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Milan Office:

IBBA Headquarter and Plant Biosynthesis Laboratories are located in:

Via Edoardo Bassini 15 (entrance from via Alfonso Corti 12), 20133 Milano

Director: Dr. Aldo Ceriotti

tel. +39 0223699 430-444 fax. +39 0223699 411

Administration e-mail: segreteria*ibba.cnr.it (1)

Director e-mail: direttore*ibba.cnr.it (1)

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(1) in order to avoid spamming the "@" was replaced by "*".

The Plant Biosynthesis Laboratories come from the previous Institute for Crop Plant Biosynthesis (IBV, Istituto Biosintesi Vegetali). The IBV, established in 1974, was a research body of CNR. Since 1985, in compliance with the Italian Law 46/82 , IBV was registered as a highly qualified laboratory. In 1999, the Advisory Committee for CNR Agricultural Sciences awarded IBV with the labelling of "excellence centre". From 1974 to 1983, IBV was directed by Prof. Giuseppe Torti and from 1983 to 2002 by Dr. Alcide Bertani. The Institute interests were in the field of plant biochemistry, molecular biology and biotechnology. The scientific aims of the research was to gain, through a multi-discipline approach encompassing biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, physiology and bioinformatic, an understanding of the physiological and molecular mechanisms underlying the growth, development, reproduction and acquisition-maintenance of the biochemical characteristics of crop plants, as well as to implement technological and biotechnological developments supporting the current research studies and their applications. Up to year 2002, IBV Research activity output was about 300 papers on JCR journals; some patents in the biotechnological field; a large number of gene sequences deposited in international databases; new biological material (transgenic plants or tissues); database on current research information systems; methodologies for the production of metabolites and proteins of industrial and pharmacological interest.
In February 2002, following a process of mergers and reorganisation involving the CNR research network, IBV merged into the Institute of Agricultural Biology and Biotechnology (IBBA) as the core research group of the new Institute. The headquarter of the new IBBA is the same as the former IBV's headquarter, in Milan - Via Bassini, 15.
The Plant Biosynthesis Unit comprises 6 laboratories for radioisotope manipulation, microbiology, tissue and cell culture, analytical chemical analyses, and bioinformatics genomics, as well as 6 biochemistry/molecular biology labs. The Institute is entitled to perform class 1 MOGM works. The main equipments include: ultra-centrifuges, DNA-thermo cyclers, electrophoretic devices, particle gun apparatus, aseptic cabinets, microscopes, spectrofotometers and spectrofluorimeters, luminometer, HPLCs with a wide range of detectors, HPTLC, FPLCs, spectroradiometer, CCD and digital cameras for image analysis, IRGAs, pressure chamber, psichrometers, phytotrones, and growth chambers.
The main research projects carried out can be summarised as follows: molecular and cellular biology of storage seed proteins; molecular mechanisms that determine the correct protein traffic and accumulation in the plant secretory pathway; biochemical, physiological and molecular basis of plant adaptation to environmental stress as well as to the presence of exogenous genes; plant biotechnology; non food plants as renewable energy. The development of technologies and biotechnologies of agricultural and industrial interest is the principal point of contact, cultural integration and cooperation among the different departments (sections) of IBBA.

Staff working at IBBA's headquarters (last update april 2016): 17 researchers, 10 technicians, 7 administrative employees, 3 associated researchers. Training activities: an average of 20 trainees (providing assistance with graduation theses to PhD students, undergraduates, and issuing professional qualifications and awarding scholarships to graduates).

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