How We Got Started

AGROSUS project first idea was built gathering the different approaches from both academia and farmers with the aim of covering the needs for a more agroecological agriculture in the EU and reducing the impact of external inputs in the field.

With this clear goal in mind, the consortium has been formed and evolved not without great difficulties such as the unfortunate war in Ukraine and the earthquake in Turkey, but showing our ability to be resilient and to awake talents that remained dormant, we are finally starting this exciting project with huge enthusiasm for the next four years ahead.

Our Partners

Coordinated by the University of Vigo (UVIGO) AGROSUS joined together 16 partners from 11 different countries as follows:

  • 10 Universities: UVIGO (Spain), PNU (Ukraine), UAK (Poland), UMA (Portugal), SoE (Hungary), UNIMI (Italy), MTÜ (Turkey), UPCT (Spain), UPV (Spain) and EM (Estonia).
  • 1 Research Centre: CSIC (Spain)
  • 1 Company: SEIPASA (Spain)
  • 1 Non-governmental/-non-profit organizations/NGO: FEUGA (Spain)
  • 1 Farm: ASS (Germany)
  • 1 Farmers organization: LAPAR (Romania)
  • 1 Advisors organization: RML (Iceland)


The University of Vigo (UVigo) is a public Spanish university located in Galicia (Northwest Spain). It comprises 3 campuses, the main one in Vigo, and two more in Pontevedra (30 Km from Vigo) and Ourense (95 Km from Vigo).

Its activities are funded by the Spanish and Galician governments (structural and competitive funding) as well as through financing obtained from RDI activities (private contracts, collaborations with industry, patents, consultancy, etc.).

UVigo has enormously increased its scientific output and capacity to obtain external resources in the last years, being listed in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2011 and 2012.

In the last 10 years, UVigo has participated in more than 60 EU research projects totalling more than 30 million euros.

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Team involved

Adela M. Sánchez-Moreiras

Coordinator, and WP1, WP3 y WP7 leader



Full professor at the Universidade de Vigo in the area of Plant Physiology (department of Plant Biology and Soil Science). Her main research lines focus on the study of the mode of action of secondary metabolites with phytotoxic capacity for their possible use as bioherbicides in the sustainable management of weeds, and the response of crop plants to climate change conditions, focusing on the root resilience in front of climate change-related adverse factors. She started her research career at the University of Vigo under the supervision of Dr. Reigosa and continued with a stay of 10-months in the laboratory of Dr. Pellissier (University of Savoie, France), and three stays of 3 months each in the labs of Dr. Schulz (University of Bonn, Germany), Dr. Duke (NPURU-USDA, USA) and Dr. Macías (University of Cádiz, Spain). Thanks to the work of the PhD thesis I won the Rice Award at the ‘First World Congress on Allelopathy’, the ‘Silver Medal’ at the ‘Third World Congress of Allelopathy’ and the Best Poster Prize at the ‘International Congress of Proteomics’. In September 2004 she obtained the PhD in Biology with the mention of European Doctor and Extraordinary Doctorate Award, and joined the biochemistry department of the ‘Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology’ in Jena (Germany) with a postdoctoral contract of the EU (Marie Curie-RTN), under the supervision of Dr. Gershenzon. After finishing this stay, she joined the Plant Physiology area of ​​the University of Vigo with a Parga-Pondal Researcher contract until April 2013, when she obtained the position of Associate Professor. Among her other lines of research is also the study of the role that secondary metabolites have in the production plants and the impact that abiotic factors related to climate change have on the secondary metabolism as a response to stress. Her research activity led to the publication of numerous articles in journals with high impact index, as well as the management of 4 Doctoral Theses defended in 2012, 2015 (with an extraordinary doctorate award and international mention) 2021, 2022, and to the management of 5 dissertations, 9 TFG (end-degree Project) and 10 TFM (end-master Project). At the moment, she is supervisor of 5 Doctoral Theses, 2 TFG and 1 TFM. She is principal investigator of two European projects (coordinator of one of them), two national Projects and another regional project, and collaborating researcher of 3 research projects of international calls, 4 national and 5 autonomic. This activity was reflected in the publication of more than 50 articles in JCR journals, 24 chapters in international books and 2 edited books. She us also Editor in Chief of the Journal of Allelochemical Interactions, Associate Editor of the Allelopathy Journal, Guest editor of the Frontiers in Plant Science, Agronomy, and Plants, evaluator of the ANEP, member of the committee of the Spanish Society of Plant Biology, and secretary of the ‘Institute of Agroecology and Food Science’ from the University of Vigo.


Yedra Vieites-Álvarez

Project manager



Yedra Vieites-Álvarez is a PhD student focused on the field of plant physiology.

After a first contact with plant research at the Universidad de Granada (Spain) and the Universidade de Porto (Portugal), she specialized in the Universidade de Vigo in the study of crops with allelopathic potential for sustainable weed management with the aim of achieving ecological agriculture.

Her thesis entitled “Increasing the competitiveness of organic wheat and buckwheat” was carried out in the framework of the European project “ECOBREED: increasing the efficiency and competitiveness of organic crop breeding” (GA 771367), a research work that resulted in the publication of five papers to JCR journals and several communications in national and international congresses, which will support the defense of her thesis at the end of this year.

Currently, she is continuing the study of agroecological strategies for sustainable weed management, as part of the European AGROSUS project team.

Sara Álvarez-Rodríguez



Sara Álvarez Rodríguez is a Biologist who specialised in Advanced Biotechnology at Universidade de Vigo. She is currently studing her PhD on Plant Physiology at Universidade de Vigo too. Her research is mainly focused on the investigation of the mode of action of natural compounds with phytotoxic potential against weeds. During her PhD, Sara has done experiences abroad in different universities, such as the Università Statale di Milano (Italy) or the Michigan State University (USA), where she has improved her scientific skills but has also grown personally.


David López-González



David López González PhD born June 15th 1991 in Vigo (Spain) began his university studies in 2009, studying biology (Bioloxía Bsc) at the Universidade de Vigo, and finished in 2013. Afterwards, he completed his Masters studies in Agri-food science and technology with Máster Universitario en Ciencia e Tecnoloxía Agroalimentaria Msc at the Universidade de Vigo, finishing in 2014, and right after in 2015 began his doctoral studies in the Programa de Doutoramento en Ecosistemas Terrestres, Uso Sustentable e Implicacións Ambientais, also at the Universidad de Vigo, under the direction of professors Adela M. Sánchez Moreiras and Manuel J. Reigosa Roger. During this time, he was given a predoctoral scholarship Formación de Profesorado Universitario (FPU) by the Ministery of Education of the Spanish government in 2016, which allowed him to impart classes in plant physiology while carrying out his research. The title of his doctoral thesis was “Study of the mode of action of the secondary metabolites trans-cinnamaldehyde and norharmane on plant metabolism”, based on the search of the mode of action of two natural compounds with bioherbicidal potential. After completing her dissertation in 2021, he started a research contract at the Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria (Italy) in 2022, under the supervision of Professor Fabrizio Araniti, working on the project “Metabolic study of ovule and seed tegument development processes” based in Milano (Italy), where he became familiar with metabolomic analysis techniques and data processing. Currently, in the year 2023, he is staying at the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, thanks to a postdoctoral contract Margarita Salas given by the Ministery of Universities of the Spanish government, under the supervision of Professor Mercedes Verdeguer Sancho, where he is carrying out different studies within the research line in the development of bioherbicides and biostimulants in collaboration with companies in the sector, learning the management of greenhouse technology and field techniques, and has the opportunity to impart classes and to supervise the work of the Agricultural Engineering Bsc students of the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia.


Carla Díaz-Tielas


Biologist, Master in Land Ecosystems, and Superior Technician in Agri-Food Industries, Carla has a versatile professional and academic profile. She has been working in different areas, including plant physiology, bioinformatics, viticulture and even though WordPress implementation. However, her most lasting experience was studying the mode of action of specialized metabolites with bioherbicide potential. For more than five years she learned multiple techniques including transcriptomics, proteomics, plant stress responses, membrane potential, and confocal microscopy, among others.

She is currently participating on an European project aimed to identify and develop new crop cultivars able to make production more resilient to climate change. In this context, she is conducting multiple experimental procedures to approach the development of root phenotyping tools and the metabolic responses of different crops to environmental changes.

