Irrigation and Crop Ecophysiology Group (REC group)

In the REC group we are 8 doctors, 1 graduate, 1 technician and 3 PH.D. students, plus a variable number of master and grade students. We collaborate on a regular basis with national and international research groups, universities, research centres, units for knowledge transfer and dissemination, and private companies.

We work on the optimization of the use of water in agriculture, focussing mainly to irrigation. We study the crop response to water stress and use the acquired knowledge to build mechanistic models on the crop response to water availability. With these models and other tools, we develop and evaluate irrigation strategies and methods to schedule irrigation. We are specialised on the digitalisation of precision irrigation for a sustainable intensive agriculture. We work with main crops in our area, both woody and herbaceous, although we mainly use fruit trees, especially olive.

The members of the REC group are: 
José Enrique Fdez. Luque

Profesor de investigación del CSIC
Doctor Ingeniero Agrónomo
Responsable del  grupo

Antonio Díaz Espejo

Investigador Científico
Doctor en Biología

María Victoria Cuevas Sánchez

Titulada Superior de Actividades Técnicas y Profesionales
Doctora en Biología

Virginia Hernández Santana

Titulada Superior de Actividades Técnicas y Profesionales
Doctora en Ciencias Ambientales

Rafael Romero Vicente

Titulado Superior de Actividades Técnicas y Profesionales
Doctor en Ingeniería de Sistemas y Automática

Alfonso Pérez Martín

Técnico Especializado de OPI
Doctor en Biología

Celia M. Rodríguez Domínguez

Investigadora Postdoctoral Juan de la Cierva Incorporación
Doctora en Biología

Antonio Montero de Espinosa Marín

Titulado medio de Actividades Técnicas y Profesionales
Ing.Tec. Agricola

Adrian Pérez Arcoiza

Investigador Predoctoral FPI
Licenciado en Biología

Jaime Sebastian Azcona

Investigador postdoctoral
Doctor en ecología y manejo forestal

Javier Pichaco García

Investigador Predoctoral FPI

Daniel Benzal Moreno

Graduado en Ciencias Ambientales

Luis Sánchez Fernández

Ingeniero Agrónomo

Links of interest:

Activities of the group during the Recupera 2020 project. We explain techniques to schedule irrigation.


Our participation on a TV program (“Cuaderno Agrario”, programa 199) entitled Finaliza el proyecto CIT del Grupo de Innovación liderado por ASAJA-Sevilla, on the use canopy temperature determined from infrared images to schedule irrigation (go to minute 29.30)

Information on sap flow measurements provided by the group to the International Society of Horticultural Sciences Working Group on Sap Flow. Dr J.E. Fernández was Chair of the Group from 2008 to 2017.


Our objective is to optimize the use of water in agriculture. We work mainly on improving irrigation from the use of mechanistic models that we built after studying the crop response to water stress. We develop and test irrigation strategies and methods to schedule irrigation. Our main interest is the digitalization of precision irrigation for sustainable intensive agriculture. We work with main crops in our area, both woody and herbaceous, although we mainly use fruit trees, especially olive. Actually, we have been working with the olive tree for three decades, and have addressed all growing systems, including orchards with different plant densities, from conventional to super intensive systems.

Main working lines:

– We perform ecophysiological studies to identify main physiological processes involved in the response of the species to environmental and management conditions. This allows us to build and improve models on water uptake, transpiration and photosynthesis, which we use to better understand main physiological mechanisms governing the crop response to the available water, and to design and optimize irrigation strategies and other irrigation aspects focussed to a rational use of water.

– We develop irrigation strategies to optimize the crop water productivity. We work with full irrigation and with different deficit irrigation approaches. We pay special attention to deficit irrigation strategies suitable for sustainable intensive agriculture.

– We identify and develop water stress indicators suitable for scheduling irrigation in commercial orchards. We work soil water, atmospheric demand and plant-related measurements. Our group is specialised on the latter, such that we use conventional (water potential, stomatal conductance) and automatic (sap flow, trunk diameter variation, leaf turgor pressure) indicators of water stress derived from measurements in the plant. We develop water stress indicators suitable for precision irrigation, i.e. able to measure continuously and automatically, and implemented with data transmission systems, and combine them with remote imagery to identify the crop variability in the orchard.

– We also work on the digitalization of irrigation. In addition to water stress indicators, we work on data transmission and processing for a digital management of irrigation. This includes the development of algorithms to process big datasets and to derive reliable and user-friendly information for the management of irrigation, as well as apps, decision support systems, artificial intelligence, IoT and other approaches for the efficient use of that information.

Li, D., Li, X., Xi, B., Hernandez-Santana, V. Evaluation of method to model stomatal conductance and its use to assess biomass increase in poplar trees. Agricultural Water Management, Volume 259, 107228; 2022; 10.1016/j.agwat.2021.107228

Rodriguez-Dominguez, C. M., Forner, A., Martorell, S., Choat, B., Lopez, R., Peters, J. M. R., Pfautsch, S., Mayr, S., Carins-Murphy, M.R., McAdam, S.A.M, Richardson, F., Diaz-Espejo, A., Hernandez-Santana, V., Menezes-Silva, P.E., Torres-Ruiz, J.M., Batz, T.A. & Sack, L. Leaf water potential measurements using the pressure chamber: Synthetic testing of assumptions towards best practices for precision and accuracy. Plant, Cell and Environment, 1– 25; 2022;

Perez-Arcoiza, A. Hernandez-Jimenez, M.L., Sicardo, M.D., Hernandez-Santana, V., Díaz-Espejo, A., Martinez-Rivas, J.M. Carbon supply and water status regulate fatty acid and triacylglyceron biosynthesis at transcriptional level in photosynthetic oil fruit mesocarp. Plant, Cell and Environment, 45, 2366-2380; 2022; 10.1111/pce.14340

A Perez-Arcoiza, A Diaz-Espejo, R Fernandez-Torres, L F Perez-Romero, V Hernandez-Santana, Dual effect of the presence of fruits on leaf gas exchange and water relations of olive treesTree Physiology, 2022;, tpac123,

S Gutiérrez-Gordillo, I F García-Tejero, V H Durán Zuazo, A Diaz-Espejo, V Hernandez-Santana, The effect of nut growth limitation on triose phosphate utilization and downregulation of photosynthesis in almond, Tree Physiology, 2022;, tpac122,

A. Gauthey, J.M.R. Peters, R. López, M.R. Carins-Murphy, C.M. Rodriguez-Dominguez, D.T. Tissue, B.E. Medlyn, T.J. Brodribb & B. Choat. (2022). Mechanisms of xylem hydraulic recovery after drought in Eucalyptus salignaPlant, Cell & Environment, 45: 1216 – 1228.
P. Duddek, A. Carminati, N. Koebernick, L. Ohmann, G. Lovric, S. Delzon, C.M. Rodriguez-Dominguez, A. King & M.A. Ahmed. (2022). The impact of drought-induced root and root hair shrinkage on root-soil contactPlant Physiology, 189: 1232 – 1236. 


Li, D., Liu, J., Verhoef, A., Xi, B., Hernandez-Santana, V., 2021. Understanding the relationship between biomass production and water use of Populus tomentosa trees throughout an entire short-rotation. Agricultural Water Management 246, 106710.


