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Vegetables and Ornamental Crops

It carries out research with integrated and multidisciplinary approaches for genetic improvement, the enhancement of biodiversity, agronomic innovation and the environmentally friendly defense of species cultivated in the open field and under the greenhouse, horticultural, aromatic, floral - ornamental, for urban furniture and nursery productions.

Research activities

The Center conducts research with integrated and multidisciplinary approaches to genetic improvement, enhancement of biodiversity, innovation and environmentally friendly agronomic defense of species cultivated in open fields and in greenhouses, vegetable, herbs, flowers - ornamental, for street furniture and nursery productions. The research objectives and innovation are reflected in increasing sustainable productivity, profitability and efficiency of resources in agro-ecosystems; in the enhancement of genetic resources and ecological and social services from agriculture; in food safety related to quality, authenticity of agricultural products and lifestyles.

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MATI 1909

For four generations, MATI 1909 has been synonymous with excellence in the nursery production of all size of ornamental plants, the design and construction of large and small gardens, and the promotion of a green culture and Tuscan farm food. In Italy and around the world, there are plants that come from our nurseries in gardens, in parks and cities, as well as at the most important organizations. Following a Mati family tradition, we have produced plants with great care using advanced technologies since 1909.

Piante MATI Pistoia was founded in 1909 in Tuscany, as a dynamic family-owned company. It maintained high-quality production using traditional methods while simultaneously being innovative – just like today.

In cultivation nurseries, research is carried out regularly, both independently as well as in collaboration with various universities and research centers, to select new varieties in addition to finding new technologies and innovative products that can increase the quality and range of cultivated plants offered.

In the four production nurseries, located in different areas on the Pistoia plain, cultivation techniques appropriate to each species are applied to the crops, each oriented towards sustainability. Some plants are grown in the ground according to traditional nursery-industry practices; others are grown in technological containers for ready availability as well as to guarantee a strong root system.

Thanks to its hundred-year-old history, Mati 1909 has for years selected trees plantations and individual trees of various sizes and qualities called “specimens“. The company specializes in deciduous and coniferous trees varying in height from 2 to 12 meters, screening shrubs and bushes for natural barriers, roses, Mediterranean plants, citrus fruits grown in terracotta pots according to the art of Renaissance gardeners, ornamental shrubs and many other plants to be used in constructing gardens, public green areas, and landscapes.


Department of Agriculture, Food, Environment and Forestry

The Department of Agriculture, Food, Environment and Forestry (DAGRI) originated in 2019 from the union of two former Departments (GESAAF and DISPAA), bringing together a century long tradition of Agricultural and Forestry studies at the University of Florence.

DAGRI is the second largest Department of the University of Florence and the only one in the Agricultural field, with over 125 academic staff, 60 technicians and administration personnel, 40 PhD students, 60 post doc and 50 research fellows.

The main research lines of the Department are:

  • agriculture (agronomy, arboriculture, crop science, engineering, precision farming)
  • environment and landscape (climate change, relations between urban areas and rural areas, pollution, ecosystem services, land use changes)
  • forestry (forest ecology, silviculture, forest management, forest monitoring and inventory, biodiversity, wood science, forest operations, forest engineering)
  • animal science and game management
  • food science and technology (food quality, food and beverage production processes, food product tracing and certification, sensorial and preference analysis)

The Department is organized in 10 sections:

  • Arboriculture
  • Economics, Assesment and Legislation
  • Forests, Environment, Wood and Landscape
  • Agricultural, Forest and Biosystem Engineering
  • Agricultural Microbiology
  • Forest pathology and Entomology
  • Agronomy, Genetics and Land Management
  • Animal Science
  • Soil and Plant Science
  • Food Science and Technology
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Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari e Agro-ambientali

