Currently, crop productivity is substantially reduced by various biotic factors that reduce the quantity and quality of agricultural products, causing severe economic losses worldwide. In addition, the high dependence of modern agricultural systems on the use of chemical pesticides and nitrogen fertilizers is a hazard for the sustainability of these systems.
Our agricultural soils are subjected to a large variety of practices (tillage, rotation) and are affected by organic and inorganic amendments that can supply plant nutrients and stabilize organic carbon. This justifies recycling the available resources in order to establish a sustainable agriculture and improve soil quality and productivity.
The Institute of Agrarian Sciences has some associated units to collaborate with research groups from other research organizations and universities.