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My Academic – Record

Exams passed in order to get the AgScience Degree (‘Old System’):

(1) General, inorganic, applied and analitic Chemistry.
(2) Mineralogy and geology.
(3) Mathematics
(4) Organic chemistry.
(5) History of agriculture.
(6) Zoognostica (morfologic assessment of the cattle).
(7) General zoology.
(8) General botany.
(9) General agronomy and field-crops farming I (=agronomy).
(10) Plant breeding (=principles of plants’ genetic-improvement).
(11) Tree-crop farming.
(12) Intensive fruit-farming.
(13) Agricultural economy and policy.
(14) Agricultural legislation.
(15) Agrochemicals.
(16) Agricultural chemistry I (=biochemistry).
(17) Plant-hormones and plant-growth regulators.
(18) Plant physiology
(19) Plant pathology
(20) Agricultural microbiology (=General microbiology & microbial taxonomy)
(21) Viticulture.
(22) Soil microbiology.
(23) Post-harvest physiology of fruits.
(24) Sistematic botany (general & specific plant-taxonomy)
(25) Weeds and weeding techniques.
(26) Plant genetics.
(27) Physics.
(28) Agricultural entomology.
(29) Horticulture and floriculture.
(30) Agricultural chemistry II (=soil chemistry).
(31) Appraisal of rural properties and rural accounting.
(32) Agricultural hydraulics.
(33) General agronomy and field-crops farming II (=field-crops farming)

Agriculture: some memories of the 20th century

My interest about agriculture began in the early ’70 years of the last century, when I spent part of my summer holidays in the quiet and silent countryside of the Marche region (center-north part of Italian peninsula).

My bright childhood memories adressed me very soon to appreciate the countryside and the farmers’ life. In this country region, extensive agriculture, practiced with crop rotation in small plots was once the most typical management practice of the local farmland. During the summer the marchesan hill-landscape become a multi-color collage.

Looking in the countryside, I could frequently see farmers involved in the crop-cycle practices and cattle management, I could hear the bovine-cattle mooing and, at the sunset, the milk flavour seemed it told me: ‘Take your green bottle and go to the dairy farm’. That was probably true agriturism. At that time I could enjoy my quiet vacation among farmers and sometimes they let me participate in their farming work. All my summer life was absorbed in looking their daily jobs, that developed around me, in the vigorous vegetation of the summer countryside.

A special moment of relax in the summer vacation was also when me and my family used to walk to the phone-point, singing in the night and along the way, staring at the starry sky: we could easily locate, in the complete darkness, the ‘Great Bear’ and the other major costellations; all around crickets and cicadas were always singing too.

Meanwhile in the ’80ies I started studying agricultural sciences at the university of Milan (Italy), but unfortunately, year by year, all that dream landscape was involved in the economic crisis. The frequent loneliness, the ageing of the agricultural work-force and the hard life of the farmers has taken the most of the young people away from the agricultural management of fields, leaving such human-cared landscapes, to pastures, forests and wildlife. So the ancient farmland landscape of the Marchesan appennines started disappearing and while I realized my agri-tech knowledge was increasing, the people in the countryside, year by year, decreased as well.

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My school-education


– 2020: Qualification as “agrochemical consultant”, a professional figure, introduced through the National Agrochemical Action Plans (NAPs), developed in accordance with the 2009/128/EC directive. Such consultant is responsible of the agrochemical prescription, with particular attention to a safer and environmentally sustainable use of pesticides, both in rural and in urban areas.

– 2003: Degree of the Specialization-Course for High-School graduates: ‘ComputerSoftware-aided Garden-Design’, a 476-hour course, attended at the Minoprio – Foundation, Raimondi Avenue, 54 – Vertemate con Minoprio (Como; Italy).

– 2001: Qualification for the Profession of Doctor of Agronomy.
Since March 2002 I’m registered in the ‘A’ section of the register, kept by the Order of the Doctors of Agronomy & Doctors of Forestry of the province of Milan (Italy).

– University: Agricultural Sciences Degree (old – system of qualifications) at the Statal University of Milan, via Celoria, 2 – Milan.
I had an on-field gradution-thesis, the title of whom was: Application of DIF and Cool-morning in the temperature-induced dwarfing of Begonia elatior Rieger, in greenhouse environment.

– High School: Scientific Secondary School Degree, achieved at the Edmondo De Amicis Institute, Via Alfonso Lamarmora, 34, Milan.

About Me – Personal Introduction

Hello! My name is Luca Federico Fianchini (Twitter: @LucaFFianchini) and this is my personal website.

This page is also outbound-linked to the articles that, since 2005, I monthly write in my educational website about agricultural sciences, the name of whom is Agrolinker. It is a registered site in Italy, an online tech-magazine and I’m the responsible director.

A responsible director is a minor character in the professional communication, whose role is receiving readers’ complaints, in the case something that was written is unfit, or maybe harmful to somebody. In such case you can easily reach me through the page of the Agrolinker’s responsible-director, providing all the information needed to solve your problem. In any other case you can contact me through my personal web-interface.

Because I’m the publisher and the owner of Agrolinker I think I need to balance my ideas with the need of providing unbiased informations about sci-tech issues: such comprehensive responsibility is to me an interesting challenge, because it push me toward a constant improvement. In order to meet my task, I sometimes translate article written by other authors. For this reason I also contact academic websites in order to get authorization at translating articles. In any case I always try to apply the best practices needed to protect author’s rights.

Managing press-release, as sources of my articles, I like reporting (and translating) every scientist’s quotes, because I want the readers can understand the very purpose of the research teams and (when available) I usually publish links to academic pages, showing scientific curricula of the authors of each research. Any further suggestion in improving my standars is always welcome.

As a publisher/author I need to show, every day, I’m independent also from my own supposed interests. That is a very important ethic commitment, but also a huge limit in developing a profitable publishing-business.


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