Project Description

TechFArM (Technology for Food Agriculture and Marine) focusing on three research streams:

  • Solutions for Food system: Technologies and Methodologies for voluntary food traceability – IoT for farming, transformation and distributions monitoring, Blockchain for data security and authentication, Big data for food quality, Solutions for House Farming and Urban Garden, Augmented reality, engagement and interactive tools for marketing tools.
  • Solutions for Blue Growth:Technologies and Methodologies useful to support the sustainable growth of marine and maritime industries – IoT for marine ecosystem monitoring, blue fishing, energetic sustainability, Smart cage for acquaculture
  • Solutions for Agriculture: Technologies and Methodologies for farming and monitoring – Big Data for environmental monitoring, Robots, Smart Pergola Structures and Green House, DSS for agribusiness, Additive Manufacturing for farming structures realization.
  • Food Identity and traceability,
  • Food-bone hazard monitoring of marine environmental,
  • Fishing traceability,
  • Traceability of fishing tool sustainable,
  • Business and environmental model for Blue Fishing,
  • Energetic sustainability,
  • Environmental monitoring methodologies and system,
  • Crops monitoring system.
  • Analysis and design of socio-technical platform that enables to the entire agrifood chain to take traceability paths, leveraging on sustainable business models.
  • Analysis and design of solutions useful to sustainable growth strategy of marine industry, referring to: monitoring of marine ecosystem (underwater drones, molecular sampling, DSS, augmented reality sistems, image detection systems); Blue fishing through traceability sistems for tool and fishes; Aquaculture through automation, nano-food for fish, production parameter monitoring using science omiche; energetic sustainability.
  • Analysis and design of solutions to support sustainable agriculture that respect the health and the environment bringing to safety food.
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  • System and Software Engineering
  • Business Process Management
  • Data collection from IoT Network
  • Blockchain
  • Data Analytics

For more information please contact: Maria Elena Latino (

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Initiatives and projects with 

  • Apphia srl,
  • CMCC – centro Euromediterraneo sui cambiamenti Climatici,
  • Engineering Informatica spa
  • Mareimpianti srl
  • Tecnosea srl
  • Gruppo d’Azione Costiera Adriatico Salentina
  • Consorzio UNIMAR
  • Data Management PA Spa
  • Coldiretti Puglia
  • Impresa Verde
  • Resiltech
  • Elif
  • Senso
  • AGRINET – Agriculture Risks management Interdisciplinary Network. Group of interdisciplinary scientific cooperation, applied to agriculture, able to innovate and improve practices, methodologies and existing agricultural technologies and to develop new solutions for the identification, prevention and management of pathogens, mitigating the risks that themselves generate for agriculture and for the territory. Partner: Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici Scarl, Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Biologiche e Ambientali, Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Innovazione, Federazione Coldiretti Lecce.
  • MARINE – Blue Growth Interdisciplinary Network for Apulia region. Interdisciplinary multi-sector network for technological innovation, research and development of services within Marine and Maritime Economy Blue. Partner: Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici Scarl, Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Biologiche e Ambientali, Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Innovazione, CNR IAMC (Istituto per l’ambiente marino costiero), CNR ISMAR (Istituto di scienze marine), CNR ISAC (Istituto di scienze dell’atmosfera e del clima), Politecnico di Bari, Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”, Planetek Italia S.r.l., Distretto Tecnologico Agroalimentare (D.A.R.E.), Enviromental Surveys S.r.l., Gruppo d’Azione Costiera Adriatico Salentino, Consorzio UNIMAR S.c.r.l, Coastal Consulting and Exploration (CCE), Mare Impianti s.r.l., Tecnosea s.r.l.
  • Università del Piemonte Orientale.
  • Università di Roma 1,
  • Politecnico di Bari,
  • Università degli Studi di Bari,
  • CNR

