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.


  • CITA researchers from Grupo RAMA receive the Botorrita awards from the Ebro Water Partnership
    The Botorrita “Contrebia Belaisca” awards of the Ebro Water Partnerships were presented in the afternoon of March 7 at SMAGUA, the technological showcase for the water and environmental industry, organized by Feria de Zaragoza. the Ebro Water Partnership is an innovation laboratory on the use of water in the Ebro[…]
  • A study led by the RAMA Group addresses the difficult question of how much to irrigate almond trees
    This study, led by RAMA Group researcher José Manuel Mirás Avalos, from the Center for Agri-Food Research and Technology of Aragón (CITA), has assessed, based on a meta-analysis of deficit irrigation trials in almond trees, the optimum water levels to be applied to maximize the efficiency of this crop. The[…]
  • The  DIVERFARMING project is now completed
    The Project “Crop diversification and low-input farming across Europe: from practitioners’ engagement and ecosystems services to increased revenues and chain organisation (DIVERFARMING)”, funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme under the societal challenge “Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research, and the bioeconomy”, came[…]
  • Efficient slurry management to achieve climate-neutral farms
    Spanish and Italian partners coordinated by the Centre for Agri-Food Research and Technology of Aragon (CITA) search for integral solutions to accomplish a climate-neutral farm scheme within the framework of the Life Clinmed-Farm project. In Europe, farming is responsible for the vast majority of atmospheric emissions of ammonia and greenhouse[…]
  • Workshop on saline lakes and wetlands in Aragón
    The workshop “Saline Lakes and Wetlands in Aragón: Environmental Protection and Resources for their Management”, coordinated by Carmen Castañeda, was held on Friday, January 20, 2023 at the Aragón hall of Patio de la Infanta, Zaragoza. The workshop banner presents its programme: At the end of the programme, the round[…]
  • Beatriz Moreno García has received the “2022 Trusted Adviser of the year” award in Arkansas, USA
    Beatriz Moreno García has received the “2022 Trusted Adviser of the year” award for providing Arkansas farmers with tips to reduce the environmental impact of rice production, and for working hand-in-hand with them evaluating these recommendations and assessing the improvements for farmers. The prize has been awarded by the organization[…]
  • The Group participates in the TRANSFER cooperation project
    TRANSFER is a cooperation project financed within the framework of the PDR 2014-2020 of the Government of Aragon. It has been financed by the Government of Aragon and FEADER. On its website (https://transfer.aguadelebro.es/), Transfer presents the aim of generating a process of continuous transfer of knowledge to the irrigation sector[…]
  • The RAMA group participates at the agricultural forum “La Sembradora de Ideas de Monzón”
    On Saturday, November 26, the second edition of the agricultural forum “La Sembradora de Ideas” (the Seeder of Ideas) of Monzón was held. The event, organized by the Department of Innovation and Digital Transformation, was entitled “Drop by drop. Intelligence and precision in irrigation”. The day began at the San[…]
  • 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[…]