Project Title

RISOBIOSYSTEMS - Development and extension in support of the organic rice sector



Scientific leader

Elena Pagliarino

Lead partner of the project

CREA Council for Agricultural Research and Economics

Funding organization

MIPAAF Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies


The BLUEMED Project is a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) within Horizon 2020 for the exploitation of the BLUEMED Research and Innovation Initiative for blue jobs and growth in the Mediterranean area and the implementation of the BLUEMED Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). As a tool for reaching these objectives, 4 thematic interconnecting Platforms at Mediterranean and National level have been created (Knowledge, Technology, Economy and Policy). They aim to support integrated science, technology, economy and political efforts, upgrading the services of the marine environment, its resources and the cultural heritage in a sustainable way. Platforms are conceived as operative environments where national representatives interact to convey the messages related to the actions identified in the BLUEMED SRIA and act as observatories for monitoring the system.  IRCRES is the coordinator of the national Economy Platform.

Kick off




Project link


Research Lines


Regional Sustainable Growth

Project products

Pagliarino E., Orlando F., Vaglia V., Rolfo S. and Bocchi S., (2020), “Participatory research for sustainable agriculture: the case of the Italian agroecological rice network”, in: European Journal of Futures Research, 8(7).

Orlando F., Bacenetti J., Bocchi S., Vaglia V., Pagliarino E., Alali S., Organic Rice Network, (2020), “Organic rice farming in North Italy: innovative practices to contain weeds and related yields from participatory research”, in: Agricultural systems.

Pagliarino E. and Rolfo S., (2020), “Understanding attitudes, values, opportunities and barriers in participatory research: the case of the Riso-Biosystems project on organic rice”, in: The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension (in publishing).

Organization of national conferences and seminars, participation in national and international conferences for the dissemination of results.

Creation of a stable network of participatory research among scientists, farmers, public officials, companies.

Realization of a documentary video (“Riso-Biosystems. Stories of bio”) and technical videos.

Public engagement initiatives aimed at citizens (Eco & eco tour) and high schools.














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