Chestnut R&D Center Piemonte

The center


The Center was  born in 2003 by Piemonte Region, University of Torino and local Institutions on the basis of the historical and traditional bond between chestnut and the territory, betting on the potentiality of chestnut cultivation for Italy.

The Center was formally established on 10 February 2009, by Regional Law No 4. Nowadays it joins public bodies, as well as stakeholders interested in chestnut-growing sector.


The Chestnut R&D Center Piemonte hosts one of the broadest and most comprehensive chestnut genetic variability collections, located over an area traditionally devoted to chestnut and close to new intensive chestnut orchards.

Established on about 5 ha surface, the arboretum counts the main Castanea species (C. sativa, C. mollissima, C. dentata, C. pumila, C. crenata and their hybrids) and about 150 cultivars ranging from the most part of Italy to the main chestnut areas worldwide.


  • Chemical and merceological analysis

    Chemical analysis on composition, secondary metabolites and merceological traits are routinely conducted to characterize from a nutritional and nutraceutical point of view the fresh chestnuts and their derivatives. Analytical protocols and advanced techniques such as spectrophotometry and high-performance liquid chromatography are performed. The main analysis...

  • Entomological analysis

    Identification of symptoms and arthropods (mites and insects) using traditional techniques (visual identification, use of stereoscopic microscope, upbringing of species up to the stage for identification) and/or molecular techniques (DNA extraction, PCR essay using taxon-specific primers, sequencing techniques on DNA regions for diagnostic/recognition purposes and...

  • Phytopathological analysis

    Phytopathological analysis consist of general diagnosis and identification of pathogens by conventional and/or molecular techniques. Surveys on Cryphonectria parasitica population are carried out, through identification of vegetative compatibility groups, and the frequency of hypovirulent strains is investigated.

  • Genetic analysis

    Genetic analysis are performed with molecular markers to identify and characterize local and not-local cultivars.

Our contacts
Tel.: 011 6708801; 0171 690461
Where we are:
Regione Gambarello 23, 12013 Chiusa di Pesio (CN)



Sportello counceling

c/o Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, University of Turin
P.zza Torino n. 3, 12100 Cuneo
From 10:00 to 12:30, from Monday to Friday, by appointment