Management and conservation of soils and water

Agronomy Department
At the moment the group coincide exactly with the department of Agronomy. Its activities are represented by the following research topics:
1) improvement of water use efficiency in Mediterranean cropping systems;
2) development of interactive approaches towards conservation agriculture, with focus on soil protection an the quality of return water flows.
3) development of numerical models and methodologiesfor the monitoring and evaluation of the crops and irrigation systems responses at different spatial and temporal scales.

1) Technical assistance in developing countries Elías Fereres Castiel, Helena Gómez Macpherson, Luciano Mateos Iñiguez, Victoria Gonzalez Dugo, Luca Testi

  • Formulation, monitoring and / or evaluation of research projects in agriculture and irrigation development
  • Scientific-Technical consultancy

Client portfolio:

  • World Bank
  • Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID)
  • Common Fund for Commodities (CFC)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Consultive Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
  • International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
  • Ministry of Rural Development of Mauritania
  • Arab Science & Technology Foundation
  • Centre International des Hautes Etudes Agronomiques (CIHEAM)

2) Scientific Support to Enterprises: remote sensing / precision agriculture / irrigation consultancy Pablo J. Zarco Tejada, Elias Fereres, Victoria Gonzalez-Dugo
Flights with multispectral and thermal sensors to detect water, nutritional stress and diseases, by aircraft and drones
Generation of maps of the spatial variability of temperature associated with water stress.
Flights on farms and forest areas for mapping the state of vegetation.

Client portfolio:

  • Bioibérica
  • DAP
  • EGMASA
  • AURENSIS
  • Codorniu
  • Tepro S.L.

3) Scientific Support to Enterprises and Farmers Associations. Improvement of Water Use of Irrigated Olive Farming. Measurement of Water use and Carbon Exchange of Trees and Herbaceous species. Francisco Orgaz, Francisco Villalobos, Luca Testi

  • Calculation of water requirements of olive groves, at the plot or farm level, as function of local climate, tree age, size and planting density.
  • Irrigation management: scheduling for maximum production and for improving the water use efficiency under limited supply (deficit irrigation).
  • Test and analysis of products and techniques of agronomic management aimed to optimize water use and production in herbaceous and tree crops.
  • Eddy Covariance Measurements of carbon and water fluxes.
  • Sap flow technique for the measurement of transpiration in tree species.

Client portfolio:

  • Alcaliber S.A.
  • Fertiberia S.A.

Elías Fereres Castiel – Catedrático UCO
Juan Vicente Giráldez Cervera – Catedrático UCO
Francisco Villalobos Martín – Catedrático UCO
José Alfonso Gómez Calero – Investigador científico
Luciano Mateos Íñiguez – Investigador científico
Francisco Orgaz Rosua – Investigador científico
Pablo J. Zarco Tejada – Investigador científico
Francisco Nicolás Cantero Chinchilla – Investigador
Mª Victoria González Dugo – Investigador
Carlos Luis Camino González – Titulado superior de actividades técnicas y profesionales
Tomas Ferreira Roquette da Cruz Tenreiro – Titulado superior (fuera de convenio)
Rafaela Gutiérrez Rodríguez – Oficial de actividades técnicas y profesionales
David Moldero Romero – Titulado superior de actividades técnicas y profesionales
David Notario Rosingana – Técnico superior de actividades técnicas y profesionales
Marcos Orgaz Ortiz – Oficial de actividades técnicas y profesionales
Azahara Ramos Rodriguez – Técnico superior de actividades técnicas y profesionales
Rafael Romero Montilla – Técnico superior de actividades técnicas y profesionales
Ana Maria Sánchez Montero – Titulado superior de actividades técnicas y profesionales

STAFF

Elías Fereres Castiel

Group head – Full University Professor (UCO)

Juan Vicente Giráldez Cervera

Full University Professor (UCO)

Francisco Villalobos Martín

Full University Professor (UCO)

José Alfonso Gómez Calero

Research Scientist

Luciano Mateos Íñiguez

Research Scientist

Francisco Orgaz Rosúa

Research Scientist

Pablo J. Zarco Tejada

Research Scientist

Helena A. Gómez Macpherson

Tenured Scientist

Pilar Hernández Molina

Tenured Scientist
José A. Jiménez Berni
Tenured Scientist

Luca Testi

Tenured Scientist

Óscar Castro Orgaz

Ramón y Cajal UCO Researcher

Margarita García Vila

Postdoctoral Researcher

Victoria González Dugo

Postdoctoral Reseracher

Gema Guzmán Díaz

Postdoctoral Reseracher

Leticia Ayllón Egea

PhD Scholar

Rocío Calderón Madrid

FPI PhD Scholar

Antonio José Carpio Camargo

FPI PhD Scholar

Mónica Espadafor Fernández-Amigo

FPI PhD Scholar

Estela García Ponce

PhD Scholar

Omar García Tejera

FPI PhD Scholar

Álvaro López Bernal

JAE PhD Scholar

Manuel López López

FPI PhD Scholar

María Rosa Mérida García

PhD Scholar

Elena Navarro Soriano

FERAGUA PhD Scholar

Carlos Salamanca Fresno

PhD Scholar
Ramiro Salgado

Ramiro Salgado

INTA PhD Scholar