About the Author
Ivan Francisco Garcia Tejero works in the IFAPA in the field of sustainable management of water resources for over 13 years, focusing on both extensive rainfed agriculture through agriculture-related conservation techniques; and in the implementation and development of deficit irrigation strategies in tree crops (citrus, almonds, grapes, or stone fruit, etc.) and berries (mainly strawberry and blueberry). He has made numerous studies of different tools for optimal use of water resources in agriculture including soil moisture sensors or sensors plant (dendrometry). In recent years, he has developed different methodologies for optimizing infrared thermography in the management of water stress and selection of varieties of crops resistant to abiotic stress. His work focuses on two lines of basic research: sustainable management of water from an agricultural point of view, focusing on such practices to maximize production levels and quality water shortages; and the application of plant physiology as a starting point for monitoring crops water status. Victor Hugo Duran Zuazo has participated as coordinator in research projects in the area of natural resources at regional, national and EU level. He is the head of the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Soil, Water & Biodiversity in Agricultural Systems CUSABA (AGR-144). He deals with land- and water-management interventions in Mediterranean agroforestry systems, with the aim of preventing, reducing or recovering losses of soil, water, and biodiversity. In terms of knowledge and research, the focus is on sustainable land management, specifically: land-degradation processes; conservation measures and interventions at both field and watershed scale; and the harmony of sustainable management practices that encourage productivity, climate-change mitigation, soil quality, and water-use efficiency. Agricultural Engineering at National Agricultural University Ukraine, 1993; Doctor, University of Almeria Spain, 2001; Post-doc researcher at Wageningen University, Netherlands, 2003-2004; at National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory (NSERL), Agricultural Research Service USDA-ARS-MWA, West Lafayette IN USA, 2007-2008; staff researcher at IFAPA Centro "Las Torres-Tomejil" since 2009.