Costa-e-Silva, F., Correia, A.C., Pinto, C.A., David, J.S., Hernandez-Santana, V., David, T.S., 2021. Effects of cork oak stripping on tree carbon and water fluxes. Forest Ecology and Management 486, 118966.

Li, D., Fernández, J.E., Li X., Xi, B., Jia, L., Hernandez-Santana, V., 2020. Tree growth patterns and diagnosis of water status based on trunk diameter fluctuations in fast-growing Populus tomentosa plantations. Agricultural Water Management 241, 106348


J.E. Fernández, F. Alcon, A. Diaz-Espejo, V. Hernandez-Santana, M.V. Cuevas. 2020. Water use indicators and economic analysis for on-farm irrigation decision: A case study of a super high density olive tree orchard. Agricultural Water Management 237, 106074.


J.E. Fernández, A. Diaz-Espejo, J.M. Martínez-Rivas, W. Moreda. 2020. Editorial: Proceedings of the Olivebioteq 2018 – Olive Management, Biotechnology and Authenticity of Olive Products. Frontiers in Plant Science, Vol. 11, Article 860. 3 pp. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2020.00860


C.M. Rodriguez-Dominguez & T.J. Brodribb, 2020. Declining root water transport drives stomatal closure in olive under moderate water stress. New Phytologist, 225: 126 – 134.


Gauthey, J.M.R. Peters, M.R. Carins-Murphy, C.M. Rodriguez-Dominguez, X. Li, S. Delzon, A. King, R. López, B.E. Medlyn, D.T. Tissue, T.J. Brodribb & B. Choat., 2020. Visual and hydraulic techniques produce similar estimates of cavitation resistance in woody species. New Phytologist, 228: 884 – 897.


Gutiérrez-Gordillo, S.; García-Tejero, I. F.; Durán Zuazo, V.H.; García Escalera, A.; Ferrera Gil, F.; Amores-Agüera, J.; Cárceles Rodríguez, B.; Hernández-Santana, V., 2020. Assessing the Water-Stress Baselines by Thermal Imaging for Irrigation Management in Almond Plantations under Water Scarcity Conditions. Water 12 (5): 1298.


Gutiérrez-Gordillo, S.; Durán Zuazo, V.H.; Hernández-Santana, V.; Ferrera Gil, F.; García Escalera, A.; Amores-Agüera, J.J.; García-Tejero, I.F., 2020. Cultivar Dependent Impact on Yield and Its Components of Young Almond Trees under Sustained-Deficit Irrigation in Semi-Arid Environments. Agronomy, 10, 733.


Sinacore, K., Asbjornsen, H., Hernandez-Santana, V., Hall, J.S., 2020. Differential and dynamic water regulation responses to El Niño for monospecific and mixed species planted forests. Ecohydrology 13, e2238.

Hernandez-Santana, P. Diaz-Rueda, A. Diaz-Espejo, M.D. Raya-Sereno, S. Gutiérrez-Gordillo, A. Montero, A. Perez-Martin, J.M. Colmenero-Flores & C.M. Rodriguez-Dominguez., 2019. Hydraulic traits emerge as relevant determinants of growth patterns in wild olive genotypes under water stress. Frontiers in Plant Science, 10: 1 – 15.


Rodriguez Dominguez, C.M., Hernandez-Santana, V., Buckley T.N., Fernández, J.E., Diaz-Espejo, A. 2019. Sensitivity of olive leaf turgor to air vapour pressure deficit correlates with diurnal maximum stomatal conductance. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 272-273, 156-165.


T.J. Brodribb, H. Cochard & C.M. Rodriguez-Dominguez., 2019. Measuring the pulse of trees; using the vascular system to predict tree mortality in the 21st century. Conservation Physiology, 7: 1 – 7.


Sinacore, K., Asbjornsen, H., Hernandez-Santana, V., Hall, J.S. 2019. Drought differentially affects growth, transpiration, and water use efficiency of mixed and monospecific planted forests. Forests, 10, 153

C.M. Rodriguez-Dominguez, M.R. Carins Murphy, C. Lucani & T.J. Brodribb., 2018. Mapping xylem failure in disparate organs of whole plants reveals extreme resistance in olive roots. New Phytologist, 218: 1025 – 1035.


Ferreira, I.M., Green, S.R., Conceinçao. N., J.E. Fernández. 2018. Assessing hydraulic redistribution with the compensated average gradient heat-pulse method on rain-fed olive trees. Plant and Soil, 425:21–4.


C.M. Padilla-Díaz, C.M. Rodriguez-Dominguez, V. Hernandez-Santana, A. Perez-Martin, R.D.M. Fernandes, A. Montero, J.M. García, J.E. Fernández. 2018. Water status, gas exchange and crop performance in a super high density olive orchard under deficit irrigation scheduled from leaf turgor measurements. Agricultural Water Management 202: 241-252.


Hernandez-Santana⁠, V., Fernandes⁠, R.D.M., Perez-Arcoiza⁠, A., Fernández⁠, J.E., Garcia⁠, J.M, Diaz-Espejo⁠, A. 2018. Relationships between fruit growth and oil accumulation with simulated seasonal dynamics of leaf gas exchange in the olive tree. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 256-257: 458-469.


Hernández, M.L., Velázquez-Palmero, D., Sicardo, M.D., Fernández, J.E., Diaz-Espejo, A., Martínez-Rivas, J.M. 2018. Effect of a regulated deficit irrigation strategy in a hedgerow ‘Arbequina’ olive orchard on the mesocarp fatty acid composition and desaturase gene expression with respect to olive oil quality. Agricultural Water Management, 204 (2018) 100-106.


Fernandes, R.D.M., Cuevas, M.V., Diaz-Espejo, A., Hernandez-Santana, V. 2018. Effects of water stress on fruit growth and water relations between fruits and leaves in a hedgerow olive orchard. Agricultural and Water Management, 210, 32-40

García, J.M., Morales-Sillero, A., Pérez-Rubio, A.G., Diaz-Espejo, A., Montero, A., Fernández, J.E. 2017. Virgin olive oil quality of hedgerow ‘Arbequina’ olive trees under deficit irrigation. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. 2017, 97(3):1018-1026

Egea, G.; Padilla-Díaz, C.M.; Martinez-Guanter, J.; Fernández, J.E.; Pérez-Ruiz, M. 2017.
Assessing a crop water stress index derived from aerial thermal imaging and infrared thermometry in super-high density olive orchards
Agricultural Water Management; vol: 187 ; Páginas: 210 – 221

García-Tejero, I.F.; Hernández, A.; Padilla-Díaz, C.M.; Diaz-Espejo, A.; Fernández, J.E. 2017.
Assessing plant water status in a hedgerow olive orchard from thermography at plant level
Agricultural Water Management; vol: 188 ; Páginas: 50 – 60

Fernandes, R.D.M.; Cuevas, M.V.; Hernandez-Santana, V.; Rodriguez-Dominguez, C.M.; Padilla-Díaz, C.M.; Fernández, J.E. 2017.
Classification models for automatic identification of daily states from leaf turgor related measurements in olive
Computers and Electronics in Agriculture; vol: 142 ; Páginas: 181 – 189

