Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (SSSA, founded in 1987) is a public university institute – with special autonomy – working in the field of applied sciences. SSSA aims at experimenting innovative paths in research and education. Due to its international nature, education of excellence and scientific community, SSSUP established itself as a reference both in Italy and abroad, ranking tenth (and first in Italy) in the 2016 ranking of the 150 best young universities in the world compiled by the Times Higher Education. The Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) is one of the six thematic groups into which the School is organized. The scientific mission of the ILS covers two macro-areas: (1) Agricultural Sciences and Plant Biotechnology, and (2) Biomedical Sciences. In particular, the research carried out in the macro-area Agricultural Sciences and plant Biotechnology addresses two main domains: plant sciences and agronomy, with a focus on various aspects of plant biology, food and energy crops, agrobiodiversity, and agroecosystem management. In this context, the ILS members participating to DIVERCROP have a long experience in national and European research projects dealing with land use and land cover change, with a focus on the landscape level characterization of agricultural and farming systems.
Role of partner in the project: The SSSA will mainly contribute to WP1 and WP2. First, contributing to the coordination of WP1 mobilizing the know-how on remote sensing data collection and database managing. In addition, the SSSA team will leverage the own expertise on landscape level analysis of agricultural data in Mediterranean areas to ensure the consistency between the data management and the statistical approaches developed in WP2. Second, SSSA will participate to the WP2 to identify the variables needed to address the characterization of theoretical influence of cropping systems on spontaneous vegetation. To this end, the SSSA team will interact also with Nicola Silvestri (University of Pisa, and affiliated to the Institute of Life Science of SSSA) to improve the identification of proxies capable to account for the farm level characteristics in the farming system typology that will be developed by the WP2 leaders. In addition, the SSSA team will also contribute to support the model development (WP3) as well as to management of local case studies (WP4) thanks to the experience of comanagement in previous projects with most of the DIVERCROP members (e.g., for the DAUME project)
and to the land system assessment fostered in WP5.
Tiziana Sabbatini is an engineer in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing. She has different experience on participating to international research programs: (SERIAL WELFIR, IPNOA,DAUME, MARSOL,FREEWAT)
Anna Camilla Moonen: PhD, full time researcher in agroecology and assistant professor at SSSA. Her research areas involve management of agrobiodiversity and farm management for development of sustainable cropping systems. She mainly works on arable cropping systems, but recently extended her works also on olive groves and vegetable systems. She deals also with the study of agroecosystem services with conceptual and experimental approaches to address agrobiodiversity related to weed control, pest control and soil fertility. C. Moonen has coordinated and participated to several research project financed either by the MiPAAF or by the EU (e.g., coordinator of Work Package 2 for the KBBE_2012 Project QUESSA http://www.quessa.eu/ )
Davide Rizzo: PhD, is an agronomist and fixed-term contract researcher with extensive experience in landscape level characterization of agricultural practices (e.g., crop sequences, fertilization, irrigation). He collaborated to several regional studies and a European FP7 project addressing the development of support tools for the territorial policy-making (LogistEC http://www.logistecproject.eu/ ).
Nicola Silvestri: PhD, is a full time researcher at Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment – Pisa University. His research activity has been focused on the evaluation of cropping system sustainability and the use of indicators, modelling and GIS in studies on a regional scale. He coordinated many research projects in collaboration with the LandLab – Scuola Superiore S.Anna, such as the study of alternative cropping system within the Nitrate Vulnerable Area of the Massaciuccoli Lake catchment (2008-2011; founded by the Tuscany Region) and “A GIS data-base implementation on the soil use, the quality of waters and the farms typology within the park’s borders” (2012-2013; founded by Regional Park of Migliarino – San Rossore – Massaciuccoli). Dr. Silvestri will be mobilized by the SSSA thanks to his expertise on the project topics, in particular of WP2. He does not participate to the funding requirement because his principal affiliation is UniPI, though he will be joined to the scientific valorization based on the
Ricardo Villani (Phd)