Besides the research mission, IPSP is engaged in transferring technologies and innovations in the form of cooperation with public and private enterprises to help resolve diverse societal challenges. Here we present the two groups that are currently involved in the so-called “third mission”: GRUDIS and IBiG.
The IPSP is strongly involved in scientific communication and dissemination and aims at building a bridge between the public and the world of plant biology through various educational and didactic actions. It has taken and takes part to numerous events that involve both students of different grades/levels and the normal public, such as the Researcher Night, the Fascination of Plant Day, the Geneva Science Festival, the Salone del Libro of Turin. Part of the IPSP communication and dissemination activity is carried out by GRUDIS (Group for Scientific Dissemination), which design and organize activities and events in order to stimulate interest in the world of research, to increase the perception of the importance of science, to spread knowledge and describe discoveries in the field of plant protection. GRUDIS acts in contexts where the communication of science is not just in one-way direction, but also bidirectional, that is, where the public is involved in interactive activities, simulation games, manipulation, exhibitions. Recipients of GRUDIS are both the scientific community and the general public, but especially school children. GRUDIS has 19 members who participate actively in the preparation of materials for dissemination (paper or multimedia), in writing projects, in the organization of seminars or conferences, in design and production of games and exhibitions. Many other colleagues, who are not officially part of the group, get easily involved in various phases of the preparation and management of the events. The members of GRUDIS are: Barbarossa Loredana, Bianciotto Valeria, Brilli Federico, Caciagli Piero, Cerro Daniela, Cillo Fabrizio, Ciuffo Marina, Della Rocca Gianni, Delliri Andrea, De Luca Francesca, Fanelli Elena, Marian Daniele, Maserti Bianca Elena, Miozzi Laura, Pollastri Susanna, Ruocco Michelina, Troccoli Alberto, Vallino Marta, Vinale Francesco.
With the advent of high-throughput -omics, life scientists need to analyze biological data sets that are constantly growing and handle the complexity of such massive information. In order to help address this challenge in our Institute, the IPSP Bioinformatic Group (IBiG) was constituted at the end of 2018. IBiG is currently based at the Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection in Turin (Italy).
Members of the group have extensive academic background in plant biology plus several years of experience in applying bioinformatics methods to solve biological problems.
The group members are: Simona Abbà, Marco Chiapello, Stefano Ghignone, Laura Miozzi and Silvia Rotunno.
Our competencies include: transcriptomic assembly, virus discovery, metagenomics, proteomics, experimental design, statistical analysis, numerical ecology, protein/gene differential expression, R programming, small RNA-seq analyses, miRNA identification and degradome analysis.
IBiG Mission is:
• to provide tailored assistance in the experimental design of next generation sequencing projects, data analysis and interpretation, either in the form of scientific collaborations (co-autorship) or in the form of fees based on the amount of time required for support from the members of the group;
• to use and develop open source bioinformatics tools;
• to train and educate students and academics in bioinformatics concepts and best practices;
• to regularly attend at seminars, congress and meetings which allow exchange on best practice and updating on the last bioinformatics approaches and tools;
• to network with other national and international bioinformatics groups, sharing information and experiences and contributing to form a lively bionformatics community.
For more information please contact us: info-IBig@ipsp.cnr.it
The Italian Herbicide Resistance Working Group (GIRE) is an informal group which includes representatives from public research organisations, universities, farmers’ advisors and agrochemical industries that have herbicides which are directly or indirectly affected by herbicide resistance in Italy. GIRE was established in 1997 and is coordinated by the researchers at the Legnaro Unit of IPSP, who also manage the database of herbicide resistance cases in Italy.
The spread of resistance and the need to make the information produced and collected by GIRE publicly and readily available led to the setting up of a web site (www.resistenzaerbicidi.it) which contains general information on herbicide resistance (definitions, weeds and cropping systems involved, herbicide classification, literature), as well as specific guidelines for various resistant weeds and cropping systems. The web site includes an application for mapping herbicide resistant biotypes at national level. This page is also available in English.
The mission of GIRE is to facilitate the effective management of herbicide resistance by fostering understanding, co-operation and communication between public and private actors, in order to:
- foster a responsible attitude to herbicide use;
- promote and contribute to a better understanding of the causes and consequences of herbicide resistance;
- promote and communicate herbicide resistance management strategies and support their implementation through practical guidelines;
- support and participate in research, conferences, seminars that serve to increase the understanding of herbicide resistance;
- encourage active collaboration between public and private researchers.