Water Scarcity and Sustainable Agriculture in Semiarid Environment

Water Scarcity and Sustainable Agriculture in Semiarid Environment

Tools, Strategies, and Challenges for Woody Crops

1st Edition - January 3, 2018

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  • Editors: Ivan Francisco Garcia Tejero, Victor Hugo Duran Zuazo
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128131640
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128131657

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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

  • Section 1: Water Scarcity - Climate Change and Environmental Challenges
    1. Water Management and Climate Change in Semiarid Environments
    2. Water-Energy Nexus in Irrigated Areas. Lessons from Real Case Studies
    3. Water Footprint Accounting for Improving Irrigation Management in Olive Trees
    4. Local and Collective Actions for Adaptation to Use Less Water for Agriculture in the Mediterranean Region

    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 Crop
    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. Precision Irrigation in Olive (Olea europaea L.) Tree Orchards
    10. Water and Heat Fluxes in Mediterranean Vineyards: Indicators and Relevance for Management
    11. Irrigation of Pistachios: Strategies to Confront 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.) Trends in Water-Saving Strategies and Production Potential in a Mediterranean Climate, the Study Case of SE Spain: A Review

    Section 3: Physiological and Molecular Responses to Drought
    15. Fruit Response to Water-Scarcity Scenarios. Water Relations and Biochemical Changes
    16. Genetic Improvement of Grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) Water Use Efficiency: Variability Among Varieties and Clones
    17. Mesophyll Conductance to CO2 Diffusion: Effects of Drought and Opportunities for Improvement~
    18. The Olive Tree Under Water Stress: Fitting the Pieces of Response Mechanisms in the Crop Performance Puzzle
    19. Environmental Factors Controlling Carbon Assimilation, Growth, and Yield of Papaya (Carica papaya L.) Under Water- Scarcity Scenarios
    20. Fleshy Fruit Epidermis is a Protective Barrier Under Water Stress

Product details

  • No. of pages: 582
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: January 3, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128131640
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128131657

About the Editors

Ivan Francisco Garcia Tejero

Iván Francisco García-Tejero started his research activity in 2005, in the Andalusian Institute of Teaching and Agricultural research, obtaining a PhD degree in 2010. He was then employed in this same institution for different projects related to the irrigation water management, achieving a Post-Doc contract in 2012 for 5 years. Once finished, he continued working in other research projects for this same institution, and finally, got the titular research position in 2019, within the “Agriculture and Environment” department and the research line “Water Use Efficiency”. During his career as researcher he has acquired a wide experience about the water use efficiency in Mediterranean woody crops, such as citrus, almonds or olives. Moreover, he has developed significant works relayed to conservation agriculture practices in rainfed systems by means direct drill strategies or plant covers management. Moreover, he has been research coordinator of eight projects related to the introduction of Cannabis sativa L. for biomedical purposes.

Affiliations and Expertise

Researcher, Andalusian Institute of Training and Agricultural Research, Seville, Spain

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

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