The Italian Pomologist (fruit grower) Alberto Piròvano (1884-1973) was a professor at the Research Center "Istituto di Frutticoltura ed Elettrogenetica di Roma" in Rome. He dealt intensively with the topic of vine breeding, focusing on table grapes was. From the year 1912 he began with experimental irradiation of the breeding plant material with X-ray and UV rays, as well as their exposure to magnetic fields, to changes in the cell material and thus a mutation bring about. One can thus call it an early manipulative one Genetic engineers describe. He published the breeding results under the name "La Mutazione Elettrica delle Specie Botaniche e la Disciplina dell'Ibridazione" (genetic modification in plants by electrical irradiation). He subsequently published about 50 dossiers on this topic.
His father Luigi Piròvano was already working as a vine grower. Around 150 of the new varieties carry the name Pirovano plus number, which served but mostly only as breeding material. Alberto Piròvano already started crossing at the age of 15 (Source: Pierre Galet ). The Pirovano varieties were for commercial use, which were Agostenga Rosa (P. 14), Angelo Pirovano (P. 2), aromatica (P. 393), Aurora (P. 100), Ciclopica (P. 60), Delizia di Vaprio (P. 46a), Formosa (P. 245), ignea (P. 185), Italia (P. 65), Marengo (P. 205), Mendel (P. 532), Pardina (P. 130), Perlona (P. 54), Primus (P. 7), San Martino (P. 215), Servabilis (P. 221), Solferino (P. 316), Victor (P. 314) and Volta (P. 105). The Pirovano 1 was crossing partner for Schönburger, the Pirovano 62 for Giovanni Dalmasso (1886-1974) in Conegliano (Veneto) created four new breeds Giovanna. Liana. Teresita and viola,