Development 2013


The general goal of the ConMarcheBio project is to improve and promote the production of organic cereals in the Marche region. Research is a crucial activity for our sector and it forms a basis on which we create products that make our range unique in terms of quality.

The project focuses particularly on the identification and development of the varieties of durum wheat and minor cereals that prove most suitable for the requirements of the supply chain. When these are cultivated in an organic system, the quality of the food produced is guaranteed to be superior to that of food that is the result of a standard process and this kind of system also enables the fertilisation processes and the fertility of the land itself to be managed more effectively with a view to increasing and improving the quality of the yield. To achieve these results, different topics will be addressed, each of which will lead us to a specific result:

  • - identification and characterisation of the varieties of durum wheat to be cultivated in an organic environment;
  • - assessment of other species and ancient varieties of grains for specific uses;
  • - definition of the best agronomic techniques to be engaged in order to optimise the production of quality organic durum wheat both in economic and environmental terms (e.g. crop rotation, fertilisation etc.);
  • - verification and promotion of the nutritional and health-related aspects of oats produced in the Marche region.

The project is composed of 4 main activities and will have a duration of three years. In this period the Consortium will work with a qualified group of specialists (from the “Carlo Bo” University of Urbino, the Polytechnic University of the Marche region, Cermis) within the units and on the lands of the member companies.

The first activity is that of choosing the varieties and evaluating the production of organic cereals in the Marche region and is divided into three phases: an initial testing phase in which the varieties are compared, a second phase in which the ancient grains are identified and the last phase, which involves monitoring the quality of the grain in-house and in the storage facilities.

The second activity is that of assessing the fertility of the agricultural terrain ; in other words, ascertaining the effects that different organic fertilisers have on the fertility of the soil in various different crops, including durum wheat.

The third activity then consists in researching and assessing the nutritional properties of the cereals and of the oats produced in the Marche region, in terms of the concentration of macronutrients (mainly proteins and carbohydrates) and micronutrients, especially phenolic compounds and in particular avenanthramides.

The activities will then culminate with an information event , during which the results obtained will be presented to all the operators.
The project will have a strong impact on the entire Marche farm produce sector and will be particularly significant for the area’s organic farmers, who will face an increased demand for quality cereals, and so succeed in promoting their products.