Evaluation of growers’ efforts to improve the sustainability of olive orchards: Development of the hydroSOStainable index

Corell González, Mireia and Martín Palomo, M.J. and Sánchez Bravo, P. and Carrillo, T. and Collado González, Jacinta and Hernández García, Francisca and Girón Moreno, Ignacio and Andreu Cáceres, Luis and Galindo, Alejandro and López Moreno, Y.E. and Centeno Muñoz, Ana and Pérez López, David and Carbonell Barrachina, Ángel Antonio and Moriana Elvira, Alfonso (2019). Evaluation of growers’ efforts to improve the sustainability of olive orchards: Development of the hydroSOStainable index. "Scientia Horticulturae", v. 257 ; p. 108661. ISSN 0304-4238. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scienta.2019.108661.

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Title: Evaluation of growers’ efforts to improve the sustainability of olive orchards: Development of the hydroSOStainable index
Author/s:
  • Corell González, Mireia
  • Martín Palomo, M.J.
  • Sánchez Bravo, P.
  • Carrillo, T.
  • Collado González, Jacinta
  • Hernández García, Francisca
  • Girón Moreno, Ignacio
  • Andreu Cáceres, Luis
  • Galindo, Alejandro
  • López Moreno, Y.E.
  • Centeno Muñoz, Ana
  • Pérez López, David
  • Carbonell Barrachina, Ángel Antonio
  • Moriana Elvira, Alfonso
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Scientia Horticulturae
Date: November 2019
ISSN: 0304-4238
Volume: 257
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: hydroSOS products; Irrigation; RDI; Water saving
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingeniería Agronómica, Alimentaria y de Biosistemas (UPM)
Department: Producción Agraria
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Sustainability is a feature that most companies adopt in order to improve their profits, even when their activity is not sustainable or the definition in their sector is not clear. This concept actually relates to the management of natural resources. Agriculture, and particularly irrigation scheduling, is strongly linked to a sustainable management; however, it is not clear what defines a sustainable management. Several efforts have been made to improve the conservation of water resources, but most of them have not involved growers at the orchard level; and consequently, they have lost their opportunity to create a real improvement in terms of sustainability. The aim of this work was to design a “hydroSOStainable index” (or “hydroSOS index”) that evaluates different aspects at orchard level to improve the sustainability of the water resources. The hydroSOS index considers 16 indicators grouped in 4 areas: (i) hydraulic indicators, (ii) horticultural indicators not related to irrigation scheduling, (iii) horticultural indicators related to the moment when deficit irrigation is applied (when?), and (iv) horticultural indicators related to the way deficit irrigation is applied (how?). Each indicator provides different marks or scores, and their sum allows classifying orchard management into four labels. The weight of each indicator and each group is not in itself enough to obtain a maximum label. Groups allow to easily identify the main limitations for the orchard to achieve a sustainable irrigation management. This index was used to evaluate water management of two cases of study.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Government of SpainAGL2013-45922-C2-1-RUnspecifiedAlfonso Moriana ElviraManejo de la duración y el nivel de déficit hídrico en diferentes estados fenológicos para la mejora de la funcionalidad y calidad sensorial de la fruta en olivo y pistachero
Government of SpainAGL2016-75794-C4-4-RUnspecifiedAlfonso Moriana ElviraOptimización de recursos hídricos limitados en cultivos leñosos mediterráneos principales: olivo y almendro

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Item ID: 67963
DC Identifier: https://oa.upm.es/67963/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:67963
DOI: 10.1016/j.scienta.2019.108661
Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304423819305473?via%3Dihub
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 20 Jan 2022 13:53
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2022 13:53
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