Eduardo Fernández-Pascual; Adrián Pérez-Arcoiza; José Alberto Prieto; Tomás E. Díaz 2017.
Environmental filtering drives the shape and breadth of the seed germination niche in coastal plant communities
Annals of Botany; vol: 119 ; Páginas: 1169 – 1177

Egea G.; Fernández J.E.; Alcon F. 2017.
Financial assessment of adopting irrigation technology for plant-based regulated deficit irrigation scheduling in super high-density olive orchards
Agricultural Water Management; vol: 187 ; Páginas: 47 – 56

Hernandez-Santana, V.; Fernández, J.E.; Cuevas, M.V.; Perez-Martin, A.; Diaz-Espejo, A. 2017.
Photosynthetic limitations by water deficit: Effect on fruit and olive oil yield, leaf area and trunk diameter and its potential use to control vegetative growth of super-high density olive orchards
Agricultural Water Management; vol: 184 ; Páginas: 9 – 18

Torres-Ruiz, J.M.; Cochard, H.; Choat, B.; Jansen, S.; López, R.; Tomášková, I.; Padilla-Díaz, C.M.; Badel, E.; Burlett, R.; King, A.; Lenoir, N.; Martin-StPaul, N.K.; Delzon, S. 2017.
Xylem resistance to embolism: presenting a simple diagnostic test for the open vessel artefact
New Phytologist; vol: 215 ; Páginas: 489 – 499

Fernández-Boyano, M.; Tabernero- Pérez, D.; Alonso-Herrero, S.; Pérez-Álvarez, J.M.; Blanco-Velázquez, F.J.; Anaya-Romero, M.; Fernández-Luque, J.E. 2016.
Developing the prototype AndaLAND for agriculture soil and water assessment in climate change scenarios
Spanish Journal of Soil Science; vol: 6 ; Páginas: 21 – 25

Molina, A.J.; Aranda, X.; Carta, G.; Llorens, P.; Romero, R.; Savé, R.; Biel, C. 2016.
Effect of irrigation on sap flux density variability and water use estimate in cherry (Prunus avium) for timber production: Azimuthal profile, radial profile and sapwood estimation
Agricultural Water Management; vol: 164 ; Páginas: 118 – 126

Koenig, W.D.; Alejano, R.; Carbonero, M.D.; Fernández-Rebollo, P.; Knops, J.M.H.; Marañón, T.; Padilla-Díaz, C.M.; Pearse, I.S.; Pérez-Ramos, I.M.; Vázquez-Piqué, J.; Pesendorfer, M.B. 2016.
Is the relationship between mast-seeding and weather in oaks related to their life-history or phylogeny?
Ecology; vol: 97 ; Páginas: 2603 – 2615

Peguero-Pina JJ; Sisó S; Sancho-Knapik D; Diaz-Espejo A; Flexas J; Galmés J; Gil-Pelegrín E. 2016.
Leaf morphological and physiological adaptations of a deciduous oak (Quercus faginea Lam.) to the Mediterranean climate: a comparison with a closely related temperate species (Quercus robur L.)
Tree Physiology; vol: 36 ; Páginas: 287 – 299

Flexas, J; Diaz-Espejo, A; Conesa, M; Coopman, R; Douthe, C; Gago, J; Gallé, A; Galmes, J; Medrano, H; Ribas-Carbo, M; Tomás, M; Niinemets, Ü. 2016.
Mesophyll conductance to CO2 and Rubisco as targets for improving intrinsic water use efficiency in C3 plants.
Plant, Cell and Environment; vol: 39 ; Páginas: 965 – 982

Rodriguez-Dominguez, C.M.; Buckley, T.N.; Egea, G.; de Cires, A.; Hernandez-Santana, V.; Martorell, S.; Diaz-Espejo, A. 2016.
Most stomatal closure in woody species under moderate drought can be explained by stomatal responses to leaf turgor
Plant, Cell and Environment; vol: 39 ; Páginas: 2014 – 2026

Hernandez-Santana, Virginia; Rodriguez-Dominguez, Celia M.; Fernández, J. Enrique; Diaz-Espejo, Antonio 2016.
Role of leaf hydraulic conductance in the regulation of stomatal conductance in almond and olive in response to water stress
Tree Physiology; vol: 26 ; Páginas: 725 – 735

Padilla-Díaz C.M.; Rodriguez-Dominguez C.M.; Hernandez-Santana V.; Perez-Martin A.; Fernández J.E. 2016.
Scheduling regulated deficit irrigation in a hedgerow olive orchard from leaf turgor pressure related measurements
Agricultural Water Management; vol: 164 ; Páginas: 28 – 37

Egea G.; Diaz-Espejo A.; Fernández J.E. 2016.
Soil moisture dynamics in a hedgerow olive orchard under well-watered and deficit irrigation regimes: assessment, prediction and scenario analysis.
Agricultural Water Management; vol: 164 ; Páginas: 197 – 211

V. Hernandez-Santana; J.E. Fernández; C.M. Rodriguez-Dominguez; R. Romero; A. Diaz-Espejo 2016.
The dynamics of radial sap flux density reflects changes in stomatal conductance in response to soil and air water deficit.
Agricultural and Forest Meteorology; vol: 218-219 ; Páginas: 92 – 101

Naranjo B; Diaz-Espejo A; Lindahl M; Cejudo FJ 2016.
Type-f thioredoxins have a role in the short-term activation of carbon metabolism and their loss affects growth under short-day conditions in Arabidopsis thaliana.
Journal of Experimental Botany; vol: 67 ; Páginas: 1951 – 1964

García, J.M.; Morales-Sillero, A.; Pérez-Rubio, A.G.; Diaz-Espejo, A.; Montero, A.; Fernández, J.E. 2016.
Virgin olive oil quality of hedgerow Arbequina olive trees under deficit irrigation
Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture; vol: 97 ; Páginas: 1018 – 1026

Salmon, Y.; Torres-Ruiz, J.M.; Poyatos, R.; Martinez-Vilalta, J.; Meir, P.; Cochard, H.; Mencuccini, M. 2015.
Balancing the risks of hydraulic failure and carbon starvation: A twig scale analysis in declining Scots pine
Plant, Cell and Environment; vol: 38 ; Páginas: 2575 – 2588

Mateos-Naranjo, E.; Mesa, J.; Pajuelo, E.; Perez-Martin, A.; Caviedes, M.A.; Rodríguez-Llorente, I.D. 2015.
Deciphering the role of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria in the tolerance of the invasive cordgrass Spartina densiflora to physicochemical properties of salt-marsh soils
Plant and Soil; vol: 394 ; Páginas: 45 – 55

Martorell, S.; Diaz-Espejo, A.; Tomàs, M.; Pou, A.; El Aou-ouad, H.; Escalona, J.M.; Vadell, J.; Ribas-Carbó, M.; Flexas, J.; Medrano, H. 2015.
Differences in water-use-efficiency between two Vitis vinifera cultivars (Grenache and Tempranillo) explained by the combined response of stomata to hydraulic and chemical signals during water stress
Agricultural Water Management; vol: 156 ; Páginas: 1 – 9

