NEW TRENDS IN THE ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT OF DEHESA: ASSESSMENT OF CHANGES IN THE STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION OF SOIL MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES
Funding Entity: Ministry of Science and Innovation
Principal Investigators: José Mariano Igual Arroyo – Ángel Valverde Portal
Participants: Ignacio Santa Regina Rodríguez, Álvaro Peix Geldart
Duration: 01/06/2020 – 31/05/2022
The overall objective of the project is to evaluate the processes that underpin the response of the functioning of the dehesa agroecosystem to changes in management practices. More specifically, it will assess how patterns of soil functional, spectral and microbiological diversity relate to pasture production and quality and soil carbon sequestration potential.
The project will study the effects of management (rotational grazing and sowing of leguminous grasses) on the links between soil functional, spectral and microbiological diversity and ecosystem functions.
The information obtained will be of great importance to understand the adaptation potential of dehesa to new management practices and climate change.