Scientific Publications

  •  Alemanni, M., Corallo, A., Latino, M.E., Valfrè, E. (2012). MBSE Feasibility Study to improve PLM Business Solution System Specification and Design”, INCOSE International Symposium. Vol. 22. No. 1. 2012.
  • Corallo, A., Latino, M.E., Lazoi, M., Lettera, S., Marra, M., Verardi, (2013). Defining product lifecycle management: A journey across features, definitions, and concepts. ISRN Industrial Engineering, 2013.
  • Corallo, A., Latino, M. E., & Neglia, G. (2013). Methodology for User-Centered Innovation in Industrial Living Lab. ISRN Industrial Engineering, 2013.
  • Latino M. E., Corallo A., Capone I., Martino D., Trifoglio A. (2016). Lesson Learned and Best Practice Management: A Tool to Support the Enterprise. Knowledge and Process Management.
  •  Latino M. E. (2016). Food citizenship, esigenze e consapevolezze nella scelta alimentare contemporanea. YOD Magazine, ISBN: 978-1-291-91513-6. 30 Giugno 2016.
  • Latino M. E. (2016). Food Clear label, essere trasparenti conviene. YOD Magazine, ISBN: 978-1-291-91513-6. 18 Luglio 2016.
  • Corallo A., Errico F., Fortunato L., Latino M.E., Menegoli M. (2017). An Integrated Path for Supporting Spin-off Creation: Desirable Features of Univeristy-Industry Interface in the Triple Helix Model. 6th International Conference on Industrial Technology and Management (ICITM 2017). March 7-10, 2017. Clare College, Cambridge, UK.
  • Di Franco A., De Benedetto G., De Rinaldis G., Raventos N., Sahyoun R.,Guidetti P., (2011) Large scale variability in otolith microstructure and microchemistry: the case study of Diplodus sargus sargus (Pisces: Sparidae) in the Mediterranean Sea. Italian Journal of Zoology 78(2): 182–192
  • Calisi A., Grimaldi A., Leomanni A, Lionetto M.G., Dondero F., Schettino T., 2016. Multibiomarker response in the earthworm Eisenia fetida as tool for assessing multi-walled carbon nanotubeecotoxicity. Ecotoxicology, In press
  • Leomanni A., Schettino T., Calisi A., Lionetto M.G., 2016. Mercury induced haemocyte alterations in the terrestrial snail Cantareus apertus as novel biomarker. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C: Toxicology & Pharmacology, 183-184: 20-27.
  • Lionetto M.G., Caricato R., Calisi A., Giordano M.E., Erroi E., Schettino T., 2016. Biomonitoring of water and soil quality: a case study of ecotoxicological methodology application to the assessment of reclaimed agroindustrial wastewaters used for irrigation. Rendiconti Lincei, 27: 105-112.
  • Leomanni A., Schettino T., Calisi A., Gorbi S., Mezzelani M, Regoli F, Lionetto MG, 2015. Antioxidant and oxidative stress related responses in the mediterranean land snail Cantareus apertus exposed to the carbammate pesticide carbaryl. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C: Toxicology & Pharmacology, 168: 20-27
  • Calisi A., Lionetto M.G., De Lorenzis E., Leomanni A., Schettino T., 2014. Metallothionein induction in the celomic fluid of the earthworm Lumbricus terrestris following heavy metal exposure. Biomed Research International, Epub 2014, pp. 1-6
  • Carbone M., Ciavatta M. L., De Rinaldis G., Castelluccio F., Mollo E., Gavagnin M., (2014) Identification of thuridillin-related aldehydes from Mediterranean sacoglossan mollusk Thuridilla hopei. Tetrahedron 70: 3770-3773
  •  Corallo A., Errico F., Latino M. E., Menegoli M. (2016). Dynamic Business Model: how to overcome the death valley. Conference on the Governance of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem related to Small Business Economics – An Entrepreneurial Journal Special Issue “The Governance of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems”. 29 september 2016, Catania.