Elsayed-Farag, S.; Melgar, J.C. 2015.
Efficiency of tree-based water status indicators at the onset of water deficit in citrus
Horticulture Environment and Biotechnology; vol: 56 ; Páginas: 305 – 309

Pérez-Ramos, I. M.; Padilla-Díaz, C.M.; Koenig, W. D.; Marañón, T. 2015.
Environmental drivers of mast-seeding in Mediterranean oak species: does leaf habit matter?
Journal of Ecology; vol: 103 ; Páginas: 691 – 700

Girón, I.F.; Corell, M.; Martín-Palomo, M.J.; Galindo, A.; Torrecillas, A.; Moreno, F.; Moriana, A. 2015.
Feasibility of trunk diameter fluctuations in the scheduling of regulated deficit irrigation for table olive trees without reference trees
Agricultural Water Management; vol: 161 ; Páginas: 114 – 126

Flexas, J.; Diaz-Espejo, A. 2015.
Interspecific differences in temperature response of mesophyll conductance: Food for thought on its origin and regulation
Plant, Cell and Environment; vol: 38 ; Páginas: 625 – 628

Buckley, T.N.; Diaz-Espejo, A. 2015.
Partitioning changes in photosynthetic rate into contributions from different variables
Plant, Cell and Environment; vol: 38 ; Páginas: 1200 – 1211

Martorell, S.; Medrano, H.; Tomàs, M.; Escalona, J.M.; Flexas, J.; Diaz-Espejo, A. 2015.
Plasticity of vulnerability to leaf hydraulic dysfunction during acclimation to drought in grapevines: An osmotic-mediated process
Physiologia Plantarum; vol: 153 ; Páginas: 381 – 391

Torres-Ruiz, J.M.; Diaz-Espejo, A.; Perez-Martin, A.; Hernandez-Santana, V. 2015.
Role of hydraulic and chemical signals in leaves, stems and roots in the stomatal behaviour of olive trees under water stress and recovery conditions
Tree Physiology; vol: 35 ; Páginas: 415 – 424

Hernandez-Santana, V.; Hernandez-Hernandez, A.; Vadeboncoeur, M.A.; Asbjornsen, H. 2015.
Scaling from single-point sap velocity measurements to stand transpiration in a multispecies deciduous forest: Uncertainty sources, stand structure effect, and future scenarios
Canadian Journal of Forest Research; vol: 45 ; Páginas: 1489 – 1497

Thomas N. Buckley; Sebastia Martorell; Antonio Diaz-Espejo; Magdalena Tomàs; Hipólito Medrano 2014.
Is stomatal conductance optimized over both time and space in plant crowns? A field test in grapevine (Vitis vinifera)
Plant, Cell and Environment; vol: 37 ; Páginas: 2707 – 2721

Flexas, J.; Diaz-Espejo, A.; Gago, J.; Gallé, A.; Galmés, J.; Gulías, J.; Medrano, H. 2014.
Photosynthetic limitations in Mediterranean plants: A review
Environmental and Experimental Botany; vol: 103 ; Páginas: 12 – 23

Fernández, J.E. 2014.
Plant-based sensing to monitor water stress: Applicability to commercial orchards
Agricultural Water Management; vol: 142 ; Páginas: 99 – 109

Martorell, S.; Diaz-Espejo, A.; Medrano, H.; Ball, M.C.; Choat, B. 2014.
Rapid hydraulic recovery in Eucalyptus pauciflora after drought: Linkages between stem hydraulics and leaf gas exchange
Plant, Cell and Environment; vol: 37 ; Páginas: 617 – 626

Perez-Martin, A.; Michelazzo, C.; Torres-Ruiz, J.M.; Flexas, J.; Fernández, J.E.; Sebastiani, L.; Diaz-Espejo, A. 2014.
Regulation of photosynthesis and stomatal and mesophyll conductance under water stress and recovery in olive trees: Correlation with gene expression of carbonic anhydrase and aquaporins
Journal of Experimental Botany; vol: 65 ; Páginas: 3143 – 3156

Buckley, T.N.; Diaz-Espejo, A. 2014.
Reporting estimates of maximum potential electron transport rate
New Phytologist; vol: 205 ; Páginas: 14 – 17

Galmés, J.; Conesa, M.; Díaz-Espejo, A.; Mir, A.; Perdomo, J.A.; Niinemets, T.; Flexas, J. 2014.
Rubisco catalytic properties optimized for present and future climatic conditions
Plant Science; vol: 226 ; Páginas: 61 – 70

Flexas J; Carriquí M; Coopman RE; Gago J; Galmés J; Martorell S; Morales F; Díaz-Espejo A 2014.
Stomatal and mesophyll conductances to CO2 in different plant groups: underrated factors for predicting leaf photosynthesis responses to climate change?
Plant Science; vol: 226 ; Páginas: 41 – 48

Marañón, T.; Padilla-Díaz, C.M.; Pérez-Ramos, I.M.; Villar, R. 2014.
Tendencias en la investigación sobre ecología y gestión de las especies de Quercus
Ecosistemas; vol: 23 ; Páginas: 124 – 129

Fernández, J.-E. 2014.
Understanding olive adaptation to abiotic stresses as a tool to increase crop performance
Environmental and Experimental Botany; vol: 103 ; Páginas: 158 – 179

Torres-Ruiz, J.M.; Cochard, H.; Mayr, S.; Beikircher, B.; Diaz-Espejo, A.; Rodriguez-Dominguez, C.M.; Badel, E.; Fernández, J.E. 2014.
Vulnerability to cavitation in Olea europaea current-year shoots: Further evidence of an open-vessel artifact associated with centrifuge and air-injection techniques
Physiologia Plantarum; vol: 152 ; Páginas: 465 – 474

Pérez-Ramos, I.M.; Aponte, C.; García, L.V.; Padilla-Díaz, C.M.; Marañón, T.; Delzon, S. 2014.
Why Is seed production so variable among individuals? A ten-year study with oaks reveals the importance of soil environment
PLoS ONE; vol: 9 ; Páginas: null – 162

Mateos-Naranjo, E.; Castellanos, E.M.; Perez-Martin, A. 2014.
Zinc tolerance and accumulation in the halophytic species Juncus acutus
Environmental and Experimental Botany; vol: 100 ; Páginas: 114 – 121

Fernández, J.E.
Understanding olive adaptation to abiotic stresses as a tool to increase crop performance.
Environmental and Experimental Botany, 2013,

Alvarado-Barrientos M.S., Hernández-Santana V., Asbjornsen H.
Variability of the radial profile of sap velocity in Pinus patula from contrasting stands within the seasonal cloud forest zone of Veracruz, Mexico.
Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 2013, 168: 108-119.

Diaz-Espejo A.
New challenges in modeling photosynthesis: temperature dependencies of Rubisco kinetics
Plant, Cell and Environment, 2013, 36: 2104-2107

Flexas J., Niinemets Ü., Gallé A., Barbour M.M., Centritto M., Diaz-Espejo A., Douthe C., Galmés J., Ribas-Carbo M., Rodriguez P.L., Rosselló F., Soolanayakanahally R., Tomas M., Wright I.J., Farquhar G.D., Medrano H.
Diffusional conductances to CO2 as a target for increasing photosynthesis and photosynthetic water-use efficiency
Photosynthesis Research, 2013, 117: 45-59

Hernandez-Santana V., Zhou X., Helmers M.J., Asbjornsen H., Kolka R., Tomer M.
Native prairie filter strips reduce runoff from hillslopes under annual row-crop systems in Iowa, USA.
Journal of Hydrology, 2013, 477: 94-103.

