Gustavo Slafer (PhD, University of Melbourne) is ICREA Research Professor at the University of Lleida (Catalonia, Spain), where he is also Associate Professor (Dept. Crop & Forest Sci.) He is also currently (i) Honorary Professor of the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, UK; (ii) Editor of particular sections of Crop Science and Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research, (iii) Handling Editor of Food and Energy Security, (iv) Associate Editor of Euphytica; and (v) member of the Editorial or Advisory Boards of Field Crops Research, European Journal of Agronomy and Agricultural and Food Science. Until Dec. 2019 he has co-edited 6 scientific books, by publishers in USA and UK, and published 40 chapters in international books and more than 180 papers in JCR-journals. His h-index at Dec. 2019 was 54 (WoS-CoreCollection; h-idex of 75 in google scholar). He has been invited several times to deliver talks in international conferences.
I study the mechanisms underlying the responses of grain crops to environmental and genetic factors. My research approach has been always focused at the crop level of organization. The environmental factors include management practices such us irrigation or fertilization (among other less manageable environmental factors including radiation, photoperiod and temperature). Genetic factors include from general breeding strategies to the action of particular genes or groups of genes. The general aim is identifying alternatives to traditional farming and breeding practises to enhance the efficiency of resource use, as an avenue to increase simultaneously both crop productivity and agricultural sustainability.
Key wordsCrop physiology, Cereals, Wheat, Barley, Maize, Nitrogen, Fertilization, Phenology, Photoperiod, Vernalization, Temperature