ICAAM (Institute of Mediterranean Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) is a Research and Development Unit of the University of Évora, created in 1991 under the framework of the National Science Program (“Program Ciência”) in Portugal. The mission of ICAAM is to develop top-level research on the sustainability of Mediterranean agriculture and related ecosystems. ICAAM´s research focus is on three thematic lines: Efficiency in the use of production factors; Agri-food products quality and added value; Ecosystems integrity and landscapes multifunctionality, which can count on a multidisciplinary team approach targeted to a coordinated effort in understanding the complex Mediterranean agroecosystems. It relies on an interdisciplinary cooperation, which includes staff from the departments of Agricultural Engineering, Animal Science, Biology, Crop Science, Chemistry, Ecology, Economics, Physics, Soil Science and Veterinary Medicine.
Role in the project
UE will participate in work package 1 - Data Management Plan and crop modelling. In Task 1.2, the partner will collect specific data using different sources (literature, local field or laboratorial data, data from projects where the partners have participated) related to crop biophysical parameters, genetic information and responses to specific stresses. UE will also actively participate in the production of the Data Management Plan (DMP), where all the data is harmonized and stored for future use linked to other work packages. In Task 1.3, UE contributes to the analysis conducted over the data previously collected, also participating in the decision on the most relevant parameters that should be considered for testing different scenarios.
UE also participates in work package 3, Task 3.2 to test on bread wheat field trial, the effect of using conservation agriculture management practices. Finally, in Task 3.3, UE will also collaborate in the identification of the most promising agroecosystem management practices.
Key persons involved
- Prof. Dr. Gottlieb Basch
- Dr. Lúcia Barão
- Prof. Dr. Renato Coelho