- MEDITERRANEAN ORGANIC AGRICULTURE
The Master Programme: One Academic Year (60ECTS)
The main objective of the Master Programme in “Mediterranean Organic Agriculture” is training graduate agronomists and agricultural engineers to produce innovation in the Mediterranean organic agriculture, creating and maintaining sustainability in the farming system, assisting and contributing to the development of the Organic Sector both at national and regional level.
In this framework, further goals are:
- Developing agronomic skills related to practices and techniques of Mediterranean Organic Agriculture production and management;
- Developing skills related to legislation, inspection, certification and labelling of organically-produced food and fibres;
- Building capacity in socio-economic analysis and market strategy for organic agriculture;
- Providing trainees with the necessary tools and expertise to assess agricultural, environmental, and socio-economic opportunities and constraints of organic agriculture in different Mediterranean areas.
The Master of Science Programme: Two Academic Years (120ECTS)
In the second year, students who have successfully completed the first year and met all the prerequisites set by the Institute, draft a thesis based on experimental research work.
The scientific results derived from research work are usually announced on the occasion of International Conferences and/or published in scientific journals.
Topics generally available for Master of Science theses are:
- Use of bio-effectors to enhance plant nutrition, promote growth, increase productivity and synthesis of secondary metabolites;
- Effects of organic amendments on soil chemical, biological and biochemical indicators;
- Sustainable and productive organic vegetable greenhouse productions;
- Development of gentle processing biotechnologies to preserve and improve nutritional, safety, sensory and shelf-life properties of organic foods;
- Copper alternative fungicides to be used in organic grape or tomato production;
- Control of Planococcusficus in organic grapevine production;
- Effects of management practices on quantitative/qualitative characteristics of organic table grapes;
- Integrated analysis of agricultural practices impacts on biodiversity at different levels (soil, flora, vegetation and landscape) in Apulia Region -Southern Italy;
- Mapping and analysis of organic cotton value chain;
- Protocol and guidelines for cross checking the organic market and trade data;
- Microeconomic comparative analysis of the organic viticulture versus the conventional ones;
- The impacts of private standards (organic, fair trade) on cotton producers in developing countries.