Carla has co-authored thirteen scientific articles published in JCR journals, comprising high impact journals such as Plant, Cell & Environment and Pest Management Science. She has been involved in six national and European research projects, assisted to numerous international congresses, and visited other laboratories in USA and Italy.

Manuel J. Reigosa Roger



Manuel J. Reigosa Roger moved to the Universidade de Vigo following his PhD in 1988 where he has been Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, Head of the Department of Plant Biology and Soil Science, Vice-President of Research, and now President of the University. He is Full Professor and he has been involved in research about allelopathy and plant responses to stress (both abiotic and biotic), and has co-authored more than 100 papers and chapters. He is Editor-in-Chief of Allelopathy Journal, Associated Editor of PLOS ONE, Acta Physiologiae Plantarum and Weed Biology and Management and Editor-in-Chief of Thalassas, and actually is a referee for 34 scientific journals included in Thomson-Reuters database. He has leaded a work package in a previous European project and he has been Director of the International Projects Office of the University of Vigo. He has edited several books ranging from plant ecophysiology to strictly allelopathic studies.


Marta Teijeira Bautista



Marta Teijeira received her M.S. degree in Pharmacy in 1992 from the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and her Ph.D. degree in 1996 from the same university. She was awarded for this work with the Extraordinary Doctorate Prize of the Faculty of Pharmacy and with the Extraordinary Eloy Díez Prize of the Official College of Pharmacists. Her research focused on Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery, especially: synthesis, characterisation and biological screening of new pharmacologically active compounds based on different heterocyclic scaffolds. In 2000 she joined the Universidade de Vigo as a postdoctoral researcher, starting a new line of research of in silico studies of bioactive compounds. Nowadays, she develops her teaching and research activity as an associated professor and her current research interests lie at the interface of chemistry and biology, using computational chemistry and bioinformatic tools. With this research, she strives to elucidate the molecular mechanism of action of bioactive molecules. To achieve that, she has been working for the last years on quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR) models and molecular modelling methodologies (molecular docking and molecular dynamic simulations). She has participated in more than 20 national and international research projects and networks and has authored or co-authored over 70 original research indexed in the JCR as well as 4 book chapters. Until today, its H-index is equal to 21 extracted from more than 1400 citations.

David Fernández Calviño

AGROSUS co-Coordinator. Implication in WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4 and WP6.



Researcher at the Department of Plant Biology and Soil Science of University of Vigo. He has a Bachelor Degree in Agriculture and Forestry (2001 and 2004), and PhD in Soil Sciences (2008). His research expertise lines are soil quality, inorganic and organic pollutants dynamics and soil biochemistry/microbiology.

Manuel Arias Estévez

Implication in WP1, WP4 and WP6. Responsible for general soil characterization at UVIGO.



Professor at the Department of Plant Biology and Soil Science (University of Vigo). He has a Bachelor Degree in Biology (1989) and PhD in Soil Sciences (1994). His research expertise lines are soil physics and inorganic and organic pollutants behaviour in soils.


Andrés Rodríguez Seijo

Implication in WP4 and WP6. Task 4.3 leader.



Researcher at the Department of Plant Biology and Soil Science of University of Vigo. He has a Bachelor Degree in Biology (2012) and PhD in Terrestrial Ecosystems (2016). His research expertise lines are soil quality, inorganic and emerging pollutants and soil ecotoxicology.


Vanesa Santás Miguel

Implication in WP1, WP4 and WP6.



Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Plant Biology and Soil Science of University of Vigo. She has a Bachelor Degree in Biology and Environmental Science (2011 and 2016), and PhD in Soil Sciences (2022). Her main line of research is the study of inorganic and organic contaminants (especially antibiotics) on soil microbial ecology.


Daniel Arenas Lago

Implication in WP1, WP4 and WP6.


Researcher at the Department of Plant Biology and Soil Science of University of Vigo. He is a chemist (2010) with a Master Degree in Terrestrial Ecosystems, Sustainable Use and Environmental Implications (2011). He has a PhD in Soil Science (2015). His main field of expertise is environmental pollution, soil degradation, soil management, soil-plant system, phytoremediation, nanoparticle environmental fate assessment and toxicity.


Paula Pérez Rodríguez

Implication in WP1, WP4 and WP6.



Researcher at the Department of Plant Biology and Soil Science, University of Vigo. She has a Bachelor Degree in Agricultural Engineering (2007), Master in Agrifood science and technology (2009), Master in Terrestrial ecosystems, sustainable use and environment (2012) and PhD in Soil Science (2016). Her research expertise lines are soil fertility and environmental protection through sustainable agricultural practices, inmobilization and degradation of organic and inorganic pollutants in soils, and nutrients and pollutants cycling in soil-plant system.


Claudia Campillo Cora

Implication in WP1, WP4 and WP6.



Researcher at the Department of Plant Biology and Soil Science of University of Vigo. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science (2016), a Master’s degree in Agri-food Science and Technology (2017), and a Ph.D. in Soil Science (2023). Her research expertise lines are soil microbiology, soil pollution by inorganic pollutants, especially heavy metals, and their behaviour in soil.

CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) is the largest Spanish public research institution and ranks third among Europe’s largest research organisations. CSIC is under the responsibility of Spain’s Ministry of Science and Innovation and plays a crucial role in scientific and technological policy in Spain and worldwide. According to its Statute (Article 4), CSIC has four main missions: (i) to foster multidisciplinary scientific and technological research, (ii) knowledge transfer to industry and society, (iii) education and training of scientific and technical staff and (iv) creation of Technology-Based Companies.

CSIC has 10.940 employees, including 3.764 researchers. CSIC has 123 Institutes spread across the country and covering different areas of Science and Technology. Seventy are fully-owned institutes, and 53 are Joint Research Units in partnership with other Spanish universities or research institutions. CSIC also has a delegation in Brussels. The Centre for Automation and Robotics of CSIC (CSIC-CAR) is the centre responsible for the development of the AGROSUS project.



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Pablo Gonzalez-de-Santos

Principal investigator



Pablo Gonzalez-de-Santos holds a BS and a PhD in Physics from the University of Valladolid. He has been involved in many robotic developments since the early 1980s, including manipulators, wheeled and legged mobile vehicles, haptic devices and lately fleets of robots for outdoors, all within research projects funded by regional and national agencies, the European Commission and industrial companies. He has been the Project Coordinator of RHEA (FP7 N. 245986) and WeLASER (H2020, N. 101000256). His S&T results are reported in more than 70 articles published in journals registered in the JCR, more than 80 contributions to international conferences and one textbook.

Roemi Fernández




Roemi Fernández is a Senior Scientist at the Centre for Automation and Robotics CSIC-UPM. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering (Robotics and Artificial Vision) from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ETSII-UPM) in 2006. She has participated in several EC-funded projects such as CROPS (FP7-NMP-2009-LARGE-3 CP-IP 246252-2), TIRAMISU (FP7-SEC-2011.4.2-2 284747), WeLASER (SFS-04-2019-2020-101000256) and has been the CSIC representative researcher in the EC-funded project CATCH from the ECHORD++ (FP7-ICT-2011-9 601116), which aimed to design sensory platforms for the automatic harvest of cucumbers. She is also the principal research of several national funded projects, such as ROBOCROP (DPI2017-84253-C2-1-R), focused on robotic manipulation for the harvest of crops in unstructured environments; PoC-ROBOCROP (PDC2021-121578-I00), a proof of concept that aims to bring the ROBOCROP results to a demonstration stage, as well as to analyse and identify potential commercialization opportunities; and HortiRobot (PID2020-116270RB-I00), focused on deploying an autonomous dual-arm mobile system for different for agricultural tasks. She has published over 60 articles in scientific journals and conference proceedings, and she is the author of 10 patents. Her research interests include intelligent perception, field and service robotics, dual-arm manipulation and AI-based learning for perception, planning and control.  


FEUGA has a dedicated department of European Programmes, consisting of a team with more than 10 years’ experience in EU projects. This department promotes the participation of research groups from the Galician universities, as well as from industry, in European and international research & innovation initiatives and actions through tailor-made advice.

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Tamara Rodríguez Silva

WP6 Leader




Senior European Project Manager at FEUGA.

