University of Catania
The Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Environment (Di3A) of Catania University began its activity in November 2014, following the merger of the departments DiGeSA (Department of the Agricultural and Environmental Systems Management) and DISPA (Department of Agrarian and Food Production Science), in turn deriving from the institutions of the former Faculty of Agriculture. Di3A's purpose is to produce high-quality scientific research with high social-economic impact and to organise study courses with highly innovative topics and educational goals designed to meet society and labour market requirements, in particular the agricultural and food production and the environmental protection of the Mediterranean Basin. With reference to cereal biodiversity, the Agronomy and Herbaceous Crops Section of the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Environment (Di3A) proceeded to select a population of a line of durum wheat from a local population of "Russello Ibleo”. This population, starting from its selection, has always been reproduced purely in the experimental fields of the Agricultural farm of the University of Catania. Thanks also to the work of conservation and protection of this germplasm and to the technical-scientific skills on this population of durum wheat acquired within the Department, it was possible to register the population "Rossello Ibleo" in the National Register of conservation varieties, as a synonym of the variety "Ruscia"(Official Gazette Decree of 12/11/2019).