Mateos-Naranjo E., Andrades-Moreno L., Cambrolle J., Perez-Martin A.
Assessing the effect of copper on growth, copper accumulation and physiological responses of grazing species Atriplex halimus: ecotoxicological implications.
Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 2013, 90: 136-142.

Asbjornsen H., Hernandez-Santana V., Liebman M., Bayala J., Chen J., Helmers M., Ong C.K., Schulte L.A.
Targeting perennial vegetation in agricultural landscapes for enhancing ecosystem services.
Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems.

Cuevas M.V., Martín-Palomo M.J., Diaz-Espejo A., Torres-Ruiz J.M., Rodriguez-Dominguez C.M., Perez-Martin A., Pino-Mejías R., Fernández J.E.
Assessing water stress in a hedgerow olive orchard from sap flow and trunk diameter measurements.
Irrigation Science, 2013, 31:729-746

García  J.M., Cuevas M.V., Fernández J.E.
Production and oil quality in ‘Arbequina’ olive (Olea europaea, L.) trees under two deficit irrigation strategies.
Irrigation Science, 2013, 31:359–370

Morales-Sillero A, García JM, Torres-Ruiz JM, Montero A, Sánchez-Ortiz A, Fernández JE.
Is the productive performance of olive trees under localized irrigation affected by leaving some roots in drying soils?
Agricultural Water Management, 2013, 123:79-92

Fernández J.E.*, Perez-Martin A., Torres-Ruiz J.M., Cuevas M.V., Rodriguez-Dominguez C.M., Elsayed-Farag S., Morales-Sillero A., García J.M., Hernandez-Santana V., Diaz-Espejo A.
A regulated deficit irrigation strategy for hedgerow olive orchards with high plant density
Plant and Soil, 2013, 372: 279-295.

Torres-Ruiz JM, Diaz-Espejo A, Morales-Sillero A, Martín-Palomo MJ, Mayr S, Beikircher B, Fernández JE.
Shoot hydraulic characteristics, plant water status and stomatal response in olive trees under different soil water conditions.
Plant and Soil, 2013, 373: 77-87.

Fernández, J.E.
Understanding olive adaptation to abiotic stresses as a tool to increase crop performance.
Environmental and Experimental Botany, 2013,


Almoguera C., Prieto-Dapena P., Personat J-M, Tejedor-Cano J., Lindahl M., Diaz-Espejo A., Jordano J.
Protection of the photosynthetic apparatus from extreme dehydration and oxidative stress in seedlings of transgenic tobacco
PLOSone, 2012, 7 (12): e51443.

Diaz-Espejo A., Buckley T.N., Sperry J.S., Cuevas M.V., de Cires A., Elsayed-Farag S., Martin-Palomo M.J., Muriel J.L., Perez-Martin A., Rodriguez-Dominguez C.M., Rubio-Casal A.E., Torres-Ruiz J.M., Fernández J.E.
Steps toward an improvement in process-based models of water use by fruit trees: a case study in olive.
Agricultural Water Management, 2012, 114: 37-49.

Diaz-Espejo A., Cuevas M.V., Ribas-Carbó M., Flexas J., Martorell S., Fernández J.E.
The effect of strobilurins on leaf gas exchange, water use efficiency and ABA content in grapevine under field conditions.
Journal of Plant Physiology, 2012, 169: 379-386.

Ehrenberger W., Rüger S., Sann C., Rodríguez-Domínguez C.M., Diaz-Espejo A., Fernández J.E., J. Moreno, Sukhorukov V., Zimmermann U.
Leaf patch clamp pressure probe measurements on olive leaves in the nearly turgorless state.
Plant Biology, 2012, 14(4): 666-674.

Fernández J.E., Torrecillas, A.
For a better use and distribution of water: An introduction.
Agricultural Water Management, 2012, 114: 1-3.

Flexas J, Barbour MM, Brendel O, Cabrera HM, Carriquí M, Diaz-Espejo A, Douthe C, Dreyer E, Ferrio JP, Gallé A, Galmés J, Kodama N, Medrano H, Niinemets Ü, Peguero-Pina JJ, Pou A, Ribas-Carbo M, Tomas M, Tosens T, Warren CR
Mesophyll diffusion conductance to CO2: an unappreciated central player in photosynthesis
Plant Science, 2012, 193-194: 70-84.

Rodriguez-Dominguez C.M., Ehrenberger W., Sann C., Rüger S., Sukhorukov V., Martín-Palomo M.J., Diaz-Espejo A., Cuevas M.V., Torres-Ruiz J.M., Perez-Martin A., Zimmermann U., Fernández J. E.
Concomitant measurements of stem sap flow and leaf turgor pressure in olive trees using the leaf patch clamp pressure probe.
Agricultural Water Management, 2012, 114: 50-58.

Romero R., Muriel J.L., García I., Muñoz de la Peña D.
Research on automatic irrigation control: State of the art and recent results.
Agricultural Water Management, 2012, 114: 59-66.

Pérez‐Camacho L., Rebollo S., Hernández‐Santana V., García‐Salgado G., Pavón J., Gómez-Sal A.
Plant functional trait responses to interannual rainfall variability, summer drought and seasonal grazing in Mediterranean herbaceous communities.
Functional Ecology, 2012, 26: 740-749.

Torres-Ruiz J.M., Sperry J.S., Fernández J.E.
Improving xylem hydraulic conductivity measurements by correcting the error caused by passive water uptake.
Physiologia Plantarum, 2012, 146:129-135.


Egea G., González-Real M-M., Baille A., Nortes P.A., Diaz-Espejo A.
Disentangling the contributions of ontogeny and water stress to photosynthetic limitations in almond trees.
Plant, Cell and Environment, 2011, 34: 962-979

Fernández J.E., Moreno F., Martín-Palomo M.J., Cuevas M.V., Torres-Ruiz J.M., Moriana A.
Combining sap flow and trunk diameter measurements to assess water needs in mature olive orchards.
Environmental and Experimental Botany, 2011, 72: 330-338.

Fernández J.E., Torres-Ruiz J.M., Diaz-Espejo A., Montero A., Álvarez R., Jiménez M.D., Cuerva J., Cuevas M.V.
Use of maximum trunk diameter measurements to detect water stress in mature ‘Arbequina’ olive trees under deficit irrigation.
Agricultural Water Management, 2011, 98: 1813-1821.

Fernández J.E., Rodríguez-Domínguez C.M., Perez-Martin A., Zimmermann U., Rüger S., Martín-Palomo M.J., Torres-Ruiz J.M., Cuevas M.V., Sann C., Ehrenberger W., Diaz-Espejo A.
Online-monitoring of tree water stress in a hedgerow olive orchard using the leaf patch clamp pressure probe.
Agricultural Water Management, 2011, 100: 25-35.

