Crop agronomy

Innovating in agronomy in relation to irrigation and N fertilization

Crop responses to abiotic stresses (water, salts)

  • Effects of water and salt stress on the quantity and quality of the harvest. Regulated deficit irrigation in woody crops. Crop tolerance and strategies for the use of low-quality water in sprinkler irrigation. Application of crop simulation models.

Optimizing water use in irrigated agricultural Systems

  • Physiological changes in crop transpiration and photosynthesis during sprinkler irrigation. Effect of sprinkler irrigation management on crop yield and irrigation water productivity.

Optimization of N fertilization in irrigated agricultural systems

  • Development of decision support tools to improve the efficiency of nitrogen use in conventional and non-conventional fertilizers. Fertilization and harvest quality. Crop nitrogen capture in maize intercropping periods. Application of crop simulation models.

Fertilization with pig slurry

  • Nitrogen use efficiency, assessment of the residual effect, and effects on water (nitrate) and soil (phosphorus, organic matter, heavy metals). Management guidelines to reduce nitrogen losses due to leaching and volatilization.

Remote sensing in Agriculture

  • Identification and monitoring of crops. Estimation of biophysical variables. Intraparcellar detection of irregularities and abiotic stresses. Estimation of evapotranspiration in irrigated areas.