Rama Group

The research Group IRRIGATION, AGRONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT is integrated by researchers belonging to the RAMA group of the Agrifood Research and Technology Centre of Aragón (Grupo RAMA, CITA, Gobierno de Aragón) and the Soil and Water Department of the Aula Dei Experimental Station of the Spanish Council for Scientific  Research (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas), located at the Aula Dei Campus in Zaragoza and the University of Zaragoza.

The group is multidisciplinary with focus in core activities that have led to stable collaborations between group members to produce scientific and technological information in the soil-water-crop-atmosphere interface leading to a more competitive, efficient and sustainable irrigated agriculture.


  • The Aragonese “Alianza Agroalimentaria” presents Enrique Playán with its 2022 Research and Innovation Award
    On November 9, the Aragonese Agri-Food Alliance celebrated its annual “verde que te quiero verde” event. The programme included the ceremony of its annual awards. Enrique Playán received the 2022 award for Agri-Food research and innovation from Ángel Jiménez, Dean of the Official College of Agricultural Engineers of Aragón, Navarre[…]
  • The RAMA Group starts using a WINTEX MCL3 soil sampler
    We have received a new WINTEX MCL3 automatic soil sampler. In the first test we obtained 90 samples in just over four hours of work. The probe entered different types of soil without difficulty, extracting samples up to a depth of 1.20 m. This sampler model is attached to a[…]
  • Seminar of Dr. Wafa Malik on Nitrogen modelling to reduce coastal eutrophication
    The Irrigation, Agronomy and Environment Research Group organizes the seminar by Dr. Wafa Malik, from the INRAE ​​Rennes Research Center in France (wafa.malik @inrae.fr). The title of the seminar will be: “Nitrogen modeling to reduce coastal eutrophication”, and it will take place on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 12:30 p.m.[…]
  • Greenhouse gas emissions associated to sprinkler-irrigated alfalfa under semi-arid Mediterranean conditions
    Article published: ISLA, R., GUILLÉN, M., MEDINA, E.T., LATORRE, B., QUÍLEZ, D., CAVERO, J. 2022. Greenhouse gas emissions associated to sprinkler-irrigated alfalfa under semi-arid Mediterranean conditions. Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research 20(3) e0304.  Open access: https://doi.org/10.5424/sjar/2022203-18416 Abstract: Alfalfa is one the most important forage legume crops worldwide, but little information[…]
  • “La Sembradora de Ideas” presents “Drop by drop: intelligence and precision in irrigation”
    “La sembradora de ideas” (the seeder of ideas) is a think tank aiming at disseminating and transferring knowledge about ‘big data’, entrepreneurship, agriculture 4.0 and connectivity applied to the primary sector. When these issues are combined with innovation, the future of agriculture results. These words from José Ramón Acín, manager[…]
  • Ukrainian researcher Dr. Olena Drozd joins the RAMA group at EEAD-CSIC
    Dr. Olena Drozd has joined the RAMA group to perform research at the Aula Dei Experimental Station of CSIC. Her contract, with an initial duration of two years, has been financed by the CSIC Programme for Scientific Collaboration with Ukraine. She will develop her research with Dr. Carmen Castañeda and[…]
  • Launching of the Project “Sustainable Intensification in Mediterranean Extensive Crops” (SintMed)
    On September 1 of 2022, a research project funded by the State Research Agency of the Ministry of Science and Innovation (Government of Spain) has been launched. The project falls within the area of ​​agricultural and food sciences. It is a coordinated, oriented-research project participated by three institutions: the Aula[…]
  • Call for extraordinary doctorate awards of Zaragoza University
    The Doctoral Commission of the University of Zaragoza has opened its annual call for extraordinary doctoral awards. To be eligible for this award it is essential to have read the doctoral thesis at the University of Zaragoza between September 15, 2021 and September 14, 2022 and to have received the[…]
  • Defense of Estela Pérez Cardiel’s Doctoral Thesis
    Multisensory remote sensing for consistent early identification of crops in irrigated areas of Aragon Estela Pérez Cardiel has presented her doctoral thesis, co-supervised by Juan de la Riva from the Department of Geography and Territorial Planning of the University of Zaragoza and Mª Auxiliadora Casterad, researcher at the Center for[…]
  • CITA launches the S.O.S.-Suelo project
    A demonstration project within the AGROALNEXT Complementary Plan The Complementary Agri-Food Plan is a new R+D+i programme, a consequence of the protocol signed last February by the General State Administration and the communities of Aragon, Navarre, La Rioja, Valencia, and Murcia, to develop a joint project aimed at the ecological[…]