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UNIPA participated in the IAVS annual symposium

The University of Palermo presented "Traditional agrosystems trajectories analysis using a vegetation science approach: the MEMOLA EU FP7 Project as a case study " by Giuseppe Bazan at the 60th IAVS annual symposium 2017 – Vegetation patterns in natural and cultural landscapes. 

UNIPA participated in the International Conference Into the Woods

Giuseppe Bazan (UNIPA) presented “Human footprint into the woodland of Bosco della Foresta (Trapani Mountains, N-W Sicily)” in the International Conference: Into the Woods: overlapping perspectives on the history of ancient forests (Padova, 18-20th April 2017). The research, carried out by UNIPA and UGR team, analysed the trajectory of agro-ecosystem using vegetation as the key to interpretation. The dynamics of the landscape has been explained through an interdisciplinary dialogue between Botanical Science and Human History.

UNIPA e ARQUEO analizzano le comunità vegetali

UNIPA e ARQUEO analizzano le comunità vegetali e le caratteristiche dendrometriche degli alberi per ricostruire i processi storici e ecologici nell'antico “Bosco della Foresta” (Calatafimi)

UNIPA participated in the workshop "Climate change and vegetation in mediterranean mountains"

Giuseppe Bazan, from the University of Palermo, participates at the workshop "Climate change and vegetation in mediterranean mountains", organised by the Italian Botanic Society in Pollino national park, from the 23rd to the 26th of June. Several Italian researchers will debate in the field about ecology, mountainous vegetation and their management. The workshop will be a place to discuss and transmit to the Italian botanic scientific community new interdisciplinary approaches carried out by MEMOLA project in landscape study.

UNIPA participated at the National Urbanists Conference at Catania (Sicily)

MEMOLA research activities have been presented yesterday at the National Urbanists Conference at Catania (Sicily). We spoke about Bio-cultural landscapes and the foundamental role that traditional irrigation systems can play to stimulate new models of sustainable grow and innovative regeneration of the landscapes based on their natural resources, historical and cultural.

It has also been a good chance to illustrate and discuss with urbanists the recent Water Policy Brief.

UNIPA participated at the 2016 SIEP-IALE Conference

The University of Palermo presented "Bio-cultural diversity of some ‪Mediterranean‬ ‪mountain‬‪ landscapes‬" by G. Bazan and G. Baiamonte at the 2016 SIEP-IALE conference Challenges of Anthroponce and the role of Landscapes ‪Ecology‬ in ‪Asti‬ (Italy)

Meeting of community botany

Thursday 28 April MEMOLA project, in collaboration with the Association Alba Nuova, set a meeting of community botany in Calatafimi Segesta (Italy) to conduct a census of old fruit trees in Trapani (Monti di Trapani)

Pedological and agronomic survey and sampling in the Euganean Hills

From 12 to 15 October 2015, UCO, UNIPA and UNIPD teams, have analyzed the three sample areas chosen for the pedological, botanical and agronomic study in the Euganean Hills:
1) The gardens of the Benedictine monastery of Praglia, where we interviewed the abbot Norberto, and the archivist of the monastery Mr. Guillermo who explained what was the historical agricultural management and how they do now;
2) The vineyards of Campagnola and Villa Alessi agritourisms at Faedo, where the typical wine of the Hills -the Moscato- is made, and where they have recovered the types of traditional vineyards of Colli that had been lost;
3) The terraced landscape of the old Castle of Baone, which is evaluating the change in land use from the Napoleonic land register of 1828 until today.

Biodiversity in Sicilian Agroecosystems: the old fruit trees

Cultural landscapes, with their agricultural ecosystems, are the place where the biodiversity of wild plants has been preserved and biodiversity of cultivates plants was generated. The current richness of fruit trees varieties is the result of a millennial process of introduction and domestication occurred in different historical periods and, therefore, closely linked to the people who come through Sicily.

One of the objective of the FP7 MEMOLA Project is understanding the processes of historical landscapes formation to draw strategies of preservation, diffusion and valorisation of the cultural heritage (both tangible and intangible) and of the environment.

For this reason, we are carrying out activities of dissemination in regards of cultivated plants biodiversity through workshops, training activities and this informative video.

The night of archaeology

On 28 July, at the castle of Baida (Balata di Baida-Castellammare del Golfo), we presented the preliminary results of the latest excavation campaign in Pizzo Monaco. In the same evening were defined multidisciplinary studies (soil and botanical) included at the research.

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