Managing water scarcity in European and Chinese cropping systems
June 26-28, 2019

SHui partners from CSIC participated in the XXIII Meeting of the Spanish Society of Plant Physiology, Pamplona (Spain).

A poster titled ‘Physiological responses of Tempranillo onto different rootstocks under salinity and water stress conditions’ by I. Buesa, M.A. Martínez-Gimeno, E. Badal, L. Bonet, J.G. Pérez-Pérez, D.S. Intrigliolo and J.M de Paz was presented.


Giovanni Quaranta (Medes Foundation – Italy) presenting a  poster on SHui project at the IX International Symposium on Irrigation of Horticultural Crops, held in Matera (Italy) 17-20 June 2019.

The poster: Soil Hydrology research platform underpinning innovation to manage water scarcity in European & Chinese cropping systems,  authored by Elke Plaas (University of Goettingen) , Giovanni Quaranta, Rosanna Salvia (Medes Foundation), Fening Zhong (NAU – China), Ana Sanchez-Montero – Josè Gomez and Weifeng Xu on behalf of the Shui team, illustrated the SHUI project activities, particularly the ones carried out by the economic team were discussed. Through the coordination of a trans-disciplinary stakeholder approach on a farm and regional scale, the economic team is going to:

  • Supplement technological and irrigation related scientific findings with the economic, environmental and social (including gender) dimensions, enhancing sustainable development.
  • Evaluate and construct an adapted cost-benefit analysis of best management on-farm strategies developed within the project
  • Develop an efficient strategic framework for regional and local allocation of soil and water resources under specific cropping systems including the impact on selected ecosystem services
  • Coordinate and disseminate economic analyses for policy makers and land users using participatory approaches


June 17-20, 2019

SHui partners from Lancaster University and CSIC participated in the IX ISHS International Symposium on Irrigation of Horticultural Crops in Matera (Italy).

From CSIC, S. Intrigliolo, M.A. Martinez-Gimeno, J. S. Rubio-Asensio, I. Buesa, E. Badal, L. Bonet and M. Parra presented their work titiled ‘Establishing the appropriate drip irrigation agronomic design for optimizing crop performance and water use efficiency in woody perennial crops’. A.N. Lakso and D.S. Intrigliolo gave a keynote invited talk on ‘Plant-based sensing for irrigation management in the field’.

Jaime Puertolas, from Lancaster University, presented his work titled ‘Assessing the optimal timing of partial root-zone drying alternation in tomato crops under furrow irrigation’.

Local workshop organized by AGRA Řisuty Ltd., CVUT and other partners Řisuty and Ledce – Czech Republic

18-19 June 2019



The field day (also AGRA Řisuty opening day for public) was a local workshop organized by local farm (AGRA Řisuty) cooperating at SHUi. Farmers, schools, and public attended the field day and learned about possibilities of new planting techniques, field trials with different brands but also about water management at the farm. Other cooperating farms presented technological innovations and precision farming techniques.

CVUT partners (Zumr, Krása, Dostál, Tailin, Noreica) organized experimental measurement of runoff, soil erosion, sediment transport, infiltration, and sub-surface preferential flow in field conditions affected by variable compaction (along and across the slope). Rainfall simulator and runoff/infiltration measurements accompanied by extensive remote monitoring via UAV were used within the experiment but also presented to public attending the workshop.

Together with dissemination and information on the research transferred to public, experiments helped to acquire data for Hydrus model calibration within SHui.

On 6th June 2019, several students from the Agricultural Research Organization (ARO) presented SHui research at the Soil Science Society meeting held in Ben Gurion University, Sde Boqer Campus. ARO students additionally presented at national and international Agricultural Engineering and Precision Agriculture forums.

On 24th – 26th April 2019, SHui researches Tomáš Dostál and Miroslav Bauer from CVUT presented the methodological approach of SHui activities at the Global Land Project (GLP) conference in Bern, Switzerland. GLP is an important international conference attended by a wide range of participants, which led to fruitful discussions that helped improve the understanding of SHui-related processes, challenges and activities.