Research Units
Ecology Unit

ecology unit

PAIDI groups in the Unit:

This unit is focused on increasing the sustainability of the olive grove, from environmental and socio-economic points of view, and on raising the value of the main by-products of the sector. This objective is pursued through research, transfer, training and dissemination activities aimed to promote the implementation of technically and economically viable management practices and innovations that reinforce a diversity of ecosystemic services that guarantee sustainable production and provide resistance and resilience against to climate change.

Effects of the Severity of Wildfires on Some Physical-Chemical Soil Properties in a Humid Montane Scrublands Ecosystem in Southern Ecuador

Carrión-Paladines V. Hinojosa M.B.  Álvarez L.J. Reyes-Bueno F. Quezada L.C. and García-Ruiz R.          

Fire. Volume 5, Issue 3, 2022                    

DOI: 10.3390/fire5030066

Effects of Organic Agriculture in Structure and Organic Carbon Adsorption at Colloidal Scale in Marginal Olive Groves, Characterized by the Extended DLVO Model

Calero J. Plaza I. Ontiveros A. Aranda V. and García-Ruiz R.        

Frontiers in Environmental Science. Volume 10, 2022

DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2022.805668

Previous fire occurrence, but not fire recurrence, modulates the effect of charcoal and ash on soil C and N dynamics in Pinus pinaster Aiton forests     

Albert-Belda E. Hinojosa M.B. Laudicina V.A. García-Ruiz R. Pérez  B. and Moreno J.M.               

Science of the Total Environment. Volume 802,  2022             

DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.149924

Monitoring and Inference of Behavioral Resistance in Beneficial Insects to Insecticides in Two Pest Control Systems: IPM and Organic

José Alfonso Gómez-Guzmán, María Sainz-Pérez and Ramón González-Ruiz

Agronomy. 2022, 12(2), 538

DOI: 10.3390/agronomy12020538

Life cycle assessment, C footprint and carbon balance of virgin olive oils production from traditional and intensive olive groves in southern Spain

L. Fernández-Lobatoa, R. García-Ruiz, F. Jurado, D.Vera

Journal of Environmental management. Volume 293, September 2021, 112951

DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.112951

Spermidine Pretreatments Mitigate the Effects of Saline Stress by Improving Growth and Saline Excretion in Frankenia pulverulenta

Milagros Bueno and María del Pilar Cordovilla

Agronomy 2021, 11(8), 1515

DOI: 10.3390/agronomy11081515

The role of cover crops in the loss of protected and non-protected soil organic carbon fractions due to water erosion in a Mediterranean olive grove

López-Vicente M. Gómez J.A, Guzmán G, Calero J., García-Ruiz R.

Soil and Tillage Research. Volume 213, September 2021, 105119

DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2021.105119

Long-term trajectories of the C footprint of N fertilization in Mediterranean agriculture

Eduardo Aguilera, Alberto Sanz-Cobena, Juan Infante-Amate, Roberto García-Ruiz, Jaime Vila-Traver, Gloria I Guzmán, Manuel González de Molina, Alfredo Rodríguez, Pablo Piñero, Luis Lassaletta

Environmental research letters, 16, 16 085010

DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ac17b7

SOC changes were more sensitive in alpine grasslands than in temperate grasslands during grassland transformation in China: A meta-analysis

Wen Shan, Yang Yu Liu, Jingxue-Zhaoa, Xiaofen Changa. Martin Wiesmeier, Jian Sunb, Manuel López-Vicente, Roberto García-Ruiz, José Alfonso Gómez, Huaku Zhou, Jian jun Shii, Gao-Lin Wuabi

Journal of Cleaner Production. Volume 308, 25 July 2021, 127430

DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.127430

Plant growth regulators application enhance tolerance to salinity and benefit the halophyte plantago coronopus in saline agriculture

Bueno M. and Cordovilla M.P. 

Plants. Volume 10, Issue 9, 2021             

 DOI: 10.3390/plants10091872

Effects of land-use change on the community structure of the dung beetle (Scarabaeinae) in an altered ecosystem in southern Ecuador          

Carrión-Paladines, V. Fries, A. Muñoz, A. Castillo, E. García-Ruiz, R. and Marín-Armijos, D.        

Insects. Volume 12,Issue 4, 2021                            

DOI: 10.3390/insects12040306

Induction of sublethal effects for the characterization of olive groves under different pest management systems [Indução de efeitos subletais para a caracterização de Olivais sob diferentes sistemas de manejo de pestes]  

Gómez-Guzmán, J.A.  Sainz-Pérez, M. and González-Ruiz, R.   

Revista Brasileira de Fruticultura. Volume 43, Issue 5, 2021                       

DOI: 10.1590/0100-29452021011

Short term effects of Bacillus thuringiensis and diflubenzuron aerial applications on non-target arthropods in a Mediterranean Forest

Leza, M. Gonzalez-Ruiz, R. and Alemany, A.      

