Department of Agro-forest and Environmental Sciences and Technologies
The Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria is attended by over 10.000 students coming from Calabria and Sicily and abroad.
A modern university campus holds education and research structures with 4 faculties, 11 departments and 60 laboratories. Three faculties (Architecture, Engineering and Agricultural/Environmental Sciences) are devoted to territory, forming a politechnical school of environment with marked attention to landscape, urban asset and green economy. A fourth faculty (Law) works also on economics and archaeology.
The Department of Agro-forest and Environmental Sciences and Technologies (STAfA), established in 1996, is linked to the Faculty of Agricultural/Environmental Sciences.
The research activities of Dept. STAfA can be summarized as follows:
Economic, technical and legal constraints in agriculture and forest sectors conservation of environmental resources exploitation of natural resources and local products agriculture engineering (mechanics, hydraulics, rural building)Livestock food and biochemical processes botany agricultural microbiology zootechnics food quality and safety exploitation of Mediterranean official herbs.
Mission and Activities
The education activities of Faculty of Agricultural/Environmental Sciences provide four 1st-level degree courses (Forest and Environmental Sciences; Agricultural Sciences; Agro-food Sciences; Mediterranean Crop Production), two 2nd-level courses (Forest and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Agro-food Sciences), one Ph.D. course (Rural development, Sciences and Technologies of Agro-forest and Zoo-technical Productions with curricula in: Zootechnics; Agricultural Engineering; Rural Economy) and two M.Sc. (Biomasses and Energy: Production, Recovery and Agro-forest Biomasses Exploitation; Quality and Safety of Food against Food Adulterations).
A group of researchers, working at the Agricultural Hydraulics and Watershed Management Section of the Dept. STAfA, carries out since long time research activities (linked to education as well), concerning the following subjects: small watershed hydrology; soil erosion and conservation at plot, hillslope and watershed scales; river control works design; modelling of hydrological processes; agricultural recycling of urban/agro-industrial wastewater; management of agro-food industry by-products.
Parallel to that, NKUA has always remained faithful to the idea of “University” as this is described by Humboldt; an institution, that is, in which society reflects upon itself.
The Laboratory of Ecology and Systematics was established in the 70’s by the late Prof. K. Anagnostidis and is directed thereafter by Prof. Dr. Athina Economou-Amilli. The Lab staff has extensive expertise in the fields of algae, plant and animal ecology and systematics. Special experience was gained by research on phytoplankton and benthic algae, as well as on primary productivity and anthropogenic impacts pertaining to domestic and abroad marine habitats, coastal lagoonal habitats, fluvial habitats and lacustrine habitats. The Lab created and maintains a strain bank of about 150 marine phytoplankton strains. The Lab team developed over the years expertise also in applied phycology for water depuration and aquaculture, harmful algae, and ecophysiology and cryostorage of phytoplankton. Numerous research projects and scientific cooperation efforts with academics in Greece and abroad were carried out over the years.
The Lab occupies a lot of space in the University with facilities for algae culturing, chemical analysis of water and biomass samples, microbial analysis, a lot of high quality microscopes some equipped with data imaging systems, scanning electron microscope. The Lab has an extensive collection of water sampling tools for field work and a very well organised library with lots of books, keys monographs and rare literature about algae.
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