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Deficit irrigation and emerging fruit crops as a strategy to save water in Mediterranean semiarid agrosystems

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  • Crop production

Water scarcity in Mediterranean climate areas will be progressively aggravated by climate change, population increase and urban, tourism and industrial activities. To protect water resources and their integrity for future use and to improve biodiversity, besides following advanced deficit irrigation strategies in fruit cultivation, attention could well be directed towards what are at present underused plant materials able to withstand deficit irrigation with minimum impact on yield and fruit quality. To this end, the state of the art as regards deficit irrigation strategies and the response of some very interesting emerging fruit crops [jujube (Zizyphus jujuba Mill.), loquat (Eriobotrya japonica Lindl.), pistachio (Pistacia vera L.) and pomegranate (Punica granatum L.)] are reviewed. The strengths and weaknesses of deficit irrigation strategies and the mechanisms developed by these emerging fruit crops in the face of water stress are discussed. The response of these crops to deficit irrigation, with special attention paid to the effect on yield but also on fruit quality and health-related chemical compounds, was analysed in order to assess their suitability for saving water in Mediterranean semiarid agrosystems and to analyze their potential role as alternatives to currently cultivated fruit crops with higher water requirements. Finally, the factors involved in establishing an identity brand (hydroSOS) to protect fruits obtained under specific DI conditions are discussed.
Agricultural Water Management
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  • Autor: Ana Centeno Muñoz UPM
  • Autor: Alejandro Galindo University of Twente, The Netherland
  • Autor: Jacinta Collado-González Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche
  • Autor: Isabel Griñán Unviersidad Miguel Hernández de Elche
  • Autor: Mireia Corell Universidad de Sevilla
  • Autor: María José Martín-Palomo Universidad de Sevilla
  • Autor: Ignacio Girón Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiología (CSIC, Sevilla)
  • Autor: Pedro Rodríguez y, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Agrícolas (INCA, Cuba)
  • Autor: Zulma Cruz y, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Agrícolas (INCA, Cuba)
  • Autor: Houssem Memmi Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Autor: Angel Carbonell-Barrachina Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche
  • Autor: Francisca Hernández Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche
  • Autor: Arturo Torrecillas Centro de Edafología y Biología Aplicada del Segura (CSIC, Murcia)
  • Autor: Alfonso Moriana Universidad de Sevilla
  • Autor: David Perez Lopez UPM

Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Centro de Estudios e Investigación para la Gestión de Riesgos Agrarios Medioambientales (CEIGRAM). Centro Mixto UPM-AGROMUTUA-ENESA
  • Departamento: Producción Agraria