Degree in Journalism from the University San Pablo CEU (Madrid, Spain), PGCert. in Audiovisual Communication, and PGCert. in Patents, Trademarks, Copyright and Competition both from University of Santiago de Compostela (USC, Spain).

MSc. in Business Communication from University of La Coruña (UDC, Spain) and MSc. in Corporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility from National Distance Education University and University Jaume I Castellón (UNED and UJI, Spain). Certified by GRI on G4 reporting Guidelines.

She is an expert on communication, innovation and sustainability with more than 10 years of experience in consultancy on entrepreneurship, culture, European funds at public and private entities with emphasis on SMEs development.

Before joining FEUGA in September 2019, Tamara worked at several media and more recently at ACIS (Galician Agency for Knowledge and Health Innovation) and GAIN (Galician Agency for Innovation). ANIS (Spanish association health journalists) member.


Sara Aparicio Ortega

Graphic Designer



Graphic designer in European programmes at FEUGA. University degree in Audiovisual Communication and Plastic Arts and Design (Advanced Technician Certificate).

She has participated in more than 20 European projects carrying out branding development, creating dissemination materials, and accomplishing final art processes and video post-production. She also has experience in event management.


Esther Valiño Gómez

Innovation & EU Programmes Manager



Innovation & EU Programmes Manager at FEUGA. Biologist specialised in plant ecophysiology, Msc. in Terrestrial Ecosystems, Sustainable Use and Environmental Implications and Msc. in Human Nutrition and Diets. She has experience in activities relating human nutrition, environment and circular economy, and more specifically in waste management and organic farming. She has also experience in management of EU and national funded projects working both in the private and public sector.


Noelia Vilar

Technology transfer



Technology transfer manager (Innovation & Valorization) in the Innovation HUB of FEUGA, PhD in Physical Chemistry & nanotechnology. Degree in Chemistry (Physical and Organic chemistry), Msc. Advanced Chemistry (nanomaterials) from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC). More than 10 years of experience in several entities carrying out R&D activities, INL (International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory), CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and SGG (Saint-Gobain Glass) among others, performing technical execution and management of R&D and innovation projects in public and private sectors in transversal fields to nano/material sciences covering diverse areas of development ranging from catalysis, biotechnology or building materials among others.


Polissia National University is the only ecologically-oriented agricultural education institution in Ukraine. It is the primary organization in the Polissia region that supplies the majority of the national economy’s subsectors with specialists. More than 5,000 students are studying at the university in 28 specialties. The university is a big complex with well-developed infrastructure: 8 faculties (Agronomy, Animal Production Technologies; Veterinary Medicine; Engineering and Energetics; National Security; Forestry and Ecology; Economics, etc.); 28 departments, their branches, and scientific-research institutions; a research field; a chemical-analytical laboratory; an organic production center; a scientific center of ecology and environment protection; an ecological and energy technologies center, etc. The university has a laboratory with hardware complexes for processing space images, and it is the only Ukrainian university with a set of ground stations for receiving remote sensing information. This means that the university is uniquely positioned to receive data and use it to ensure food, agrarian, environmental, and social security in the region and state.


Website Link https://polissiauniver.edu.ua/

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Tetiana Fedoniuk

Coordinator of Ukrainian part, researcher in WP2, WP3, WP4



Tetiana Fedoniuk is head of the Scientific Center of Ecology and Environment Protection at Polissia National University. In 2004, she got a degree in ecology and environmental protection. The PhD degree in agricultural ecology was defended in 2009, and the Doctoral Degree in Agricultural Sciences (Ecology) in 2018. She conducts research activities to study the agroecology, the peculiarities of the distribution of plants depending on the landscape structure and ecological factors, etc. More than 170 works have been done in science (6 monographs, 8 textbooks, 60 articles, etc.). Tetiana is an expert of the Ministry of Education and Science in New Technologies for Environmentally Friendly Production, Construction, and Environmental Protection. In 2018, she received a grant from the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers for young scientists: 2022: a medal from the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for services to Ukraine; 2022: holder of the Prize of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for young scientists, etc.



Oleh Skydan

Researcher in WP2, WP5, WP6


Professor, Doctor in Economics, Rector of Polissia National University (Ukraine). In 2000, he defended his specialty “Management of Foreign Economic Activity of the Enterprise”. In 1999, Oleh completed an internship in the DEULA program. 2000–2004: worked in the Department of Economy of the Regional State Administration as a leading specialist, deputy head of the department, and head of the department of pricing policy and services. In 2004, he received a PhD in economics. He defended his doctoral dissertation on “Organizational and Economic Mechanisms of the Development of the Agricultural Policy of Ukraine” in 2009. Author of more than 200 scientific papers on agricultural policy, food security, space, and geoinformation support for national security and defense. Laureate of the Prize of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine for special achievements in the development of Ukraine (2009), holder of the grant of the President of Ukraine for young scientists (2009), and the grant of the President of Ukraine for gifted youth (2013)


Oleksandr Kovalchuk

Researcher in WP2 and WP5




Oleksandr is dean of the faculty, PhD in Economics (2002), and associate professor of the Department of International Economic Relations and European Integration. He participated in numerous EU (Erasmus+ “EU Agriculture Policy”, 2016–2019; 101082258–ECIRDPRU, 2022–2025; 101082325–EUCP, 2022–2025) and national research projects. Currently, his research investigates the sustainable development of agriculture and inclusive development. Much of his research relies on international programs, projects, and grants for the development of entrepreneurship and local communities. He teaches full-time courses in statistics, international business analytics, and international business for undergraduate majors and graduate programs. Oleksandr has intensive experience with several US universities (University of Nebraska-Lincoln; North Dakota State University; Penn State University). Professionally, he spent 25 years at Polissia National University. Oleksandr is the head of the NGO “Agricultural Advisory Service,” which will help spread knowledge about the project to a wider society, bring the EU closer to the public, and foster dialog between the academic world and society.




Serhiy Zhuravel

Researcher in WP2, WP3, WP4



Serhiy Zhuravel, Head of the Department of Soil Science and Agriculture at Polissia National University. In 2020, he obtained the agronomy specialty. In 2004, he defended his PhD degree (Agroecological assessment of sod-podzolic soil under the conditions of long-term use of soil-protecting agricultural technologies). He has considerable experience as an agricultural adviser in the provision of socially oriented advisory services on soil science and agriculture at the Department of Agroindustrial Development of the Regional State Administration, co-developer of the Program for the Development of the Agroindustrial Complex of Zhytomyr Oblast on 2021–2027, trainer in “Management and Control System of Organic Production” for competent institutions and employees of state authorities, and head of the LLC “Research and Production Enterprise: Polyssia Organic,” which is engaged in organic production and the development of mechanisms to counteract climate change (from 2017 until present). The author and co-author of more than 80 scientific and scientific-methodological works, including one textbook, training manuals, a monograph, etc.


Petro Pyvovar

Researcher in WP3, WP6



Head of the educational and scientific center of space and GIS technologies of Polissia National University (https://space.polissiauniver.edu.ua/index.php/pro-tsentr/ckt). Candidate of Economic Sciences (2013). The main research projects were conducted in the field of agricultural economics, rural development, and geoinformation technologies. I served as a supervisor for 4 Ukrainian research projects and participated in 3 others. I completed internships at the United States Department of Agriculture (2016), Ohio State University (2016), and The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) (2019, 2022). My scientific interests lie in the following areas: 1) economic-mathematical modeling: I have practical experience in developing medium-term forecasts for agricultural markets in Ukraine using the AGMEMOD model; 2) geoinformation technologies: land cover classification, agricultural crop classification, geoinformation support for university research, development of geoinformation portals for local territorial communities, geoinformation support for the development of strategic plans for local territorial communities.


Viktor Pazych

Technical manager, researcher in WP3, WP6


Viktor Pazych, deputy head of the educational and scientific center of ecology and environmental protection, candidate in agricultural sciences, associate professor. In 2006, he earned degrees in biology, chemistry, and ecology. The thesis for a PhD degree in agricultural ecology was defended in 2013. He conducts research activities in the preservation of biodiversity, features of plant reactions to changes in environmental conditions, and landscape ecology. In recent years, he has been a co-executor of nine state and grant research projects. Has more than 50 scientific publications. He has experience in organizing and implementing educational and scientific projects, summer schools, etc. (DAAD Go East-Sommerschule „Tschernobyl heute – wilde Natur ohne Grenzen”, Grant of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, etc.).