  • Scarafile G., Latino M. E. (2016). Communication, science, democracy. The case of the TerraTerra Project. International conference SCIENCE AND DEMOCRACY Controversies and conflicts. 26-28 October 2016, Pisa.
  • Bonarelli R., Bressani G., Cataldo M., Coppini G., Corallo A., Laterza F., Latino M. E., Marguglio A., Morreale V., Notarangelo M., Zizzari A. A. and Zonno V., (2016). Il progetto S.E.A. (Security for marine Environment and Aquaculture): monitoraggio e sostenibilità per l’acquacoltura in mare. Iniziative di diffusione delle conoscenze scientifiche e occasioni di confronto sulle ricadute applicative dei risultati della ricerca in pesca e acquacoltura, 25-26 Febbraio 2016, Hilton Garden Inn, Lecce.
  • Bonarelli R., Bressani G., Cataldo M., Coppini G., Corallo A., Laterza F., Latino M. E., Marguglio A., Morreale V., Notarangelo M., Zizzari A. A. and Zonno V., (2016). The SEA (Security for marine Environment and Aquaculture) project: Advanced production and processing, food security and sustainable aquaculture. Offshore Mariculture Conference Europe 2016, 6th-8th April 2016, World Trade Centre, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Lionetto M.G., Caricato R, Calisi A, Erroi E, Giordano MG, Schettino T, 2014.Ecotoxicological bioassays for treated wastewater monitoring and assessment. Engineering Conferences International: Wastewater and Biosolids Treatment and Reuse: Bridging Modeling and Experimental Studies, Otranto (Le)- Italy 8-14 June. Oral Communication
  • Leomanni A, Lionetto MG, Schettino T, Calisi A, 2014. Mercury induced physiological alterations in Helix aperta granulocytes. 23° SETAC Europe annual Meeting, Glasgow 12-16 May. (poster)
  • Lionetto M.G., Calisi A., Leomanni A., Latronico S., Giordano M.E., Schettino T. 2013. Changes in granulocyte cell volume as novel general biomarker of pollutant exposure in invertebrates. 64° congress of Italian society of Physiology, Portonovo di Ancona-Italy 18-20 September 2013. Oral Communication
  • Calisi A., Leomanni A., Lionetto M.G., Schettino T. 2013. Earthworm biomarkers for soil biomonitoring in the reuse of treated wastewater. 23° congress of Italian Society of Ecology, Ancona- Italy 16-18 September. (poster)
  • Corallo A., Errico F., Fortunato L., Latino M.E., Menegoli M. (2017). University-Industry Interface: Open and dynamic business models to reduce spin-off risk of failure. In Global Opportunities Entrepreneurial Growth. Emerald Group Publishing. Fortcoming
  • Scarafile G., Latino M. E. (2016). Communication, science, democracy. The case of the TerraTerra Project. Controversies and conflicts. Benjamin. Fortcoming
  • Dondero F., Calisi A., 2015. Evaluation of Pollution Effects in Marine Organisms: “Old” and “New Generation” Biomarkers. In: Coastal Ecosystems: Experiences and Recommendations for Environmental Monitoring Programs, M.T. Sebastià (Ed.), Nova Science Publishers, ISBN 978-1-63482-189-6, New York, Usa. pp 143-192.
  • Lionetto M.G., Calisi A., Schettino T., 2012. Earthworms biomarkers as tools for soil pollution assessment. In: Soil health and land use management, M.C. Hernandez-Soriano (Ed.), InTech- Open Access Publisher in Science, Technology and Medicine. ISBN 978-953-307-614-0, Rijeka, Croatia, pp. 305-332
  • Lionetto M.G., Caricato R., Calisi A., Schettino T., 2011. Acetylcholinesterase inhibition as relevant biomarker in environmental biomonitoring: new insights and perspectives. In: Ecotoxicology around the Globe, J.E. Visser, (Ed.), Nova Science Publishers, ISBN 978-1-61761-126-1, New York, USA, pp. 87-116