International  Journal of Pest Management. Volume 67, Issue 2, 2021, pages 139-146 

DOI: 10.1080/09670874.2019.1710619

Changes in the soil due to the use of sheep in cover crop management in organic olive groves [Alterações no solo devido à utilização de gado ovino em olivais ecológicos]         

Cebadero Cayetano, M. Torres Cordero, J.A. Siles Colmenero, G. Fernández-Ondoño, E.          

Spanish Journal of Soil Science. Volume 10, Issue 1, 2020, pages 16-28   

DOI: 10.3232/SJSS.2020.V10.N1.02

A study on the mangrove formations of the neotropical-Austroamerican Kingdom     

García-Fuentes, A. Lendínez-Barriga, M.L. Torres-Cordero, J.A. Ruiz-Valenzuela, L. Quesada, J. León, Y. and Salazar-Mendías, C.      

Phytocoenologia. Volume 50; Issue 2, 2020, pages 137-162       

DOI: 10.1127/phyto/2020/0356

Neotropical Mangrove Communities: A Review              

Antonio García-Fuentes, Juan Antonio Torres-Cordero, Luis Ruiz-Valenzuela, and Carlos Salazar-Mendías

Handbook of Halophytes, Springer Nature Switzerland (2020)

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-17854-3_68-1.

Poliamines in halophytes. En: Polyamines in Plant Biotechnologý, Food Nutrition and Human Health

Bueno M, Cordovilla MP

Frontiers in Plant Science and Frontiers in Nutrition. 978-2-88963-608-2. (2020)

DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2019.00439

Variation of soil organic carbon, stable isotopes, and soil quality indicators across an erosion–deposition catena in a historical Spanish olive orchard

José A. Gómez, Gema Guzmán,Arsenio Toloza, Christian Resch, Roberto García-Ruíz, and Lionel Mabit

Soil, 6, 179–194. 2020

DOI: 10.5194/soil-6-179-2020

A new aerobiological indicator to optimize the prediction of the olive crop yield in intensive farming areas of southern Spain. 

Fátima Aguilera and Luis Ruiz-Valenzuela

Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. Volume 271, 15 june 2019, Pages 207-213

DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2019.03.004

Addressing the role of landraces in the sustainability of mediterranean agroecosystems

Carranza-Gallego, G.; Guzmán, G.; Roberto García Ruíz; González de Molina, M.; Aguilera, E.

Sustainability. 11 (21), 6029 - 2019        

DOI: 10.3390/su11216029

C and N mineralisation of straw of traditional and modern wheat varieties in soils of contrasting fertility

Roberto García Ruíz; G. Carranza-Gallego; G. Aguilera; E. González-De Molina

Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, 113: 167-179. (2019)

DOI: 10.1007/s10705-019-09973-4

Interacting effects of landscape and management on plant-solitary bee networks in olive orchards

Martínez-Muñoz; A. Manzaneda; S. Lendinez; A.J. Pérez-Milla; Luis Ruiz Valenzuela; P. Rey

Fuctional Ecology- 2019

DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.13465

Agricultural management greatly affects the beneficial entomofauna of the olive groves

González-Ruíz, Ramon; J.A. Gómez-Guzmán

American Journal of Biomedical Science & Research, 1(3): 144-151 (2019)

DOI: 10.34297/AJBSR.2019.01.000530

A new aerobiological indicator to optimize the prediction of the olive crop yield in intensive farming areas of southern Spain

Aguilera-Padilla; Luis Ruíz Valenzuela

Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 271: 207-213 (2019)

DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2019.03.004

Contribution of old wheat varieties to climate change mitigation under contrasting managements and rainfed Mediterranean conditions

Carranza-Gallego; G. Guzmán-Casado; Roberto García Ruíz; M. González-De Molina; E. Aguilera

Journal of Cleaner Production, 195(2018): 111-121 (2018)

DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.05.188

Infrared spectroscopy as a tool for the assessment of soil biological quality in agricultural soils under contrasting management practices

Comino; V. Aranda-Sanjuán; Roberto García Ruíz; M.J. Ayora; A. Domínguez

Ecological Indicators, 87: 117-126 (2018)

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.12.046

A historical perspective on soil organic carbon in Mediterranean cropland (Spain, 1900-2008)

Aguilera; G.I. Guzmán; J. Álvaro; J. Infante; Roberto García Ruíz; G. Carranza; D. Soto; M. González-De Molina

Science of the Total Environment, 621: 634-648 (2018)

DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.243

The agrarian metabolism as a tool for assessing agrarian sustainability, and its application to Spanish agriculture (1960-2008)

G.I. Guzmán; E. Aguilera; Roberto García Ruíz; E. Torremocha; D. Soto; J. Infante; M. González-De Molina