Anastasiia Zymaroieva

Researcher in WP2, WP3, WP4



Anastasiia Zymaroieva is a broad-based ecologist specializing in the spatial distribution of biodiversity, nature conservation, and agroecology. She is an associate professor and head of the Ecology Department at Polissia National University (Zhytomyr, Ukraine). In 2022–2023, she worked as a research fellow at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS) (Denmark). She has co-authored over 100 scientific publications, including 30 scientific papers, published in international peer-reviewed journals. Anastasiia Zymaroieva’s research study on “Modeling of spatial and temporal variation of productive potential and biodiversity of agrolandscapes of Polissia and Forest-Steppe zones of Ukraine” was chosen in a competitive selection of works to receive the Ukrainian Parliament’s (Verkhovna Rada) Prize for Young Scientist for 2021, a state award for scientists in Ukraine.


Oleksandr Zhukov

researcher in WP2, WP3



Oleksandr Zhukov is Professor at the Bogdan Khmelnytsky Melitopol State Pedagogical University, graduated from the Faculty of Biology, Doctor in Biology. He has experience conducting research, lecturing, and supervising undergraduate and graduate students, advising industry, local, regional, and national authorities (e.g., on environmental impact assessment, land reclamation, and nature conservation), advising companies and authorities (e.g., on organic farming), and conducting trainings for industry and authorities. He lectures at the undergraduate, master’s, and postgraduate levels. Dr. Zhukov is the author of more than 300 scientific publications.


Taras Hutsol

Researcher in WP2, WP6


Taras Hutsol, professor of the Department of Mechanics and Engineering of Agroecosystems, Polissia National University. In 2019, he defended his thesis for the degree of Doctor of Technical Sciences. The main achievements in recent years include work on the topic “Agrobiomass of Ukraine as the energy potential of Central-Eastern Europe”, as well as the implementation of a number of international projects and programs (Program ERASMUS+; Own Scholarship Fund Warsaw University of Life Sciences, SGGW, Poland; Visegrad Fund; NAWA; Innovative Program of Strategic Development of the University, European Social Fund, University of Agriculture in Krakow, Krakow, Poland; Scheme: Support for Ukrainian researchers under the Bilateral Fund of ‘Applied Research’ Program. The National Centre for Research and Development as Program Operator of the Program ‘Applied Research’ implemented under the European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021). Co-author of 200 articles and 20 patents.




Ruslan Kropyvnytsky

Researcher in WP3



PhD in Agricultural Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of Soil Science and Agriculture of Polissia National University since 2015. Studied at the State Agroecological University of Zhytomyr, graduated in 2002, and received a degree in agronomy. Participated in scientific research as a leading specialist on the topic “Development of effective methods of compost preparation for use in organic and biodynamic farming”. Since 2017 and until now, he has been a member of the NGO “Association of Farmers and Private Landowners of Ukraine in Zhytomyr Region”. Author and co-author of more than 40 scientific and methodological works, including five textbooks and two monographs. Participated in more than 20 international and national conferences. Passed a scientific and pedagogical internship in the specialty “Agricultural Sciences” at the University of Natural Sciences in Lublin (Republic of Poland) No. ASI-22212-UPL from 02.04.2021. Scientific interests: modern approaches to soil cultivation; soil-protective agricultural technologies for growing crops in Polisssia; composts and vermibiotic activity; climate change mitigation.


Savelii Kukharets

Researcher in WP2, WP6


Savelii Kukharets, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor. Head of the Department of Mechanics and Engineering of Agroecosystems of Polissia National University (Zhytomyr).  Participated in the international projects called – Increasing of energy efficiency and stimulation of renewable energy using in agro-food and other small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Ukraine (2015-2021); Sustainable Bioenergy Value Chain Innovation – Knowledge Management Programme (2023-2025). Аuthor or co-author of 241 publications (Scopus h – index 10 and Web of Science h – index 6). He has extensive experience in bioenergy systems and agricultural production.



   Roman Savchenko

   Researcher in WP2, WP5

   LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/roman-savchenko-68a375111/

Roman Savchenko, Ph.D. in Economics, Chief Accountant of Polissia National University, and Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Technologies and System Modeling. In 2009, he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on the topic “Functional-Value Analysis in Enhancing the Performance of Plant Production Management.” He participated in the Faculty Exchange Program, undertaking internships at the United States Department of Agriculture (2015) and the University of Colorado (2015). He is the author and co-author of over 90 scientific and scientific-methodological works, including educational and practical manuals, monographs, and more.

He has taken part in more than 30 international and all-Ukrainian conferences. He actively provides consultancy to entrepreneurial entities on taxation matters, conducts calculation assessments, optimizes the structure and size of expenditures in the field of plant production, and enhances management systems.


The University of Agriculture in Krakow is a public academy providing tertiary education, conducting specialist research and educational activity in the fields of agriculture, food industry, forestry, environmental  protection and environmental  engineering, in all their functional aspects, i.e. natural, technical, social and economic. The University expands and popularizes  knowledge, creates innovation aimed to promote food safety and climate neutrality, improve the competitive advantage of an economy sector based on biological materials and processes, in response to emerging challenges to society and civilization. The University of Agriculture operates on a European scale, continually improving its processes, and is positioned to influence especially the region of Central Europe. The University’s potential is used in research and implementation projects, in educational activity, based on cooperation with businesses, social organizations, state administration, local government units, and on continually developed international cooperation with leading academic centres in the European Union and worldwide.





Team involved

Agnieszka Synowiec

WP2 Leader, leader of task 3.2



Associate professor in the Department of Agroecology and Plant Production, the University of Agriculture in Krakow . Her research interests are non-chemical weed management and the ecological significance of herbicide-resistant weeds.

Marta Czekaj

WP2 Leader, leader of task 5.4



Assistant professor in the Department of Management and Economics of Enterprises, the University of Agriculture in Krakow . Her main research activities concern small farms, their condition and importance for the local environment, economic efficiency in farms (especially in regions with disadvantaged agricultural production), and direct selling of food products.

Agnieszka Baran

Researcher WP4



Associated Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry, the University Agriculture in Krakow. Specialized in ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry. Her main research focuses on the fate of pollutants in the environment. Other topics of her research include managing the bottom sediments dredged from reservoirs, waste utilization in agriculture, and health risk assessment.


Agnieszka Ziernicka-Wojtaszek



Head of the Department of Ecology, Climatology and Air Protection in the Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Land Surveying of the University of Agriculture in Krakow. The agro-climatic regionalization of Poland, air temperature and precipitation variability in Poland, the evaluation of the qualities and resources of the atmospheric environment for the purpose of shaping the environment, the impact of weather and climate on agro-technical activity and on the yielding of crops, extreme and harmful to agriculture meteorological phenomena, present-day climate change and the agroecological results of global warming.

Maciej Gąstoł




Professor Maciej Gąstoł, from the University of Agriculture in Kraków, is researching the environmental factors that affect fruit crops. His studies focus on the interaction of various stressors and their impact on maiden nursery trees, fruit trees, and vines. Additionally, he is investigating how different cultivation methods can affect crop biological quality through comparative studies. Professor Gąstoł believes that AgroSus provides an excellent opportunity to gather valuable information on weed management, which is particularly important given the dynamic environmental changes many countries face.



University of Madeira (UMa) implements educational and scientific policies in domains of universal interest, aiming to contribute to the Madeira Region and Portugal development. It also ensures the implementation of educational programs, accomplishing the attribution of Graduation, Master and Doctor academic degrees, and the realization of advanced technology programs. UMa is organized into 4 Faculties: Science and Engineering; Life Sciences; Social Sciences; Arts and Humanities; and 2 Polytechnic Schools: Health; and Management and Technology. R&D activities are organized in several Research Centers and Groups.

The ISOPlexis, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Technology is searching center that develops research activities in the domains of agriculture, agri-food and bioeconomy, with a focus on i) agrodiversity, in its broad understanding, and local bioresources to promote the sustainability of local food systems; ii) organic farming and iii) advanced food technologies to optimize the local food supply chains and develop local food products. Founded in 1996, the ISOPlexis contribute with knowledge and expertise to solve problems of Regional agriculture and agri-food sectors, networking with a wide range of local stakeholders, research groups, and enterprises to develop the bioeconomy. The ISOPlexis capabilities rely on a multidisciplinary team, which includes biologists, biochemists, chemists; food technologists; statisticians, and agronomists.








