Research and technological innovation are the foundation stones of advanced societies. The IAS, located in a geographical region of great agricultural tradition and potential, conceives of research as a powerful tool for transforming and modernizing agriculture and the agri-food sector. This requires innovation strategies that are environmentally sound and based on sustainable exploitation of natural resources.
In pursuit of its mission, the Institute seeks to foster the advancement of our society through sustainable development of agriculture and the agri-food industry. With this central objective in mind, the IAS combines basic research with continuing efforts to share research findings and provide technological support to both the private sector and public institutions.
Transfer and technological support activities include the development and application of techniques for identifying plant pathogens and crop phenological stages; analysis of nutritionally valuable compounds in different plant organs; development of remote sensing techniques to monitor the water and nutritional status of crops or to identify prevalent weeds; optimization of irrigation techniques; and development of new crop varieties with improved agronomic, nutritional, and technological properties.