Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences
Università Politecnica delle Marche
The Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental (D3A) was founded in 2012 as the new teaching and research structure, as expected by the Law 240/2010 (Gelmini Law), combining the facilities and activities of the former Faculty of Agriculture and related Departments. This is a further step in the history of study and research in agricultural sector carried out by the Università Politecnica delle Marche. The history of this new department starts with the foundation of the Faculty of Agriculture in 1986. In this period the research activities were carried out by the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Biotechnology (DI.BI.AG.A.), founded 1992. Such a structure, whose research work was aimed to the study of issues related to the fields of agronomy, biology, environment, technology, food and agricultural economy. This Department was turned off in 2003 in order to create new more homogeneous structures on the basis of the different research topics. For this goal, the Departments of Food Sciences (DI.SA), Applied Sciences to Complex Systems (S.A.S.C), and Environmental Sciences and Crop Production (SAPROV), were established. In the year 2008 the Departments of Food Sciences (DI.S.A.), and Applied Sciences to Complex Systems (S.A.S.C.), were merged into a single Structure named Department of Food, Agro-Engineering, Physical, Economical, and Landscape Sciences (SAIFET).The Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences was founded in July 2011 in order to comply to the reorganization of the Departmental Structures of the Università Politecnica delle Marche. The Botanical Gardens "Selva di Gallignano" of the Università Politecnica delle Marche, the Interdepartmental Centre for Landscape Research (CIRP) and the Didactic and Experimental Farm ‘Pasquale Rosati belong to the D3A.
The Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences carries out scientific researches, university teaching and contract works in different research areas: agronomy, agricultural engineering and landscape, biochemistry, plant biology and forestry, chemical sciences, tree crops, agricultural genetics, plant pathology, agricultural entomology food, industrial, and environmental microbiology, agricultural and environmental economic systems, physical sciences, food science and technology, soil sciences and animal production.
With reference to the teaching activity, there are three Bachelor’s Degree courses, three Master’s Degree courses, a PhD course and post-graduate studies (Masters and Specialization Courses).
Referring to the research activity, the Department boasts many national and international projects and partnerships.
The ranking La Repubblica-CENSIS has constantly placed the Faculty of Agriculture and the current Department between the first (in 2006) and the sixth position of the 23 Agricultural Universities.