Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) participates in “H-2020 SolACE– Solutions for improving Agroecosystem and Crop Efficiency for water and nutrient use”, a project that began in May 2017 with a deadline of 5 years.
The main goal of the project is to design tools and strategies for European agriculture to face the challenges that arise from the increasing variability of the rainfall and the reduction of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers use.
The project will use the combination of new genotypes and innovative management techniques to improve the efficiency of water and nutrient use in a wide range of European regions with different soil conditions, climate and cropping systems.
UPM and other 23 partners, including universities, research centers and companies from 14 countries will work through some simulation models (WP1), experimental field trials (WP3) and collaborative networks with farmers (WP5) to find solutions that improve the current and future resilience of cropping systems, and improve environmental and economic sustainability.
The task force of the UPM in SolACE is formed by professors and researchers group from CEIGRAM and the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Alimentaria, Agronómica y de Biosistemas (ETSIAAB), who will be coordinated by Professor Miguel Quemada, who has a wide experience in strategies design to improve the efficiency of water and nitrogen in cropping systems, improving productivity and minimizing the environmental impact.