Hernandez-Santana V., Asbjornsen H., Sauer T., Isenhart T., Schilling K., Schultz R.
Enhanced transpiration by riparian buffer trees in response to advection in a humid temperate agricultural landscape.
Forest Ecology and Management, 2011, 261: 1415-1427.

Cuevas M.V., Torres-Ruiz J.M., Álvarez R., Jiménez M.D., Cuerva J., Fernández J.E.
Assessment of trunk diameter variations derived indices as water stress indicators in mature olive trees.
Agricultural Water Management, 2010, 97:1293-1302.

Fernández J.E., Cuevas M.V.
Irrigation scheduling from stem diameter variations: a review.
Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 2010, 150: 135-151.

García-Tejero I., Jiménez-Bocanegra J.A., Durán-Zuazo V.H., Romero R., Muriel J.L.
Positive Impact of Deficit Irrigation on Physiological Response and Fruit Yield in Citrus Orchards: Implications for Sustainable Water Savings.
Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, 2010, 4(3): 38-44

García-Tejero I., Jiménez-Bocanegra J.A., Martínez G., Durán-Zuazo V.H., Romero R., Muriel J.L.
Positive Impact of Regulated Deficit Irrigation on Yield and Fruit Quality in a commercial Citrus Orchard.
Agricultural Water Management, 2010, 97: 614-622.

García-Tejero I., Romero R., Jiménez-Bocanegra J.A., Martínez G., Durán-Zuazo V.H., Muriel J.L.
Response of citrus trees to deficit irrigation during different phenological periods in relation to yield, fruit quality, and water productivity.
Agricultural Water Management, 2010, 97: 689-699.


Niinemets U, Díaz-Espejo A, Flexas J, Galmés J, Warren CR
Role of mesophyll diffusion conductance in constraining potential photosynthetic productivity in the field
Journal of Experimental Botany, 2009, 60: 2249-2270

Niinemets U, Díaz-Espejo A, Flexas J, Galmés J, Warren CR
Importance of mesophyll diffusion conductance in estimation of plant photosynthesis in the field
Journal of Experimental Botany, 2009, 60: 2271-2282

Perez-Martin A, Flexas J, Ribas-Carbó M, Bota J, Tomás M, Infante JM, Diaz-Espejo A
Interactive effects of soil water deficit and air vapour pressure deficit on mesophyll conductance to CO2 in olives and grapevines
Journal of Experimental Botany, 2009, 60: 2391-2405

Hernández-Santana V., Martínez-Villalta J., Martínez-Fernández J., Williams M.
Evaluating the effect of drier and warmer conditions on water use by Quercus pyrenaica.
Forest Ecology and Management, 2009, 258: 1719-1730.

Morales-Sillero A., Fernández J.E., Ordovás J., Suárez M.P., Pérez J.A., Liñán J., López E.P., Girón I., Troncoso A.
Plant-soil interactions in a fertigated ‘Manzanilla de Sevilla’ olive orchard.
Plant and Soil, 2009, 319: 147-162.

Perez-Martin  A., Flexas J., Ribas-Carbó M., Bota J., Tomás M., Infante J.M., Diaz-Espejo A.
Interactive effects of soil water deficit and air vapour pressure deficit on mesophyll conductance to CO2 in Vitis vinifera and Olea europaea.
Journal of Experimental Botany, 2009, 60: 2391-2405.

Cuevas M.V., Cox L., Hermosín M.C., Calderón M.J., Fernández J.E.
Chloridazon and lenacil dissipation in a clayey soil of the Guadalquivir river marshes (southwest Spain).
Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 2008, 124: 245-251.

Flexas J, Ribas-Carbó M., Diaz-Espejo A, Galmés J, Medrano H.
Mesophyll conductance to CO2: current knowledge and future prospects.
Plant, Cell and Environment, 2008, 31, 602–621

Fernández J.E., Diaz-Espejo A., D’Andria R., Sebastiani L., Tognetti R.
Potential and limitations of improving olive orchard design and management through modeling.
Plant Biosystems, 2008, 142: 130-137.

Fernández J.E., Green S.R., Caspari H.W., Diaz-Espejo A., Cuevas M.V.
The use of sap flow measurements for scheduling irrigation in olive, apple and Asian pear trees and in grapevines.
Plant and Soil, 2008, 305: 91-104.

Fernández J.E., Romero R., Montaño J.C., Diaz-Espejo A., Muriel J.L., Cuevas M.V., Moreno F., Girón I.F., Palomo, M.J.
Design and testing of an automatic irrigation controller for fruit tree orchards, based on sap flow measurements.
Australian Journal of Agricultural Research, 2008, 59: 589-598.

Hernández-Santana V., David T.S., Martínez-Fernández J.
Environmental and plant-based controls of water use in a Mediterranean oak stand.
Forest Ecology and Management, 2008, 255(11): 3707-3715.

Hernández-Santana V., Martínez-Fernández J., Morán C., Cano A.
Response of Quercus pyrenaica (melojo oak) to soil water deficit: a case study in Spain.
European Journal of Forest Research, 2008, 127(5): 369-378.

Hernández‐Santana V., Martínez‐Fernández J., Morán C.
Estimation of tree water stress from stem and soil water monitoring with TDR in two small forested basins in Spain.
Hydrological Processes, 2008, 22: 2493- 2501.

Morales-Sillero A., Rapoport H., Fernández J.E., Troncoso A.
Olive fruit pulp and pit growth under differing nutrient supply.
Scientia Horticulturae, 2008, 117: 182-184.

Tognetti R., Morales-Sillero A., d’Andria R., Fernández J.E., Lavini A., Sebastiani L., Troncoso A.
Deficit irrigation and fertigation practices in olive growing: convergences and divergences in two case studies.
Plant Biosystems, 2008, 142: 138-148.

Smart biohydrib phyto-organisms for environmental in situ monitoring (WATCHPLANT).

European Commission, Programa H2020-FETPROACT-2020-2, Ref. 101017899

Duración: enero 2021- diciembre 2024

Investigador principal del IRNAS: Antonio Díaz Espejo. Coordinador: Mario Sánchez Bros (ITE)


A novel plant-based approach to estimate irrigation water needs of orchards for an optimal water management (IRRIWELL)

AEI España, European Commission, Programa PRIMA 2020

Duración: junio 2021- mayo 2024

Coordinador e Investigador principal del IRNAS: Antonio Díaz Espejo.


Operationalizing the increase of water use efficiency and resilience in irrigation (OPERA).

Iniciativa de Acción conjunta H2020-WATER 3-2015: ERA-NET COFUND WATERWORKS 2015 (MINECO-CDTI)

Coordinador: Dr. Marius Heinen; Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra), The Netherlands.

Desde 01/04/2017 al 30/09/2019

Investigador principal: Antonio Díaz Espejo


Sustainable orchard irrigation for improving fruit quality and safety

EU Project ref. STREP 023120

Desde 01/06/2006 al 31/05/2009

Investigador principal del IRNAS: Dr. José Enrique Fernández Luque.