Ecology and Society, 23(1): 2 – 2018

DOI: 10.5751/ES-09773-230102

Trends in airborne pollen and pollen-season-related features of anemophilous species in Jaen (south Spain): a 23-year perspective

Luis Ruíz Valenzuela; F. Aguilera-Padilla

Atmospheric Environment, 180: 234-243 (2018)

DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2018.03.012

The soil biodiversity and functionality of Mediterranean olive groves: A holistic analysis of the influence of land management on olive oil quality and safety (SOIL O-LIVE)

Entidad financiadora: Unión Europea, programa HORIZON-MISS-2021-SOIL-02-03 - Linking soil health to nutritional and safe food, Grant agreement

Referencia: 101091255

Investigador principal: Antonio Manzaneda Ávila

Año de inicio: 2023

Presupuesto: 6.988.660 €


Cálculo de huella de carbono de compostaje de Alperujo, ensayo demostrativo de compostaje con microorganismos y centro de formación agrícola para la comarca de Sierra Mágina

Entidad financiadora: Ministerio para la Transición Ecológica y Reto Demográfico (MITECO)

Investigador principal: Roberto García Ruíz

Año de inicio: 2023



Novel approaches to promote the sustainability of Olive groves in the Mediterranean (SUSTAINOLIVE)         

Entidad financiadora: Convocatoria Europea PRIMA (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area). Cofinanciado con fondos Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union

Referencia: Farming System 9

Investigador principal: Roberto García Ruiz      

Año de inicio: 2019

Presupuesto: 2.032.690,17 €


El nexo entre agua y producción agraria y su rol en la sostenibilidad de los agroecosistemas andaluces en un contexto de cambio climático y deterioro ambiental. Un análisis metabólico (AGUAMET)

Entidad Financiadora: Programa Operativo FEDER de Andalucía 2014-2020

Referencia: PY20_00822 202099905116691

Investigador principal: Manuel González de Molina Navarro

Año de inicio: 2022

Presupuesto: 40.450,00 €


BIOLIVAR. Monitorización, optimización y valorización del capital natural en el cultivo del olivar en producción integrada en Andalucía

Entidad Financiadora: Ayudas al funcionamiento de Grupos Operativos de la Asociación Europea de Innovación

Referencia: GOPO-SE-20-0002

Investigador principal: José Alfonso Gómez Calero

Año de inicio: 2021

Presupuesto: 253.495,00 €


Avance multidisciplinar en la gestión y conocimiento de las cubiertas de restos de poda en olivar a escala árbol, parcela y explotación

Entidad Financiadora: Proyectos I+D+i FEDER Andalucía 2014-2020

Referencia: 1380979

Investigador principal: Antonio Rodríguez Lizana

Año de inicio: 2021

Presupuesto: 80.000,00 €


Evaluando la deuda de recuperación de servicios ecosistémicos provistos por la fauna en cultivos permanentes: efecto de la intensificación agrícola y el paisaje en olivares

Entidad Financiadora: Concesión de ayudas a «Proyectos de I+D+i», en el marco del Programa Estatal de Generación de Conocimiento y Fortalecimiento Científico y Tecnológico del Sistema de I+D+i y del Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad, del Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2017-2020

Referencia: PID2019-108332GB-I00

Investigador principal: Pedro Rey Zamora

Año de inicio: 2020

Presupuesto: 199.650,00 €


Reservas de carbono inorgánico y orgánico en sistemas perennes semiáridos; el papel de la cubierta vegetal

Entidad Financiadora: Programa Operativo FEDER de Andalucía 2014-2020

Investigador principal: Roberto García Ruíz

Año de inicio: 2019

Presupuesto: 78.340,00 €


Modelo de Restauración Forestal para mitigar los efectos del cambio climático: mejora de la resilencia de los ecosistemas agrícolas y forestales del corredor seco de Guatemala

Entidad Financiadora: Agencia Andaluza de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo

Investigador principal: Antonio García Fuentes

Año de inicio: 2018

Presupuesto: 34.750,00 €


Síntesis de compuestos nitrogenados y estudio de su actividad frente a hongos patógenos de especial incidencia en la provincia de Jáen

Entidad Financiadora:  Instituto de Estudios Giennenses (Diputación provincial de Jaén)

Investigador principal: María del Pilar Cordovilla Palomares

Año de inicio: 2018

Presupuesto: 8.000,00 €

Advice towards the organic olive grove

Restoration and rehabilitation of olive grove soils

Dissemination and management of conferences

Unit members

García Ruiz

Head Unit

María del Pilar
Cordovilla Palomares

Senior Researcher

González Ruiz

Senior Researcher

Antonio José Manzaneda Ávila

Senior Researcher

Juan Antonio
Torres Cordero

Senior Researcher

research units

The INUO is structured into Research Units that bring together an amalgamation of researchers, which although they may belong to different subareas of knowledge, the name of each Unit corresponds to the main lines of research characteristic of the Institute and are as follows:

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