Water Scarcity and Sustainable Agriculture in Semiarid Environment - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128131640

Water Scarcity and Sustainable Agriculture in Semiarid Environment

1st Edition

Tools, Strategies, and Challenges for Woody Crops

Editors: Ivan Francisco Garcia Tejero Victor Hugo Duran Zuazo
Paperback ISBN: 9780128131640
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 2018
Page Count: 624
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Water Scarcity and Sustainable Agriculture in Semiarid Environment: Tools, Strategies and Challenges for Woody Crops explores the complex relationship between water scarcity and climate change, agricultural water-use efficiency, crop-water stress management and modeling water scarcity in woody crops. Understanding these cause- and effect relationships and identifying the most appropriate responses are critical for sustainable crop production. The book focuses on Mediterranean environments to explain how to determine the most appropriate strategy and implement an effective plan; however, core concepts are translational to other regions. Informative for those working in agricultural water management, irrigation and drainage, crop physiology and sustainable agriculture.

Key Features

  • Focuses on semi-arid crops including olive, vine, citrus, almonds, peach, nectarine, plum, subtropical fruits and others
  • Explores crop physiological responses to drought at plant, cellular and/or molecular levels
  • Presents tool options for assessing crop-water status and irrigation scheduling


Researchers, universities, policy makers, technicians, stakeholders, PhD students, and research institutions in agricultural water management, irrigation and drainage, crop physiology, and sustainable agriculture

Table of Contents

1. Water management and climate change in semiarid environments
2. Efficient water and energy use in irrigated areas. Lessons from semi-arid areas studies.
3. Water footprint and water productivity: Tools to improve the agricultural water management
4.  Is possible to produce more food with less water?

Section 2. Crop water stress management and water use efficiency under drought conditions
5. Agronomical effects of deficit irrigation in apricot, peach and plum trees
6. Deficit irrigation management in early – maturing peach (Prunus persica L.) trees 
7. Long-term physiological and agronomic responses of citrus irrigated with saline reclaimed water
8. Persimmon (Diospyros kaki) trees responses to restrictions in water amount and quality.
9. Precise irrigation in olive (Olea europea L.) tree orchards.
10. Water fluxes in the vineyard (Vitis vinifera L.) and winery
11. Irrigation of pistachio (Pistacia vera L.): Strategies under water scarcity
12. Sustainable deficit irrigation management in almonds (Prunus dulcis L.): Different strategies to assess the crop water status. 
13. Irrigation strategies for mango (Mangifera indica L.) under water scarcity scenario in the Mediterranean subtropical environment
14. Avocado (Persea americana Mill.) cultivation and main trends in water saving strategies: a review

Section 3. Physiological and molecular responses to drought
15. Fruit water relations and biochemical changes under water stress
16. Genetic improvement of the grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) water use efficiency: Variability among varieties and clones
17. Olive tree under water stress: fitting the pieces of response mechanisms to drought in the crop performance puzzle
18. Environmental factors controlling photosynthesis, growth and yield in papaya plant
19. Fleshy fruit epidermal barrier protection under water stress.
20. Linking Thermography to assess the crop physiological status in woody crops


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About the Editor

Ivan Francisco Garcia Tejero

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

IFAPA Centro "Las Torres-Tomejil" Ctra.

Victor Hugo Duran Zuazo

Víctor Hugo Durán 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.

Affiliations and Expertise

IFAPA Centro "Las Torres-Tomejil" Ctra.