May 2022

Saffron for breakfast? Hortus Novus studies how in the European project PromedLife.

2022-05-17T16:19:17+02:00May 12th, 2022|

The "Novel food products for the promotion of Mediterranean Lifestyle and healthy diet" (PromedLife) project, funded by the European Horizon "Prima" program, has officially started. The project aims to promote lifestyles in line with the principles of the Mediterranean diet, encouraging healthy eating habits and reducing the environmental and economic impact of production and food [...]

January 2021


2021-01-08T10:38:25+01:00January 8th, 2021|

At the end of 2020, Enea's Biotechnology laboratory at Casaccia completed its part of the research as part of a project financed by the Ministry of Economic Development's Sustainable Growth Fund, called IDROZAFF. This project proposes the construction of a high-tech demonstration plant for the intensive cultivation of saffron in a controlled environment, with LED [...]

November 2019

Stargardt’s disease, effective treatment with saffron

2019-11-22T11:25:43+01:00November 22nd, 2019|

This is the important result of a research realised at the Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS and Università Cattolica, campus of Rome, published in the prestigious magazine "Nutrients". The study was coordinated by Prof. Benedetto Falsini, associate professor at the Institute of Ophthalmology (Catholic University) and specialist at the Ophthalmology UOC of the A. [...]

September 2018

Conference on Saffron at the Avezzano “Marsicana Week”.

2018-09-17T17:01:27+02:00September 17th, 2018|

  As part of the programme of events of the "Settimana Marsicana" in Avezzano (AQ), on 31 July a conference was held on "Saffron, between History and Actuality". Speeches given by many speakers were multi-disciplinary: from botany, to agronomy, to aspects of chemical and nutraceutical nature. Among the speakers, Dr. Maria Maggi, Hortus Novus researcher, [...]

October 2017

Siog 2017

2018-07-04T08:01:34+02:00October 18th, 2017|

Si svolgerà a Napoli i prossimi 20 e 21 ottobre il VII Congresso della Società Italiana di Oftalmologia  Genetica (SIOG), organizzato dalla professoressa Francesca Simonelli, direttore della Clinica Oculistica dell'Universita' degli Studi della Campania L. Vanvitelli. Verranno trattati gli aspetti più innovativi in tema di diagnosi e terapia delle malattie oculari rare, con particolare riferimento alle [...]

European Retina Meeting 2017

2018-07-04T08:02:16+02:00October 11th, 2017|

European Retina Meeting 2017 was held from 5th to the 7th October in Paris, France. This Meeting brought together the best specialists in vision, especially in retinal research, from all over the world. Our current understanding of the retinal information processing is now making it possible to design rational therapies for a number of diseases impairing [...]

May 2017

XXV National Congress of Phytotherapy – a success

2017-06-01T13:28:06+02:00May 28th, 2017|

The annual congress of SIFit.-Italian Society of Phytotherapy was closed today in Arezzo, with the active and lively presence of over one hundred congressmen and many interesting presentations, starting from the full lecture by Professor Giovanni Appendino of the University of Eastern Piedmont, On "Olfactory and Non-Olfactory Receptors of Essential Oils. Towards a mechanicistic rationalization [...]

XXV National Congress of Phytotherapy

2017-05-09T12:42:27+02:00May 9th, 2017|

The Italian Society of Herbal Medicine (S.I.Fit.) was founded in 1992 in Siena with the aim at stimulating the transition from phytotherapy based on empiricism to phytotherapy based on scientific experimentation. Hortus Novus, a member of S.I.Fit., shares this approach in full and participated a couple of years at the interesting annual conference that, this [...]

April 2017

Saffron and neuroprotection

2017-04-12T11:21:14+02:00April 12th, 2017|

It has been recently published on “OK Salute e Benessere” an interview with Prof Bisti who reported interesting results obtained both in preclinical as well as in clinical studies where saffron treatment was used to cope with neurodegenerative processes of neuro-retina. Clinical trials performed by the team of Prof. Falsini at Policlinico Gemelli provide convincing [...]

November 2016

Italian Saffron Association conference

2016-12-22T14:09:30+01:00November 26th, 2016|

Saturday, November 26, 2016 in Fucecchio, during the conference organized by the Italian Saffron Association, Professor Angelo D'Archivio of the L’Aquila University presented some of the results of researches carried out in recent years, with the cooperation of our staff, on characterization of crocuses. The methods of chemiometrics applied to saffron have allowed to determine, [...]