Coordinador: Dr. Juan José Alarcón


Modelling soil evaporation in horticultural orchards in semi-arid regions of Southern Europe for optimisation of the use of water

Proyecto Europeo Marie Curie, ref. MERG-CT-2004-510524

Desde 01/012004 al 31/12/2004

Investigador responsable: Dr. Antonio Díaz Espejo

Supervisor científico: Dr. José Enrique Fernández Luque


Estimating the interaction between soil moisture and canopy processes.

Proyecto de la Comunidad Económica Europea HPMF-CT-2000-01064

Desde 01/04/2001 al 31/03/ 2003

Investigador principal: Dr. Antonio Díaz Espejo


Effective approaches for assessing the predicted environmental concentrations of pesticides. A proposal supporting the harmonised registration of pesticides in Europe.

Proyecto del programa LIFE de la UE, ref. LIFE/991/0122-QLRT/1999/01238.

Desde 01/03/2000 al 01/03/2003

Investigador principal del grupo español: Dr. José Enrique Fernández Luque.

Coordinador: Prof. Dr. Marnik Vanclooster

Métodos para la programación del riego en plantaciones frutales digitalizadas para una agricultura intensiva sostenible (Proyecto ISASORA).

Proy. Ref.: PID2021-124651OB-I00

MICINN, Proyectos de Generación de Conocimiento 2021

Total concedido: 193.600 €

Desde septiembre 2022 a septiembre 2025

Investigadores responsables: José Enrique Fernández Luque y Antonio Díaz Espejo.


Bases fisiológicas para la aplicación de estrategias de riego deficitario en plantaciones digitalizadas.

Proy. Ref.: TED2021-129500B-I00

MICINN, Proyectos de Transición Ecológica y Digital 2021

Desde 01/12/2022 al 30/11/2024

Financiación: 110.000 €

Investigadores principales: Drs. Antonio Díaz Espejo y Virginia Hernández Santana.


Fundamentos fisiológicos de un nuevo método para el manejo del riego deficitario en frutales.

MICINN, Programa I+D, RTI2018-098961-B-I00

Desde enero 2019 a diciembre 2021

Investigadores responsables: Antonio Díaz Espejo y José Enrique Fernández Luque


Bases fisiológicas del equilibrio entre la carga de frutos y el área foliar en olivares en seto.

Proyecto de Investigación Fundamental, VI Programa Nacional de Investigación Científica, Desarrollo e Innovación orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad,

Ref. AGL2015-71585-R.

Desde 01/01/2016 al 31/12/2018

Investigadores principales: Antonio Díaz Espejo y José Enrique Fernández Luque


Riego deficitario controlado del olivar de alta densidad: programación automática basada en la fisiología de la planta y en la economía de manejo del cultivo.

Proyecto de Investigación Fundamental, VI Programa Nacional de Investigación Científica, Desarrollo e Innovación Tecnológica 2008-2011.

Ref. AGL2012-34544.

Desde 01/01/2013 al 31/12/2015

Investigador principal: José Enrique Fernández Luque


Análisis de Implantación de Innovadoras Cubiertas Ecológicas en Tejados y Paredes de grandes urbes de clima mediterráneo.

Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Proyecto INNPACTO convocatoria 2011, ref. IPT-2011-1017-310000

Desde 31/12/2011 al 31/03/2015

Investigador responsable del IRNAS: José Enrique Fernández Luque


Consecuencias del control estomático de la transpiración en árboles frutales con riego deficitario ocasionado por las limitaciones impuestas por la conductividad hidraúlica del sistema suelo-planta y las señales hormonales desde raíces. Desarrollo de un modelo mecanístico integrador.

MICINN, Programa I+D, AGL2009-11310/AGR

Desde 01/01/2010 al 31/12/2012

Investigador principal: Antonio Díaz Espejo


Relaciones entre volumen de suelo mojado, conductividad hidráulica e intercambio gaseoso del olivo: aplicación a la optimización del riego

Proyecto nacional de I+D+I (2004-2007), ref. AGL2006-04666/AGR

Desde 01/10/2006 al 30/09/2009

Investigador principal: Dr. José Enrique Fernández Luque.


Mecanismos fisiológicos de control de la transpiración y la fotosíntesis en el olivo y la vid y su relación con la adaptación a la sequía y al riego de recuperación. Bases para la mejora de la eficiencia del uso del agua en estos cultivos y la optimización del riego deficitario.

MEC, Programa I+D, AGL2005-00220/AGR

Desde 01/01/2006 al 31/12/2008

Investigador principal: Antonio Díaz Espejo


Optimización del riego deficitario en olivar con el uso de modelos de transpiración y de fotosíntesis.

Proyecto de I+D+I (2000-2003) de la Dirección General de Investigación del Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología, ref. AGL2002-04048-CO3-01 AGR-FOR.

Desde 04/12/2002 al 04/12/2005.

Investigador principal: Dr. José Enrique Fernández Luque.


Respuesta de árboles frutales al riego deficitario: utilización de indicadores biológicos para la optimización del riego

Proyecto HID96-1342-CO4-01 del Plan Nacional de Recursos Hídricos.

Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiología de Sevilla (IRNAS, CSIC)

Desde 01-07-96 al 01-07-00

Investigador Principal y Coordinador de los Subproyectos: José Enrique Fernández Luque


Utilización de la medida directa de los flujos de savia en el olivo para la optimización de la fertirrigación

Proyecto OLI96-2187 del Programa Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo Agrario, Proyecto Estratégico Movilizador sobre el Aceite de Oliva.

Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiología de Sevilla (IRNAS, CSIC)

Desde 01-03-1997 al 01-03-1998

Investigador Principal: José Enrique Fernández Luque

Control Inteligente de Termografía

Proyecto de innovación de Grupos Operativos de la AEI en materia de productividad y Sostenibilidad Agrícolas, convocatoria 2016.

Ref. GOP21-SE-16-0031.

Desde el 25/06/2018 al 31/12/2020

Solicitante y principal responsable del GO: ASAJA

Investigador principal del IRNAS: José Enrique Fernández Luque


Mejora de la calidad del aceite en el olivar en seto mediante estrategias de riego.

Proyecto de Investigación de Excelencia de la Junta de Andalucía, concovatoria 2010,

Ref. AGR-6456.

Desde 06/07/2011 al 05/07/2014

Investigador principal: José Enrique Fernández Luque


Desarrollo y validación de un sistema de riego automático y telecontrolado para el riego de alta frecuencia de plantaciones frutales.

Proyecto financiado por la Consejería de Innovación, Ciencia y Empresas de la Junta de Andalucía. Ref. C03-056

Desde 13/05/2004 al 30/06/2006.

Investigador principal: Dr. José Enrique Fernández Luque.


Performance of the BOSCH system to schedule irrigation in fruit tree orchards.

Contrato con la empresa ROBERT BOSCH ESPAÑA SLU (ref. nº 19/0217 IRNAS-BOSCH).

Responsable: Dr. José Enrique Fernández Luque

Período de ejecución: 25/03/2019 a 31/12/202


Assessment of the suitability of a new sensor to monitor leaf turgor pressure for scheduling irrigation in fruit tree crops

Contrato con la empresa ROBERT BOSCH ESPAÑA SLU (ref. VATC 20164070).