Team involved

Miguel Ângelo Almeida Pinheiro de Carvalho



Associate Professor in Habilitation at Life Sciences Faculty and Coordinator of ISOPlexis, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Technology, University of Madeira, Portugal.  ORCID: 0000-0002-5084-870X He obtained a M.Sc. in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Plant Biochemistry and Physiology from the Voronezh State University, Russia Federation, and Aggregation Degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology form University of Madeira, Portugal.  During the last 28 years he has teaching the courses of biochemistry, enzymology, environmental biochemistry, economic botany and agrodiversity at the Life Sciences Faculty and School of Management and Technology.  In the meantime, coordinate the ISOPlexis, Centre for sustainable Agriculture and Food Technology and lead a multidisciplinary research program in agrodiversity monitoring and agriculture sustainability, using local genetic and other bioresources to promote sustainability and resilience of agrosystems and food production systems. His research has been presented in a form of over 13 books, 148 papers and book chapters and 143 conference oral or panel communications.



Hungary’s “Green University” is located next to the western border of the country, at the foot of the Alps. The main campus of the University of Sopron and most of its educational buildings are located in the wonderful University Botanical Garden. Our institution is fully committed to all initiatives that serve economic, social or natural sustainability. At all four of our faculties (Elek Benedek Faculty of Pedagogy, Forest Engineering Faculty, Wood Engineering and Creative Industries Faculty, Sándor Lámfalussy Faculty of Economics) great emphasis is placed on education and research.

Our centuries-old traditions are still alive today, they shape the students and teachers into a real community. In addition to our unique courses, the educational palette is constantly expanding. In the past period, our university has been in more and more prestigious places in the standard sustainability rankings. It is in the top 20 percent globally, ranked 206th in the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, for example. In 2022, it was also the only Hungarian university to win the title of International Green Gown Awards, which evaluate environmentally conscious operating strategies. Many things contribute to success, the inspiring environment, the familiarity of the campus, the cohesion of the students, and the dedicated work of the instructors. This is how the University of Sopron is becoming more and more internationally known.


University of Sopron:





University of Sopron – Faculty of Forestry:



Andrea Vityi,  assoc. prof. , PhD in Environmental Sciences, senior lecturer in agroforestry and environmental sciences at the University of Sopron. She has worked in projects related to agroforestry, woodplantations, bioenergy, biofuel standardization, and green-education development (H2020 AFINET, FP7 AGFORWARD, AGFOSY , FP6 NetBiocof, FP5 BioNorm and several national projects). Currently works in agroforestry-, ecological farming, bioenergy- and LCA-related  national and Horizon Europe projects. She is Hungarian delegate of the European Agroforestry Federation, charge d’affaires of the Hungarian Agroforestry Civil Group and member of the Hungarian Agroforestry Network and the Hungarian Permaculture Association. She is a fun of nature, likes hiking and cultivate a garden, where she tries to introduce the practice of organic farming.



Andrea Vágvölgyi,  assistant professor, PhD in Environmental Sciences.

She works at the Institute of Environmental Protection and Nature Conservation of the University of Sopron. She has worked in projects related to wood plantations, bioenergy, biomass utilization, waste management.  Currently works in agroforestry-, ecological farming, waste management, bioenergy- and LCA-related  national and Horizon Europe projects.



Katalin Tuba, PhD in Forestry and Game Management, associate professor at the University of Sopron. She teaches: Plant Pathology, Invertebrate Zoology, Forest Protection and Urban Forestry, Agricultural and Horticultural Integrated Pest Management, Weed Management, Ecological Plant Protection and Harmful Pests’ Ecology. She has taken part in several national and international projects related to plant protection and gene conservation (e.g. Network of Excellence Evoltree, Aktion ÖsterreichUngarnWissenschafts und Erziehungskooperation). She acquired remarkable laboratory and field practice over the years spent at the Plant Protection Authority, in the privet sector and at the University of Sopron. 



András Polgár, assoc. prof. , PhD habil. in Environmental Sciences, senior lecturer in life cycle assessment, environmental management, sustainability assessment, carbon footprint calculations at the University of Sopron. Currently is the responsible professional coordinator of the Green University Project at the University of Sopron. Currently works in projects of life cycle assessment of wood utilization and dendromass based energy production and in the field of carbon sequestration researches.






The University of Milan, established in 1924, is a public institution in the heart of Milan. The institution offers various academic disciplines, including agricultural and food sciences, exercise and sports sciences, humanities, law, linguistic and cultural mediation sciences, medicine, pharmacy, political, economic and social sciences, science and technology, and veterinary medicine. The university provides approximately 65 undergraduate programs and a similar number of master’s programs. Italian is the primary medium of instruction; however, the university does offer a selection of English-taught degree programs, predominantly at the graduate level. Among the university’s research centers are the Centre for Gender & Equality in Research and Science and the Centre of Excellence on Neurodegenerative Diseases. Additionally, the university maintains three botanical gardens, one of which dates to 1777, serving as valuable resources for education and research purposes. Concerning the University of Agricultural Science, the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences – Production, Land, Agroenergy of the University of Milan (DISAA) develops its activities with a view to advancement through scientific research, knowledge about farming systems, forestry, livestock, environmental and energy based on a multidisciplinary approach aimed at the promotion of effective and efficient management of complex agricultural systems.






Team involved

Fabrizio Araniti

Principal investigator 


Fabrizio Araniti was born in Reggio Calabria on 07/05/1979. He graduated with honours (110/110) on 14/07/2006 from the faculty of “Agricultural Sciences and Technologies” at the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria. From 12/03/2007 to 06/03/2011, he conducted and completed his Ph.D. in “Eco-physiology of plant species” (Cycle XXIII). 

From 2011 to 2015, he carried out research activities as a research fellow and contractor at the same institution. 

Since September 2015, he has worked as a Researcher (RTD-A) at the Department of AGRARIA, Faculty of “Agricultural Sciences and Technologies” at the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria. The contract (RTD-A) (from 2014 to 2017) was funded by the SIR 2014 project, of which he was the Principal Investigator. 

Since March 2021, he has worked as a Researcher (RTD-B) at the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences – Production, Territory, Agroenergy at the University of Milan. 

His main research line primarily focuses on plant-plant interaction and the extraction, identification, and study of secondary metabolites of plant origin with herbicidal activity, their impact on plant physiology and metabolism, and their potential use in sustainable agriculture. 

This research activity, in collaboration with the organic chemistry group led by Prof. Gabriele B. (UNICAL), has led to the creation of a patent entitled “Benzofurans with herbicidal activity.” 

Noemi Negrini

Staff scientist

Master of Science with honours in Agricultural Science (1984) and Ph.D. in Plant Biology and Crop Productivity (1989) at the University of Milan. Since 1992, Lecturer in Plant Physiology at the University of Milan. Teaching activity in Plant Biochemistry and Physiology, Cell Biology and Botany. Research interests focused on: crop plant responses to abiotic stresses, plant mineral nutrition, secondary metabolism and development of crop quality and stress-tolerance traits, fruit ripening process and senescence, seed maturation and germination. Since 1998, RU leader/staff scientist in several national and international research programs. 

Bhakti Prinsi

Staff scientist

Bhakti Prinsi was born in Sinalunga, Italy, in 1977. In 2003, she graduated with the highest honors in Plant Biotechnology and later completed her Ph.D. in Plant Biology and Crop Productivity at the University of Milan. Currently, she is an associate professor of Agricultural Chemistry at the University of Milan, and she works at the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (DiSAA). Her research interests primarily focus on mineral nutrition in crops, plant responses to abiotic stress, plant specialized metabolism, and the characterization of novel molecules derived from waste and by-products that are beneficial for agriculture. She possesses extensive expertise in mass spectrometry as applied to the study of plant proteins and metabolites. 

