Biodiversity of agro-forestry ecosystems (BIODIV)
BIODIV is the institutional AR dedicated to the morpho-bio-molecular characterization of the biodiversity of organisms and microorganisms associated to agricultural and forestry systems (i.e. “biome”), which includes holobionts, insects, fungi, bacteria, viruses, viroids, weeds and nematodes. Main contexts of study are forests and agricultural ecosystems, with the aim to gain knowledges and to support the food chains and defend it from biotic and abiotic adverse environmental factors. For this reason, BIODIV deals with characterizing, recovering, preserving and enhancing the biodiversity of plants of agricultural and forestry interest, other plants and biocontrol organisms and micro-organisms associated to agro-ecosystems.
BIODIV research adopts and integrates multidisciplinary approaches including morphological, “-omic” and classical genetic approaches to characterize the biodiversity of organisms (harmful or useful) and plants of agricultural and forestry interest.
Keywords: biodiversity, biome, holographic taxonomy, metagenomics, biological-molecular characterization