Our Faculty is the oldest Faculty of Agriculture in the world. It was conceived and realized by Marquis Cosimo Ridolfi 167 years ago. Cosimo Ridolfi was born in 1794. In 1837 he founded a very special School, in Meleto, Val d’Elsa, Tuscany, were he owned an estate, with the aim of teaching agriculture, and of comparing different cultivation practices and techniques. There, he had previously organized what he called “Riunioni Agrarie”, “Agricultural Meetings”, whose discussions he usually reported in the Tuscan Journal of Agriculture, which had been founded in 1830 by Viesseux. For many years he had a dream: the foundation of an Academic Institute in Tuscany, where Agriculture could be taught. His innovative idea was that of “TEACHING AGRICULTURE IN THE UNIVERSITY”, which, in his mind meant “organizing the sciences applied to agriculture at a university level”. Giving dignity to agricultural studies. He explained his revolutionary project during the FIRST MEETING OF ITALIAN SCIENTISTS, which took place in Pisa 1-15 October 1839. On that occasion the subject was discussed in the Section devoted to agricultural scientists, many of whom claimed the establishment of a Public Institute of Agriculture in Tuscany, following the example of the School founded by Ridolfi in Meleto. The Congress and the themes discussed in Pisa by the whole community of Italian scientists had a great impact all over Italy, and one year later, on October the 5th, 1840, Ridolfi obtained the establishment of the Chair of “Agriculture and Stock-breeding” by Grand Duke Leopoldo II of Lorena, within the frame of the new study curricula at the University of Pisa.....--->

On 18 September 2012, the Department of Agricultural, Food and Agro-environmental Sciences (DiSAAA-a) was established from the union of the following structures: Department of Agronomy and Management of the Agro-ecosystem, Department of Biology of Agricultural Plants, Department of Cultivation and Defense of the Wood Species “G. Scaramuzzi "and Faculty of Agriculture.


Green Economy And Agriculture

The name GEA, which in classical mythology represents Mother Earth as the origin of the world, is also the acronym for Green Economy (and) Agriculture, and it is the most recent instrumental company created by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio of Pistoia and Pescia.
GEA pursues the mission of maintaining and enhancing its vast green area and creating a Science and Biotechnology Park to allow for a fruitful exchange between local entrepreneurial activities, the world of research, advanced training and advanced services to businesses, with particular reference to the sectors of sustainable agriculture, renewable energy and the circular economy, as well as the health and well-being of citizens.
Innovation of the agricultural system, enhancement of the local area, safeguarding of the landscape and environmental resources, protection of health, improvement of quality life and environmental education: these are the objectives of the activities developed by GEA.

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Consorzio LaMMA

On 20 December 2007, the Region of Tuscany, the Italian Research Council and the Foundation for Climate and Sustainability established the LaMMA Consortium - Environmental Modelling and Monitoring Laboratory for Sustainable Development, which is incorporated, and autonomous in terms of administration, organisation and accounts (Regional Law n°. 35 dated 23/02/2005).

The Consortium was born out of the project "Laboratorio di Meteorologia Modellistica Ambientale" (LaMMA), which was in turn formed in 1997 by the Region of Tuscany (General Direction for Economic Development, Department of Production Activities) in cooperation with the Italian Research Council (Institute of Biometeorology), with the aim of creating a point of contact between officialdom, the bodies of scientific and technological excellence, industry and the various public services.

The LaMMA Consortium performs two types of closely interrelated activities: technical services, and comprehensive research and innovation activities, thus constituting a centre of excellence.

The main sectors in which the LaMMA Consortium specialises are meteorology, climatology, geographic information systems (GIS) and geology. The Consortium has also acquired considerable experience in the field of atmospheric pollutant dispersion modelling, anemological studies for the purposes of exploiting wind energy, marine and oceanographic modelling, monitoring of pollutants and the state of health of the sea, and monitoring of vegetation.

The research projects and technical services developed by the consortium often involve the use of territorial information systems for the management of resources and environmental risks. We use advanced modelling, and process data from a wide range of sources, but principally from satellite.

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Società Toscana di Orticultura

The Tuscan Horticultural Society was born in 1854 on the initiative of the Accademia dei Georgofili, with the aim of encouraging and promoting horticulture in Tuscany. After almost two centuries, its cultivation activity continues, not only with the organization of flower-nursery market exhibitions and training courses on horticulture, gardening, garden architecture and agriculture, but also thanks to a library equipped with numerous volumes ancients and a historical archive: concrete evidence of its importance at national and international level.

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Georgofili Academy

Georgofili is a compound word made up of two terms, georgo and filo and means “for the love of agriculture” or “friends of agriculture”.

The academy’s emblem contains the symbols of agriculture dedicated to the goddess Ceres (an ear of wheat, an olive branch and a bunch of grapes) as well as those associated with economic activity and commerce dedicated to the god Mercury (a caduceus: a winged wand with twined snakes).

Even the motto Prosperitati Publicae Augendae (to increase public welfare) highlights how the Georgofili Academy’s activities have always been focused on the public interest.