Luca Espen

Staff scientist

Luca Espen was born in Trento, Italy, in 1964. In 1990, he graduated with in Biological Science at the University of Florence and later completed his Ph.D. in School of Plant Biology and Productivity of Crop Plants at the University of Milan. Currently, he is a full professor of Agricultural Chemistry at the University of Milan. His research interests primarily focus on seed germination, biochemical and physiological responses induced by abiotic stress, plant mineral nutrition and biochemical and physiological aspects involved in fruit ripening. In his research he uses analytical techniques (GC-MS, LC-MS / MS, NMR), proteomic techniques (1D and 2D electrophoresis, DIGE, Western blot), biochemical techniques (spectrophotometric analyses, enzymatic assays, fractionation techniques) and techniques for the study of physiological parameters. He coordinates the laboratory of plant proteomics at the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (DiSAA) of the University of Milan. 

Fabio Nocito

Staff scientist

Fabio Francesco Nocito was born in Milan, Italy, in 1967. In 1998, he graduated with highest honors in Agricultural Sciences, and in 2001, he completed his Ph.D. in Plant Biology and Crop Productivity at the University of Milan. Currently, he is an associate professor of Agricultural Chemistry at the University of Milan. His research interests are focused on the mineral nutrition of higher plants, in particular the interactions between essential nutrients and non-essential heavy metals. He coordinates the laboratory for elemental and isotopic analysis at the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (DiSAA) of the University of Milan. He is Associate Editor of Frontiers in Plant Science. 


Seipasa is a pioneering company in the formulation and development of treatments of botanical and microbiological origin for crop protection, biostimulation and nutrition. For 25 years the company has formulated and registered high technological value solutions that are applied in the most demanding agricultural systems in the world. Its products are exported to over 25 countries worldwide.
Seipasa operates through business units in Europe, Mexico, USA, Latin America and Africa which, along with the industrial complex and head offices in Valencia (Spain), work on the design of effective, innovative and sustainable solutions for agriculture. In Seipasa, we conduct research, manufacture, and commercialize biopesticides, biostimulants, and nutritional products to be used in sustainable and environmentally friendly agriculture.


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Team involved

Javier Nacher

Chief Technical Officer (CTO) 


Javier Nacher studied Agricultural Engineer at the Politecnic University of Valencia
His caree started in 2008 as a intern in the plant and fruit production department at thePolitecnic University of Valencia. In 2010, he joined Seipasa’s company as Responsible for the empirical testing of research and laboratory assistant. After 3 years of experience, Javier Nacher became the head of the thechnical department carrying out the design, development and evaluation of Seipasa’s products. Currently, Javier Nácher leads the Technical Department of SEIPASA.

Enrique Duque

Trials Project Manager at the technical department of Seipasa



Agricultural Engineer from politecnic university of Valencia with more than 15 years of experience in the agricultural sector.

During the last 15 years he has focused his activity in the development of different projects for the management of diseases and pests in the agricultural sector, as well as in the development of different integrated pest management (IPM) programs.


Francisco Espinosa

Chief Research Officer (CRO)




Francisco Espinosa is Seipasa’s Chief Research Officer. He has a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Valencia (Spain) and accumulates an extensive experience of more than 19 years in the company. Espinosa is a specialist in the formulation of biopesticides and biostimulants from substances of botanical and microbiological origin. His work enabled Seipasa to develop three new patents on natural Plant Protection Products: Pirecris (ES2444991A1), Fungisei (ES2520615B2) and Gemsei (ES2671566B2)

Ruben Guijarro

Laboratori Researcher technician. Formulation developer



Graduate in Chemistry at University of Valencia

Ruben Guijarro Barragán started at SEIPASA in 2016 for developing his final degree project about the study of the efficacy in crops of solid iron, applied by root application, and liquid iron complexes applied by foliar application. After completing his degree, he started at the R&D department of Seipasa as a Laboratory technician and now is responsible of the formulation area where he is in charge of the product development, characterization and stability test. He is also responsible for the preparation of prototypes and improvements of production processes in the industrial plant. and also manage the Estimulagro line of Seipasa.

Francesca Chornet

Project Manager



Francesca Chornet studied Agricultural Engineering at the politecnic university of Valencia.

Francesca has more than 10 years of experience in the agrifood industry. She joined Seipasa’s company as a quality and environmental technician in 2020. After two years of experience, Francesca started a new role in the R&D department as a project manager.


Malatya Turgut Özal University was founded with the law published on 18 May 2018. Malatya Turgut Özal University has two large campuses in the city center: Battalgazi Campus and Beylerderesi Campus in Yeşilyurt. The University has 6 faculties which are Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, and Faculty of Art Design and Architecture. The University has Civil Aviation School and Graduate Education Institute and 9 vocational schools in different districts within the University.
The university, which is tasked to produce science for the future and stability of our country in higher education, continues its education and research activities with a great responsibility with its 5 thousand students and 500 academic staff. Malatya Turgut Ozal University education in Turkey, science, entrepreneurship, innovation, and aims to be a new model of service and social responsibility. In this context, it established 10 new research and application centers in different research focuses. Faculty of Agriculture, one of the strongest institutions in the region in the field of agricultural research, has departments of Plant Protection, Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, Horticulture and Agricultural Economics.






Team involved

Prof. Dr. Doğan IŞIK




Prof. Dr. Doğan IŞIK is Professor at Plant Protection Depaertment in Agricultural Faculty, Erciyes University in Kayseri, Turkiye. He graduated with a BSc degree from Plant Protection Department of Faculty of Agricultural in Ondokuz Mayıs University Samsun, Turkiye in 1996. He graduated MSc program in Department of Plant Protection in 2000, and obtained the PhD degree in the Department of Plant Protection in 2005 from the Ondokuz Mayıs University. He worked as a researcher at Black Sea Agricultural Research İnstitute in Samsun from 1997 to 2011. He worked as an associate professor between 2011-2016 at Erciyes University. He worked as a professor at Erciyes University since 2016. Professor Doğan IŞIK’s current responsibilities include teaching courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, supervising MSc and PhD students, and conducting research activities. He has published book chapter, papers in international peer-reviewed journals and number of conference papers. At the same time, he has worked several research projects.
Research Interests: weed ecology, weed control, crop – weed management, cover crops, herbicide tolerant crops and herbicide resistance on weeds, sustainable crop production

Prof. Dr. Nihat TURSUN




Prof.Dr. Nihat Tursun is Professor at Plant Protection Depaertment in Faculty of Agricultural, Malatya Turgut Özal University in Malatya, Turkiye. He graduated with a BSc degree from Faculty of Agricultural in Tokat, Turkiye in 1992. He graduated MSc program in Department of Plant Protection in 1995, and obtained the PhD degree in the Department of Plant Protection in 1999 from the Gaziosmanpaşa university. He worked as a research assistant at Gaziosmanpaşa University, Faculty of Agriculture from 1997 to 1997. He worked as an assistant professor between 1999-2007 and as an associate professor between 2007-2013 at Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University. He worked as a professor at İnönü University from 2013 to 2018 and has been working as a full professor at Malatya Turgut Özal University since 2018. Professor Tursun’s current responsibilities include teaching courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, supervising MSc and PhD students, and conducting research activities. He has published 5 edited book, and more than 40 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. In addition, he has published a number of conference papers. He has worked several research projects.
Research Interests: effects of climate change on weeds, flame in weed control, weed ecology, weed control, crop – weed management and herbicide tolerance, sustainable crop production


Assoc. Prof. Ekrem AKBULUT




Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ekrem Akbulut received his PhD degree from Yildiz Technical University, İstanbul in 2015. He has been working at the Department of Bioengineering, Malatya Turgut Özal University, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences as a Researcher for four years. He has been working on structure-based drug design, structural biology, and molecular genetics. He took part in the writing and management of more than one hundred national and international projects. He has been working Senior Mentor at the European Commission Mentor Academy. He is the founder of the HIZIR early-stage entrepreneur accelerator program. He is the founder of EGA-BAUMA Company which works in investment and business development. He worked as a counselor at The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB). He has been working as a Digital Transformation Counselor at TUBİTAK-TUSSİDE. He received the State Merit Badge in 2019 for his contributions to the development of the Research and Development ecosystem in Turkey. He took part as a speaker in 49 pieces of training in the fields of Project Cycle Management, Process Design and Management, Digital Transformation, Business Development, and Entrepreneurship.


