The Center

HISTORY

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 supports scientific research and innovation in chestnut cultivation. The main activities of the Center are aimed at providing scientific and technical answers to chestnut growing, helping to renewing the sector, improving its competitiveness and enhance the chestnut as a fruit & wood tree, and as a characterizing component of mountain and foothill ecosystems.

Research

Who we are

ARBORICULTURE AND NURSERY TECHNIQUES

Gabriele L. Beccaro  1

M. Gabriella Mellano  1

Dario Donno  1

PESTS

Alberto Alma  1

Chiara Ferracini  1

DISEASES

Paolo Gonthier  1

Luana Giordano  1

Guglielmo G. Lione  1

BREEDING AND BIOTECHNOLOGIES

Roberto Botta  1

Daniela Marinoni  1

FORESTRY AND COPPICE MANAGEMENT

Igor Boni  2

Andrea Ebone  2

TIMBER AND WOOD TECHNOLOGIES

Roberto Zanuttini  1

Corrado Cremonini  1

Guido Locatelli  3

LANDSCAPE

Marco Devecchi  1

NURSERY (PIEMONTE REGION AND NURSERY SERVICE)

Marco Rocca  4

COMMUNICATION

Marco Bussone  5

SCIENTIFIC COORDINATOR

Gabriele L. Beccaro  1

TECHNICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATION

M. Gabriella Mellano  1

  1. Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences – University of Turin
  2. IPLA – Institute for Wood Plants and the Environment
  3. Ecoforeste s.r.l.
  4. Regione Piemonte
  5. Unione Nazionale Comuni, Comunità ed Enti montani

Dissemination

The Chestnut R&D Center Piemonte supports dissemination through the organisation of training activities, both practical and theorical, for the specialisation of the stakeholders who work in chestnut sector.

Courses are held together with institutions highly specialised in agricultural training activities.

A counselling desk facilitates networking and connections between the research and development sectors making it possible to set up direct exchanges on the different aspects of the growing process between researchers, technicians and growers.

Competences and experience of researchers and technicians working at the Center are available to answer to any of your questions.

The Chestnut R&D Center has its own magazine, named CASTANEA and periodically published in English and Italian, and it organizes and takes part in congress and events at local, national and international scale. Moreover, it has been working for years at the National Marrone Fair, in Cuneo.

 

Some of the conferences organised:

2017

Castagnopiemonte: dal Piemonte una riflessione per lo sviluppo competitivo della castanicoltura

2016

Giovane e castanicoltore. Intervista alle nuove generazioni di castanicoltori

2015

Castanicoltura 2015, coltivare la sostenibilità

2014

I paesaggi Cuneesi della frutticoltura e della castanicoltura: risorse turistiche del territorio

2013

Castagno e Marketing: problematiche e strategie di valorizzazione

2012

Arboreti: collezioni viventi di biodiversità

2011

Riscoprire il Paesaggio del Castagno

2009

Castanea 2009 – 1st European Congress on Chestnut – Food, Timber, Biomass & Energy in Europe

Pubblications

  • Turrini, F., Donno, D., Boggia, R., Beccaro, G. L., Zunin, P., Leardi, R., & Pittaluga, A. M. (2019). An innovative green extraction and re-use strategy to valorize food supplement by-products: Castanea sativa bud preparations as case study. Food Research International, 115, 276-282.

  • Prgomet, I., Torello Marinoni, D., Donno, D., Prgomet, Ž., Mujić, I., Beccaro, G. L., & Bounous, G. (2014). Genetic Diversity of European Chestnut (Castanea sativa Mill.) in Istria and Primorsko-Goranska County (Croatia). Acta Horticulturae, 1043, 87 – 90.

  • Mellano, M. G., Torello-Marinoni, D., Boccacci, P., Donno, D., Cerutti, A. K., & Beccaro, G. L. (2018). Ex situ conservation and characterization of the genetic diversity of Castanea spp. Acta Horticulturae, 1220, (pp. 1-6).

  • Mellano, M. G., Gullino, P., Larcher, F., & Beccaro, G. L. (2018). A multidisciplinary and multiscale interpretative model to plan and manage traditional chestnut landscape in Italy. Acta Horticulturae, 1220, (pp. 121-124).

  • Mellano, M. G., Beccaro, G. L., Donno, D., Torello, Boccacci, P., Canterino, S., Cerutti, A. K., & Bounous, G. (2012). Castanea spp. biodiversity conservation: collection and characterization of the genetic diversity of an endangered species. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 59(8), 1727-1741.

  • Gullino P., Larcher F., Tosco C. (2012). Le permanenze storiche come elementi qualificanti dei paesaggi agrari: il caso di Frassinello Monferrato e Olivola. In CINÀ G., (a cura di), Paesaggi dell’alessandrino. Piani e pratiche di sviluppo locale. Celid editore, Torino, pp. 110-125.

  • Gullino P. (2011). Le componenti agroforestali e le trasformazioni paesaggistiche nell’albese dell’Ottocento. In MONTALDO S., (a cura di), Le Langhe di Camillo Cavour. Dai feudi all’Italia unita, Skira, Milano, pp. 127-133.

  • Gullino P. (2010). Il paesaggio agrario del Piemonte Meridionale. Integrità e storia in una prospettiva UNESCO. Tesi di Dottorato in “Storia e Valorizzazione del patrimonio architettonico, urbanistico e ambientale” del Politecnico di Torino.

  • Gullino P., Larcher F., Devecchi M. (2010). The importance of the Chestnut Cultivation and its evolution in the Piedmont Landscape. ACTA HORTICULTURAE Vol: 866, ISHS 2010, pp 37-42. ISSN: 0567-7572.

  • Donno, D., Beccaro, G. L., Mellano, M. G., Bonvegna, L., & Bounous, G. (2014). Castanea spp. buds as a phytochemical source for herbal preparations: botanical fingerprint for nutraceutical identification and functional food standardisation. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 94(14), 2863-2873.

  • Donno, D., Beccaro, G. L., Masnari, F., Mellano, G. M., Cerutti, A. K., & Bounous, G. (2014). Castanea spp. as Phytochemical Source for Herbal Preparations. Acta Horticulturae, 1043, 75-82.

  • De Biaggi, M., Rapalino, S., Donno, D., Mellano, M. G., & Beccaro, G. L. (2018). Genotype influence on chemical composition and sensory traits of chestnut in 18 cultivars grown on the same rootstock and at the same agronomic conditions. Acta Horticulturae, 1220, (pp. 215-220).

  • Beccaro, G. L., Torello-Marinoni, D., Binelli, G., Donno, D., Boccacci, P., Botta, R., Cerutti, A. K., & Conedera, M. (2012). Insights in the chestnut genetic diversity in Canton Ticino (Southern Switzerland). Silvae Genetica, 61(6), 292 – 300.

  • Beccaro, G. L., Alma, A., Gonthier, P., Mellano, M. G., Ferracini, C., Giordano, L., Lione, G., Donno, D., Boni, I., & Ebone, A. (2018). Chestnut R&D Centre, Piemonte (Italy): 10 years of activity. Acta Horticulturae, 1220, (pp. 133-140).