CREA, Council for Research in Agriculture and Analysis of Agricultural Economics, is the most important Italian agri-food research body dedicated to agri-food chains with legal personality under public law, supervised by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies (Mipaaf). Our scientific expertise ranges from the agricultural, zootechnical, fisheries, forestry, agro-industrial and nutritional sectors to the socio-economic field, covering sectors ranging from genetics to physiology, mechanics and robotics, and the study of innovative technical means for the sustainable management of production, the management of soil fertility and functionality, silviculture, the ecology of natural and cultivated environments, livestock farming, the processes of the agri-food industry, the nutritional properties of food and its optimal consumption to maintain good health and reduce waste, with an eye to consumer protection. We have full scientific, statutory, organizational, administrative and financial autonomy.

Using a multidisciplinary approach, we face the great challenges of the 21st century related to the sustainability of agri-food production in the spirit of the principles of the circular economy, the bio-economy and the transfer of innovation.

In 2015, CREA reorganized itself by creating 12 research centres, 6 in the supply chain and 6 across the country, eliminating overlaps and rationalizing economic and personnel resources.

In particular, the Bari office belongs to the Agriculture and Environment Research Centre, which carries out studies and research for the characterization, sustainable management and spatial-temporal modelling of agricultural and forestry ecosystems through an inter and multidisciplinary approach.

In particular it deals with:

  • Agricultural systems: use of integrated research methods (field trials, agri-ecological indicators, simulation models) to provide information to stakeholders on climate risk, environmental impact, ecosystem services;
  • Soil sustainability: improvement of soil hydraulic function, increase in organic matter content and increase in carbon sequestration; to tackle desertification, loss of biodiversity and soil biomass and the consequent decline in crop production;
  • Climate change: specific studies are carried out in the field of agri-meteorology and modelling for the definition of robust analysis methodologies for the development of Decision Support Systems both at national and regional level;
  • Agri-environmental indicators: improvement of national estimates of ammonia emissions (95% in Italy comes from agriculture) and greenhouse gases in agriculture as required by the EU, and risk assessment of biological phenomena through chemical, biological, microbial and agri-climatic indicators, through the use of new opportunities provided by the Copernicus programme;
  • Services, analysis, data and models: preparation of databases (soil, climate, microorganisms) and models (static and simulation) of CREA, useful for agricultural management to be made available to different stakeholders and generally not accessible to end users.

CREA role in TAGs project

Within the TAGs Project, CREA plays the role of Lead Partner.

In detail, it coordinates the activities of the:

  • WP1-Managment Costs: it manages the phases of receiving and sending documents and requests from the partners, required for a successful implementation of the project by interfacing with the funding bodies;
  • WP3- Definition of Innovation Support Services (ISS), legal, and regulatory framework for the implementation of Cross Border cluster of Local Action Groups: compiles and collects the contributions of all partners in order to produce reports.

Also, it is responsible for the activities of the following deliverables:

  • 2– Life Cycle Assessment Report;
  • 4– Report on the success stories of TAGs project with technological and business cases.


In addition, as a partner it participates in the activities of the:

  • WP2- Information and publicity, of the deliverables:
  • 1-Implementation, testing and validation of Innovative TAGs model and services – Report, tools and demonstration objects, where it plays the role of data acquisition on the LAG pilot field through instruments able to detect the physiological state of apricot trees in order to implement the information concerning crop management;
  • 4– ICT tool to improve knowledge access and encourage interactions between Research and Technology providers, enterprises and Policy Makers;
  • 3– Creation of the statute and guidelines for the Cross Border cluster;
  • 4– Report on the success stories of TAGs project with technological and business cases.
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