Assoc. Prof. Gülçin BEKER AKBULUT




Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gülçin Beker Akbulut received her PhD degree İnönü University, Malatya in 2008. She worked as a researcher at İnönü University between 2003-2012 and at Munzur University between 2013-2019. Since 2019, She has been working as a researcher at department of Park and Horticulture, Malatya Turgut Özal University, Battalgazi Vocational School. She has been working on plant physiology, stress physiology, pesticide/herbicide toxicity. She has many scientific articles and papers in the topics. Previously, she worked as a researcher in a 7th Framework project and as an executive in a Horizon and a strategic partnership projects. Apart from these, she was a researcher and coordinator in many National Scientific Research projects. She has a specialist degree in risk-based process management and quality management systems.

Asst. Prof. Asuman YANARDAĞ

(6) Asuman Büyükkılıç Yanardag | LinkedIn

Asst. Prof. Dr. Asuman Yanardağ works a scientist in Soils and Nutrient Management at the Malatya Turgut Özal University, Faculty of Agriculture, Soil Science and Plant Nutrition Department in Turkey. Her research focuses on sustainable management of soil and nutrients in the soil-plant ecosystems. He worked in diverse farming systems on topics that include biogeochemical nutrient cycling, natural resource management, carbon and nitrogen sequestration, greenhouse gas emissions and sustainable ecosystem functioning. She finished BSc on Management of Water Resources in Southeast Anatolian Region, Turkey from Harran University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Environmental Engineering; MSc on Cadmium Contents of Soils, Durum and Bread Wheat in Harran Plain, Turkey from Harran University, Natural and Applied Sciences Institute, Faculty of Agriculture Engineering, Department of Soil Science. She finished PhD on Soils and Plant Nutition in the department of Agricultural Science and Technology, from the Polytechnical University of Cartagena (UPCT), Spain. She worked worked as executive in H2020 Sustainable Environment and Climate Change International Science Festival/ Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions/ SECC-SCIFEST. She worked as researcher in : Integrated European Industrial Risk Reduction System-IRIS (CP-IP 213968-2- IRIS) Project, Rehabilitation of a heavy metal contaminated riverbed by phytoextraction technique(Life+), Post-mined polluted landscapes reclamation by means of valorization of different residues – MIPOLARE (Life+) etc….



Asst. Prof. İbrahim Halil YANARDAĞ

(6) İbrahim Halil Yanardağ | LinkedIn



Asst. Prof. Dr. İbrahim Halil Yanardag, I am a scientist in the field of Soil and Nutrient Management at Malatya Turgut Özal University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition in Turkey. My research focuses on the sustainable management of soil and nutrients in soil-plant ecosystems. I have worked in a variety of agricultural systems on topics including biogeochemical nutrient cycling, natural resource management, carbon and nitrogen sequestration, greenhouse gas emissions and sustainable ecosystem functioning. I have worked with some private companies working on organic, organo-chemical, and new technologies from fertilizers. I have a Ph.D. in Soil and Biogeochemistry from the Department of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, Spain. I worked as a manager at H2020 Sustainable Environment and Climate Change International Science Festival/ Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions/ SECC-SCIFEST. I worked as a researcher in the EU KA220 POWERWORMS project.

Technical University of Cartagena, known as UPCT, is a public university based in Cartagena, Spain. It has Faculties mainly specialized in Agricultural Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Architecture and Business Administration studies. It was founded in 1998.

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Team involved

Raúl Zornoza

Case study leader, soil health analysis and environmental impact assessment

LinkedIn: Raúl Zornoza


PhD in Soil Sciences. Professor at Department of Agricultural Engineering. Expert in soil quality and degradation, sustainable soil management practices and soil microbial diversity.


María Dolores Gómez-López

WP5 coordinator and case study leader

LinkedIn: Lola Gómez López


Phd Agricultural Engineering and Project Engineering Professor in Technical University of Cartagena. Research activity in aid decision support system in environmental management, LCA and economy circular. Some of her works are linked to aid decision support, slurry management, sustainable use of water in agriculture, diversification in agriculture and phytoremediation.


Manuel González Rosado

Soil health analysis and weed monitoring



PhD in natural resources and sustainable management. Postdoctoral researcher at Department of Agricultural Engineering. Expert in sustainable soil management practices, soil carbon balance and agroecology.


Silvia Martínez

Crop management and analysis



PhD in Soil Sciences. Professor at Department of Agricultural Engineering. Expert in soil quality, nutrients dynamic, sustainable soil management practices and environmental rehabilitation of degraded sites using phytoremediation techniques.

The Universitat Politècnica de València is a public, dynamic and innovative institution dedicated to research and teaching which, while maintaining strong ties with the community in which it carries out its activities, strives for a strong presence abroad. It is a young university, which celebrated its 50th anniversary during the 2018-2019 academic year. Its community is currently made up of around 28,000 students, 2,500 teaching staff and researchers and 1,500 administration and service professionals, spread across its three campuses in Alcoi, Gandia and València. The UPV comprises 13 university centres, of which 9 are higher technical schools (Agricultural Engineering and Environment; Architecture; Building Engineering; Civil Engineering; Design Engineering; Engineering in Geodesy, Cartography and Surveying; Industrial Engineering; Informatics; Telecommunications Engineering), 2 are faculties (Business Administration and Management; Fine Arts) and another 2 are higher polytechnic schools (Alcoy and Gandía). In addition, it has a Doctoral School and 3 affiliated centres (Florida University, Berklee College of Music and EDEM Business School).









Team involved

Mercedes Verdeguer

Principal researcher



Mercedes Verdeguer is Associate Professor of Weed Science and Agricultural Botany at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). She works at UPV since 2005, when she started her Ph.D in a new research line, the study and development of natural herbicides from allelopathic substances, which she implemented, finishing her Ph.D. in 2011, with an award from UPV. Currently she is the director of the Agroforestry research Institute (IAM), at UPV.

She has collaborated with several companies that test, develop or commercialize phytosanitary products, bioestimulants and fertilizers, like Sipcam Inagra, Bayer, Seipasa, Agritecno and GMW Bioscience. She has established alliances with research groups that work in complementary areas, like Professors Alessandra Carrubba, Antonietta Germanà and Vito Armando Laudicina, from Università degli studi di Palermo (UNIPA). She is involved in a doctorate program in co-tutelage between both Universities UNIPA-UPV. She cooperates also with researchers from Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l’analisi dell’economia agraria (CREA) of Palermo and Bagheria. Since 2014 she is working with the group of professor Adela Sánchez, from Vigo University and Dr. Fabrizio Araniti, from Università degli Studi di Milano Statale. Both investigate the mode of action of natural products, and have participated in research projects together. She has been the director of 5 doctoral theses already defended and is currently directing 6 doctoral theses.

Mónica Boscaiu




Monica Boscaiu was born in Cluj-Npoca, Romania, where she gradauted in Biology. She has a long research experience, since the period at the University of Vienna where she defended her doctoral thesis in 1996. After a post-doctoral stage at the Botanical Garden of the University of Valencia she joined the Polytechnic University of Valencia, where she is now Professor of Botany. She has more than 100 publications in international journals, of which 75 with impact factor and has participated in 5 European projects. She was guest editor of two special editions of the journal Agronomy and belongs to the editorial committee of three journals (Agronomy, Notulae Botanicae Horti Agronotanici, Notulae Sceintiae Biologicae).

María Ferriol


Sara González


Diego Gómez de Barreda


Diana María Mircea


Jose María Osca


Rosa Peiró


Mario Javier Ruiz


Natalia Torres





Natalia Torres Pagán studied Agricultural Engineering at UPV and she is a PhD student at the Instituto Agroforestal Mediterráneo in Universitat Politècnica de València. She is in the research group since 2016, she did her Final Thesis Degree and her Master Thesis investigating the herbicidal potential of secondary metabolites from plants. Her PhD focus on the development of bioherbicides from natural compounds from plants, specially from Eucalyptus and aromatic species. She also is studying the biostimulant effects of essential oils. She has experience in performing trials for testing the effects that natural products produce on plants, and also in performing trials to determine the plant response to abiotic stresses.