The Accademia dei Georgofili was founded in Florence in 1753 on the initiative of Ubaldo Montelatici, Canon of the Lateran, in order to "make continuous and well-regulated experiences, and observations, to bring perfection to the highly beneficial Art of Tuscan cultivation".

The Georgofili Academy is the oldest institution of its kind in the world dealing with agriculture, the environment, food, and promoting the advancement of knowledge, the development of technical economic activities and social growth. By adapting the organization, methodology and working tools to the times, it has always maintained its role and the objectives set out in the articles of association.

The Georgofili have represented and represent a tool to compare and circulate ideas, connecting with the world and helping to maintain the prestige of our culture, always in full respect of their motto Prosperitati Publicae Augendae.



The Italian Academy of Forest Sciences, is an independent Institution, under the umbrella of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. The present Statute dates from 1952. The Academy is organized in 4 sections: Forest economics, policy and law; Silviculture and Environment protection, Forest Engineering, Forest technology and industries.

The Italian Academy of Forest Sciences was founded on June 21st, 1951, with a decree signed by Prof. Amintore Fanfani, then Minister of Agriculture and Forestry. The first President, in office until 1980, was Prof. Generoso Patrone. His successors have been Alessandro de Philippis and Fiorenzo Mancini. At the moment the President is Orazio Ciancio.

The aim of the Academy is to contribute to the progress of forest sciences, and related juridical, historical and economic aspects, considering their implications in silviculture, as fundamental elements for national prosperity.

Main activities

  • The Academy promotes research on scientific, technical, economic and legal issues related to forest management and environmental protection;
  • organises conferences, workshops and seminars on these fields;
  • publishes academic proceedings, technical and scientific studies, surveys, monographs, collections of essays and journals;
  • cooperates with similar national and foreign institutions;
  • maintains a library specialized in forest sciences.
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Associazione Osservatorio Mestieri d'Arte

OmA was founded in 2001 as a series of specific projects developed by Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze with the aim to promote the field of the artistic crafts and to create a European network of institutions to promote the understanding of different cultural identities, disclose and explore the themes of the quality of the productions, and training. In 2010 OmA becomes nonprofit association between banking foundations with headquarters and specialized personnel at the Ente Cassa di Risparmio in Florence. The magazine "OmA" and the web portal, created in 2006, are tools provided by the association to promote the artistic crafts in the various territories.

The OmA proposes to monitor the history, traditions, techniques, projects and innovations, analyzing the prospects for the future, the relationship with the world market, research, education and training for students, publish informative books on the subjects and techniques of artistic crafts, organizing conferences, meetings to examine the opportunities and issues related to the artistic crafts.

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The Institute for BioEconomy

The Institute for BioEconomy – IBE – was born on June 1, 2019 from the merger of Biometeorology Institute (IBIMET) and Trees and Timber Institute (IVALSA), which over the years have developed and complementarity in the strategic sector of the bioeconomy. This discipline, including the activities that use the bio-renewable resources of the terrestrial biosphere to produce food, materials and energy, therefore includes the comparison of primary production (agriculture, forests, fishing), as well as the industrial sectors of use and transformation of resources, the agri-food sector, the wood sector, part of the chemical industry, biotechnology and industry. Environmental sustainability strategies and the use of resources, the reduction of impacts, the strengthening of resilience and the support to mitigation are included in this theme, which therefore has a strong interdisciplinary value. A bioeconomy worthy of this name and location in this historical moment of change cannot be separated from the knowledge of the factors that regulate the function and survival of man-made systems, therefore from meteorology, climatology and oceanography, which belong to members of the Institute.


IBE deals with the definition of mitigation strategies and adaptation to global changes, and the development of sustainable systems for the use of bio-resources for food, manufacturing, construction and energy purposes. At this institute we study the primary productivity of agro-ecosystems, the protection of plant biodiversity, the sustainable use of wood and the wooden cultural heritage, the development of new technologies and methodologies for the management and collection of biomass, for the precision agriculture, the development of meteorological, oceanographic and climatological modeling and climate services, the analysis of the environmental sustainability of production processes and products and the enhancement of ecosystem services, including those of the rural, periurban and urban system. Due to the nature of the disciplines involved, the Institute of Bioeconomy is heavily involved in training, communication, dissemination and engagement activities, in the development of innovative teaching methods and in raising citizens’ awareness of issues related to the relationship between the environment, risks and technologies. and society, food security.