UPM - Technical University of Madrid - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

Technical University of Madrid - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is the largest Spanish technological university. With two recognitions as Campus of International Excellence, it is outstanding in its research activity together with its training of highly qualified professionals, competitive at an international level. The UPM research group has a solid reputation on conducting field research on Mediterranean cropping systems, particularly in crop rotations and conservation agriculture. Areas of expertise include water and nutrient management to increase crop productivity and enhance efficient use of natural resources to minimize environmental impact of nutrient losses, soil and crop residues management to promote soil quality and fertility, as well as field evaluation of wheat germplasm collections for agronomic performance and quality traits.

Role in project

UPM will participate in mining, sharing, and harmonization of data in work package 1. Data from tasks 3.2 and 5.1 will be provided to complete the general dataset build in this project. It will participate in the use of crop models to extrapolate and integrate data to explore future scenarios and complement field experiments in task 1.3. UPM will conduct field trials for improved performance of bread wheat under combined water and N deficit in task 3.2. The practices that will be tested are reduced tillage and the use of legumes in the rotation to reduce negative impact of water and nitrogen deficiency. The results will be used to test decision support tools for crop management based on remote sensing. In addition, UPM will participate in the evaluation and selection of the most promising practices in collaboration with multi-actors in task 3.3. It will provide collaboration with a farmers’ network to participate and interact in the experimentation and dissemination activities in work package 5. UPM will collect and provide all data associated with implementation of the innovation and revenues to conduct the economic and the life cycle analysis.

Key persons involved

  • Prof. Miguel Quemada
  • Assoc. Prof. Elena Benavente
  • Dr. J.L. Gabriel
  • Assoc. Prof. C. Hontoria
  • Dr. Margarita Ruiz-Ramos