, and cereal crops




Introduction: the biodynamic agricultural  method for soil improvement in viticulture horticulture and cereal crops


Biodynamic Viticulture: implementation of the method in Italy and abroad


Researches in agroecology (at the university farm in Florence)

Implementation of the byodinamic method in Tuscany (at a biodynamic farm)


Importance of the use of biodynamic preparations in the agricultural organism


Biodynamic horticulture (at a biodynamic horticultural farm of Naples)


Researches and future prospects in biodynamic agriculture.

CREA ( Research Institute for agriculture and analysis in agricultural economics)



Distance from the center: 0.00 km
Nearest airport: Firenze, Italia 0.62 km
Nearest station: Firenze Santa Maria Novella, Stazione Ferroviaria, Piazza Santa Maria Novella, 50123 Firenze, Italia 0.40 km
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