Responsable: Dr. José Enrique Fernández Luque


Proyecto Recupera 2020, Hito 1.3.2: Bases Tecnológicas de Estrategias de riego deficitario

Convenio de colaboración entre el Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad y la Agencia Estatal CSIC
Responsable: Dr. José Enrique Fernández Luque
Período de ejecución: 1 de enero de 2014 a 31 de diciembre de 2015


Puesta a punto de un modelo que permita cuantificar el porcentaje de limitación de fotosíntesis en cultivos de riego deficitario de viña Tinta causado por estrés climático e hídrico

Contrato con la empresa Bodegas Emilio Moro S.L.
Responsable: Dr. Antonio Díaz Espejo
Período de ejecución: 1 marzo 2014 a 30 abril 2015


Investigación y asesoramiento de interpretación de sensores en plantas para la optimización del riego y nutrición en el cultivo de viña y tomate

Contrato con la empresa Verde-Smart Corporación S.L.
Responsable: Dr. Antonio Díaz Espejo
Período de ejecución: 27 diciembre 2013 a 30 junio 2015


Servicio para el estudio de efectos sobre el medio ambiente de las formulaciones ignífugas preventivas desarrolladas en el marco del proyecto I+D+I 06-DIFE-04

Contrato con la empresa EGMASA, para desarrollar el trabajo titulado
Responsable: Dr. Rafael López
Período de ejecución: 30 de junio de 2008 a 31 de septiembre de 2012.


Contrato con la empresa BASF Española S.A., para desarrollar el trabajo titulado Effect of Pyraclostrobin on gas exchange of grapevines under field conditions.
Responsable: Dr. Antonio Díaz Espejo
Período de ejecución: 1 abril a 12 diciembre, 2006.


Desarrollo de un Sistema Experto de apoyo a la decisión de riego en olivo para la empresa Verdtech Nuevo Campo S.A.

Contrato con la empresa Verdtech Nuevo Campo S.A.
Responsable: Dr. José Enrique Fernández Luque
Período de ejecución: 01/06/08 a 31/12/09


Integración práctica de nuevos métodos de diagnóstico en olivo realizado por el IRNAS para la empresa Verdtech Nuevo Campo S.A.

Contrato con la empresa Verdtech Nuevo Campo S.A.
Responsable: Dr. José Enrique Fernández Luque
Período de ejecución: 01/07/07 a 30/06/09


Ensayo de riego en olivo realizado por el IRNAS para la empresa Verdtech Nuevo Campo S.A.

Contrato con la empresa Verdtech Nuevo Campo S.A.

Responsable: Dr. José Enrique Fernández Luque
Período de ejecución: 01/06/07 a 31/05/08


Optimising the application of Guilspare® on agricultural soils
Contrato con la empresa Guilford Development S.A.

Responsable: Dr. José Enrique Fernández
Período de ejecución: 29 marzo 99 – 31 diciembre 99

Controlador automático de riegos para plantaciones de árboles frutales

Número de Solicitud de la patente nacional: 200501738

Fecha de presentación: 15/julio/2005

Fecha de la concesión: 27/noviembre/2007

Número de publicación del folleto de la patente: 2 264 903

Fecha de la publicación del folleto: 16/diciembre/2007

Número de Solicitud de la patente internacional: PCT/ES2006/070103

Fecha de presentación: 7/julio/2006

Inventores: José Enrique Fernández Luque (50%), Juan Carlos Montaño Asquerino (20%), José Luis Campoy Cano (20%), José Luis Muriel Fernández (10%)


Título: Medidor de conductividad hidráulica xilemática

Número de Solicitud (modelo de utilidad): U200501935

Fecha de presentación: 25/agosto/2005

Número de Solicitud de la patente internacional: PCT/ES2006/070128

Fecha de presentación: 10/agosto/2006

Inventores: Pablo J. Durán Levrero (50%), Vanesa Chamorro Chamorro (30%), José Enrique Fernández Luque (20%)

Fernández, J.E., Navarro, N., Cuevas, M.V., Hernández-Santana, V., Alcón, F. 2021. Impacto productivo, ambiental y social del olivar superintensivo frente al tradicional. Fruticultura, Nº 79 enero-febrero 2021, pp. 6-19.


Fernández. J.E., Frías, J. 2020. Manual de buenas prácticas para la gestión del riego. Editado por Asaja Sevilla. 39 pp. ISBN 978-84-09-22411-1


Fernández, J.E. El olivar frente al reto de la agricultura intensiva sostenible. Reportaje publicado el 13 de octubre de 2020 en el Diario de Sevilla y las otras ocho cabeceras del grupo Joly. Se publica también de manera simultánea en AGR, la web especializada en información agroalimentaria del grupo.


Reportaje en “Cuaderno Agrario”, programa 199, minuto 29.30, titulado Finaliza el proyecto CIT del Grupo de Innovación liderado por ASAJA-Sevilla, sobre el uso de una cámara termográfica para el riego de precisión. Publicado el 8 de junio de 2020. (minuto 20:40)


J.E. Fernández. El olivar frente a los desafíos de la Agricultura Intensiva Sostenible. Revista Tierra y Vida nº 447, noviembre / diciembre de 2020 (Asaja Sevilla), pp. 22-23.


J.E. Fernández. Sostenibilidad y nuevos sistemas de producción. Entrevista publicada en el portal de Agricultor Digital el 10 de septiembre de 2020.


España es una potencia en tecnología agrícola. Noticia en Actualidad CSIC, publicada el 21/09/2020.


J.E. Fernández, A. Díaz-Espejo, V. Hernández-Santana, R. Romero, A. Pérez-Martín y M.V. Cuevas. 2019. El riego del olivar superintensivo y la Agricultura 4.0. ECAOLIVE, Anuario 2019, pp. 22-24, Ediciones Siete Agromarketing.


VII Feria de la Ciencia en la calle de Jerez de la Frontera. 8-10 de mayo de 2019. Alfonso Pérez Martín y Antonio Montero de Espinosa Marín participaron organizando las actividades del stand del IRNAS a través de talleres y juegos.


16ª Feria de la Ciencia de Sevilla. Fibes (Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones de Sevilla). 16-18 de mayo de 2019. Alfonso Pérez Martín, Antonio Montero de Espinosa Marín y Mª Victoria Cuevas Sánchez participaron organizando las actividades del stand del IRNAS a través de talleres y juegos.


Yo quiero ser Agrónomo. J.E. Fernández. 2017. En: Ciencia, y yo quiero ser científico!!!, Capítulo 1 (Quintín Garrrido, Editor), pp. 15-19. Libro con Licencia Creative Commons.


Fernández, J.E. Reportaje para el programa “Tierra y Mar”, de Canal Sur, sobre el riego inteligente para conseguir cultivos más eficaces. 23 de julio de 2017, a las 14 horas. Enlace al reportaje:


Fernández J.E., Romero R., Pérez-Martín A., M.V. Cuevas. 2016. Estrategias y programación del riego. Manual elaborado en el marco del Hito 1.3.2.: Bases Tecnológicas de Riego Deficitario. Proyecto RECUPERA 2020. Noviembre de 2015, 75 pp.


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El ‘riego inteligente’ ya es una realidad. Publicado por J.E. Fernández y R. Romero en El (Andalucía), sección “La Cuadratura del Círculo” 27/07/2017