Oscar Vicente




Oscar Vicente was born in 1956, in Madrid (Spain), where he graduated in Biochemistry in 1976 and obtained his PhD in Sciences in 1983. After a three-year postdoctoral period at the Friedrich-Miescher Institut, in Basel (Switzerland), in 1988 Oscar Vicente moved to the Institute of Microbiology and Genetics, University of Vienna (Austria), where he established and led a research group working on different aspects of plant reproductive biology and its biotechnological applications, and on the molecular characterization of pollen allergens and plant MAP kinases. Oscar Vicente returned to Spain in 1996 to join the faculty of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, where he is at present (since 2010) Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Department of Biotechnology. His research interest focuses on the study of plant responses to abiotic stress and stress tolerance mechanisms. Oscar Vicente has published more than 130 WoS (core collection)-indexed scientific papers, many of them in top journals, such as Plant Cell, Plant Journal, Plant Physiology, Frontiers in Plant Science, Plant and Soil or PLoS ONE. Oscar Vicente has supervised ten PhD Theses and a large number of Bachelor and Master Degree Theses, as well as the work of many Erasmus exchange students and visiting scientists in his lab at the Institute for the Conservation and Improvement of Valencian Agrodiversity (COMAV, UPV). He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Notulae Scientia Biologicae, Managing Editor of The Eurobiotech Journal, Associate Editor of Frontiers in Plant Science, and belongs to the Editorial Boards of other scientific journals. Oscar Vicente is the Vice-president and coordinator for Spain of the European Biotechnology Thematic Network Association (EBTNA). In 2017, he was awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa’s degree by the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Cluj-Napoca (Romania)




Estonian University of Life Sciences is the only university in Estonia whose priorities in academic and research activities provide the sustainable development of natural resources necessary for the existence of Man as well as the preservation of heritage and habitat.

The Estonian University of Life Sciences is one of top 100 universities in the world in the field of agriculture and forestry, ranked 37. The university also belongs to the top 1% most cited research facilities in the world.





Team involved

Liina Talgre

Principal investigator (arable crops)

ORCID 0000-0003-0949-6973


Estonian expert in organic farming. She  working in  Estonian University of Life Sciences, Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as Associate professor. She received her PhD in Field Crop Husbandry from the Estonian University of Life Sciences in 2013. She is recently focused on soil fertility and weed dynamics in organic farming. She has experience in research project coordination and knowledge transfer to the farmers, leader of study groups in organic crop production. She is teaching the organic farming at the university. She supervising the BSc, MSc and PhD students. She will be responsible for diversification crop rotation by cover crops.

Merrit Shanskiy

Principal investigator (soils, orchards)

ORCID 0000-0002-5689-8089


She is working at the Estonian University of Life Sciences as associate professor in soil science.  She received her PhD in Field Crop Husbandry from same university. In her recent research, her major research topics are the soil properties and soil biota interactions to plant growth. She is coordinating and participating in several international and local research and applied research projects. Her current activities are related to composting, organic matter degradation and soil management impacts on soil properties. In current Project, she will responsible for soil-plant interactions in arable field and orchards. 

Farm in Saxony, Germany with milk-, plant- and biogasproduction


Team involved

Holger Reinhardt-Weik

CEO Agrarunternehmen Starbach-Sachsen eG


Born 1969, Abitur 1989, Staatlich geprüfter Landwirt, 1991,

Dipl.Ing.sc.agr. in Agrareconomics, 1997, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, since 1998 General Manager in different functions at Agrarunternehmen Starbach-Sachsen eG

The Agricultural Advising Center (RML) is a private limited company owned by the Farmers’ Association of Iceland.  The primary role of RML is to ensure that all farmers in Iceland have access to advisory services regardless of where they live or their chosen branch of agriculture. RML also carries out various statutory tasks, such as implementation of breeding programs in Icelandic livestock breeds.

RML provides professional consulting for farmers concerning most aspects of agriculture such as animal husbandry, breeding, soil cultivation, horticulture, farm management and environmental and climate issues. In addition, RML runs an IT department that is responsible for maintaining and developing various heard recording and farm management software.

Employees are around 50 and are located at 12 establishments throughout the country.

In addition to providing Icelandic farmers with integrated and comprehensive advice, RML works on various projects for companies and public bodies where the expertise of RML employees is useful for the benefit of Icelandic agriculture.



Team involved

Helgi Jóhannesson



Cand. Hort from The Agricultural University of Copenhagen Denmark. Working in the horticultural sector in Iceland since 1989 in education, production and consultation. Horticultural advisor at RML since 2015, working with greenhouse crops and field vegetables.

Sigrún Dögg Eddudóttir





Sigrún holds an MSc in Physical geography and Quaternary geology from Stockholm University and a PhD in Geography from the University of Iceland. She has extensive experience researching environmental impacts of climate change and land use in Iceland, Sweden and Ireland.



The League of Agricultural Producers Associations in Romania – LAPAR is a federation with 18 members, territorial professional associations of producers in the agrifood sector.

LAPAR defending the legitime interest of agricultural producers, in relations with central administration bodies, with other associations and federations, including international entities related to the management of policies and programs or funds intended for the activity in agriculture.

As member of the National Council of Small and Medium-sized Private Enterprises in Romania, we take the voice of the entrepreneur in the agrifood sector together with colleagues from other sectors.

LAPAR signed a protocol with universitar and academic environment with the aim of bringing research and education closer and to facilitate the knowledges transfer and innovation in farms .

In relation with national Ministry, we are involved in the NSP 2023-2027, participating in all working groups from adopting to implementing the common agricultural policies.

Since 2020, LAPAR co-founded of the Alliance for Agriculture and Cooperation, the umbrella organization that represents Romania in Copa-Cogeca, the European farmers and cooperatives organization.




Team involved

Liliana PIRON




Liliana Piron holds a master’s degree in Rural Development and she is licensed in Law since 2001. With over 15 years of experience in the field of Tax & Legal Aspects, she is responsible for writing position papers, preparing awareness actions and disseminating information within the members of the organization.

She has been working with LAPAR since December 2019 and during this period she contributed to strengthening the relationship with the university and academic environment. In addition, the experience with small and medium-sized enterprises made it possible to support some impactful changes regarding the bureaucratic side and the policies intended for entrepreneurs in the sector.

She is the LAPAR delegated person in the relationship with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in the relationship with the specialized Commissions of the Parliament and the Government.






Prof. Mihai Gîdea holds a PhD in Integrated weed control since 2001, from University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Bucharest. He has been involved in many research topics related to the IPM and is interested in the impact of the Green Deal strategies regarding the reduction of pesticide and fertilizer consumption. His role in the project is this sense, together with the farmers and the team, he will study the results for agroecological approach in the Steppic areal in weed management, based on the measures adopted at the farm level.

Associate Professor at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Bucharest, since 2014  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7423-8770  he coordinated 10 scientific research projects and was part of 25 research and knowledge transfer consortia. In these contracts, he addressed the issue of integrated sustainable development at the zonal or regional level, precision agriculture, differentiated weed control on monocotyledonous or dicotyledonous weeds, plasma treatment of seeds, production and testing of biostimulators, anti-dehiscence products for rapeseed culture, automatic biometrics.

His research work was granted with 2 patents for inventions in agriculture, focused on the differentiated control of weeds, and for other 7 inventions, he has submitted requests for patent recognition.


External Advisory Board

AGROSUS project is provided with external guidance and expert advice by an external Advisory Board constituted by external scientists and stakeholders representative from the agricultural community.

The External Advisory Board will support project partners to better understand the needs, the socio-economic framework and regulatory issues influencing the topics addressed by AGROSUS. They will analyse the results of the surveys, in-person interviews and co-creation workshops and will take a decision for the AA of that region.

The EAB is composed by:
• Mª Dolores Raigón Jiménez, the vice-president of the Spanish Society of Organic Agriculture, which is part of IFOAM, the worldwide umbrella organization for the organic agriculture movement (close to 800 affiliates in 117 countries), as a central representative for organic and AE farmers.
• Oliver Weiss, advisor specialized in organic and agroecological agriculture.
• Andreas Meyer-Aurich, coordinator of the Digitalisation for Agroecology (D4AgEcol) project, aimed on digitalisation for AE farming systems in Europe based on available knowledge as well as actors and stakeholders co-innovation capacity (HORIZON-CL6-2021-FARM2FORK-01-03)
• One representative of the Agroecology-TRANSECT, which aims to release the full potential of European AE by strengthening the knowledge base for farmers and advisors and supporting decision makers (HORIZONCL6-2021-CLIMATE-01).
• One representative of each sister project funded under the same topic as AGROSUS (two additional members): GOOD Agriecology for weeds  and CONSERWA.